San Juan, Curacao, Domingo,Aruba,Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia,St Kits, Tortola,
Sunday Jan 13 2008. We got up early 3 am to Brandon's house at 4am, He drove us to Chicago and dropped us off at O'har. Ate at Chills for breakfast. Took ted to San juan left 0915 and arrived at 130.
We stayed at Holiday Inn by airport Isle Verde. We had all got a good rate on line. Met group of people from cruise critic in lobby. Walked a few blocks to Metropol that had Cuban food. Jim and Pat Robertson, Beth and Hugh Georgia Mary and Steve from South Bend.We had a good time laughing and getting to meet everyone. When we went to leave we thought tip was included and waiter chased us out of restaurant arms a flying and said we did not tip. We were mistaken tax so all the guys tipped.
Monday we were up at 7 and walked to restaurant and ate at bagel place.we had espresso and pastry. We walked along ocean for a hour. We shared a taxi to port with Steve and Mary for 20$. Had a glass of welome champagne and dropped our luggage off. Ate lunch with Steve and Mary and explored the ship. Bought a pass for Thalassipi pool for 100 each person. Ate supper early and went to dance in rouundevoux lounge to Azure Quartet. Up to pool deck at 10 pm for saila way and danced to 5th element party band to bed at 11 pm.
Tuesday January 15th
Sea day slept till 630 had coffee in room. Went to breakfast in Oriion dining room. had berries and eggs Benedict. Met Goldie and Ted from upstate NY that had been married 55 years. He was a writer what a lovely couple. Went to cruise critic meeting with a good turnout. Out in sun until 1pm and went to dining room for lunch. Merengue lesson with Nate a dancer at 3 pm, Went to gym to work out and then used the thalasippi pool.Went dancing before dinner we had asked for a table for 6-8 and there was just the two of us. Jim went to talk to Matra de to see about another table for tomorrow.
Wed 17th of Jan
Curacao Up at 7 had breakfast on deck 12. Love all the colors of beautiful buildings. Walked into town across floating bridge. Tried to get a taxi to go to other side of island to snorkel but they wanted 40$ each way. Asked where bus stop was. Asked a couple to take our picture on bridge with ship in background. 2 couples asked where we were going so went with us to bus stop take bridge past floating market first street on right walk back about 100 yards to bus stop. Taxi took Louis and Lowell from Oklahoma and Ken and Ann from California. We went to beach by aquarium. We stayed 2 hours. I snorkeled out by reef with Lowell.
We went back to ship and ate at sandwich area and had panini. We walked back into town and bought a humidor and cigars for our son Keith and table cloths for mom and me. Went down by pool and talked to people from cruise critic and told them about our supper table. Steve went to talk to matre d to see if we could join them. We went to thalassapy pool and to dance before supper. Had new table mates table 612 with water Domingo. Steve and Mary from South Bend, Marlo and don from Niagara Falls and Bernie and Ann from Philadelphia. I had seafood risotto and Jim had stuffed flounder. Loved our new table-mates. Went up on deck for Jazz music by orchestra toed at 11.
Up at 7am went on deck 12 to watch sunrise with coffee. Ate breakfast in aft had waffles with orange butter. met Lowell and Lois on gangplank thought we had missed Anne and ken so left to rent car. met them outside on dock it was too much to rent a car so we took a tour taxi John Bennet to Palm beach. snorkel ok along rocks. the tour groups came to in where we were snorkeling. Tour guide came back for us and offered a island tour for 20$ a person. We went to light house, Rock park, Natural bridge park collapsed in 2005We stopped and a got a cold beer. What a fun day for not having anything planned. Got back to ship at 330. I took a nap and Jim went to gym and to thallasaphy pool. Went to dance before supper. I had veal chop and Jim had salmon terriacki sauce. We went to salsa dance in lounge with Mary and Steve and to bed at Midnight
Friday at Sea
Up at 730 to breakfast dining room at 0800, To spa at 00915 for hot stone massage. 1100 in sun until 1230 ate lunch in dining room. I had calamari Jim had liver. To salsa dance instructions with Nate. Out on deck until 5 and finished book you've been warned by James Paterson. Went to Gym to work out and thalassapy pool. Danced before supper I had prime rib Jim had fish. Went to 50's music in theater. to bed 1130
Saturday Grenada 19th.
Arrival to Grenada
Ate at waffle bar and off ship at 0815 to meet Mando. He picked us up at 0845 He is the man in white. We was with a couple from Cincinnati who were seeing several islands and Fred who was traveling alone and used a cane.
We started off and went to spice factory, bought nutmeg, rum and some spices.
Stopped at a beach to relax and saw where the Atlantic and Caribbean seas meet a mile area where sea plates are shifting No boates go throught this area.
Drove around coast west side and went to sugar cane distillery and bought rum 75% proof. Went to eat in Grenville at a restaurant on ocean. Had bread, veg soup root veg pumpkin okra barracuda and chicken beans and rice and peas salsa potato bread and nutmeg ice cream.
On to see Monkey , rain forest and Annadale falls back to ship at 4 pm.
I had a seaweed bath at spa at 5 pm. Jim went to work out and we met at thalassapy pool. Danced before supper I had shrimp pasta and Jim had pork chop to bed at llpm.
Sunday Jan 20th my 51st birthday
Up and ate in dining room had figs and eggs Benedict. Jim had smoked salmon and eggs potatoes and bacon. We met on deck with private excursion of Silver moon Catermerand Captain timothy and Tony first mate. Snorkeled with sea turtles and them went to boat wreck. We then went down coast and parked ate barbecue chicken swordfish, cheesy macaroni, coleslaw, garlic bread and rice and beans, bottled beer, rum and pineapple pina coladasTour was from 9-230. Price was 8750 a piece.
We went back to room to watch playoffs . We ordered supper in our room to watch the Packer game for my birthday!
Monday January 21 St Lucia
Ate breakfast in dining room. Ate with Anna and Ken from California.
Met on deck 1030 Cosol island tour for 45$ with group from cruise critic. We went to banana plantation, had fresh bananas went to waterfall volcano ate banana ketchup fish cakes had spiced rum water,pop beer. Saw mergo bay fishing villages and area to south and pitons, back at 4 pm.
Went on deck to watch sail a way. To spa to thalassaphy pool.Dance before supper I had lamb chop's went up on deck to dance to island band and watch parade of melons.
Tuesday Jan ww St Dominica
Met up on deck for Beno tour 40$ a person tour was not to good. Met on dock at 0820 We docked at another port due to too many ships in port. Took 2 vans to Trifal water falls took 1 hour. Had some beer stopped at Mr Nice fruit stand had pineapple coconut and fried coconut. Steve and Mary, Don and Mary from Iowa, Beth and Hugh and Jim and Pat were in our van. Back at 130
Up on deck for lunch had panani . Out in sun till 415 walked on deck until 5 and went to thatlasappy pool. Danced befor e supper I had chicken cordon blue.
Wed Jan 23rd St Kitts
Took water taxi to the left in terminal Mr X 12 each way. To Friers beach we stayed for a couple hours.
We went back and ate lunch on ship. Went out and shopped for a hour. Tonight was formal night and lobster.
Steve and Mary from South Bend
Bernie and Annie from Philadelphia
Don and Moyra from Niagara
Cindy and Jim
Thursday Jan 24th Tortola
We had planned on taking Ferry to Virgin Gorda to the baths. Bernie and Annie have a home Gwendolyn Man nor in Tortola. They offered to pick everyone up at our table and take us on a tour of island and their home.We got off and shopped in town. Ate lunch on ship and then Bernie rented a large vehicle and took us around island