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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cruise Employment Scams

Employment scams tend to have the following features:
Jobs are advertised on free websites. Scammers don't like to pay to advertise jobs that don't exist.
Scammers send emails from free email accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, ZZN, Hotmail, etc.
All correspodence from scammers is in poor English and very unprofessional (e.g. saying "God bless you" at the end, etc.)
Be extremely careful when dealin...g with someone pretending to be a recruiter from Ghana or Malaysia. There are known scam schemes operating from these countries. They change thier names on weekly basis.
Some scammers claim to have branches or headquarters in the "Western World", e.g. in the USA, Canada, or United Kingdom. However, addresses and telephone numbers they provide do not exist.
Most cruise ship job scammers don't charge admin fees. You get a job offer for free. You just need to pay for visa, lawyer fees, etc. Don't pay, the job offer is fake, you'll lose your money.
Remember, sending money via MoneyGram or Western Union isn't safe. Savings of too many good people ended up in fraudsters' pockets.
Getting a job on a cruise ship is a very difficult and lengthy process. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely isn't true!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

St. Kitts

 With over 200 heritage sites documented on St. Kitts alone, at just 68 square miles, is more than anywhere else in the world. 
The key stop for me today was my 101 UNESCO World Heritage Site (re-visited 2 decades later and this time shot with digital camera) the imposing Brimstone Hill Fortress rising almost 800 feet above the sea and known as the “Gibraltar of the West Indies”.
Our Kittitian Taxi driver took us today around the island on a fun journey.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

St Thomas is cruise ship territory

St Thomas is cruise ship territory  but the chance to sail  here on New Year’s Eve and swim in the sapphire waters on  sandy beaches like “Magens Bay” one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, is another glorious  day on Princess ! 

Friday, December 30, 2011

Princess Cays

Today on Princess Cays is located about 30 miles from Nassau, at the southern portion of the island of Eleuthera. Two miles wide, this island retreat is a great snorkeling and dive spot. A coral reef surrounds the island. To protect the coral reef that surrounds Princess Cays, Emerald anchored off-shore today and we were tendered to what they call Love Boat Marina.