you see yourself, I once saw myself; as you see me now, you will be
MOST POPULOUS SPANISH COUNTRY
is the most populous Spanish-
speaking country in the world. According to the latest statistics, México's total population
is over 99 million. Mestizos, of Indian and Spanish blood),
make up 60%
of the population, followed by indigenous peoples
(9%), and other ethnic minorities
Carnaval in Mazatlan
and locals scream, sing, shout and dance amid confetti and ribbons.
Bands of all kinds play the infectious rhythms of the State of Sinaloa.
And the food–oh, the food–camarones (shrimp) prepared in
every way possible, washed down with ice cold Pacifico beer, for it’s
Carnaval Time, Mazatlán’s biggest pachanga (fiesta).
FERRY GOES TO YUCATAN FROM TAMPA, FLORIDA
The Yucatan Express,
a cruise ferry service, offers twice weekly service between Tampa,
Florida, and the Yucatan ports of Progresso and Puerto Morelos, Mexico.
Progresso is on the northwest corner of the
Yucatan Peninsula; Puerto Morelos is 33 kilometers south of Cancun and
home to one of Mexico's finest reefs. The Scotia Prince, a 485-foot
long, eight-deck cruise ferry, which during the May-November season
shuttles between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, carries up
to 1,130 passengers and as many as 220 cars, vans, RVs, boats, campers
and trailers and motorcycles. The Scotia Prince has 322 cabins.
The Scotia Prince leaves Tampa's Terminal 7 on
Tuesdays and Fridays and from Morelos Wednesdays and Sundays. From
Progresso, the ship swings over to Morelos and makes the return trip to
Tampa from there. Sailing times are about 36 hours each way. Times in
port range from four to 11 hours.
One-way passage only fares start at about $65
per person and go for as much as $405 for those opting to luxuriate in
suites . Round trip per person fares start at $120 and go up to $750.
Cruise and hotel packages of seven, eleven and
fourteen days, range from $230 per person up to $470 per person, double
occupancy. Rates for vehicles begin at $298 roundtrip.
The Scotia Prince has been navigating the
waters between Maine and Nova Scotia for more than 33 years, ferrying
more than 5 million passengers and 600,000 of their cars, vans, RVs,
boats, trailers, campers and motorcycles.
During dry dock time in Charleston, South
Carolina, a sky deck was added to the Scotia Prince. The duty free shop
was remodeled and so was the Las Vegas-style casino. The Sky Deck
includes a Tiki Bar, hot tub deck, sun deck, observation deck and sports
deck. Also added was a beauty salon, massage spa, photo lab and a
doctor's office and infirmary.
For more information, call 1-866-670-3939.
About the Author: John
Neubauer is a photographer who's traveled throughout Mexico recording
images of its people, gardens, and landscapes. To see some of his
photographs, visit either his main
Web site or Life is a
Picture, his art photography site.