Category Archives: Montserrat

Gir's Netball Team 1930s

A Virtual Montserrat: Sharing Montserrat’s pre-volcanic story through images

BRADES, Montserrat – Never before has technology been so important to the people of the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, Montserrat. Since volcanic eruptions began in July of 1995, radio, telephone and now the internet have become essential tools for communicating with friends and family around the world.

Between 1995 and 2000, Montserrat lost access to two-thirds of its land mass and with that, came the emigration of more than half of its 12,000 residents to the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, neighbouring Antigua and other Caribbean islands.

Photo taken in 1966 of women at the market

Fast forward to 2012 and Facebook is the social media tool of choice to stay connected. Fan pages like the Spirit of Montserrat, run by the government’s media department, My Montserrat which celebrates the island’s culture and beauty and now Vintage Montserrat, a group where people can share old images of lost locations and forgotten faces abound. Continue reading

De Bear comes to Montserrat in September

2011 Calypso Monarch in Antigua Keithroy De Bear Morson

Veteran Calypsonian “De Bear” will make his first appearance on Montserrat next month since capturing the monarch in Antigua.

De Bear will perform at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on September 3rd at a Sir Howard Fergus Scholarship Fund fundraising activity. Continue reading

Archaeologist Dr. Pulsipher believes Carr’s Estate Heritage site can boost tourism

Archaeologist Dr. Lydia Pulsipher, Photo from http://web.utk.edu/~lpulsiph/

SWEENEY’S Montserrat – Archaeologist Dr. Lydia Pulsipher is of the view that the Carr’s Estate heritage site has the potential to boost tourism in the long term on Montserrat.

This assessment was made during the public lecture Monday night at the Montserrat National Trust in Olveston.

“We want to do very sophisticated and respectful academic research but we also want to create a site that is interpreted for the public and which will be an interesting place to visit for Montserratians, then hopefully in the future it will be a real tourist attraction for Montserrat”, explained Dr. Pulsipher. Continue reading

Special Ferry Fares for Cudjoe Head Day and Antigua Carnival Celebrations

BRADES, Montserrat –The Ministry of Communications and Works and the Montserrat Tourist Board wish to announce a Weekend Ferry Special on Saturday July 30 and Monday August 1, 2011.  This service will allow persons to travel to Antigua for the upcoming carnival.  It is also an opportunity for persons in Antigua to visit Montserrat for Cudjoe Head Day celebrations or for just a peaceful weekend getaway.
The special return fares are: EC$200 for adults and EC$100 for children under 12 years.  This special fare is valid only for same day or weekend return.
One way tickets will be at the normal rate of EC$150.00. Continue reading

Montserrat to benefit from new Caribbean ferry service

BRADES, Montserrat – The Montserrat Tourist Board says it welcomes the announcement of a year-round ferry service for the Caribbean, which will be a boost to the marketing drive to attract new visitors.

L’Express Des Iles this week announced that the Jeans Ferry Service will begin on October 20, offering travel to Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe and Martinique. There will also be weekend charters to Montserrat, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Currently, L’Express Des Iles operates a less frequent service but Managing Director Roland Bellemare says there’s been increased travel over the years.

MTB Director Ernestine Cassell and Marketing Manager Ishwar Persad met with Valerie Arunel from Kiosque des Iles in Martiniqe, which is the tour company for ferry operator Les Express Des Iles in March during the ITB Berlin as a result of contacts made via the MTB’s office in Guadeloupe. Continue reading