May 2005

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Intro

Now, I typically do not like cruises for various reasons, the most important reason being that you never have more than a few hours in each destination, rarely enough time to get to truly enjoy the food and culture, and obviously no time to experience a place at night – be it an authentic dinner, a famous bar, or some kind of evening cultural performance, etc.  

BUT with all that said, I’ve come up with 4 exceptions:  1) The Panama Canal, which, obviously would be ideal to ‘cruise’ through;  2) the Caribbean Islands, which are so small and numerous, that a good cruise can give you a nice introduction to many of them (some of which you can then visit later for longer);  3) Antarctica, because you HAVE to take a cruise there, and honestly it’s phenomenal;  4) Alaska – I haven’t done this yet, but I imagine it’s somewhat like Antarctica and would warrant cruising to fully enjoy all its beauty.

So now that I’ve justified myself… I can say that cruising is actually kind of awesome, when you consider that your hotel moves with you, and don’t have to unpack and re-pack and unpack… it’s probably what most people mean when they think of vacation – relaxing…  hmm…  interesting concept!   Anyway, even though I was on a cruise,

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Miami, United StatesMay 6, 2005May 8, 2005
    2San Juan, Puerto RicoMay 8, 2005May 9, 2005
    3Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin IslandsMay 9, 2005May 9, 2005
    4Philipsburg, Sint MaartenMay 10, 2005May 10, 2005
    5Marigot, Saint MartinMay 10, 2005May 10, 2005
    6Saint John's, Antigua and BarbudaMay 11, 2005May 11, 2005
    7Castries, Saint LuciaMay 12, 2005May 12, 2005
    8Soufrière, Saint LuciaMay 12, 2005May 12, 2005
    9Bridgetown, BarbadosMay 13, 2005May 13, 2005
    10San Juan, Puerto RicoMay 15, 2005May 16, 2005
    11Miami, United StatesMay 16, 2005May 16, 2005

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    The Pitons, St. Lucia

    A short cruise took me from the capital of St. Lucia, Castries, to the beautiful town of Soufrière in the south. The majestic Pitons, a World Heritage Site, tower behind me. Please ignore my bleached highlights. Thank you.

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