fbpx

SEARCH

Cruise Deal of the Week – February 28, 2020
Cruise Deal of the Week
398 views
398 views

Cruise Deal of the Week – February 28, 2020

Porthole Cruise Magazine - February 28, 2020
1193 Views

Cruising for a Cause

CRUISING FOR A CAUSE

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the non-profit Hope Floats offers cruise ship passengers a chance to give back.

By Emma Trelles

When Christopher Columbus gazed at these islands, on his second voyage of 1493, he could only have thought to christen them “Virgins” for their untouched beauty, a dazzle of rich, green hillsides and immaculate shorelines.

Six centuries later, the U.S. Virgin Islands boast some of the prettiest parts of the Caribbean, but there’s zero question as to whether they remain unknown. They draw more than 2.2 million visitors a year, more than half of which are cruise ship passengers.

Tourism is the pulse of this archipelago’s economy, perhaps seen best in the 32 vibrant square miles of St. Thomas. Known as the center of commerce and cruising in the USVI, the capital island combines jewel-blue bays with the Caribbean’s busiest shopping districts. Here, travelers delight in luxe-brand boutiques selling fine watches, emeralds, and Parisian perfumes; outdoor markets hawking handcrafted pottery and candles; and seascapes brushed in delicate watercolors.

Just a handful of blocks from this prosperous shopping hub lies another part of St. Thomas, little seen by visitors but equally powerful — at least to Cathy Huckaby, of Lodi, California. She arrived with her family at the brisk city of Charlotte Amalie on a cruise ship in 2008 and discovered the most impoverished neighborhoods on the island were just steps away from the richest.

“I was always Adventure Barbie,” explains Huckaby. “I started walking through St. Thomas and wandered into one of the saddest streets I’ve ever seen. There were homeless people all around, others buying old clothes in a little thrift store. I thought, ‘What a dichotomy of wealth and incredible poverty. What if those two worlds could somehow meet? I bet if people knew about it, they might want to help out for a couple of hours.’”

This is an excerpt only. To read this article in its entirety, pick up the current issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine.

Let us know your comments!
Cruising to Sitka: Your Guide to a Day in Port
Cruise Tips
1000 views
1000 views

Cruising to Sitka: Your Guide to a Day in Port

Porthole Cruise Magazine - February 19, 2020
Please Leave Starfish in the Water
Cruise News
1146 views
1146 views

Please Leave Starfish in the Water

Porthole Cruise Magazine - February 18, 2020
Make Your Own Emerald Jewelry in Cartagena
Featured
794 views
794 views

Make Your Own Emerald Jewelry in Cartagena

Porthole Cruise Magazine - February 18, 2020