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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Secluded Caribbean Ports

Lovely weather, turquoise water, soft sand beaches, and lots of fun activities have made the Caribbean one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations. But it’s so popular that some ports may host multiple cruise ships on any given day – meaning you’ll share your time on shore with lots of other visitors.

If you want to cruise the Caribbean but would like to be on the only ship in port, look for the following ports of call as you browse itineraries with your professional travel advisor. Just know that these are smaller ports that can’t accommodate really big ships. And, they may be a bit busier from December to March, but any ship that calls on the same day as yours is also likely to carry a smaller number of passengers.

Charlestown, Nevis. The smaller of two islands that form the nation of St. Kitts and Nevis has long beaches overlooked by several volcanic summits, including 3,232-foot Mount Nevis. Ride horses along Oaulie Beach, tour a former sugar plantation in a horse-drawn buggy, or visit the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.

Roseau, Dominica. With an extensive national park system and amazing wildlife, this island (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a hot spot for ecotourism. Hike in rainforest-covered mountains or go canyoning, then relax in natural hot springs. Or, snorkel among the sea life along Champagne Reef, where underwater volcanic vents produce a constant stream of bubbles.

St. George’s, Grenada. An array of aromatic spices – including nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and cacao – are grown on this mountainous island. There are dozens of beaches, but the most popular is Grand Anse Beach, which many consider to be one of the world’s best. Venture inland to see beautiful waterfalls, including Annandale Falls, Mt. Carmel Falls, and the Seven Sisters.

Port Elizabeth, Bequia. This tiny island, part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is refreshingly undeveloped. Still, there’s plenty to see, including an open-air farmers market, lovely Princess Margaret Beach, a small sanctuary for hawksbill turtles, and plenty of dive sites.

Willemstad, Curacao. Larger but not as busy as neighboring Aruba, Curacao is famous for its orange-flavored liqueur and its floating market. The island is a favorite of scuba divers and historians: the center of Willemstad is a World Heritage Site filled with colorful Dutch Colonial architecture.

Ask Anita, your professional travel advisor, about ships that visit these and other secluded ports in the Caribbean.

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