2012 - Grand Slam Adventures

Kathie and Jo Ann want to invite you to join us on a Caribbean Cruise and Bridge.

What a GRAND ADVENTURE we are planning on the Holland America cruise ship: 

ms Noordam

 February 3rd to 13th 2012 from 

Fort Lauderdale through the South Caribbean back to Fort Lauderdale

 

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Day Port Arrive Depart
2/3/2012 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 5:00 PM
2/4/2012 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
2/5/2012 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
2/6/2012 Samana, Dominican Republic 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
2/7/2012 At Sea
2/8/2012 Curacao, Netherlands Antilles 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
2/9/2012 Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
2/10/2012 Oranjestad, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
2/11/2012 At Sea
2/12/2012 At Sea
2/13/2012 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 7:00 AM

Ports of Call for Noordam 10 Day Caribbean Cruise

Ft. Lauderdale

The Seminole Indians were the original inhabitants of the area now known as Fort Lauderdale. The city itself was named for Major William Lauderdale, who led a group known as the Tennessee Volunteers into the area during the Seminole War.

Fort Lauderdale began as an agricultural community, full of citrus groves. By the 1960's, the city took on a new identity as the place for college students to come for spring break. Hedonism and public drunkenness became the norm for much of the next twenty years, but the residents of the once sleepy town decided to take it back from the rowdy youngsters. The police began to make their presence known a little more, and soon Fort Lauderdale was off the list of top Spring Break destinations.

Today, Fort Lauderdale is a little closer to its roots, with a gentle breezy demeanor to it. You can still have a good time here, exploring the 300 miles of waterways that led to the labeling of Fort Lauderdale as "the Venice of America." There are places to rent boats, and plenty of opportunities to take a boat tour around the city. Or, get really acquainted with the water by snorkeling or diving in the Atlantic.

There is still plenty to do in and around Fort Lauderdale. Take a water taxi to some of the area's best restaurants and bars. Stroll along busy Las Olas and visit the eclectic shops and art galleries.

The sports enthusiast will get his fill here. Tennis courts and golf courses are everywhere in Fort Lauderdale. It's just a matter of deciding which one to play on. Choose from baseball, football, or jai alai. You can even place a bet at the greyhound racetrack.

The nature lover can check out over 500,000 acres of Florida Everglades, which are part of the Greater Ft. Lauderdale area. The Everglades, which were formed by the constant overflow of nearby Lake Okeechobee, are home to flamingos and alligators, among others.

Of course, if you're visiting Florida, chances are that you will want to hit the beach, and there is ample space for everybody along Ft. Lauderdale's beautiful coastline. There are over 3,000 hours of sunshine here every year, so enjoy!

Curacao

The "C" of the ABC Islands of the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba & Bonaire comprising the A & B), Curacao is located just 35 miles north of Venezuela, and is the most populous island in the Netherlands Antilles. It is famous for its charming European culture, lack of over-development, friendly and hospitable residents, and inspiring natural beauty.

The island itself was first discovered in the 15th century on one of Christopher Columbus's expeditions. The Spanish empire ruled the island until 1634, when the Dutch took over and transformed this land into the charming getaway it is today.

Curacao, and the capital city of Willemstad in particular, has been transformed in recent decades into a complete tourist haven. Restored colonial landmarks, ritzy hotels, and wonderful shopping are all at your fingertips here, thanks to a revitalization phase on the island that has restored many prime tourist sites to world prominence.

A popular story told amongst residents of the island concerns a former governor of Curacao who supposedly suffered from intense migraines. Especially irritated by the color white, he ordered many of the buildings painted into the diverse pastel colors that we see in Willemstad and the surrounding cities to this day. You will delight in strolling through the colorful streets of Dutch style homes and buildings, creating a truly unique Caribbean cultural experience.

Be glad to know that once you have seen your share of the local architecture, there is much more to discover on this fascinating island. Terrific restaurants and nightclubs, world-class casinos featuring all your favorite games, diving and snorkeling outfitters, and scenic national parks all await you as you spend your sun-filled days in unforgettable Curacao.

Bonaire

Bonaire is the marine life capital of the Caribbean, a "Diver's Paradise" full of deep sea treasures. For both diving and snorkeling, Bonaire is one of the premier locations in the entire world. In fact, it is said that it is easier to scuba dive in Bonaire than anywhere else on earth. Bonaire, French for "good air," is in fact not a French Island. This luxurious paradise is fifty miles north of Venezuela, and is the middle island in the ABC Netherlands Antilles chain (with Aruba and Curacao being the A and C).

The first human inhabitants of Bonaire arrived there over a thousand years ago. They were an Arawak tribe who sailed from Venezuela and lived uninterrupted for 500 years. In 1499 Europeans arrived, and then in the early 1900's oil was discovered in Venezuela, so Bonaire became a primary refining center.

Bonaire's beaches are uncrowded and intimate. The island is a mere 112 square miles, and varies between three to seven miles wide. It is shaped like a boomerang, and so comfortable that you will feel like the island is your own personal resort.

Diving is the main attraction for visitors of Bonaire, but you will find that there truly is much more. The animal and marine life alone is enough to fascinate and perplex even the most seasoned traveler. Among the most exotic creatures on the island are giant iguanas, blue-tailed lizards, wild donkeys, fluorescent lora parrots, and feral goats. Per square foot, there is more cacti in Bonaire than anywhere except the deserts of the southwest and Mexico.

The friendly locals of Bonaire are a perfect complement to the beauty and tranquility that envelops all that inhabit the island. A cornucopia of ancestries, you will find people of African, Dutch, and South American descent. Expatriates from the U.S., Australia, and Britain can be found as well. The majority of Bonaire's inhabitants live in or around the capital city, Kralendijk. Kralendijk is located on the West Coast of the island, home to the majority of the nightlife, exploratory sights, and dining facilities. Bonaire combines relaxation, excitement, and beauty, truly a marvel of nature. This miniature landscape may be geographically small but it is simply wonderful.

 

 

Contact Information
Cruising Kat  902-443-4676   kmacnab@eastlink.ca
 Cruising Joey  902-843-6022   jlynds@eastlink.ca
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902-835-6649

melanie@cruiseholidays.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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