Sailing the Southern Seas

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

Serious birdwatchers keep life lists of all the varieties of birds they've observed, and I've known travelers who keep track of all the countries they've visited.  I don't actually keep count, but I've certainly noticed that if you want to build up the list of countries you've visited, the Caribbean is a great place to travel.  So many islands, most of them sovereign nations, and each with its own history and identity.

Which is how I was able to add four new countries to my list on our recent cruise on the Windstar MSYWind Star, a combination sailing and motor yacht that carries only 148 passengers.  (It was the first ship of the Windstar Cruise line, so it can get confusing. <G>)  

I've been on cruise ships of all sizes from the Queen Mary II down to a sailboat with only the Mayhem Consultant and me and the British couple who sailed the boat, and I can honestly say that all were well run and very enjoyable.  But I have a particular fondness for small ships, whether Windstar or Viking or Lindblad/National Geographic or UniWorld.  I'm never keen on crowds, plus on a smaller ship, it's easier to get acquainted with interesting fellow passengers, and easier to get on and off.  

We left Barbados at dusk on a Saturday afternoon, one of six cruise ships docked in a U Unfurling the sailsshape.  The ships peeled off one by one.  We were the smallest.  It's usual to have a "sail away" party on deck with music and free drinks as the ship heads out to sea.  This sail away was special because once we were well away from the island, the sails were unfurled while the most wonderful music was played.  I had to find out what it was, and discovered it was Vangelis's theme for the movie 1492: The Conquest of Paradise.  Here's a video playing the theme with powerful images of the movie intercut with images of Vangelis and other musicians as they played.  It was REALLY great theater!  My all time favorite sail away. (The sails are motorized, or it would take a much larger crew to sail the ship.)

Caribbean islands overview mapWe visited Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  (That last country could be a rock music group. <G>) All had been British colonies.  (Map to the left by KMusser, from Wikipedia.  The islands we visited were all in the lower right corner.  Click on the map to make it larger.)  

 

As an Anglophile by inclination and profession, I love seeing the British elements that have gone into shaping each individual country.  (The same is true in Bermuda, Jamaica, and the British Virgins, other British influenced islands I've visited.)  Typically they are divided into parishes that are formed around the Anglican churches built by the early settlers.  They have names like St. Michael's Parish or St. Peter's.  (Almost always male saints, but there was a St. Lucy's on Barbados, I think.  <G>)

Barbados and cats 2015 140This picture from Barbados shows a common theme on all these islands:  Cannons and fortresses for defense, since all these islands were fought over, not infrequently changing colonial masters.  I've already blogged about how the Caribbean islands were passed around so I won't go into that here. Suffice it to say that the British ended up with a lot of the islands in the Southern Caribbean, the French acquired islands such as Martinique and Guadeloupe,  and the Dutch landed several, also.  

St. LuciaMany of these islands became independent in recent decades because the desire for freedom is powerful, but small countries can be on shaky economic ground.  The ones we visited all retained helpful ties with the UK, and they largely rely on tourism.  

But each island is unique and delightful.  This picture was taken from a grand mansion on St. Lucia, a ruggedly volcanic island.  We visited the mansion, owned by one of the island's most powerful families, when doing a tour of the island.  (With most cruises, there are a variety of land excursions you can take.  Sometimes free, more often at an additional charge.  The Mayhem Consultant and I tend to choose overview tours that show us a fair amount of a place.) 

Usually the Wind Star would leave St. Lucia at 3:00 in the afternoon to head for her next destination. But THIS was SuperBowl Sunday!  An American cultural rite not to be ignored.  So the Wind Star spent the night moored on St. Lucia, and arranged for a large screen TV to be set up outside a nice beach bar so that football fans could watch and eat and drink and hoot and holler together.  I'm not at all a fan, but I thought that was a pretty nice thing to do for people who actually care about football.

I was bemused to see the reception area plastered with banners for the Seattle Seahawks, and not anything for the New England Patriots.  Wouldn't it be more fair minded to have both teams represented? Then I learned that Windstar is based in Seattle, so fairness didn't come into it. <G>

Grenada, called the Spice Island, is as lush a place as I've ever seen. They supply 20% of A Barbados Buffetthe world supply of nutmeg as well as producing cinnamon, cloves, mace, bananas, organic cocoa, coffee, and more.  The central highlands are a secondary rain forest where different crops are intermingled, which is healthier than monoculture, which is the practice of planting masses of the same crop.  This makes them vulnerable to disease.

They also have the famous St. Georges University where Americans who want to become doctors study if they failed to get admitted to a US university.  It's a good school, too.  We shared a dinner with a couple where the husband had graduated from St. Georges and now has a successful practice as an ENT in New Jersey.  The University has grown tremendously in recent years, with many foreign students bringing money to Grenada. We were told that the university represents 20% of the island's GDP.  (!)

Barbados and cats 2015 251But tourism is by far the most substantial source of revenue, and the islands do it well, each with its own special flavor.  I loved Bequia (pronounced Beck-way), a small island in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago. One of the lovely things about a small ship is that it's possible to visit small islands that could never accommodate the giant cruise ships with thousands of passengers and crew.  The residents of Bequia were wonderfully warm and welcoming.  In fact, these four tour guides tended to break into song with dance moves when we stopped at different sites.  They were pretty good, too! 

The Grenadines contained the sort of beautiful, unspoiled tropical islands that we dream of.  In fact, scenes from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were shot on some of the islands.  

I'd always thought it would be marvelous to explore the Caribbean on a sailing ship, and I was right.  The Wind Star used motor power when necessary, but unfurled the sails whenever possible.  Not only is wind power silent and free, but it made the passengers Elephant towelshappy.  

So as I gaze out my window at Mid-Atlantic snow and watch the temperature drop, I dream of sailing the southern seas in comfort, with good food and much pampering.  Really, cruising doesn't get much better than this!  (Often cabin stewards will make towel critters when they make up your cabin. That cute little elephant to the left is a good example.  Fun!)

If you could fly away for a warm winter vacation, where would you go?  The Caribbean?  Florida?  Arizona?  Or would you rather go to Colorado MJP at Sailawayand ski?  <G>  Let me know so we can share our holiday dreams.

Mary Jo at the Sail Away. For the record, I was drinking ice water but the Mayhem Consultant insisted on lending me his rum punch since that was more in the spirit of the occasion. <G>

90 thoughts on “Sailing the Southern Seas”

  1. I would love to cruise the southern Mediterranean (Mr. Aspen & I very much want to visit Malta, among other places). I am prone to seasickness, so I prefer larger cruise ships (less up-and-down motion). I do not like crowds, either, but there are always places to escape on a big ship.

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  2. I would love to cruise the southern Mediterranean (Mr. Aspen & I very much want to visit Malta, among other places). I am prone to seasickness, so I prefer larger cruise ships (less up-and-down motion). I do not like crowds, either, but there are always places to escape on a big ship.

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  3. I would love to cruise the southern Mediterranean (Mr. Aspen & I very much want to visit Malta, among other places). I am prone to seasickness, so I prefer larger cruise ships (less up-and-down motion). I do not like crowds, either, but there are always places to escape on a big ship.

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  4. I would love to cruise the southern Mediterranean (Mr. Aspen & I very much want to visit Malta, among other places). I am prone to seasickness, so I prefer larger cruise ships (less up-and-down motion). I do not like crowds, either, but there are always places to escape on a big ship.

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  5. I would love to cruise the southern Mediterranean (Mr. Aspen & I very much want to visit Malta, among other places). I am prone to seasickness, so I prefer larger cruise ships (less up-and-down motion). I do not like crowds, either, but there are always places to escape on a big ship.

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  6. Elinor, I’m with you on visiting Malta and other Southern Mediterranean destinations! Particularly Malta. The Mayhem Consultant and I are fortunate not to be prone to seasickness, but a large ship (and one of those little drug patches behind the ear) are a fine way to go to see if mal de mer is an issue. With a big ship, a balcony is particularly nice because you have instant privacy.

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  7. Elinor, I’m with you on visiting Malta and other Southern Mediterranean destinations! Particularly Malta. The Mayhem Consultant and I are fortunate not to be prone to seasickness, but a large ship (and one of those little drug patches behind the ear) are a fine way to go to see if mal de mer is an issue. With a big ship, a balcony is particularly nice because you have instant privacy.

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  8. Elinor, I’m with you on visiting Malta and other Southern Mediterranean destinations! Particularly Malta. The Mayhem Consultant and I are fortunate not to be prone to seasickness, but a large ship (and one of those little drug patches behind the ear) are a fine way to go to see if mal de mer is an issue. With a big ship, a balcony is particularly nice because you have instant privacy.

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  9. Elinor, I’m with you on visiting Malta and other Southern Mediterranean destinations! Particularly Malta. The Mayhem Consultant and I are fortunate not to be prone to seasickness, but a large ship (and one of those little drug patches behind the ear) are a fine way to go to see if mal de mer is an issue. With a big ship, a balcony is particularly nice because you have instant privacy.

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  10. Elinor, I’m with you on visiting Malta and other Southern Mediterranean destinations! Particularly Malta. The Mayhem Consultant and I are fortunate not to be prone to seasickness, but a large ship (and one of those little drug patches behind the ear) are a fine way to go to see if mal de mer is an issue. With a big ship, a balcony is particularly nice because you have instant privacy.

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  11. Jo, it really was lovely. There’s nothing like sitting in an open cafe and admiring sunny islands while eating a really first rate breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice, even! I was told they went through a crate of oranges a day. Well worth, says this fresh orange juice lover.

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  12. Jo, it really was lovely. There’s nothing like sitting in an open cafe and admiring sunny islands while eating a really first rate breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice, even! I was told they went through a crate of oranges a day. Well worth, says this fresh orange juice lover.

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  13. Jo, it really was lovely. There’s nothing like sitting in an open cafe and admiring sunny islands while eating a really first rate breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice, even! I was told they went through a crate of oranges a day. Well worth, says this fresh orange juice lover.

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  14. Jo, it really was lovely. There’s nothing like sitting in an open cafe and admiring sunny islands while eating a really first rate breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice, even! I was told they went through a crate of oranges a day. Well worth, says this fresh orange juice lover.

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  15. Jo, it really was lovely. There’s nothing like sitting in an open cafe and admiring sunny islands while eating a really first rate breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice, even! I was told they went through a crate of oranges a day. Well worth, says this fresh orange juice lover.

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  16. I am probably sea-sick, although I’ve never tried, so I don’t much hunger for sailing. But my husband is eager to see the Mediterranean, so me may try it some day. (On the other hand, maybe not. — We want to go to Niagara Falls and the Pacific Northwets (SUMMER trips) and the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Cavern, and the meteor crated in the southwest (which do well as a winter trip). So those trips are the highest on our wish list.

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  17. I am probably sea-sick, although I’ve never tried, so I don’t much hunger for sailing. But my husband is eager to see the Mediterranean, so me may try it some day. (On the other hand, maybe not. — We want to go to Niagara Falls and the Pacific Northwets (SUMMER trips) and the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Cavern, and the meteor crated in the southwest (which do well as a winter trip). So those trips are the highest on our wish list.

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  18. I am probably sea-sick, although I’ve never tried, so I don’t much hunger for sailing. But my husband is eager to see the Mediterranean, so me may try it some day. (On the other hand, maybe not. — We want to go to Niagara Falls and the Pacific Northwets (SUMMER trips) and the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Cavern, and the meteor crated in the southwest (which do well as a winter trip). So those trips are the highest on our wish list.

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  19. I am probably sea-sick, although I’ve never tried, so I don’t much hunger for sailing. But my husband is eager to see the Mediterranean, so me may try it some day. (On the other hand, maybe not. — We want to go to Niagara Falls and the Pacific Northwets (SUMMER trips) and the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Cavern, and the meteor crated in the southwest (which do well as a winter trip). So those trips are the highest on our wish list.

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  20. I am probably sea-sick, although I’ve never tried, so I don’t much hunger for sailing. But my husband is eager to see the Mediterranean, so me may try it some day. (On the other hand, maybe not. — We want to go to Niagara Falls and the Pacific Northwets (SUMMER trips) and the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Cavern, and the meteor crated in the southwest (which do well as a winter trip). So those trips are the highest on our wish list.

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  21. Those US trips are all terrific and worth doing. But if your husband is interested in the Mediterrean someday, it’s worth exploring whether a good sized ship and an anti-nausea patch would make it a good experience for you. Those things work for a lot of people.

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  22. Those US trips are all terrific and worth doing. But if your husband is interested in the Mediterrean someday, it’s worth exploring whether a good sized ship and an anti-nausea patch would make it a good experience for you. Those things work for a lot of people.

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  23. Those US trips are all terrific and worth doing. But if your husband is interested in the Mediterrean someday, it’s worth exploring whether a good sized ship and an anti-nausea patch would make it a good experience for you. Those things work for a lot of people.

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  24. Those US trips are all terrific and worth doing. But if your husband is interested in the Mediterrean someday, it’s worth exploring whether a good sized ship and an anti-nausea patch would make it a good experience for you. Those things work for a lot of people.

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  25. Those US trips are all terrific and worth doing. But if your husband is interested in the Mediterrean someday, it’s worth exploring whether a good sized ship and an anti-nausea patch would make it a good experience for you. Those things work for a lot of people.

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  26. Oh, to see sunshine that means something warm. The sun is out, but it’s barely above freezing. As I look at the forecast for more freezing precipitation, I return to your blog and drool. As to where I’d like to be in sunshine, I kind of think of Hawaii, but that’s only 82. Perhaps, Dubai. Or somewhere where else I could work up a sweat.

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  27. Oh, to see sunshine that means something warm. The sun is out, but it’s barely above freezing. As I look at the forecast for more freezing precipitation, I return to your blog and drool. As to where I’d like to be in sunshine, I kind of think of Hawaii, but that’s only 82. Perhaps, Dubai. Or somewhere where else I could work up a sweat.

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  28. Oh, to see sunshine that means something warm. The sun is out, but it’s barely above freezing. As I look at the forecast for more freezing precipitation, I return to your blog and drool. As to where I’d like to be in sunshine, I kind of think of Hawaii, but that’s only 82. Perhaps, Dubai. Or somewhere where else I could work up a sweat.

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  29. Oh, to see sunshine that means something warm. The sun is out, but it’s barely above freezing. As I look at the forecast for more freezing precipitation, I return to your blog and drool. As to where I’d like to be in sunshine, I kind of think of Hawaii, but that’s only 82. Perhaps, Dubai. Or somewhere where else I could work up a sweat.

    Reply
  30. Oh, to see sunshine that means something warm. The sun is out, but it’s barely above freezing. As I look at the forecast for more freezing precipitation, I return to your blog and drool. As to where I’d like to be in sunshine, I kind of think of Hawaii, but that’s only 82. Perhaps, Dubai. Or somewhere where else I could work up a sweat.

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  31. Shannon–
    Personally,I could be very happy with 82 degrees in Hawaii! But I don’t like it to be really hot. Mid-80s would be the top of my range. THe Mayhem Consultant, however, loves baking like a lizard on a hot rock. *G*

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  32. Shannon–
    Personally,I could be very happy with 82 degrees in Hawaii! But I don’t like it to be really hot. Mid-80s would be the top of my range. THe Mayhem Consultant, however, loves baking like a lizard on a hot rock. *G*

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  33. Shannon–
    Personally,I could be very happy with 82 degrees in Hawaii! But I don’t like it to be really hot. Mid-80s would be the top of my range. THe Mayhem Consultant, however, loves baking like a lizard on a hot rock. *G*

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  34. Shannon–
    Personally,I could be very happy with 82 degrees in Hawaii! But I don’t like it to be really hot. Mid-80s would be the top of my range. THe Mayhem Consultant, however, loves baking like a lizard on a hot rock. *G*

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  35. Shannon–
    Personally,I could be very happy with 82 degrees in Hawaii! But I don’t like it to be really hot. Mid-80s would be the top of my range. THe Mayhem Consultant, however, loves baking like a lizard on a hot rock. *G*

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  36. Mary Jo, terrific post, and great pictures! I’m one of the people who have to have a big, smooth-riding cruise ship and the help of a packet of anti-seasick pills to handle even that little bit of wave motion. But I very much enjoyed hearing about your adventures on a small sailing ship. I envy your strong stomach. 🙂
    I love cruising in the Caribbean and have been on cruises there about 7-8 times over the last 15 years. I’d love to go to Hawaii via a cruise ship–or any way I could get there! I’d love to go to New Zealand. I’m going to go to the Smokies to see some water falls and spring flowers early this May.

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  37. Mary Jo, terrific post, and great pictures! I’m one of the people who have to have a big, smooth-riding cruise ship and the help of a packet of anti-seasick pills to handle even that little bit of wave motion. But I very much enjoyed hearing about your adventures on a small sailing ship. I envy your strong stomach. 🙂
    I love cruising in the Caribbean and have been on cruises there about 7-8 times over the last 15 years. I’d love to go to Hawaii via a cruise ship–or any way I could get there! I’d love to go to New Zealand. I’m going to go to the Smokies to see some water falls and spring flowers early this May.

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  38. Mary Jo, terrific post, and great pictures! I’m one of the people who have to have a big, smooth-riding cruise ship and the help of a packet of anti-seasick pills to handle even that little bit of wave motion. But I very much enjoyed hearing about your adventures on a small sailing ship. I envy your strong stomach. 🙂
    I love cruising in the Caribbean and have been on cruises there about 7-8 times over the last 15 years. I’d love to go to Hawaii via a cruise ship–or any way I could get there! I’d love to go to New Zealand. I’m going to go to the Smokies to see some water falls and spring flowers early this May.

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  39. Mary Jo, terrific post, and great pictures! I’m one of the people who have to have a big, smooth-riding cruise ship and the help of a packet of anti-seasick pills to handle even that little bit of wave motion. But I very much enjoyed hearing about your adventures on a small sailing ship. I envy your strong stomach. 🙂
    I love cruising in the Caribbean and have been on cruises there about 7-8 times over the last 15 years. I’d love to go to Hawaii via a cruise ship–or any way I could get there! I’d love to go to New Zealand. I’m going to go to the Smokies to see some water falls and spring flowers early this May.

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  40. Mary Jo, terrific post, and great pictures! I’m one of the people who have to have a big, smooth-riding cruise ship and the help of a packet of anti-seasick pills to handle even that little bit of wave motion. But I very much enjoyed hearing about your adventures on a small sailing ship. I envy your strong stomach. 🙂
    I love cruising in the Caribbean and have been on cruises there about 7-8 times over the last 15 years. I’d love to go to Hawaii via a cruise ship–or any way I could get there! I’d love to go to New Zealand. I’m going to go to the Smokies to see some water falls and spring flowers early this May.

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  41. Mary Jo, you write the greatest travel blogs! I so want to take a trip on a sailing ship like you did. I clicked your Vangelis link–love, love, love him and I’m delighted he’s still around and making great music. I can see why you were so impressed by the theme music he composed for 1492. What an awesome piece of music! Now I’m obsessed with it and must add it to my music library. Every time I hear it, I will envision you at the sail-away party as the sails go up.

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  42. Mary Jo, you write the greatest travel blogs! I so want to take a trip on a sailing ship like you did. I clicked your Vangelis link–love, love, love him and I’m delighted he’s still around and making great music. I can see why you were so impressed by the theme music he composed for 1492. What an awesome piece of music! Now I’m obsessed with it and must add it to my music library. Every time I hear it, I will envision you at the sail-away party as the sails go up.

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  43. Mary Jo, you write the greatest travel blogs! I so want to take a trip on a sailing ship like you did. I clicked your Vangelis link–love, love, love him and I’m delighted he’s still around and making great music. I can see why you were so impressed by the theme music he composed for 1492. What an awesome piece of music! Now I’m obsessed with it and must add it to my music library. Every time I hear it, I will envision you at the sail-away party as the sails go up.

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  44. Mary Jo, you write the greatest travel blogs! I so want to take a trip on a sailing ship like you did. I clicked your Vangelis link–love, love, love him and I’m delighted he’s still around and making great music. I can see why you were so impressed by the theme music he composed for 1492. What an awesome piece of music! Now I’m obsessed with it and must add it to my music library. Every time I hear it, I will envision you at the sail-away party as the sails go up.

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  45. Mary Jo, you write the greatest travel blogs! I so want to take a trip on a sailing ship like you did. I clicked your Vangelis link–love, love, love him and I’m delighted he’s still around and making great music. I can see why you were so impressed by the theme music he composed for 1492. What an awesome piece of music! Now I’m obsessed with it and must add it to my music library. Every time I hear it, I will envision you at the sail-away party as the sails go up.

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  46. Kate, I’m sorry you have seasick issues, but great that you’re able to overcome them in order to do the Caribbean cruises. Hawaii would be lovely–but so are the Smokies.
    What can I say? I’m a born tourist. *G*

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  47. Kate, I’m sorry you have seasick issues, but great that you’re able to overcome them in order to do the Caribbean cruises. Hawaii would be lovely–but so are the Smokies.
    What can I say? I’m a born tourist. *G*

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  48. Kate, I’m sorry you have seasick issues, but great that you’re able to overcome them in order to do the Caribbean cruises. Hawaii would be lovely–but so are the Smokies.
    What can I say? I’m a born tourist. *G*

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  49. Kate, I’m sorry you have seasick issues, but great that you’re able to overcome them in order to do the Caribbean cruises. Hawaii would be lovely–but so are the Smokies.
    What can I say? I’m a born tourist. *G*

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  50. Kate, I’m sorry you have seasick issues, but great that you’re able to overcome them in order to do the Caribbean cruises. Hawaii would be lovely–but so are the Smokies.
    What can I say? I’m a born tourist. *G*

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  51. SHerrie,
    Isn’t that Vangelis music WONDERFUL??? It was so perfectb for the moment, with the sails majestically unfurling against the setting sun. I bought the CD soundtrack for the movie as soon as I got home. In fact, I’m listening to it now. *G*

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  52. SHerrie,
    Isn’t that Vangelis music WONDERFUL??? It was so perfectb for the moment, with the sails majestically unfurling against the setting sun. I bought the CD soundtrack for the movie as soon as I got home. In fact, I’m listening to it now. *G*

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  53. SHerrie,
    Isn’t that Vangelis music WONDERFUL??? It was so perfectb for the moment, with the sails majestically unfurling against the setting sun. I bought the CD soundtrack for the movie as soon as I got home. In fact, I’m listening to it now. *G*

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  54. SHerrie,
    Isn’t that Vangelis music WONDERFUL??? It was so perfectb for the moment, with the sails majestically unfurling against the setting sun. I bought the CD soundtrack for the movie as soon as I got home. In fact, I’m listening to it now. *G*

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  55. SHerrie,
    Isn’t that Vangelis music WONDERFUL??? It was so perfectb for the moment, with the sails majestically unfurling against the setting sun. I bought the CD soundtrack for the movie as soon as I got home. In fact, I’m listening to it now. *G*

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  56. It sounds wonderful. I’ve only been on one cruise and that was to Alaska, which was great, but not exactly what I’m pining for in the last month of winter. I’d love to tour the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and oh, just about anywhere that doesn’t have snow right now! The Caribbean has the benefit of being close by, but you can’t beat Malta, Crete, etc. for history.

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  57. It sounds wonderful. I’ve only been on one cruise and that was to Alaska, which was great, but not exactly what I’m pining for in the last month of winter. I’d love to tour the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and oh, just about anywhere that doesn’t have snow right now! The Caribbean has the benefit of being close by, but you can’t beat Malta, Crete, etc. for history.

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  58. It sounds wonderful. I’ve only been on one cruise and that was to Alaska, which was great, but not exactly what I’m pining for in the last month of winter. I’d love to tour the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and oh, just about anywhere that doesn’t have snow right now! The Caribbean has the benefit of being close by, but you can’t beat Malta, Crete, etc. for history.

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  59. It sounds wonderful. I’ve only been on one cruise and that was to Alaska, which was great, but not exactly what I’m pining for in the last month of winter. I’d love to tour the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and oh, just about anywhere that doesn’t have snow right now! The Caribbean has the benefit of being close by, but you can’t beat Malta, Crete, etc. for history.

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  60. It sounds wonderful. I’ve only been on one cruise and that was to Alaska, which was great, but not exactly what I’m pining for in the last month of winter. I’d love to tour the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and oh, just about anywhere that doesn’t have snow right now! The Caribbean has the benefit of being close by, but you can’t beat Malta, Crete, etc. for history.

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  61. Karin–
    I hear you on crusing sunny places about now! I’ve done Alaska and it’s gorgeous, but definitely a summer cruise. I’d love to do a small ship cruise to the Mediterannean islands–Malta, Corsica, maybe Sicily….. Sigh. Someday. But I’m glad I did the Caribbean this February!

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  62. Karin–
    I hear you on crusing sunny places about now! I’ve done Alaska and it’s gorgeous, but definitely a summer cruise. I’d love to do a small ship cruise to the Mediterannean islands–Malta, Corsica, maybe Sicily….. Sigh. Someday. But I’m glad I did the Caribbean this February!

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  63. Karin–
    I hear you on crusing sunny places about now! I’ve done Alaska and it’s gorgeous, but definitely a summer cruise. I’d love to do a small ship cruise to the Mediterannean islands–Malta, Corsica, maybe Sicily….. Sigh. Someday. But I’m glad I did the Caribbean this February!

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  64. Karin–
    I hear you on crusing sunny places about now! I’ve done Alaska and it’s gorgeous, but definitely a summer cruise. I’d love to do a small ship cruise to the Mediterannean islands–Malta, Corsica, maybe Sicily….. Sigh. Someday. But I’m glad I did the Caribbean this February!

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  65. Karin–
    I hear you on crusing sunny places about now! I’ve done Alaska and it’s gorgeous, but definitely a summer cruise. I’d love to do a small ship cruise to the Mediterannean islands–Malta, Corsica, maybe Sicily….. Sigh. Someday. But I’m glad I did the Caribbean this February!

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  66. I loved the post! We saw a Windjammer ship the other day off Tortola. Hubby and I were going to sail down to Grenada from St. Martin, but decided to island hop the northern islands so that we could be in the States by May. So Grenada and other points south will have to wait until we come back down in the fall. I can’t wait to visit them all.

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  67. I loved the post! We saw a Windjammer ship the other day off Tortola. Hubby and I were going to sail down to Grenada from St. Martin, but decided to island hop the northern islands so that we could be in the States by May. So Grenada and other points south will have to wait until we come back down in the fall. I can’t wait to visit them all.

    Reply
  68. I loved the post! We saw a Windjammer ship the other day off Tortola. Hubby and I were going to sail down to Grenada from St. Martin, but decided to island hop the northern islands so that we could be in the States by May. So Grenada and other points south will have to wait until we come back down in the fall. I can’t wait to visit them all.

    Reply
  69. I loved the post! We saw a Windjammer ship the other day off Tortola. Hubby and I were going to sail down to Grenada from St. Martin, but decided to island hop the northern islands so that we could be in the States by May. So Grenada and other points south will have to wait until we come back down in the fall. I can’t wait to visit them all.

    Reply
  70. I loved the post! We saw a Windjammer ship the other day off Tortola. Hubby and I were going to sail down to Grenada from St. Martin, but decided to island hop the northern islands so that we could be in the States by May. So Grenada and other points south will have to wait until we come back down in the fall. I can’t wait to visit them all.

    Reply
  71. Ella–
    There are just so many wonderful Caribean islands, all with their own flavor. I’ve been to a fair number, but I’ll hever make it to all of them! Those southern islands are lovely when you get to them, but in the meantime, enjoy the sail north!

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  72. Ella–
    There are just so many wonderful Caribean islands, all with their own flavor. I’ve been to a fair number, but I’ll hever make it to all of them! Those southern islands are lovely when you get to them, but in the meantime, enjoy the sail north!

    Reply
  73. Ella–
    There are just so many wonderful Caribean islands, all with their own flavor. I’ve been to a fair number, but I’ll hever make it to all of them! Those southern islands are lovely when you get to them, but in the meantime, enjoy the sail north!

    Reply
  74. Ella–
    There are just so many wonderful Caribean islands, all with their own flavor. I’ve been to a fair number, but I’ll hever make it to all of them! Those southern islands are lovely when you get to them, but in the meantime, enjoy the sail north!

    Reply
  75. Ella–
    There are just so many wonderful Caribean islands, all with their own flavor. I’ve been to a fair number, but I’ll hever make it to all of them! Those southern islands are lovely when you get to them, but in the meantime, enjoy the sail north!

    Reply

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