Monday, May 10, 2010

Southern Caribbean Cruise

Our long awaited vacation has come and gone. We had a wonderful and relaxing time. Here is a recap of our adventures!

April 30th: Arrival in San Juan. We rented a car and drove to the El Yunque rain forest. Our little car was tested by the mountains but we made it to the top for some amazing views!!! We even did a short hike to an observation tower. Afterwards we drove back to the hotel and checked in then enjoyed a nice dinner at Outback!

May 1st: Cruise day! We returned the rental car and headed off to the ship! Once onboard we checked out the ship, played mini golf, laid by the pool, napped, then headed to dinner! Happy 25th birthday to me! (They forgot my cake!!) Toilet malfunction lead to continuous flushing but easy fix by maintenance man.

May 2nd: Day at sea. Early morning toilet overflow. Water actually leaked up through the carpet outside our room in the hallway. We left the maintenance people working while we went to a pasta making demonstration and 4 course lunch at Portifino (their specialty restaurant). Upon our return we had a voicemail offering us a balcony room and a bottle of champagne chilling. Yes please! At dinner I got my cake and a birthday song from the servers (birthday celebration #3!)

May 3rd: Barbados (and Paige's birthday!) We took a cab to the beach. $20 bought us use of beach chairs, umbrella, 2 rum punches and a ride back to port. Beautiful beach and weather!

May 4th: St Lucia. Excursion to the Pitons. First we rode a bus through the scary mountain roads through fishing villages to the Pitons. Along the way we fought off vendors selling random stuff we had no interest in! We also stopped at a sulfur, walk-in volcano and the botanical gardens. We got a ride back to port on a catamaran and stopped at a secluded beach. Great views, beautiful weather!

May 5th: Antigua and our anniversary! We took a cab to the beach and laid out all day! When we got back we got ready for our special anniversary dinner at Portifino.

May 6th: St Maartin. Another beach day with a nude twist. We sat on the non-nude side but there wasn't much adherence to the nude boundaries! We snorkeled near a reef and saw lots of fish and even a stingray, then rented a jet ski! Amazing day!

May 7th: St Croix (and dad's birthday!). We traveled to Buck Island for some amazing snorkeling. We followed an underwater trail through the reef then did some free snorkeling. We even saw a barracuda....scary!! After we got back to the ship it was only about 1pm. We spent the rest of the day lounging by the pool.

May 8th: San Juan. Our flight left at 3pm so we had several hours to explore the town. We took a cab (we are experts at this now!) to Old San Juan and visited the fort there. Then we checked out the art fair in town and ate some authentic Puerto Rican food....delicious!

That's our vacation in a nutshell (for anyone that cares!) Check out our pictures in the photo gallery!!

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