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are many ports of call that fall into the itineraries
of many ships sailing in the Western Caribbean. The
four "primary" ports of call (Key West, Jamaica,
Cayman Islands, and Cozumel) have had some of them
replaced with ports new to the cruising industry. A
brief description of the major ports of call are listed
below the cruises:
KEY WEST, FLORIDA
Located at the end of the island known as the Florida Keys. Key West is a picturesque and historic town that has been home through the years to many famous writers and poets --- including Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Robert Frost. The Victorian setting and numerous trendy restaurants and shops have made it a very popular spot. The ships berth within walking distance of much of the shopping and historical sites. The Conch Train --- a narrated tram through the residential and business areas is a popular and enjoyable way to see this little seaside village. For those fortunate enough to spend time in Key West for the sunset --- you can be sure you are in for a real treat. A Maritime Heritage Museum is only steps away from the port. Kayaking is a popular excursion to view the wildlife through the surrounding canals of Key West.
There are two ports of call for Jamaica -- Ocho Rios and Montego Bay -- however,
attractions for either city are available from both ports. Ocho Rios is known
as the "Gem of Jamaica" and has some beautiful destinations very near the
port. Dunn's River Falls is a beautiful park area where brave hikers can climb
up the cascading waters, or choose to walk up the steps to view the gorgeous
site. Shaw's Park is home of the botanical gardens, and the Green Grotto Caves
is a nice change from the ordinary. Shopping is readily available from either
street vendors, or shops with great bargains for anything from handmade baskets
and wood carvings to European crystal. Jewelry is also priced to sell.
MONTEGO BAY is known for its lively reggae music, known as "Mobay".
There are beautiful beaches, an underwater marine park, and a distillery along
the Governor's Coach Tour --- a 40 mile railroad trip. Rum samples are the popular
item there. A nice rafting trip on your own private bamboo raft (of course with
a guide onboard) is a great way to see the beauty of the island down the Martha
Brae river. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lush tropical setting while floating
down the river. A stop along the way with local craftsmen selling their goods
will also be included. And don't be surprised if your guide also has a few hand
made items on board as well that he will offer to sell to you.
Grand Cayman Islands may be the favorite port for many in the Western Caribbean.
This clean, charming island has much to offer for the water sports enthusiast,
the shopper, or the adventurous who wish to view the sealife from below the waters
in a submarine. The brilliantly colored fish are easily viewed by those who aren't
brave enough to dive. Known for its crystal clear waters, scuba divers find the
water here terrific. Sting-Ray City gives you the opportunity to snorkel and
hand feed the sting-rays, an excursion that is repeated time and again by many.
For those wishing to shop, the resort and British Crown Colony offers some unique
European items in its trendy shops. Most people are carrying a rum cake when
they return to the ship, as the free samples are too great to resist making a
great souvenir to take home. Great liquor prices and duty free shopping make
for some nice purchases as well. For those wishing to take a taxi tour of the
island, the guides are dependable, knowledgeable and speak very good English.
Beautiful beaches are a common site for those wishing to spend the day sunbathing.
A trip to "Hell" will always be on any tour of the island --- complete with
a costumed Satan to meet and greet you as you arrive. Since there are no piers
for cruise ships in Cayman, all access is by tender.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
This port listed on many itineraries is actually a technical stop only --- by tender --- for those passengers who have purchased a tour package from the ship for the day long tour to the city of Tulum --the Mayan Ruins. The guests are then bussed on to Cozumel to meet up with the ship after the tour. A few ships are now offering Playa Del Carmen as an actual stop for the day --- again access by tender only, and the primary attraction, other than the beautiful pristine beaches are tours to the Mayan ruins. However, for those ships that are using it as a technical drop-off point --- only the guests on the Mayan Ruins tours will be permitted off the ship --- and the ship then sails on to Cozumel for the day.
Cozumel is an island located off the Yucatan peninsula and is a popular destination for divers and fun-seekers, as well as shoppers. The city is located facing the Caribbean, with many sidewalk cafes along the main street where you can sit, munch chips and salsa, sip Margaritas and enjoy the beautiful views as well as the street entertainers and Mariachi bands. Shopping is plentiful and as expected for Mexico --- offers some wonderful prices on many items, including both fine jewelry and the local trinkets. Be sure to know your silver well before making a street purchase that seems too good to be true --- it probably is. However, there are wonderful bargains here in the reputable stores that are recommended by the cruise lines. While there are some berths for ships available (approximately a 15 minute walk to the main area of Cozumel, or a short inexpensive taxi ride away) --- most of the ships tender in. The tender pier is right in the heart of the city. Those who have taken the Mayan Ruins tour will have limited time left to enjoy Cozumel upon their return.
Progresso is a port new to many cruise ships, and offered only on limited sailings. It is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, and is rich with ancient Mayan pyramids, vine-covered archaeological wonders, gentle people, and fiery cuisine unlike that served in the rest of Mexico. Progresso today has evolved from the sleepy fishing village it once was to a popular resort where vacationers come to explore the Mayan ruins and siesta in the midday sun. Local handcrafts are the primary items available for shoppers, but the colorful string hammocks are popular for souvenirs for friends back home. As is the case throughout Mexico -- it is advisable to drink only bottled water.
Calica is another newly developed port along the Yucatan Peninsula, another easy access to the seaside Mayan ruin of Tulum. It is also frequently used as the port access to Cancun (approximately 45 miles away), a popular seaside tourist attraction of Mexico.
Cancun serves as the gateway to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the magic land of the Mayas. Travel back over a thousand years to visit the world-renowned Mayan archeological site of Chicen Itza. The brilliant, modern resort of Cancun boasts some of the most magnificent beaches in the Caribbean. You'll have ample opportunity for sunbathing and snorkeling in the afternoon, and in the evening, visit the casinos and clubs that make Cancun's nightlife famous.
PUERTO LIMON, COSTA RICA
While Puerto Limon is not on the 7 nt., cruises to the Western Caribbean, it is on the itinerary of the ships who offer 10 or 11 nt. cruises to the Western Caribbean as well as the Panama Canal cruises. It is located on Costa Rica's Caribbean shores, and is one of the nation's largest cities. It is known for its bananas that are shipped around the world.
This secluded spot on the north coast of Haiti is reserved solely for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line guests. Said by many to be the most beautiful port they have visited, it offers water sports and beach activities such as floats, aquabikes, banana raft rides, and snorkeling. Other water sports are also available. A beach barbecue is the lunch for the day, volleyball is available, and of course, lounge chairs for soaking up the sun. Shopping available for authentic Haitian art and features local craftsmen.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
New Orleans is not only a great port to sail from, it is offered as a port of call of some itineraries. New Orleans is best known for the famous French Quarter and Bourbon street --- however, Preservation Hall and the Jazz music is undoubtedly something that can't be missed. It doesn't have to be Mardi Gras for New Orleans to have a party atmosphere, night or day. The Cajun food and the Creole food have helped to keep New Orleans famous --- no dieting going on here. And you can't possibly visit New Orleans without making a stop at the Cafe DuMonde -- within walking distance of the ship for their famous Coffee and Beignets. The ship berths right in the French Quarter at the Riverwalk Mall. Across the street is one of the world's largest casinos --- and the architecture and antique shops are enough to keep one busy trying to take it all in. If you are sailing from New Orleans -- plan on going in at least a day early to enjoy all this wonderful city has to offer. The nightlife on Bourbon Street is an unforgettable experience. If time permits, try a tour to one of the beautiful plantations, or to Avery Island, home of the Tabasco Sauce fame. If you are sailing with New Orleans as a port of call --- you'll find yourself wanting to return again, that is for sure --- one day in port there is not nearly enough time.
PUERTO CORTES, HONDURAS
This port is offered by only one ship at this time, and also has a very limited popularity among those who have gone there. The country of Honduras has much to offer to those who are interested in archeology, however, the limited time in port makes exploring a bit impossible.
Diving and snorkeling are the main attractions for this Bay Island port of call. Roatan is the largest of the islands with small towns and fishing villages built along the water's edge. There are beautiful palm-fringed beaches and miles of off-shore coral reef inability by brilliantly colored fish and multicolored gardens of aquatic plants. There are very few ships who have begun to call on this port, however, with the popularity for the Western Caribbean growing, it is sure to become a favorite of others in the future.
Formerly a British colony, the independent country of Belize has a rich history that dates back more than a thousand years. You may wish to explore the massive pyramids and temples at the ancient Mayan sites of Xunantunich or Altun-Ha. Pristine beaches and the second longest barrier reef in the world provide ample opportunity for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Combined with over 500 species of exotic birds, 250 varieties of orchids and more than 600 archeological sites, Belize is a paradise.
Now that several ships are calling Galveston home ---- cruising for mid America has become much more accessible for families. Galveston was founded in 1836 and is located on the Gulf of Mexico, and is a semi-tropical barrier island. Only 39 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, it lies 50 miles southwest of Houston. Long known for its miles of sandy beaches and Gulf seafood, today Galveston is also recognized for its treasure trove of Victorian architecture and one of the most vigorous historic preservation programs in the country. If you are sailing from here -- you may want to plan an extra day into your trip to explore all that Galveston has to offer.
Tampa is quickly becoming a favorite port to sail from. Located on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida, easy accessibility for driving to the port makes it an ideal location as well. Tampa is renowned for terrific boating, fishing and swimming. But there is so much more, with the fascinating old-world culture of Ybor City, and of course, Busch Gardens --- 300 acres of rides, animal exhibits and live entertainment. The aquarium is located right at the pier making it a great way to spend a couple of hours prior to setting sail.
HALF MOON CAY
This tropical island is located in the Bahamas and is owned and operated by Holland America Cruise Lines. While it is almost always a part of the Eastern Caribbean experience, a few of their ships also call here as part of the Western Caribbean itinerary as well. Swimming, snorkeling, beach activities and great opportunities for soaking up the sun await you here. A steel-drum band entertains while you are enjoying a beach party and buffet. Calypso, anyone?
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