Caribbean Ports of Call: Eastern and Southern Regions: A Guide for Today's Cruise Passengers

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The splendor of the Caribbean and the pleasures of cruising make an unbeatable combination. Let cruise expert Kay Showker show you how to plan a carefree vacation at sea and in port, including valuable information on shore excursions.

Featuring cruises to:

Puerto Rico—San Juan, Ponce

U.S. Virgin Islands—St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix

British Virgin Islands—Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada

St. Maarten/St. Martin—Dutch Windward Islands, Philipsburg, Marigot, Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla

Eastern Caribbean—Antigua, St. Barts, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados

Southern Caribbean—Trinidad and Tobago, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba

South America’s Caribbean—Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, San Blas Islands, and Panama Canal

You’ll find detailed profiles of major cruise lines and their ships, as well as practical advice on selecting and reserving your ideal cruise vacation!
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Kay Showker has won numerous awards for her coverage of the Caribbean, most recently the Caribbean Tourism Organization's award for "Best Guide Book on the Caribbean" for Caribbean Ports of Call: Western Region. She writes for leading travel magazines and newspapers across the country. She lives in Manhattan.
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Table of Contents


Eastern and Southern Caribbean Islands     xxi
Eastern and Southern Caribbean Ports of Call     xxiv
Cruising and the Caribbean
The Winning Combination     3
How to Use This Guide     3
Mapping the Caribbean     4
What's in a Name?     4
Planning Your Time     5
The Caribbean with a Difference     6
The Southern Caribbean     7
The Spice of Life     7
Facts to Remember     7
Selecting a Cruise: Tips and Advice     8
Using a Travel Agent     8
The Built-In Value of a Cruise Vacation     9
Selecting a Ship     9
Selecting a Cabin     10
Other Cost Factors     10
Cruise Discounts     11
Shore Excursions     11
Port Talks     12
Know Before You Go     12
Caribbean Cruise Lines and Their Ships
A Guide     19
Gateways to Points East and South
Puerto Rico
The Complete Island     39
Budget Planning     41
Port Profile: San Juan     41
Shore Excursions     42
San Juan on Your Own     42
An Old San Juan Walkabout     43
Shopping     48
Dining and Restaurants     49
Sports     50
Entertainment/Cultural Events     52
San Juan's Environs     53
East of San Juan     53
West of San Juan     54
Ponce     54
The Virgin Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands: The American Paradise     59
Budget Planning     61
Port Profile: St. Thomas     61
Shore Excursions     63
St. Thomas on Your Own     64
A Charlotte Amalie Walkabout     64
Driving Tour of St. Thomas     68
Shopping     69
Dining and Nightlife     70
Sports     72
Cultural Events and Festivals     74
St. John: A Gift of Nature     74
Cruz Bay     76
Shopping     77
Dining     77
Sports     78
St. Croix: The Sleeping Virgin     78
Frederiksted     79
Christiansted     81
A Drive around St. Croix     82
Shopping     84
Dining     85
Sports     86
The Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands: Yachtsman's Haven      91
Arriving in the British Virgin Islands     91
Tortola and Its Neighbors     93
Sports     95
Virgin Gorda     96
Anegada     96
St. Maarten/St. Martin and Neighbors
The Dutch Windward Islands and Their Neighbors     101
Budget Planning     103
Shore Excursions     103
Port Profile: Philipsburg     103
Marigot: A French Delight     105
St. Maarten on Your Own     106
A Drive around the Island     107
Shopping     110
Dining and Restaurants     112
Sports     113
Entertainment     115
Saba: The Storybook Isle     115
St. Eustatius: A Cruel Twist of Fate     117
Anguilla: Tranquility Wrapped in Blue     119
The Eastern Caribbean
Antigua
A Beach for Every Day of the Year     125
Budget Planning     127
Port Profile: St. John's     127
Shore Excursions     127
Antigua on Your Own     128
A St. John's Walkabout     128
A Drive around Antigua     130
Shopping     133
Dining and Restaurants      135
Nightlife     136
Sports     136
Festivals and Celebrations     138
Barbuda     139
St. Barthelemy (St. Barts)
The Darling of the Jet Set     143
Budget Planning     143
Port Profile: Gustavia     144
Shore Excursions     145
St. Barts on Your Own     146
A Gustavia Walkabout     146
A Drive around the Island     146
Shopping     147
Dining and Restaurants     148
Nightlife     149
Sports     150
Festivals and Celebrations     151
St. Kitts and Nevis
The Secret Caribbean     155
Budget Planning     155
Port Profile     156
Shore Excursions     158
St. Kitts on Your Own     158
A Basseterre Walkabout     158
A Drive around St. Kitts     160
Shopping     162
Dining and Restaurants     163
Nightlife     164
Sports     164
Nevis     165
Sports     168
Montserrat
A Quiet Corner of the Caribbean     173
Port Profile     174
Shore Excursions     175
Montserrat on Your Own     175
Dining and Restaurants     176
Sports     176
Festivals and Celebrations     177
Guadeloupe
The Caribbean in Miniature     181
Budget Planning     183
Port Profile     183
Shore Excursions     184
Guadeloupe on Your Own     185
A Pointe-a-Pitre Walkabout     185
A Drive around the Island     186
Shopping     191
Dining and Restaurants     192
Nightlife     193
Sports     193
Festivals and Celebrations     195
Dominica
The Gift of Nature     199
Budget Planning     199
Port Profile     199
Shore Excursions     201
Dominica on Your Own     201
A Roseau Walkabout     202
A Drive around the Island     203
Shopping     208
Dining and Restaurants     208
Sports     208
Festivals and Celebrations     210
Martinique
The Isle of Flowers     213
Budget Planning     213
Port Profile     215
Shore Excursions     216
Martinique on Your Own     216
A Fort-de-France Walkabout     216
A Drive around Martinique     218
Shopping     223
Dining and Restaurants     224
Nightlife     225
Sports     225
Festivals and Celebrations     227
St. Lucia
The Bali Hai of the Caribbean     231
Budget Planning     232
Port Profile     232
Shore Excursions     233
St. Lucia on Your Own     234
A Castries Walkabout     234
A Drive around the Island     236
Shopping     241
Dining and Restaurants     243
Nightlife     245
Sports     245
Festivals and Celebrations     247
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Rugged Terrain and Gentle Beauty     251
Budget Planning     252
Port Profile     253
Shore Excursions     254
St. Vincent on Your Own     254
A Kingstown Walkabout     255
A Drive around the Island     256
Shopping     257
Dining and Restaurants     258
Sports      258
Festivals and Celebrations     259
The Grenadines     259
Grenada
The Spice Island     267
Budget Planning     269
Port Profile     269
Shore Excursions     270
Grenada on Your Own     271
A St. George's Walkabout     271
A Drive around the Island     274
Shopping     277
Dining and Restaurants     278
Nightlife     279
Sports     279
Festivals and Celebrations     281
Carriacou     281
Barbados
Masterpiece Theatre in the Tropics     285
Budget Planning     286
Port Profile     286
Shore Excursions     288
Barbados on Your Own     289
A Bridgetown Walkabout     289
A Drive around the Island     292
Shopping     296
Dining and Restaurants     298
Nightlife     299
Sports     300
Festivals and Celebrations     303
The Southern Caribbean
Trinidad and Tobago
The Odd Couple     309
Budget Planning     311
Port Profile: Port of Spain     311
Shore Excursions     312
Trinidad on Your Own     313
A Port of Spain Walkabout     313
A Drive around Trinidad     317
Shopping     320
Dining and Restaurants     321
Nightlife     322
Sports     322
Tobago on Your Own     323
A Driving Tour of Tobago     323
Dining and Restaurants     327
Sports     328
Festivals and Celebrations     330
Bonaire
Nature's Child     335
Budget Planning     336
Port Profile     336
Shore Excursions     337
Bonaire on Your Own     337
A Kralendijk Walkabout     337
A Drive around the Island     338
Shopping     341
Dining and Restaurants     342
Nightlife     342
Sports     343
Festivals and Celebrations     344
Curacao
A Dutch Masterpiece in the Tropics     347
Budget Planning     348
Port Profile     349
Shore Excursions     350
Curacao on Your Own     351
A Willemstad Walkabout     351
A Drive around the Island     356
Shopping     361
Dining and Restaurants     362
Nightlife     364
Sports     364
Festivals and Celebrations     367
Aruba
Island of Surprises     371
Budget Planning     372
Port Profile     373
Shore Excursions     374
Aruba on Your Own     375
An Oranjestad Walkabout     375
A Drive around the Island     377
Shopping     379
Dining and Restaurants     381
Nightlife     382
Sports     382
Festivals and Celebrations     385
South America's Caribbean and the Panama Canal
Venezuela     389
La Guaira     389
Caracas     389
Puerto La Cruz     390
Margarita Island     391
Orinoco River     391
Colombia     392
Cartagena     392
Panama     393
Panama Canal: The Vital Link     393
A New Day     395
Shore Excursions     396
Transiting the Panama Canal     397
The Panama Canal Operation     399
The San Blas Islands     399
Chart of Cruise Ships Sailing the Caribbean     401
Index     415
About the Author     423
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