Dudley Pictures Corporation presents this 1955 travel film This World of Ours: Caribbean Sky Cruise. The film begins with visitors exiting Delta Airline’s DC-7 plane at the airport in Havana, Cuba (00:31), thus beginning their Caribbean Sky Cruise. Aerial shots of Havana and Havana Bay (00:44) reveal the beauty of the city that combines a modern metropolis with the old Spanish Main. At the entrance of the harbor is Morro Castle (01:05), or Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro. According to legend, Colon Cathedral (01:12), now known as Havana Cathedral, once held the remains of Christopher Columbus. Havana’s capital building (01:30) is another beautiful piece of architecture. Dedicated in 1925, Monumento al Maine (01:41) is a Cuban monument on Malecon Boulevard that commemorates the men who died in the sinking of the battleship Maine in 1898. Havana features a number of luxury hotels, such as the Nacional (02:22). When Cubans aren’t playing the lotto, they are placing bets on horses at Havana’s racetrack (02:49), a must-visit for any tourist. The next stop on the Caribbean Sky Cruise is Jamaica’s Montego Bay (03:24), with its beautiful white sand beaches (03:41). Fine hotels, like the Tower Isle (03:53) line Jamaica’s North Shore. The ship-shaped portion of Fort Charles (04:09), called Nelson’s Quarterdeck after Horatio Nelson, is a popular destination for tourists. The visit to Jamaica ends with viewing the governor’s residence, King’s House (04:36), and the harvesting of sugar cane (04:50), which is taken to the processing plants (05:11) to be turned into sugar and rum. From Jamaica, the sky cruise continues to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (05:27). The streets of Haiti maintain an old-world feel (05:43), but modern architecture is present, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral (05:49) and the National Palace (05:56). Statues remind visitors of the mighty figures in Haiti’s past, such as King Henri Christophe, who built the palace of Sans-Souci (06:22) in Milot and the mountain-top Citadel (06:38), which could garrison 10,000 men. The final stop on the Caribbean Sky Cruise is Puerto Rico (07:08). El Morro Castle (07:13), or Castillo San Felipe Del Morro, is a famous castle for its past—it repelled an attack by Sir Francis Drake—and present (the fortress boasts a small golf course). San Juan has an impressive city skyline for a backdrop against its beautiful coast (07:47), but the best beach is the island’s largest: Luquillo Beach is the place to go for sunbathing and waterskiing (08:40).
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