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Adventures Around the ship - The Gulf of Mexico


Adventures Around the ship - The Mexican-bay


Don't miss out when you’re cruising from Miami toward the Bahamas.



In our next series of articles, we would like to give you some ideas of things to see and do around the ports of call on the ships' itineraries.

They can be reached by foot within a maximum of 30-40 minutes from the port.


Victoria Cruises' luxury houseboat Victoria Majestic will depart Miami in February 2023 and arrive in the picturesque Bahamas around mid-to-late March. This stretch of waterway is roughly 160 km long, rich with white sand and intoxicating blue waves to make someone who is more used to snow and cold at this time of year feel like they’re in paradise.


Miami - Florida: more Spanish than American.


  1. South Beach. Along its beautiful white sandy shore, visitors are catered to by a multitude of beach bars, shops, restaurants and water sports centers. Not to be missed for swim lovers and those who want to meet American stars.


  1. Little Havana: Miami's Latin Quarter, where, as the name suggests, many Cubans live. Walking down Calle Ocho street, you get the feeling you're in Cuba. If you travel to Miami in March, you can also take part in a big street festival — with music and dancing.


  1. Art Deco district. At the Art Deco Welcome Center, you can rent an audio guide to discover the nooks and crannies of the Art Deco Quarter for yourself.


  1. Lincoln Road - Miami's 5th Avenue. It has everything from Victoria's Secret to Macy's and Armani to Oakley. While shopping, you can stop by a restaurant for a taste of fresh seafood, tacos, gourmet pizza or Argentinian steak.
  2. Museums: for a complete list, visit the MAM-Miami Art Museum, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum and the Wolfsonian Art Museum.



Tampa - Florida:


  1. Florida Aquarium: an impressive museum of marine life.
  2. Henry B. Plant Museum: the Tampa Bay Hotel has been home to the Henry B. Plant Museum and the University of Tampa since 1933. The building, renamed Plant Hall, is a National Historic Landmark.
  3. American Victory Ship & Museum: American Victory Ship is one of only four fully-operational WWII ships in the United States
  4. Glazer Children's Museum: interactive, learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them


New Orleans - the capital of cool


Capital of jazz, but not of Louisiana, it is also the most laid-back city in America. In addition to its European flavor, New Orleans has a Caribbean flair that is expressed in its celebrations, architecture and food.

The Caribbean feel was introduced by the Spaniards and slaves brought over from the Caribbean, as the slave supply came not directly from Africa but from the central American archipelago.

Stylish city, stylish inhabitants. Friendliness and laid-backness at its best, the city is rightly called the Big Easy by locals.


  1. St. Louis Cathedral
  2. Mardi Gras World: where the real Mardi Gras parades floats.
  3. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas: 15,000 hectoliter aquatic tunnel, and marine exhibits with coral reef, sharks and rays.
  4. Jackson Square: the park built in 1721 is a historic place beloved by artists.
  5. Hermann-Grima House: historic house museum in the French Quarter. The meticulously restored home reflects 19th century New Orleans. It's a handsome Federal-style mansion built in 1831 with a courtyard garden.
  6. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

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Port Aransas - Texas


Port Aransas is the only settlement on Mustang Island. Located north of Padre Island, it is one of the longest barrier islands on the Texas coast. The waters surrounding the island include Corpus Christi Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Lydia Ann Ship Channel and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.


  1. Port Aransas beach
  2. Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center: bird sanctuary and nature trail
  3. Roberts Point Park: dolphins.


Port Aransas




  1. Mexico Naval Museum: naval museum
  2. Acuario de Veracruz: tropicarium
  3. Cancun
  4. La Isla Berkinada: romantic lagoon easily accessible by boat.




In Havana, the museums are pretty shoddy, with tons of Castro photos and uninteresting exhibits (e.g., a hammock Che Guevara once slept in).

It is best to wander aimlessly with a cocktail in hand and take photos of vintage cars and traditional Cuban buildings. For the connoisseurs, a cigar (Partagas cigar factory) and a Cuban rum are a must.




  1. National capitol building: the national capitol building of Havana.
  2. Revolution Square: The main attraction is the 109-meter-high Jose Marti monument in grey marble.
  3. La Cabana: a museum in an 18th century fortress.
  4. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in Havana: an impressively ornate Catholic cathedral in Baroque style.
  5. Malecon promenade: the 7-meter-long coastal promenade is worth a stroll at least once, both to see the real faces of the locals and the houses.
  6. Castillo de la Real Fuerza: this 16th century star fortress is now a maritime museum.
  7. Statue of Christ in the Christ Park in Havana.
  8. Che Guevara's house
  9. Real Fuerza Castle
  10. Habana Vieja: Havana's old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  11. El Ron Havana Club rum museum.
  12. Hemingway's cultural finds: the Nobel Prize-winning American writer drank daiquiris at El Floridita and mojitos at Bodeguita.




Nassau: founded in 1695 by British settlers as Charles Town (in honor of King William III, of the House of Orange-Nassau, hence the name Nassau).


  1. Fort Charlotte: British colonial fortress.
  2. Queen's Staircase: a 66 degree walkway that originally provided an escape route for the monarch from the fort above. The staircase was carved from solid limestone by 600 slaves between 1793 and 1794.
  3. Ardastra Gardens and Wildlife Conservation Center: zoological and botanical garden
  4. Atlantis Resort & Casino
  5. Crystal Cay
  6. Junkanoo Expo
  7. Pompey Museum (Vendue House)
  8. Roselawn Museum


Author: Vivien H.

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