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Princess Cruise Line Southern Caribbean ports-of-call!
As you may have read in another
article, we have planned a family vacation cruise (see
Family Vacation Cruise)
aboard the Princess Cruise Line ship Golden Princess (see
Cruise Ship). We mentioned, we had a wide range of ages to consider.
The Princess line's cruise ships offered an equally wide range of amenities
and activities. Another step was to choose an itinerary. After careful
consideration, we chose a Southern Caribbean cruise with Princess.
We chose this itinerary for a number of reasons. Again, the diversity of
ages in our group demanded ports-of-call offering a variety of excursions,
activities and things to see. We were also looking for a warm, tropical
destination. And, WE had not been on a Southern Caribbean cruise as yet.
Everything is falling into place nicely for a fantastic family vacation.
In the other articles mentioned, we spoke of how we came to choose the
cruise line (Princess), cruise ship (Golden Princess), and itinerary. I
mentioned that if the magnificent cruise ship wasn't enough, you needed to
check out the ports-of-call:
Ø San Juan
Ø St. Thomas
Ø St. Kitts
Ø Isla Margarita
With destination ports like these, who wouldn't enjoy this cruise? Check out
the individual ports-of-call.
The starting point for our family cruise vacation to the Southern Caribbean
is San Juan Puerto Rico. This beautiful city is the second oldest in the
Americas. Founded in 1521, San Juan is one of the largest natural harbors in
the Caribbean. The historic old city has cobblestone streets, hanging
balconies, and chapels with modern high-rise hotels springing up on the more
developed beach front.
Our first stop is St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands whose turquoise Caribbean
waters command your special attention. Gorgeous tropical fish have called
this island home for centuries. And tails of the pirates abound (Hargh!)!
Next the Golden Princess visits the lush tropical southern Caribbean Island
of St. Kitts in the tiny, two island independent state of St. Kitts and
Nevis. The British Colonial past of the island is evident throughout the
island. At the center of the island you will find the mist-enshrouded Mount
Liamuiga. Natural preservation is paramount in St. Kitts where a law states
that no building can be higher than the surrounding palm trees.
The island of Grenada is the third stop on our cruise vacation. The dense
forests and colorful markets attract visitors to its fragrant shores.
Fragrant with what, you ask? Large amounts of spices like nutmeg, cloves,
mace, cinnamon, ginger and cocoa have caused Grenada to be nick-named "Spice
We next find ourselves on an island known as the "Pearl of the Caribbean",
Isla Margarita, Venezuela. The Spanish conquest of 1498 references the
beautiful beaches and the waters full of the ocean treasures and baptized
the area "the pearl". La Restinga National Park is an ecosystem of natural
canals bordering a large lagoon and a mangrove swamp with more than a
thousand animal and vegetative species. The east end of the island harbors
the shoppers paradise of Porlamar.
Dutch Colonial buildings still grace the island of Aruba which was part of
the Netherlands' Antilles until its independence in 1986. This southern
Caribbean island has severe contrasts: The arid interior of the island with
cactus and windswept divi-divi trees verses the balmy and sandy beaches and
secluded coves. A number of fascinating natural rock formations has
After visiting Aruba, we have a day at sea to relax before returning to San
Juan. This itinerary will surely keep everyone very busy and entertained.
The Southern Caribbean weather alone can make for a fabulous cruise
vacation. Add in the magnificent Golden Princess cruise ship and the
fascinating ports-of-call, and your family vacation cruise will be an
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