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Things you do before you decide to go on a cruise

In this two-part series, we are discussing ideas on things to do before you go cruising, that will noticeably improve your cruise experience.  Some cruise writers advocate undertaking these tasks ...

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WWII, volcanoes, and great food on beautiful island

Current guide books are deficient or out of date when it comes to reviewing Port Vila.  In my humble resident expat opinion, the best things to do around Port Vila, in order, are: The Summit Gar ... Read More

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One of the best cruise destinations you’ve never heard of

Most Americans have never heard of Vanuatu, and even fewer have heard of its capital, Port Vila.  Yet Vila, as it is often called, is becoming a major cruise destination, with about 140 port visi ... Read More

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Cruise ships and avoiding that single supplement

Back in the good old days of the 1950s, most ocean liners had a few single cabins available for their single customers.  The builders of those ships realized that, yes, there actually were single ... Read More

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Miss Vanuatu cheers up children with gifts, supplies

I have been fortunate to have spent some time recently with the new Miss Vanuatu, Valerie Martinez, whom I interviewed last month and the month before.   Recently she brought a much-needed ray of ... Read More

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Meet the new Miss Vanuatu a beauty queen for 2013

This month we will learn more about Valerie Martinez, the new Miss Vanuatu, and how she won her crown.   Q: Who were your sponsors in the Miss Vanuatu contest? A:  My main sponsor was Barret ... Read More


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