Tag Archives: Royal Caribbean

Caribbean Cruise Part 4: Drinks in the Islands

Guavaberry liqueur - the National Liqueur of Dutch and French Sint Maarten

While the Caribbean does have many local products, much is imported.  Partly due to the cost of transportation and partly because of the low-volume need, the cost of living can be very expensive in the islands.  One area that does not carry a premium is in locally produced beverages.  Time for a drink! Distilled spirits […]

Caribbean Cruise Part 3: The Colors of the Caribbean

All of your essential needs are available beach-side on Junkanoo Beach in Nassau

The bluest of skies.  The clear, coral water.  The lush green trees.  Before even getting off the ship, the Caribbean was already one of the most colorful places I’d ever seen.  The people of the Bahamas, St. Thomas and Sint Maarten are ethnically diverse with colorful personalities, and the range of hues in their clothes, […]

Caribbean Cruise Part 2: The People

Do Right - a simple idea spread by my new Rasta friend on Junkanoo Beach on Nassau

The Bahamian islands are full of life.  There’s a rich history, a wonderful local flavor and some of the warmest, friendliest people I’ve ever met. I spoke with Shelly, a young woman spending a Monday looking for a job.  Probably in her mid-20s, she pegged me instantly as a visitor; not sure what gave that […]

Caribbean Cruise Part 1: The Allure of the Seas

Lines tie down the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas while at port in Sint Maarten

The Allure of the Seas.  The largest cruise ship in the world.  One of the newest in the Royal Caribbean fleet.  Staterooms for over 6,000 passengers and cabins for another 2,000+ officers and crew.  Restaurants, comedy clubs, exclusive shopping, plants hand selected to form ‘Central Park,’ a helicopter landing pad, a casino whose size would […]