Maria (sister) and I boarding the ship, San Juan,
Puerto Rico.  My first cruise.  I got hooked.   The
cruise was 7 days and visited St. Maarten, Martinique,
Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Thomas.
The Amerikanis, Chandris Line. The ship was old but the
service was first class!  This ship no longer exists.  The
line that now uses the X on its smoke stalks is known as
Celebrity Cruise Line.

A few passengers we hung out with.  I think this is
the last day of the cruise.  We were all headed back
to New York City.
The true color of the photos has faded due to
their age.
03/8/06, 05/10/20
First Cruise, 1979
Both photos are of St. Lucia.  The photo on the left was taken as we entered the port of the town of
Soufriere.  We took a tour of the island on a sailboat.  From here we went to the sulfur springs.  At right, you can see
Les Pitons.  A beautiful site!  


$2.50 US
in 2008.)

The Amerikanis anchored, Martinique
Walking around the volcano.  In the photo at right, I can be seen shirtless, behind the lady in the center.  
The guide is the young man in the white t-shirt.  He told us where it was safe to walk.  (During the 2008 cruise,
we would NOT be allowed to walk around the volcano in this manner.  Also see
2008 D.)
Left - Philipsburg, St. Maarten.  Right - Marigot, St. Martin.  One island two nationalities, Dutch & French.  Years later,
I would have dinner in La Vie en Rose, a restaurant on the second floor of the red roof building to the extreme left.  
La Vie en Rose was a popular hang out so the wait for a table was long!
Martinique.  Left photo - The men in the boat would dive for coins thrown into the sea!  Right - Fort-de-France.
St. Thomas, capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands and cruise ship capital of the Caribbean!
Update, June 3, 2013 - The hotel on the hill, would be destroyed in 1989 by Hurricane Hugo.  I think it was known
as the Caribbean Hilton.  Hotel can be seen in both photos.  I stayed there once.
On a cliff overlooking this beach, young men asked that
coins be thrown into the water and they'd dive to get them

Left - Don't we look great?   One of the nights we had todress up  for dinner.  Back in 1979, the rules about dressing
for dinner were stricter.  Today we have ships that allow "resort casual" dress throughout the cruise with the
option of dressing up if one wants!
Right - Meeting the Captain.

Information about our table
Young man jumping off a cliff to collect the coins thrown into th sea.

We took a sailboat from Castries to Soufriere.  This young man was trying to sell us conch shells.  
Someone bought one but since the meat was not completely extracted from the shell after a day or two it
had to be discarded due to the stench.
Waiting for coins to be thrown in the sea to dive for them.  
Whatever coins were retrieved were shown to us.
Coral World
Also see 2015C

April 19, 2020 - I began cleaning out my closets a while back since I decided to rent the small room of my apartment  
to a friend.  I had to shift things around which had been stored in the closets to make space.  In so doing, I decided
to get rid of the many photo albums I had stored in the foyer closet.  Damn, I did not know I had that many photo
albums.  Before shredding the photos/postcards and souvenirs, I looked at them and decided to keep a few.
I will post what I saved and scanned on various pages.   Some photos and postcards may be posted on other
pages.  Everything posted will be as scanned without adjusting the photo for color, clarity, etc.  
What you see is what you get.  Watermark will not be added.  No kallaloo here, just simplicity.

Below are the photos/postcards/souvenirs being added.  Keep in mind, some may be duplicates.  

Astral Graphics
(c) Ron Montanin
Caribe Tourist Promotions
s.s. Amerikanis
Greek Registry.  16,485 gross
Length 576 feet.  Speed 16 knots
Chandris Line
St. Maarten - The Great Salt Pond & Philipsburg from Guana Bay Road.
(c) Reinier Heere
Martinique:  Fort-de-France by night.  
(c) Hachette Antilles
Pique-nique sur la plage.  Week-end on the beach.  (c) Dessin d'Emilie
Le marche aux fruits.  (c) Dessin d'Emilie
Retour de peche.  (c) Catherine Gallian Saint-Clair
Castries, Capital city of St. Lucia.  (c) Herbert E. Miller
Jim Tillett Gallery and Boutique
By Mrs. Marion J. Head
Distributor:  V.I. Cards, Inc.  Photo by Emily Plantz
Photo by Don Hebert.  Published by Virgin Islands Postcard Co.
You will also find this on 1989C page.
View of Trafalgar Square and Downtown of Bridgetown.  (c) Herbert E. Miller
Sunset over English Harbour.  Published for the Friends of English Harbour.
(c) Michael Hannau Enterprises