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I've found regardless of destination, that people are far less offended by cultural faux pas-ses then by behavior that would be rude anywhere. In India, I've accidentally paid with my left hand, and I've seen the person in return get a little uncomfortable, and accept the money with his right. What I did, however, is just apologize and ask, at which point he ...


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I've been working on cruise ships for three years and I can say that getting a job on a cruise ship is not that hard. First of all let me tell you more on what is it to work on a cruise ship. If you want to be able to get off the ship while you are in port you have to consider one of the following positions: casino dealer/slot attendant/casino cashier ...


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May be Sixth Star is what you are looking for. In the referred page you can see what they offer (they literally say "We provide low cost cruises to experts and professionals in a wide range of areas" so these are not 24/7 works, so you can enjoy the rest of the cruise for a low fee). I have not experience with them, but a friend some years ago asked to join ...


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I agree with @Kendell's suggestions, and here are my additions: Don't keep your (all) credit cards in the wallet. I worked in a bank once, and the security there said that most people carry everything (licenses, ID's, cards, checks) in one wallet, and when it gets lost or stolen their whole life may be ruined. Keep 1-2 cards in the wallet, another one ...


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The best approach I think is to not worry about being mugged, but to make sure being mugged will not be a disaster if it does happen: 1) Always travel with multiple credit cards, only carry one with you out of the room. 2) Always keep photographs on a smartphone or something else of all your cards and the backs of them (so you have the numbers to call to ...


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Wikihow has a piece on this and suggests: Drab down. Expensive clothing's purpose is to advertise to the general public that you are filthy stinking rich. Robbers don't have X-ray vision: they notice the attire only and guess what's in the wallet by that. Buff up! If you were a thief, would you go for someone wimpy or ripped? You'd go for the ...


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I decided it was worth putting an anecdote in as a way to handle this, as you've edited now to say you're stuck with only a couple of dollars. In 2008 I and a friend did La Tomatina, the tomato fight near Valencia, Spain. We had a rental car, and parked at the entrance to Buñol, the town where it happens. Concerned about getting our stuff wrecked by ...


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An example of what I found out in Brasil: I was in a restaurant with friends, and my nose was running (spicy food, you know ;) ). In my own country (Holland) the polite thing to do is to blow your nose while facing away from the table. When I did that, I received surprised comments from my friends. Apparantly it was better to just snort it up and blow your ...


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This is less than an answer, but more than a comment… A large percentage of your travel budget will be spent on the cruise itself, given that it includes lodging, food, and transportation. As it appears you don't have your heart set on seeing a particular part of the Caribbean, the next important question is: what is your "cruising style"? I've been on ...


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You could use Cubana de Aviación to go from Havana (Cuba) to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), then take a land transport to Punta Cana. Additionally, you could also visit Jamaica. Starting from December 25 2011, Air Jamaica will resume flights to Santiago de Cuba.


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As @Jonik said, you can skip verification, make some friends locally in Dominican Republic, get some references, and everything will be ok. But if you want to verify yourself, I think, you should contact the CS team, especially Help Desk. CS said: Due to the number of postcards we mail out, we cannot vary our processes, and we almost have it fully ...


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There are some but they all cover short distances, often only within 1 country as you have seen. The ones I've found... Bahamas Ferries has car services from the Nassau to Andros, Eleuthera, Exumas and Abacos One from Punta Sam to Isla Mujeres in Mexico Apparently an international one from La Guiria in Venezuela to Chaguaramas in Trinidad and Tobago ...


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Well I don't know about the other countries, but Suriname is quite safe to cross and travel alone. Although I still recommend you to travel with a guide, just because you might get lost. The people there are very friendly and many of them speak English, so you wont have any problem if you've lost your way. Furthermore there are many different cultures, ...


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There a ferry mentioned on the Rome2Rio site which also mentioned that the tickets for the ferry can be bought on Pier1TT, which appears to be in the process of upgrading, so they give a phone number to call.


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There is only one definite confirmation and that is the flight. If you are on it, then it exists. Now, you might want to know if it will probably occur in advance and for that, the second best option is the airline itself. You checked Cubana's site which is a good step. To do better, call them and ask about that flight when whether it runs a the particular ...


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If you are the adventurous type, head over to a harbor and just ask captains. Some will let you come aboard by working, others for a small fee. Don't be surprised if conditions will be rough though, it's not exactly a walk in the park! The problem with freight ships is they can only have a very limited amount of people on board. Once they go over that, they ...


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Most of the time you will see huge cruise ships in Havana. But this is part of a cruise and even though you will have a day or two in Havana, you will not be allowed to stay on the island. If you have your own boat you can just sail to Cuba but have to arrive at one of seven ports. There is some good information about this at cruisingincuba.com I don't ...


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Naturally it depends how strict a budget you're on as a backpacker, or flashpacker or however you define yourself. About suggests that Easy Cruise Caribbean is the best option - no frills, but is a cruise, at $55 a night, which seems pretty darn awesome. Travels to Barbados, St. Vincent, Martinique, the Grenadines, Grenada and St. Lucia. Thorn Tree Forums ...


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Apparently scheduled sea options are very limited or nonexistent. As mentioned, last year when I quickly checked, the flights (via mainland Colombia) I found were really expensive (like 800+ USD)... But now that I'm aware of despegar.com (cheap flight search engine for Latin America), I know a bit better. As Karlson mentioned, the main airport of the ...


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Not sure if ferries are available to St Andres but you can certainly look at the official site for more details but from the Wiki page all I could find is that by sea you can only reach the island on a cruise ship. Of course the island does have an airport so you can get there by plane. Most of the services are via Colombia(Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena) or ...


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There are several: CheapCruises Cruises.com Cruise.com CruiseCheap Travelocity


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You don't specify what sort of Caribbean holiday you're after, so I'm going to have to take a punt and assume "winter sun" (even if it's your summer in January....) I've just looked at one of the UK package tour companies at random. They'll happily do you two people for a week in January, all inclusive 3* resort with flights from the UK, to either Jamaica ...


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Trinidad has a ferry that travels between itself and its sister isle Tobago. It takes about 2 and 1/2 hours to reach the destination. The cost of an adult, one way is about 8 U.S. dollars (TT$50.00) The cost of a one-way flight is about 24 U.S. dollars For information you can check the Port Authority Website


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Certainly there are cargo ships with berths available in the Caribbean: http://www.cargoshipvoyages.com/ViewAllVoyages/?regiontoshow=2 As an example. While your one is not listed specifically, I imagine a company like that would certainly have the contacts. A friend cycled from London to NZ and had to take a cargo ship from Australia to NZ. It wasn't ...


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Right, I've not been there, but I'll try and say what I would do, as your food methodology seems to echo mine :) The Aruba Ostrich Farm would be my first stop if you've not tried Ostrich meat. Dried, sliced, or in a burger, it's a delicious meat. Snorkelling sounds pretty great there, and for once you're not left out with wrecks that only scuba divers ...


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Do not get mugged in the first place. The following information comes from Marc McYoung and I found it very convincing and informative. The tips are also usable to avoid theft or rape. A criminal needs (a) a victim and (b) to get near the victim From (a) we know that if there are too many people, we are relatively safe. The danger of a safe escape is ...


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I was able to phone the ferry agency. A one-way ticket is about 6,500 Bolivares Fuertes (including taxes) (USD $1,035, EUR €755). Round-trip has a cost of about 13,000 Bolivares Fuertes. (USD $2,070, EUR €1,515) But a flight (for example from Margarita Island) is much cheaper. A Round-trip from Margarita Island to Port of Spain is about 5,000 Bolivares ...


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Dominican Republic's currency is the Dominican Peso, DOP. It might be possible that Canadian dollars are accepted, but I suggest to use US dollars (USD), as they are widely accepted. In touristic areas (and resorts), restaurant menus and stores have their prices in USD. You can use either USD or DOP, they will be both accepted most of the time in touristic ...


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So presumably you're talking about the southern half of the island, given the northern half is Saint-Martin. Confusing place, but handy for country counters ;) Firstly, one of my travel moments I want to experience happens to be there. The Princess Juliana airport has planes taking off and landing ... unusually close to the beach, and is a sort of holy ...



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