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Horta, Faial, Azores

Posted on 16 April 2015 @ 6:36pm

What a busy port program! First we all went to a museum where we watched and interacted with different sorts of volcano images and volcanic rock. At the same location we were able to walk up a lighthouse to look at the oldest piece of land that was over 50 years old. It was made by a volcano that erupted underwater and came to the surface, hardened and became land. After that we drove to the begining of our 12km hike up Faial Caldera, the volcano on the island. Although it was very foggy and hard to see down into the volcano, it cleared up every once and a while to let us see the beautiful view.  It was a great port program after being at sea for 19 days to get out and stretch our legs.

Olivia O. Alberta, Canada

St. John’s, Antigua- Parent Port

Posted on 23 March 2015 @ 11:02am

Antigua is a green island, with turquoise water and beautiful beaches, but we were mostly excited to see our floaties!  Seeing the Gulden Leeuw majestically approaching the pier with the students aloft was quite impressive, although she looked so tiny beside the huge cruise ships!

 After warm hugs, all the floaties were enthusiastic to get off the boat with family and friends. One night, the Gulden Leeuw had to move from its berth and get anchored in a bay, a nice opportunity for some parents to see her motoring at night or at anchor in the morning.  

The crew was tendered to a nearby beach and some floaties directly at their parent's beach. Wednesday was the port program where everyone could enjoy a high powered speed boat ride to see the beauties of the archipelago, among which, the Great Bird Island, where we climbed a hill to see a magnificent view over the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. We all concluded with a dip in the ocean.

On departure day, it’s with mixed emotions that we looked at the Gulden Leeuw, heading to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Written by Caroline Rheaume, Current Parent.