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Re: Casa Bacardi Rum Plant, San Juan, Puerto Rico

DrFumblefinger ·
I've visited the Bacardi plant too, and remember being quite impressed by it. As I recall, the original was in Cuba and the family moved to P.R. to escape Castro. And I'm proud to see you standing after those free samples! Thanks for the post.
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Re: Gallery: A visit to Cuba

Dgems ·
Beautiful! I was there in 1959......and the color of the water is what I remember the most!
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Re: Gallery: A visit to Cuba

IslandMan ·
Great post and pictures Dr Y...definitely on my wish list. Is tourism on the increase you think??
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Re: Gallery: A visit to Cuba

Dr.Y ·
Thanks IslandMan, There are many resorts in the Varadero peninsular. The Christmas/New Year season is kind of full. But other than that, still unspoiled to me. The tour guy told us that currently 80% tourists are Canadians. I can imagine if sanctions are lifted, there will be lots of tourists from USA, they are much closer in terms of distance.
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Re: How a super-ship manages 12-hour turnaround

DrFumblefinger ·
Sometimes when I'm in Vancouver I head to Canada Place to watch the cruise ships coming and going. You actually get to see the belly of the ship being loaded. The dozens of palates of food that go on is amazing. Would you have thought a cruise ship would consume 3 massive containers of potatoes in a week? 2 of onions? Might even have been more, that's all I saw. It is truly a model of efficiency.
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Re: Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: Coral, Currents, and Clear waters

Jonathan L ·
The Yucatan is wonderful place, and so much more that Cancun. For those who don't scuba there is Xel-Há national park near Tulúm. This lagoon is wonderful place to snorkel and with beautiful fish in a more controlled environment.
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Re: Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: Coral, Currents, and Clear waters

DrFumblefinger ·
What an amazing place!! What a great experience! Thanks for sharing this adventure with us. Especially love your beautiful photography.
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New gonzo cruise ship even has sky-diving!

PHeymont ·
In the race to think up more features to add to cruise ships, Royal Caribbean is looking up...with a top-deck skydiving simulator on its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which has just started operating out of the New York area. Would you believe...
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El Yunque: A visit to the rain forest

PHeymont ·
When we began planning a trip to Puerto Rico, and planning to include our 14-year-old granddaughter, we sent her some of the material we were gathering and asked her what her priorities were. She, and we, both had El Yunque right near the top of the...
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NYC-LAX for $32—-is it possible?

PHeymont ·
Jet Blue is doing some amazing promotions these days, including limited numbers of seats at ridiculous prices if you can grab them.   Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays through Feb. 21; other destinations include San Francisco, Austin TX, Fort...
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Where to go for sun if you can't go "there" now...

PHeymont ·
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Tunisia and new visa restrictions on individual travel to Egypt, the Telegraph (UK) has gathered up a list of "fun in the sun" places for those in need of sand and tan. The list, with pictures, is  HERE...
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How a super-ship manages 12-hour turnaround

PHeymont ·
Today's (Mar 22) NY Times has a fascinating article on the "backstage" operation involved in getting 6000 passengers off a ship, washing 93,000 pounds of linens, loading up all the food and water, and getting the next 6000 passengers out to...
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JetBlue to start NYC-Havana flights

PHeymont ·
JetBlue will fly scheduled direct service from NYC JFK to Havana each Friday, starting July 3rd. Like all U.S. flights to Cuba it will operate as a charter with one of the officially approved travel service companies, in this case Cuba Travel...
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Cruise lines drop Puerta Vallarta over violence

PHeymont ·
Recent street fights between armed drug gangs and Mexican police and troops in Puerta Vallarta have cancelled several cruise's port calls, and curtailed others.   Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, Disney's Wonder and Celebrity's Infinity have...
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5 Ways to Make Your Island Trip Adventurous

Barbara Raynott (Guest) ·
Barbara Raynott suggests some adventures you should consider when visiting the Caribbean islands.
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Seaborne, JetBlue to code-share Caribbean flights

PHeymont ·
Seaborne Airlines and JetBlue are hooking up for some Caribbean codeshares that will let JetBlue sell tickets to destinations in the Virgin Islands, Netherlands Antilles, Martinique and the Dominican Republic.   Seaborne, originally based in the...
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Cruise News: the biggest and the other biggest

PHeymont ·
There's news this week about two "biggest" ships. One is the Allure of the Seas, biggest cruise liner afloat, and the other is a ship under construction, but so far without a name that will be the largest square-rigger sailing ship ever built. Royal...
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Who's Cruising? 23 million, that's who!

PHeymont ·
Over 23 million passengers for cruises this year—up over 4%—and almost-daily announcement of new ships and new routes, tell you how popular cruising has become, and the 'specialty cruise' group (super-luxury, elegant liners and some of the...
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Erika headed for Florida; airlines waive change fees

PHeymont ·
Despite weakening considerably during Saturday, Tropical Storm Erika appears increasingly likely to give Florida grief early this week, and airlines are offering customers with flights in and out of the area a waiver of fees on changes based on the...
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Erika Update: Storm causes cruise changes and cancellations

PHeymont ·
Tropical Storm Erika has been downgraded, but her effect on the Caribbean cruise industry continues, bringing changes to cruise itineraries, and cancelling some port calls, although some cruises are now slated to resume their original plans.  ...
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West Indian Parade in Brooklyn to draw 2 million

PHeymont ·
  Paraders pass the Brooklyn Museum           Photo: Fordmadoxfraud / Wikimedia   Brooklyn's annual Labor Day West Indian parade is New York's biggest parade, and possibly the largest single Carnival celebration in...
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American adds Caribbean, Mexico routes

PHeymont ·
American Airlines is adding service to more Caribbean points from Los Angeles, Charlotte, Chicago and Dallas, and is restoring direct flights between New York and Caracas.   Most of the new routes are aimed at leisure travelers, although one,...
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Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: Coral, Currents, and Clear waters

Goni ·
  What to see: coral pinnacles, walls, caverns, tunnels and crystal clear waters. Nurse sharks, turtles (hawksbill, loggerhead, green), spiny lobsters, crab, sting rays, variety of tropical fish like queen angelfish, schools of jacks, endemic...
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Joaquin shifts cruise itineraries, may affect flights

PHeymont ·
Four cruise lines have made changes in itineraries in the Caribbean for the next few days because of Hurricane Joaquin, which is presently centered over the Bahamas, and will likely be in the area throughout Friday before moving north.   The...
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Gallery: A visit to Cuba

Dr.Y ·
Cuba is a country known for its spectacular beaches and tumultuous social political history.  Each year, the warm Caribbean climate and endless stretches of unspoiled beaches attract hundreds of thousands of Canadian vacationers and a large...
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Southwest Plans Will Start International Service to Central, South America

PHeymont ·
Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic-only U.S. carrier will lose that distinction in 2015 when it starts serving destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and South America from Houston's Love Field, its homebase, where flight restrictions will end in...
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Casa Bacardi Rum Plant, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Samantha ·
A factory visit with a twist: Samantha takes us to the home of some of the world's favorite rums.
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Best Sailing Destinations in the Caribbean

Marian Morgam (Guest) ·
Marian Morgam offers a few suggestions on which Caribbean islands are the best to visit by sailboat.
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Empress of Seas cancels a month of cruises

PHeymont ·
Royal Caribbean's updates and upgrades on Empress of the Seas have taken longer than expected, forcing cancellation of April and May cruises.
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Will sunken treasure mean more tourists for Colombia?

PHeymont ·
Colombia has found a 1708 shipwreck, believed to be the most valuable sunken treasure ever, off the coast of Cartagena. The treasure is worth $2 billion or more, and has been the object of searches and claims almost since the day the ship, the San Jose, was sunk by a British ship that was trying to take its cargo. Now that Colombia's President has announced the find, can gold- and thrill-seeking scuba divers be far behind? Even the chance of a doubloon or two might be enough to perk up...
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High-speed WiFi spreading at sea, some free

PHeymont ·
Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are both rolling out new high-speed WiFi services...but they come with a price.
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Royal Caribbean may cruise to Cuba this summer

PHeymont ·
Royal Caribbean's CEO semi-announces the line's plans for cruises to Cuba.
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MSC adds a second private island

PHeymont ·
A growing trend: Cruise lines buy or lease small islands and use them as port calls for their cruises, restricted to their passengers.
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Royal Caribbean raises tip rate, kills free WiFi

PHeymont ·
In two announcements today, Royal Caribbean gave passengers bad news: It's raising gratuity fees on its ships, and cancelling a free internet plan.
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MSC builds 2 new mega-ships, eyes N. America

PHeymont ·
One of Europe's leading cruise lines treats itself to two huge new liners and considers where it will sail next.
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Royal Caribbean: no more last-minute bargains

PHeymont ·
Royal Caribbean is putting a 30-day cutoff on price cuts, in part to keep early-payers from being upset that others waited and paid less.
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Royal Caribbean tightens cancellation policies

PHeymont ·
Royal Caribbean, which has recently had to cancel or shorten some cruises, is now imposing stricter rules on customers who want to cancel bookings.
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August 12, 2018: Surviving disaster on Martinique

George G. ·
George G shares an unusual tale of survival, gleaned during a visit to French Caribbean island of Martinique.
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Re: El Yunque: A visit to the rain forest

DrFumblefinger ·
A great visit and a great hike! Seems like you had nice weather. Was it wet underfoot? Trails have good traction or was slipping and sliding a problem?
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Re: El Yunque: A visit to the rain forest

PHeymont ·
Ah, yes...that's something I left out. Traction on the trails was just fine...until it started to rain on our way back to the trailhead. That's when we realized the obvious: in a rain forest, it rains. And of course, the umbrellas were in San Juan. And the overpriced ponchos were in the car, back at the trailhead!
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Re: El Yunque: A visit to the rain forest

Jonathan L ·
It is too bad you didn't make it to La Mina - Swimming under the falls is one of my favorite things to do in Puerto Rico! I ould say that it is closer to 1.5 miles each way.
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Re: NYC-LAX for $32—-is it possible?

Travel Rob ·
Amazing! No surprise the deal has already been snapped up. It's definitely worth all the publicity they will get out of these fantastic sales.
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Re: Cruise lines drop Puerta Vallarta over violence

GarryRF ·
I was in Puerta Vallarta in June last year. Not the friendliest place I've been to. It was a busy working city. Not the sanctuary of paradise I was expecting. Very disappointed. So many arrogant people. I was moved twice from room to room in 2 weeks. Each time the Staff at "Secrets" said it was for building repairs. Each time a Wedding Party with 4 adjoining rooms moved in. The Hotel told my tour operator it was my own fault for asking to be moved.
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Re: High-speed WiFi spreading at sea, some free

Jonathan L ·
On a recent Norwegian cruise the charges for wifi were very high ($25/day), and people said that the speeds were awful. While these prices are "better" they would still stop me from using wifi on my cruise.
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Re: Will sunken treasure mean more tourists for Colombia?

DrFumblefinger ·
Great story! I would presume the Columbians have their treasure ship under pretty tight wraps, but that won't stop a few treasure hunters from trying to scavenge a bit of it for themselves. Has the makings of a great movie.
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Re: Will sunken treasure mean more tourists for Colombia?

PHeymont ·
There was actually a commercial salvor who tried to lay claim to this one a few years ago, before it was actually located...and there are some who think the treasure belongs to Spain!
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Re: Best Sailing Destinations in the Caribbean

Marilyn Jones ·
Excellent article and gorgeous photos!!
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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Taveuni, Fiji

Chelsea Nguyen ·
When looking at the lists of the most common travel destinations in Fiji, Taveuni is usually not listed. This is such a shame since there are many reasons why you should check out this island. It is actually the third largest in Fiji, even if it is smaller than Vanua Levu and Viti Levu . If you want to visit a Caribbean exotic island, consider Taveuni and do it because of the following reasons. An Untouched Paradise One thing many do not know is that Fiji has a lot of its land now cleared...
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