7 Night Caribbean cruise, San juan, Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique, Antigua, St Kitts
This trip was a roller coaster of emotions. Minimal for us compared to all the hurricane ravished islands. Irma and Maria were so damaging to so many island. Tortola, Virgin Gorda, St John, St Croix, St Martin, San Juan, Barbuda.
We planed to go to the island of Culebra for 4 days prior to cruise. That was not an option they had no power. San Juan airport and port was open but island was still devastated. is it right to still go on a vacation when people are suffering so much? We waffled back and forth. The cruise was past the cancel date to get refund so we went.
We went to Chicago to stay the night before cruise. We always go to San Juan the day before but due to hurricane we took the risk of getting there on same day. We stayed at Best Westerns in Des Plains. We ate at Paradise pub a Guy Fieri Diners, drive ins and dives. We had the best strawberry malt and patty melt. So good and greasy!
Travel day Oct 28
Up early took 6 am transfer to airport. Hotel manager gave us a muffin and yogurt to go.We were TSA pre approved but my suitcase got pulled when going through the scanner. Oops we had put yogurt in carry on bag to eat on plane. it was little but was 4 oz instead of 3 oz. Lesson learned check out those sizes. The TSA lady was very nice and gave them to us to eat anyway. Kudos to them for catching.
Arrival in San Juan on time. Airport was hot and baggage delivery slow. Totally understandably with the situation they were going through.We took taxi and the driver was glad travelers were coming back. He still did not have power but was resilient and his happy spirit amazing. He was thankful to be working and to get some normalcy back in his life.
Arrived on Celebrity Summit at 330 plenty of time before departure time. Room 3118 Room steward was John. We like the room location on ship. It is a simple room with window. We rarely get a balcony because of cost so we can travel more often.
We went to Casino to watch Nd football game.
We had the classic drink package included in the cruise. It was nice to have a glass of wine with dinner and especially the coffee in Cafe Bacio included.
Had select type dining which means you don't have a set dining time. We had standard fire drill and then walked on deck after eating. To bed at 1045.
Sunday Oct 29th Only sea day
Up at 6 Jim went and got me a coffee Americano from Cafe Al Bacio.
Ate breakfast in dining room love fresh figs and bagel and salmon and egg Benedict.
We went to the gym for a hour and I love working out looking out over the water.
Out in sun for short period and found some shade to read in.
Sat next to Bill and Karen from New Jersey that we would enjoy talking with throughout the week. Supper of Salmon Tartar, rack of lamb and apple crumble. Had Terraza Reserve Malbec for wine.
Danced some calories off to The friends project the dance band that was was very good.
Monday October 30th Barbados 8-5 Sunny
Took a taxi to Accra Beach or Rockley beach a 20 min drive 15$ FOR Two a quiet beach we have been to before. We rented two chairs and umbrella for shade.15$ We stayed from 10-2. Jim walked across street to "Just Grilling" I had always wanted to try flying fish sandwich. We each had
one for 10$ each.
Had lovely scallop appetizer, apple salad and seafood medley, We danced a waltz to house band and went to martini bar, I tried a butterscotch.
We ended the night listening to a Billy Joel and Elton John by one of band members on piano .
Tuesday October 31 St Lucia
Jim is such a sweetheart bringing me an Americana Coffee while I get ready. He can not stand the smell of coffee but knows I need it to get my morning started. We are not fan of buffet so usually go to dining room for breakfast. Had a apple pancake and fruit plate.
We have been to St Lucia several times and have visited Pitons, Done an island tour and catamaran tour in past. This trip we are keeping it low key and walking to a beach. I found good directions on line and we headed out. We have never been so bombarded by so many vendors on the way out of the building. We kept walking and they said the beach was too far. 2 miles on beautiful day not a bad walk at all. They told us it was unsafe to walk but I had read this was fine and we kept walking. If we would not of been seasoned travelers this would of been very over whelming. We felt totally safe and arrived at Vigie beach, We walked the whole distance of beach and sat up our parachute sheet beach blanket on the sand under a large tree. There are chairs on beach if you choose to rent.
Spent a great morning here and started walking back to ship and taxi stopped and we took ride back for 10 bucks.
Ate lunch at buffet and listen to great pianist playing
Danced to Up and Up party band before and after eating. We like the waiter Richard and ask for a table in his section everynight.
Had lamb in puffed pastry and tiramisu.
Wed Nov 1 Fort de France Martinique
Due to islands that were hit this was an replacement island. We have been here one time before and I remembered I did not come away with favorable memories. Not sure why just a certain vibe you get. I am all about second chances so we got off and took 10 ferry to Du Bout 7$ round trip.
We came back at noon grabbed a qiock bite for lunch. I read and Jim walked back into town to take some pictures
We got a special invitation to come to helipad for sail a way,
Friday Nov 3rd St Kits
We wanted to go to island of Nevis but ship had short stay only till 3 pm so took a taxi to beach. We joined a group of 8 and driver took us to
The driver stopped on way back to get some photos.
Last night on ship walked around and checked out newly added movie area on deck.
Sat Nov 4th
When we got of ship took a tour of Old San Juan so we did not need to spend as much time in airport. It was hot and air conditioned bus was good. There were only a couple of shops open and power trucks were everywhere downtown trying to get power up. Lots of power is from top of buildings as not to take away from character of Old San Juan. Medical ship still in harbor giving aid as needed.