The Bahamian sun slides into the aquamarine sea as the last passengers of the cruise ship Nordic Empress return from a hard day of sunbathing, shell hunting and rum drinking on Coco Cay's white sand beach. "Bring me another Bahama Mama," yells Danny Rivero, 23, from amid 102 degrees hot-tub bubbles high up on the ship's sun deck. Fellow passenger Renato Deoliveira, 19, obediently passes along a lethal concoction of 151-proof Myers's rum, apricot brandy, coconut rum and fruit punch, while Ted and Kay LaTour, a Milwaukee couple in their 60s, laugh indulgently and sink lower in the froth. "Supposedly we're...
Travel: Against the Tide
Boasting an armada of sleek new ships, costs you can count on and all the comforts, cruise lines are filling cabins and defying the recession
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