San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nautical Term ~ of the day ~ Pipe Down This means “stop talking and be quiet”.  The “pipe down” was the last signal from the bosun’s pipe each day, which meant “lights out” and “silence”. My mother used that term quite often for us girls at bedtime, and we knew what it meant! Since we […]

St Thomas, US Virgin Island

Its better to travel and get lost, than never to travel at all. 2100 feet above sea level at the Mountain Top, home of the original banana daiquiri. It looks like they market the pirates who once lived on this island, like Blackbeard and Captain Kidd.

Philipsburg, St Martin and Tortola, BVI

What happens when a red pirate ship and a brown pirate ship meet on a deserted island? They get marooned St Martin is a surprising mix of France and Holland. The two countries have peacefully and amazingly shared this one island for 370 years. We didn’t go ashore on TORTOLA, the largest of the archipelago […]

St Kitts and Nevis

1 slice of apple pie will cost you $4.45 in Dominica. A slice of coconut cream pie costs $6.75 in St Thomas and the same slice costs $7.45 in St Kitts. And those are the Pie-rates of the Caribbean. Together, St. Kitts and its neighboring island of Nevis comprise the smallest independent country in the […]

Antigua, Barbuda – Roseau, Dominica + farewell fotos!

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~  Andre Gide Many similarities in these next 6 islands we visit.  Beautiful Vistas and Beaches;  Botanical Gardens; damage from terrible hurricanes; all school children wear uniforms and adhere to strict discipline; low crime, punishment severe; laid back atmosphere; […]

New York, New York

“A wise traveler never despises his own country” ~ Carlo Goldoni City of Skyscrapers Sailing around Manhattan Island on a drizzly day.  ( I goofed and posted Bermuda before NYC so this post should have been between Boston and Bermuda, we did not travel back to NYC!)

Boston, Massachusetts

 “Why then should I give my readers bad lines of my own, when good ones of other people’s are so plenty?”  ~  Benjamin Franklin Yes, Boston is the birthplace of Benjamin Franklin! He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States with an enormous history of magnificent accomplishments. I learned a new word […]

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia ~ The Fourteenth Colony – Almost! The title of a Historical lecture that emphasized the conflicts, treaties and friendships between the French, British and Colonialists. The people of Nova Scotia lived with almost continual warfare for 200 years as France and Britain fought to control North America using Nova Scotia as a base. […]

Saguenay and Gaspe, Canada

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”  ~   Charles Dickens Vicki, our cruise director, puts on a funny, clean show titled Ship Happens.  The entertainment band and singers and dancers are greatly multi talented, surprising us with new and creative acts. Two little known Canadian cities, Saguenay and Gaspe, […]