Images of Cruising: The Fleet at St. Maarten

Images of Cruising: The FLeet at St. Marteen

There is always a buzz on the pier when you have several ships docked and disgourging mass of passengers into a port.  So it was at St. Maarten.  The port is well designed and able to handle flow of people into it, being among those that have built modern purpose designed facilities.  For many even going deeper into a port becomes an afterthought as there is nearly a full days worth of shopping in the duty free and other stores within walking distance of the gangways.

Lunch-time videos: Sunset on the Independence of the Seas.

I'll say it a hundred times, but simply taking time to stare out over the water, seeing people moving around onshore, watching ships leave port, all are among the best of things about cruises.  Even those who feel the need to be on the go constantly find themselves drawn to the almost spiritual quality of the open ocean, the sounds of water passing alongside a ship and feeling of the air blowing by.  I may risk delving into hyperbole perhaps, but but the sentiment is sincere.  This video was taken almost as an afterthought while aboard Independence of the Seas.  I came to fully appreciate it nearly a year later as I began to work to edit and polish the content.  Later, I began to watch these videos during lunch at work, part of my being online when I can't be onboard.  I hope you enjoy the few minutes of escape too!

Carnival Allowed to Carry Cuban Exiles

*BREAKING* Carnival Allowed to Carry Cuban Exiles Carnival Cruise Lines has managed to pressure the Cuban government to allow former Cuban nationals to visit the island by way of it's "Fathom" cruises.

Carnival Cruise Lines' first "Fathom" cruise will proceed as planned following the announcement that the Cuban government had withdrawn a rule preventing former Cuban nationals from visiting or working on ships traveling to the island.

Read more: Carnival Allowed to Carry Cuban Exiles

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