Caribbean Cruising

Words and photography by Andrew Hartl

eowt2This story really begins almost 25 years ago. Back then I was the quintessential globetrotter—I spent 11 years travelling the world, with five of those years aboard several ocean liners.

When my wife suggested we do a Caribbean cruise as our vacation last December, I had one of those light-bulb moments: what if we did a cruise that went to all my old favorite ports of call?

We decided on a western Caribbean itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, a private beach on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, Sint Maarten and Saint Thomas, followed by the Turks and Caicos, (my new favorite Caribbean destination).

Things had completely changed from the way I remembered them. The small docks and surrounding bars, restaurants and tourist shops had given way to modern huge cruise ship terminals.

We enjoyed every moment of the trip, from our island sightseeing excursions to the captain’s gala dinners. I mean, how often do you get the opportunity to wear a tuxedo in the Caribbean, unless you’re getting married?

Movies under the stars on deck, lounging in the recliners with blankets; excuse me sir, would you care for some popcorn? I’m thinking: does it get any better? Before I could finish that thought, I’m asked if I’d like some milk and cookies. Life is good.

One Response to Caribbean Cruising

  1. Tirun Reply

    June 16, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Anytime is a good time, because the Caribbean is sunny and happy all year round!

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