Johnny Depp

Avast, landlubbers! It's been four years since we last set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow and his scurvy band of seadogs, and frankly, it hasn't seemed as though many people missed him. Sure, the original 'Pirates of the Caribbean' trilogy has plundered box offices worldwide to the tune of more than two billion dollars, but by the time 'At World's End' rolled into theaters in 2007, it seemed that audiences had gotten a little seasick.

Before I visited the set of 'On Stranger Tides,' I would've counted myself amongst those clamoring for dry land; it seems like an inevitable law of Hollywood mathematics: The more sequels you make, the more the quality declines. But after wandering the elaborate sets at Pinewood Studios outside London -- from sinister pirate ships and a dingy alehouse to the opulent elegance of a royal palace and pristine 18th century courtroom -- I'll admit that I'm ready to buckle my swash and take to the seven seas once more. Join us after the jump to discover what we learned on the set of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' -- it'll shiver your timbers.