Caribbean Ports of Call: Western Region, 9th: A Guide for Today's Cruise Passengers


Subtropical temperatures, gentle trade winds, vibrant colors, luscious foliage, and exotic menus—the splendor of the Caribbean and the pleasures of cruising make an unbeatable combination. With this guide, voted “Best Guide Book on the Caribbean” by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, cruise expert Kay Showker shows you how to plan a ...
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Subtropical temperatures, gentle trade winds, vibrant colors, luscious foliage, and exotic menus—the splendor of the Caribbean and the pleasures of cruising make an unbeatable combination. With this guide, voted “Best Guide Book on the Caribbean” by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, cruise expert Kay Showker shows you how to plan a carefree vacation at sea and in port, including valuable information on shore excursions.

Featuring cruises to:

The Bahamas and the Out Islands—Nassau, Freeport, the Biminis, the Abacos, Eleuthera, and many more

Key West—Duval Street, Mallory Square, Caroline Street

Jamaica—Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Kingston

Cayman Islands—Grand Cayman

Mexican Caribbean—Cozumel, Playa del Carmen/Calica, Cancún, Costa Maya

Central America—Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and the San Blas Islands

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762745395
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Caribbean Ports of Call: Western Region Series
  • Edition description: Ninth edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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

List of Maps     xix
The Caribbean and the Bahamas Ports of Call     xxi
Cruising and the Caribbean
The Winning Combination     3
How to Use This Guide     4
The Delights of the Caribbean     5
Locating the Islands     5
Enter Columbus     6
Caribbean Culture     7
New Cuisine     7
A Wealth of Activity     8
Diversity of Destinations     8
The New Caribbean     8
The Delights of Cruising     9
Changing Lifestyles     9
Onboard Activities     10
A Movable Feast     11
Cruising with Children     11
Family Reunions     12
Ideal Honeymoon     12
Selecting a Cruise     12
Using a Travel Agent     13
The Built-in Value of a Cruise Vacation     13
Selecting a Ship     14
Cruise Discounts     15
Shore Excursions     15
What You Should Know Before You Go     16
Caribbean Cruise Lines and Their Ships
A Guide     23
American Canadian Caribbean Line     23
Carnival Cruise Lines     23
CelebrityCruises     24
Costa Cruise Lines     25
Crystal Cruises     26
Cunard     27
Disney Cruise Line     27
Holland America Line     28
MSC Cruises     29
Norwegian Cruise Line     29
Oceania Cruises     30
Princess Cruises     31
Regent Seven Seas Cruises     32
Royal Caribbean International     32
Seabourn Cruise Line     33
SeaDream Yacht Club     34
Silversea Cruises     35
Star Clippers, Inc.     35
Windstar Cruises     37
Ports of Call
The Bahamas
Distant Neighbors     43
An Introduction to Nassau     46
Port Profile: Nassau     47
Budget Planning     48
Drugs, Crime, and Today's Realities     49
Nassau Shore Excursions     49
People-to-People     50
Nassau on Your Own     51
A Walking Tour of Old Nassau     51
Nassau and Its Environs     57
Shopping     60
Dining and Restaurants     62
Sports in Nassau     63
Entertainment      65
Festivals and Celebrations     66
Grand Bahama Island     67
In Brief     68
Sightseeing     70
Dining and Restaurants in Freeport     71
A Drive Around Grand Bahama Island     72
The Out Islands     73
Transportation Serving the Out Islands     76
Key West
America's First Caribbean Island     79
Budget Planning     80
Port Profile: Key West     80
Shore Excursions     82
Key West on Your Own     83
Mallory Square and Vicinity     85
Duval Street     88
Caroline Street and Beyond     92
The Other Key West     94
Sports     94
Shopping     95
Dining and Restaurants     96
Entertainment     97
The Quintessence of the Tropics     101
Budget Planning and Other Practical Tips     103
Crafts and Duty-Free Shopping     105
Cuisine and Dining     107
Sports and Entertainment     108
Nightlife, Cultural Events, and Festivals     108
Introduction to Montego Bay     109
Port Profile: Montego Bay      110
Montego Bay Shore Excursions     111
Montego Bay on Your Own     112
A Walk Around Montego Bay     112
A Drive Around Montego Bay     112
A Drive East of Montego Bay     113
A Drive West of Montego Bay     115
Restaurants     118
Sports     118
Introduction to Ocho Rios     120
Port Profile: Ocho Rios     121
Ocho Rios Shore Excursions     122
Ocho Rios on Your Own     123
A Walk Around Ocho Rios     123
West of Ocho Rios     124
East of Ocho Rios     126
Restaurants     127
Sports     128
Port Antonio     129
Touring Port Antonio     131
Kingston     131
The Cayman Islands
The Diver's Mount Everest     137
Budget Planning     139
Port Profile: Grand Cayman     139
Shore Excursions     141
Grand Cayman on Your Own     142
Driving Tour of Grand Cayman     143
Shopping     147
Dining and Restaurants     148
Sports     149
Entertainment/Nightlife     152
The Mexican Caribbean
Where the Past Meets the Present     155
Budget Planning     157
Shore Excursions     157
Cozumel     160
Port Profile: Cozumel     160
Shopping     164
Dining and Restaurants     166
Nightlife     167
Sports     167
Riviera Maya     169
Playa del Carmen/Calica     169
North of Playa del Carmen/Cancun     171
South of Playa del Carmen     176
West of Playa del Carmen     180
Costa Maya     182
Port Profile: Costa Maya     183
Exploring the Interior     185
Chetumal     186
Natural Attractions     189
Central America
Central America     193
Belize     194
Guatemala     198
The Caribbean Coast     199
Honduras     202
The Bay Islands     202
The North Coast     205
The Mayan Antiquities of Copan     206
The Mosquito Coast     207
Nicaragua     207
The Mosquito Coast     209
Costa Rica     210
The Caribbean Coast      211
The Pacific Coast     213
Panama     214
The San Blas Islands     214
The Panama Canal     215
Chart of Cruise Ships Sailing the Caribbean     223
Index     235
About the Author     245
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