Originally published in 1998, it's time to pay attention again to that wonderful, multi-faceted cruise area, the Caribbean. Here's a not-too-serious quiz about Caribbean cruising. No tangible prizes will be awarded, but you will go down in the SeaLetter Hall of Fame if you do well. Additionally, you'll receive a 10% discount on our fabulous SeaLetter T-shirts which retail for just $1.99 plus $18.00 for postage and handling (including washing and removing the "Made in Taiwan" label). Here we go:
1. The name "Caribbean" comes from:
(a) a Caribbean Indian tribe, the "Caribes"
2. Which of these Caribbean islands is furthest east?
3. How do you pronounce "Antigua"?
(a) An tee ga
4. What three islands in the Caribbean are often called the "ABC islands"?
(a) Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao
5. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, you drive:
(a) on the same side of the road as they drive in the British Virgin Islands
6. The name "Virgin Gorda" (one of the islands of the British Virgin Islands), means:
(a) Gordon the Virgin, the legendary saint of parasailing
7. Which Caribbean island is said to have as many beaches as there are days in a year (but not in a leap year)?
8. What is the former name of San Juan?
9. What is the former name of Puerto Rico?
(a) San Juan
10. Oranjestad is the capital of:
11. Which Caribbean island has a place called "Hell"?
(a) Grand Banks
12. When Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos (from whose name we get the word "camping"), discovered Barbados in the 17th century, it was:
13. The most famous drink of the Caribbean is:
14. What is known as the "lushest" island in the Caribbean, famous for its spices (but not the Spice Girls)?
15. Which of the following is correct?
(a) Calypso is from Trinidad; reggae is from Jamaica
16. The three most popular cruising destinations, in order, are:
(a) Caribbean, Alaska, Mexican Riviera
17. What volcano erupted near what town in what country in 1902, killing all the inhabitants except one prisoner in jail?
(a) Mt. Montserrat near Montezuma in Montserrat
18. Which of these ports is not in The Tropics?
19. "Carribean" is spelt:
(a) with one b and two r's
20. "Hispaniola" is the name for the island comprising these two countries:
(a) Cuba and Libre
21. Which of the following Caribbean tourist sights is in the wrong location:
(a) Harrison's cave in Barbados
22. Christopher Columbus discovered which of these:
23. What is "plantain"?
(a) a reddish banana
24. What are dreadlocks?
(a) difficult to open locks
How do you think you did? Here are the ratings as published by the SeaLetter Caribbean Quiz Review Board:
16 - 24 Genius, or else you live or have lived in the Caribbean.
6 - 15 Excellent - you are now entitled to book a Caribbean cruise.
0 - 5 Dumb as an Iguana. You've been taking too many vacations in Peoria. Please take the quiz again, and see if you can do better.
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Originally from Australia, Alan has for some time been permanently settled in Vancouver where he is a practicing Attorney. He has been a SeaLetter columnist, reviewer and our resident humorist for some time now.
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