Maritime law requires all cruise ships conduct lifeboat drills each cruise. Cruisers are required to report to their muster stations for a brief presentation. While times have changed enough that passengers are no longer required to don life jackets, the drill is serious enough that no food or drinks are allowed.
The virgin islands were purchased by the United States from Denmark in 1917 for $17 million. The US bought the islands to make sure Germany could not use the islands as a submarine base during World War I. St Thomas is home to Charlotte Amalie, the islands’ capital. It is also a favorite destination for travelers.
A Beach on the Dutch side of St Martin in the Caribbean. Light sand in the foreground is a marked contrast to the mountains in the background. Local merchants rent umbrellas, and water sport gear to tourists while others sell beer and refreshments.
A rainbow stretches over the lighthouse at Hog Island, Nassau, Bahamas. There is some grain in this photo as it was taken during a rain (hence the appearance of a rainbow). This lighthouse is a common sight for those visiting Nassau via cruise ship.
A Pilot Boat crashes through waves. Pilot boats are used to ferry pilots that steer ships in and out of ports. The pilot has to jump from the boat to the ship when the ship is in motion. Ports require that a local pilot bring ships into port for safety reasons as the pilots are more familiar with local waters.