Cultural Society members relax on world’s largest ship


Seventy-five members and friends of the African- American Cultural Society (AACS) spent a recent seven-day cruise aboard the “Allure of the Seas,” owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

AACS treasurer Lynda H. Baten is the travel coordinator for vacation excitement through the Travel Leaders network. It was an exhilarating cruise to Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico.

“It’s been great being with friends and having nice weather aboard the world’s largest ship,” said AACS member Helen Mason.

The African-American Cultural Society cruise was exhilarating for president Edmund G. Pinto, Jr., travel coordinator Lynda H. Baten and member Rob Whiting. In the background are members John Pearson and Kurt Bottoms. (COURTESY OF LOUIS P. MCCARTHY)

It’s like a fancy hotel with elevator access to a cityscape in decks with gardens in Central Park and the Royal Promenade that are tantamount to strolling along Broadway in New York City – and the amusement on a boardwalk of a carousel.

“The Rising Tide” is the only “moving bar room” going up and down along Central Park and the Royal Promenade. It was part of the experience on board, having street parades and birthday parties like that of AACS member/musician Rob Whiting.

AACS member Gladys Spann, delighted with the ship, recounted that “it’s wonderful but too much to do.”

The 6,000 passenger ocean liner included dining in restaurants, the “ka-ching” of falling coins in the casino, an ice skating rink, and Broadway-style shows, movies at the theaters, nightclubs and lounges for jazz, dancing and comedy.

Guests were introduced to seminars, galleries, amazing fitness centers and spas, to swimming, hot tubs, the sports and kids’ zones, and other entertainment.

Flagler NAACP to vote on officers
A slate of nominees has been scheduled before the members of the Flagler County NAACP.  It will be a meeting Nov. 27, 6 p.m., at the African-American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast.

Because the nominees are all running unopposed, the NAACP Branch Secretary will motion for a vote of consensus in lieu of an election by ballot. To obtain further details, contact the NAACP at 386-446-7822.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here