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Industry leader Carnival says it will launch seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean out of Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla. -- a first for the line. The company says the cruises will be offered in 2011 on the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend from Tampa and the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination from Jacksonville, both of which are currently based at those ports but sail elsewhere. The Carnival Legend, which currently operates week-long voyages to the Western Caribbean, will add five sailings of the new "Exotic Eastern Caribbean" itinerary, as the line is calling the voyages. The new sailings will include calls at Nassau and Half Moon Cay (a private island destination) in the Bahamas, and Key West, Fla. They'll take place May 1, June 26, July 24, Aug. 7 and Oct. 16, 2011.
Newlyweds Nick Stamathis, left, and Kristen Wrzesien, from Baltimore, Maryland in the United States, recently won a dream honeymoon package to the Caribbean courtesy of the Jamaica Tourist Board. Victoria Rogers, center, JTB’s business development manager for the northeast region, presented the couple with the prize during the couple’s wedding at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore.
For a small island of approximately 55,000, St. Croix’s wide array of tastes is impressive. So, topping off a trip to the amoeba-shaped isle with a last lick of Armstrong’s Ice Cream is the perfect way to savor the array of culinary fare that reflects its multicultural population. Just 28 miles long by seven miles wide, St. Croix is indeed a “foody’s” paradise. It is the largest of the three islands that make up the United States Virgin Islands - St. John and St. Thomas the others. Its surprising culinary encounters complements tourism, the island’s mainstay.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is securing an all-star team of presenters for this year’s Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, otherwise known as Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC).
CTO Chairman Senator Ricky Skerritt to deliver public presentation on Monday, March 26 The Caribbean's tourism leaders will assemble in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) next week to discuss the critical importance of regional tourism. The USVI Department of Tourism announced Senator Richard "Ricky" Skerritt, Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Hugh Riley, CTO's Secretary General, will visit St. Thomas for high level meetings with Governor John P. deJongh, Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and local hotelier Richard Doumeng, President-elect of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).
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