Piracy of the Caribbean III: Now a Trilogy!

Much like our trip to the Caribbean early next year, the history of the Caribbean is not only told on land but on the high seas as well. Piracy is not only the theme of our adventure, but it was a way of life for hundreds of years as men and women fought the law, and other law breakers, for the ability to live their lives the way they wanted as well as to line their pockets with an appropriate amount of coins. Today we are going to take a look at the legendary Pirates of the high seas and highlight some great stories!

Samuel Bellamy, better known by the moniker of “Black Sam” Bellamy, was an English pirate who roamed the seas in the early 18th century. Bellamy was born in 1689 to parents Stephen and Elizabeth in Devonshire, England. The youngest of six children he took up sailing very early in his life and by the time he was in his teenage years he had joined the Royal Navy and fought in many conflicts. He had a wild affair with a woman by the name of Maria Hallett, sometimes called the ‘Witch of Wellfleet’ for the belief that she used witchcraft to curse Bellamy when he did not return to her in a prompt fashion. Bellamy turned to a life of piracy and was very effective in the year he was active, even crossing paths with the man who would one day become known as Blackbeard! Bellamy would go on to capture or sink 53 ships in that short span and he became feared throughout the New World for his brilliant tactics and the ruthlessness that he managed to display. Just two months after acquiring the Whydah, a massive ship which was the largest pirate ship up until that point, it crashed off the coast of Massachusetts and claimed Bellamy’s life. Much of Bellamy’s fame came after his death, as it was calculated by Forbes that Bellamy was actually the richest pirate of all time, being worth over 130 million dollars at the time of his death when accounting for inflation.

Captain William Kidd was a Scottish sailor who sailed in the 17th century. He was tried and executed for piracy after returning from a trip that had sent him to the Indian Ocean. Many historians now believe that Kidd’s piracy charges were actually trumped up and that he was a mere privateer. What has contributed to the great myth about the man though is the belief that he left buried treasure behind to be found. This belief has penetrated popular culture for a long time, earning mentions in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Gold-Bug” and perhaps most famously in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

Have you decided the pirate’s life is for you? Fantastic! We are proud to be hosting the Black Pearl Ball, which is our welcome aboard Masquerade party!We want you looking like a proper, landowning pirate of course! Can’t have you show up in rags, what would the ‘Gentleman Pirate’ think of that!? For some good ideas for pirate outfits as well as accessories, go here. And for all of the details about our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean, go here.

 

The Modern and Ancient Beauty of Shanghai!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both. Today we take a look at Shanghai, China, which offers an amazing diversity in sights to see!

The Bund, otherwise referred to as Waitan (pinyin: Wàitān, literally translated to mean ‘outer bank’), is a waterfront area that’s located in central Shanghai. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the entire city, with towering buildings that glow at night making the water glisten! The 52 buildings that are within the Bund offer a rich and varied architectural history as well, although they are generally Eclecticist in nature. Some of the styles on display include Gothic Revival, Renaissance Revival, Baroque Revival, Art Deco, and Neo-Classical! The Bund has recently undergone major reconstruction to its major highway to make it more accessible to tourists and to ease the flow of traffic going through it, as it is one of the more popular areas of the city.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is a staggering TV tower in the heart of Shanghai! It sits across from the Bund and its height makes it a very distinct landmark in the area! It was completed in 1994 and at over 1500 feet it was the tallest structure in China for 13 years before it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center in 2007. It is classified as an A5 scenic area according to the China National Tourism Administration, which is the highest possible rating. The lightning at night, pictured above, is beloved in China for its beautiful and varied LED lights which grab the attention of any passerby! The highest observation point of the tower is 1148 feet off the ground and is known as the Space Module!

 

The Longhua Temple is a Buddhist Temple which is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha. The temple, unlike many of its contemporaries, has managed to preserve the architectural integrity of the Song dynasty monastery of the Chan School. It is widely regarded as the most complete and authentic ancient temple in the entire city! The temple was originally built in the year 242, during the Three Kingdoms Period. The local legend behind the temple states that Sun Quan, who was the King of the Kingdom of Wu, took possession of some Sharira artifacts, which are the cremated remains of the Buddha. It is said he ordered 13 pagodas to be built in order to house these precious relics and that Longhua Pagoda was one of them.

Shanghai is a city with a rich backbone of history that has built a wonderful modern landscape to go alongside it. There is so much to explore her and we’ll gladly help you do it with our trip to China! It’s going to be an amazing experience, make sure you are a part of it! For all of the information on this exciting trip, click here.

Five times the Fine Dining Experience in London!

One of the great things about traveling is the chance to experience different cultures around the world first hand, and there are few better ways to do that then to take a bite of someone’s food. Like music, food is a universal language. We all eat, we enjoy food in vastly different ways, and one person’s supreme meal is another person’s garbage.  I have been doing a lot of research lately when it comes to the highlights of the world, and quite a bit of that time has been devoted to various eateries. Today we’ll be going to London Englandwhere the food is delicious five times over!

The Five Fields is an exquisite restaurant that is one of the best regarded places to eat in all of London, which is no easy feat to manage. The two principle food makers, Chef Patron Taylor Bonnyman and Head Chef Marguerite Keogh, offer up, in their own words, “elegant and playful modern British cooking with an emphasis on native British artisanal produce.” The pair of them have worked in some of the best kitchens in London, New York, and Paris to bring together influences that dazzle the senses and put on full display the wide breadth of amazing ingredients they use. Their aim is to strike a balance between indulgence and fresh simplicity, and according to just about everyone who stops in they do an amazing job of it. The dining room is magnificently done as well, creating an intimate space that takes inspiration from the flora of the surrounding area with the pale green and ivory colors dominating the room. The restaurant is renowned for its atmosphere and great service, with a very friendly wait staff who are exceptionally attentive to guest’s needs. If you’re interested in dining here make sure you book a table quickly, as you won’t be able to just walk in and get one off the street, the demand is quite high!

 

 

Of course, atmosphere and friendliness of staff wouldn’t mean a whole lot if the food wasn’t delicious. I’m going to be anti-climactic: the food is amazingly well regarded and all anyone who eats here appears capable of talking about even days after they have finished dining here. Meals are served in three courses with a starter, a main, and a dessert. One of the more popular starters is the Rock Pool, which combines smoked eel, Caviar, and Tuna for an amazing and unique seafood blend that makes the mouth water. There is also the very popular Orkney Scallop, which comes from the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Great Britain, which is served with tomatoes, Peaches, and Avocado for a spectacular flavor explosion that is greater than the delicious sum of its parts. As for mains many people rave about their John Dory, which is a brilliant combination of chickpea, chorizo, and a surprisingly delectable octopus! Don’t be shy about giving it a try, it gets rave reviews! The desserts are delectable as well, with the Ginger option that comes with plums and vanilla ice cream being a huge hit. If you aren’t looking for anything too sweet they also offer a selection of amazing British and Irish cheeses, which again are extremely beloved! There aren’t many items on the movie that aren’t pleasing to taste though, so if you stop in let your heart and stomach guide your path. They also have a very fine cocktail menu, which I am sure is relevant to a lot of people!

 

London has a lot to offer any foodie, and this is an amazing restaurant that is guaranteed to not disappoint! Fresh ingredients, superb skill, and a welcoming atmosphere make for an amazing dining experience that people owe to themselves to check out first hand. We’re proud to take our travelers to London as part of our 7 Day Taste of Europe pre-stay which leads into our FABULOUS Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the information on this upcoming trip, please go here.

 

 

 

 

 

Imperial and Religious Landmarks in Rome!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both. Here is a look into Rome, Italy, whose historical significance is unmatched in all of western civilization! 

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is an elliptical amphitheater in the center of the city, and is built of concrete and stone. It is the largest amphitheater ever build and is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of engineering and architecture that the world has ever known. The construction of the building began under the rule of Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and was completed eight years later under his heir Titus. Further additions were made during the reign of Domitian. These three rulers of Rome are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheater got its Latin name for its association with this family. The Colosseum could hold an estimated 80,000 spectators at any one time, having an average audience of about 65,000. It has gained much of its fame due to it being the home of gladiatorial contests but it was home to many public spectacles including dramas based on myths, re-enactments of famous battles, and public executions. After the fall of the Roman Empire the grounds were repurposed in several ways that included being home to a cemetery and many of the spaces were converted into housing and workshops. These days the Colosseum stays partially ruined due to damage from stone-robbers and horrific earthquakes. Even so, it is an iconic symbol of the Roman Empire and is one of the most visited buildings in the entire world, and is by far Rome’s most popular tourist attraction.

The Arcibasilica Papale di San Giovanni in Laterano (English: Papal Archbasilica of St John in the Lateran) is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bistop of Rome, which is the Pope. Due to its distinction as the cathedral for the Bishop of Rome, it ranks above every other Catholic Church and thus is the only one to be named an Archbasilica. It has often been remarked that the building resembles a palace more than any sort of church, with its beautiful Baroque architecture and resplendent artwork strewn all about the building. One of the more amazing pieces of artistry within the building is the statues of the twelve apostles which were commissioned under the rule of Pope Clement XI in the early 18th century, which are beautifully crafted. 

Rome is a fantastic city with a lot of history to offer. It had one of the greatest empires to ever stretch the world, and is home to some of the most devout religious followers in the entire world with splendid buildings to match. You should visit this city, and we’re glad to bring you an amazing trip that can take you all over Italy! For all of the details on what great experiences await you, click here.

 

You’ll WANT to Sleep with the Fishes in Lisbon!

With approximately three weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today we are in Lisbon, Portugal, where there are dazzling sights to see above and below the water!

The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is a museum in Lisbon, containing a wide variety of ancient, as well as modern, art. The Museum was founded according to the last wishes of Calouste Gulbenkian, thus the name of the museum, who died in 1955, to display the man’s rich art collection. The exhibition is distributed in geographical and chronological order to create two separate circuits within the tour as a whole. The first focuses on Greco-Roman art from classical antiquity and delves into Egyptian and Persian art as well. The other highlights European art of all kinds, including paintings and sculptures. The museum has a total collection of around 6000, with about 1000 of that on permanent exhibition.

The Oceanario de Lisboa is an oceanarium of enormous size and stands as the largest indoor aquarium in all of Europe! The amount of marine species is as impressive as the size of the aquarium itself with over 16,000 individuals and 450 species! The main exhibit within the building is a massive 180,000 cubic foot tank with four large acrylic windows located on its sides. Sharks, moray eels, and barracudas can be found swimming in this tank to the delight of many travelers! One of the more interesting aspects of this particular aquarium is the fact that it hosts sunfish, which are rare due to the very demanding conditions it takes to keep them healthy.

Chiado is the name of a square and the surrounding area in the heart of Lisbon. The square is considered a traditional shopping center with a lot of popular retail stores as well as cafes. Culturally speaking it is important, as it hosts a number of museums and theaters that offer a wide variety of entertainment options. It is considered to be one of the hippest areas in the entire city, which is saying something, with wine bars and restaurants that are on the cutting edge of European trends. Make sure to bring your walking shoes though, as exploring this great place takes a fair amount of walking!

 

Lisbon is a beautiful city that like so many of its fellow European cities has an amazing wealth of places to explore and have a great time in! Lisbon is just one of the many fantastic cities that we are going to be visiting as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! The trip is almost here, everyone! For all of the great details on this wonderful trip that’s just around the corner, please go here.

 

 

Amazing Museums in London!

With approximately three weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today’s stop is London, England!

The British Museum is a museum dedicated to culture, art, and the history of humanity. The museum opened in 1759 and was largely based on the collections of the scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The architecture of the building draws obvious inspiration from the ancient Greeks, which was a signature design choice of the architect who designed it. The breadth of its collection is staggering, with over 8 million pieces all told! The size of the collection makes it one of the largest in the entire world as well as one of the most varied, with origins from all continents. The departments within the museum include ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Middle East, and Asia! One of the most famous pieces that is housed there is the Rosetta Stone, pictured above, which was vital to deciphering hieroglyphics.

The Churchill War Rooms is a museum that is comprised of two portions: the first is the Cabinet War Rooms, an underground facility that was home to a British government command center throughout World War II and the Churchill Museum, a biographical museum about the life and times of Winston Churchill. The Cabinet War Rooms were in use from 1939 until August of 1945, when Japan surrendered and effectively ended the Second World War. It was evident after the war that there was historical value to be found in such a command center and the preservation of the site fell to the Ministry of Works before the Department for the Environment took over. The museums opened for the first time in 1984 after years where the sites were not open to the public at all and have since had redevelopments in both 2005 and 2010.

The Wallace Collection is renowned around the world for its wide range of decorative and fine arts from 15th to the 19th centuries. The collection as a whole is split up into 25 large galleries. The museum was established in 1897 with a great deal of the collection coming from the private stores of one Richard Seymour-Conway who left it all to his illegitimate son, Sir Richard Wallace, whose widow gave it all to the nation. The only condition of the act of generosity was that nothing ever leave the collection, even on loan. In total there are over 5,000 pieces now on display, with over 2,000 of that being fine examples of European and Oriental arms and armor! Perhaps the best part of the museum is that admission to this amazing collection is free!

London is a great city with so much history to explore! No matter where you turn there is something fantastic to do there. The museums that were talked about today are just one of the enjoyable aspects of the city! You can enjoy it all as part of the 7 Day Taste of Europe pre-stay as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the information on this stellar trip, go here.

 

Amazing adventure awaits in Mazatlan, Mexico!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are as unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both.Today we stop into Mazatlan, Mexico!

 

The Malecón of the city is one of the most popular places for both locals and travelers to visit, regardless of the hour or the day! Malecón is a word used in Spanish-speaking countries and it refers to an embankment along a waterfront,  sometimes called a boardwalk as well. The strip of land, which runs for over 20 miles, offers a large variety of shops that will suit any need one could have. The best aspect though is the beautiful view you are treated to as you casually stroll, or run if you prefer, the length of it. The ocean will draw you in as you soak up the atmosphere and it will never let you go. The Malecón is a can’t miss experience!

The Huana Coa Canopy Adventure is not, perhaps, for the faint of heart. This zip lining tour is one of the more popular activities to do while in town, and it’s not hard to see why: the view among and above the trees is really something else. There are a myriad of different zip lines placed throughout the area so that you can get many different views, with varying amount of feet off the ground depending on just how much of a thrill seeker you are! The experience does not disappoint, with a vast majority of people who have discussed this on various trip sites rating it a five star experience! Aside from the amazing adventure to be had the guides there are noted for their friendliness as well as their knowledge of the area, allowing them to perfectly impart a lot of really great facts to their guests!

The Plaza Machado is the heart of Mazatlan, with the plaza being built around the original settlement of the area. During the day it is the center for culture, outdoor dining, and beautiful views of various portions of the city. The historic downtown area has a lot to offer anyone who ventures into it, and anyone who visits the city is going to definitely want to do just that. It is at night, however, when the plaza’s true magic appears. Music floats through the air and the energy of the entire place hums all around. There are many places to dance the night away and to watch as artisans of the night ply their various trades with fun banter and skill.

Mazatlan has an uncommon liveliness to it. From beautiful views to adventure atop trees to soaking in the heart of the city, there is a lot to do in this beautiful Mexican city! It just so happens that we have the perfect opportunity for you to experience it for yourself with our Atlantis Halloween Cruise, which travels from LA to Mexico! Don’t miss out on this great trip! To find out all of the details on what awaits you, go here.

Learning to Love the Louvre and the Luxembourg Garden!

With approximately four weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today we talk about Paris, France, where art and nature collide beautifully!

The Louvre is one of the world’s largest and most splendid museums as well as being a prominent historic landmark in Paris. Roughly 35,000 pieces from prehistory all the way up to the 21st century are on exhibit in the museum’s expansive 652,300 square feet! Comfortable walking shoes are a must for anyone who wants to transverse this amazing place! The Louvre also holds the distinction for being the most visited museum in the world and only getting more popular: the past decade has seen the number of visitors annually rise from roughly 8 million to now well over 9 million, with the number expected to continue to rise! Originally the museum opened in 1793 with a scant 537 painting. Throughout the years various kings invested time and resources into expanding the museum as well as a number of donations throughout the years. Some of the most impressive expansions of the collection came during the reign of Napoleon, who through many successful military campaigns managed to acquire a staggering amount of items. Napoleon was also responsible for appointing the museum’s very first director, one Dominique Vivant Denon. These days the collection is divided into eight curatorial divisions: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. By far the most famous piece in the museum, and the most famous painting in the entire world, is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci pictured above. Other famous pieces include “Nike of Samothrace”, a beautiful depiction of the Greek goddess of Victory, and the “Venus de Milo”, an amazing sculpture of the goddess of love that shows the beauty of the female form.

The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Garden, is located in the 6th administrative district in Paris and was formed in 1612 by the window of King Henry IV of France, Marie de’ Medici, for her new residence the Luxembourg Palace. The park covers over 23 hectares and is known for its gorgeous lawns, flowerbeds, and most famously the Medici Fountain, pictured above, which was built in 1630. The garden also features over one hundred states all across its ground. Among these many statues is a central space where twenty figures of French queens and other famous women stand on pedestals. The garden is one of the more popular spots in the entire city and serves as a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of Paris, which can be overwhelming at times for all of its beauty.

Paris is an amazing city, as beautiful as it is interesting, with so much to discover. The Louvre alone could take someone days to explore, much less anything else in this vast city. We love Paris, and it is why we’re so happy to be able to take people there as part of our 7 Day Taste of Europe pre tour as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the information on this great trip, go here.

 

Where Art thou Art? In Venice!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both. Today we stop in on Venice, Italy, where the visionaries of the past still live on today!

The Doge’s Palace, or Palazzo Ducale in Italian, is a palace built in the Venetian Gothic style. The Palace is named after its former resident, the Doge of Venice, who served as the supreme authority when Venice was still a republic. The first building to house the Doge was built in the 9th century at the behest of Angelo Partecipazio, who moved the seat of government from the island of Malamocco. This building wouldgo on to be destroyed by a fire a century later and it would not be until 1340 before the current Doge’s Palace was completed. Several more fires would ravage the palace throughout the centuries requiring several reconstructions. Eventually the Republic of Venice would fold due to occupations from the French and Austrians in the 18th and 19th centuries before becoming a part of Italy in the 1866. These days the palace is one of 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civci di Venezia and is considered to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The palace is noted for its various paintings such as Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice, which was finished in 1750, pictured above. People who visit the museum these days remark often about how beautiful everything within its halls are as well as the excellent audio guides which are offered to enrich people’s experience! It is a must visit in the city of Venice!

 

The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, shortened to Frari often, is one of the greatest churches in the city of Venice. The rights to the land that the church now stands on were given in 1250 but it was another 88 years before the church would finally be completed. It is one of several notable church in the city that was built in the Italian Gothic style of architecture. Perhaps the most important feature of the church is all of the amazing works of art stored within it as well as all of the famous artists who are interred there. Titian, who is widely considered to be the most important member of the 16th century Venetian school of painting and whose self-portrait is seen above, is interred here.

It is evident that Venice’s history when it comes to artistry is intrinsic to the city still today. Venice is a remarkable city with so much to explore and experience! You can go there though as part of our Gay Taste of Italy Tour! We’ve for Venice, we’ve got Tuscany, we’ve got Sorrento, and of course we’ve got Rome! For all of the details on this AMAZING trip, go here.

 

 

Pizza off the coast of St. Thomas and Smoothies in St. John!

One of the great things about traveling is the chance to experience different cultures around the world first hand, and there are few better ways to do that then to take a bite of someone’s food. Like music, food is a universal language. We all eat, we enjoy food in vastly different ways, and one person’s supreme meal is another person’s garbage.  I have been doing a lot of research lately when it comes to the highlights of the world, and quite a bit of that time has been devoted to various eateries. Today we rock the boat in St. Thomas and lean back and relax in St. John. 

 

Pizza Pi is not, by any stretch of the imagination, your ordinary pizza place. Captain Sasha and Chef Tara endeavored for something different from the start, and by all accounts they have managed to accomplish this with their vision of taking the concept of a food truck to the high seas and making it into a food boat! It took the two of them two years to redo the ship to be the perfect pizza making machine! The pair are dedicated to serving New York style pizza in a unique fashion while still ensuring that the product is top notch, and people who have gone on the boat don’t have any complaints! Patrons of the floating restaurant cite the amazing atmosphere of the surrounding water as being a big selling point when it comes to visiting this place. That being said let’s be clear here: the pizza is amazing as well. Made with fresh ingredients and all sorts of toppings the food here is as just as good, if not better, than you would expect of any pizzeria attached to land. Everyone is in agreement that Sasha and Tara are amazing people who deliver over the top customer service with big smiles on their faces at all times. They clearly love what they do here, and it shows in the quality of the food and the relationships they form with their customers.

Our Market Smoothies operates out of it St. John and is, in a word, fantastic. It is the number one rated place to go for a drink according to several metrics on the entire island! First off the customer service here is top notch, with Thomas the owner and the person who is going to be doing most of the blending throughout the day. People simply rave how his smoothies are quite possibly the greatest smoothies they have ever had. Not only that though but he takes the time to regale you with stories from around the island or playing a game with you while you are there. Thomas being a great guy aside though, the smoothies are the real star of the show. Expertly blended, crafted with fresh fruit in just the right proportions to be savory, almost no one complains about their deliciousness! Crowd pleaders include the BBC, made with Light Rum, Bailey’s Coconut, and a Banana as well as Love City which is a mix of Cognac, Passionfruit, and Strawberry. You owe it to yourself to give one of the many flavor combinations a shot when you visit St. John, you won’t regret it!

 

Whether you are in the mood for eating at sea or drinking on land, the above choices are excellent for anyone who is looking for a great time! Remember to check back to the blog as the weeks continue for more great foodie options from all around the world and so much more! If this article go you excited to go traveling then remember St. Thomas and St. John are just part of our amazing adventure known as Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean! For all of the information we have on this exciting trip, go here.