Friday File: Faces Of Ports

Cruise ports always like to put on their best faces when welcoming ships that carry thousands of visitors, and “best faces” can be the welcome that awaits when you disembark. It could be a sign, or dancers, or a scenic harbor or something else created by Mother Nature. Today’s Friday File takes in all of that, from ports we visited for the first time…

Cayman Islands

Once there were pirates on Grand Cayman Island…now there are beaches and wonderful people and a place called Hell, worth the trip from Georgetown. No pirates.


Imagine seeing water as clear as this from the balcony of a cruise ship! This was in Roatan, Honduras and one of the nicest “environmental” welcomes we’ve ever seen.

Grand Bahama

One of the many friendly cruise-ship stops in the Bahamas is Freeport in Grand Bahama Island, where the locals wanted to see if we could proof-read their sign.


There’s a good reason why this port might make you think of the Netherlands…it’s colorful Curacao in what until 2010 was known as the Netherland Antilles.


The unmistakable, natural entrance to Cabo San Lucas is possibly the most photographed rock formation in all of Mexico, which has thousands of them.

Grand Turk

You could say there’s nothing especially warm about this entrance to Grand Turk in the Caribbean, except that entrances to every Caribbean port are warm!


Labadee is likely a place that would never be heard of if not for the fact Royal Caribbean made it a private port for “of the Seas” ships to put it on the map.

In the news…

• Norway-owned Hurtigruten cruise line going inland (the Amazon) for the first time
• Eight coins welded into keel in otherwise traditional ceremony for the Silver Muse

Today at Azamara unveils itineraries three years early

Norwegian Sky
3 nights
January 22, 2016
Miami (return): Grand Bahama lsland, Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay
Inside: $269
Cost per day: $89

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