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Kon Tiki Part 2

In adventure, beach, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line on November 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Silly me, I totally forgot to put a few more photos in the first Kon Tiki post, so here’s a few extra for your enjoyment!

 

The Kon Tiki Boat!

Alex, the bartender/first mate/limbo champ who lives on a sailboat

Honeymoon Bay, Water Island. Apparently sometimes the locals put up a big screen in between those trees and project movies at night and enjoy drinks and food!!

Just another day in paradise!

 

I liked this tree

Matt and his dog Shady!!

 

“What kind of dog is she?” I asked…..
“She’s a coconut retriever” He said…

 

 

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Kon Tiki: St. Thomas

In adventure, beach, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line, Uncategorized on November 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I went on an adventure in St. Thomas last week!! It’s kind of a funny story because I got delayed in the ship and was supposed to meet my co-workers outside on the pier to go on a Kon Tiki Tour! So I was rushing and running around and made it outside finally (2 minutes before the Kon Tiki boat was supposed to leave)!! I found the Shore Excursion manager and he ushered me off with the tour operator, and I made it on the boat. Once I got on the boat, the captain introduced himself to me, and I met all the crew and I began to look for my friends. The Kon Tiki boats have two levels so I assumed they must be up on the top deck enjoying some sun. So up I went. No friends. Back downstairs I went. Still no friends. The ship left……and I was by myself with a boat full of strangers. I allowed myself a sulky moment and then decided to make friends with the tour operators, and random strangers. All of the tour guides were wonderful and I got to hear all of their life stories. St. Thomas is a US Virgin Island so it’s governed by all the same laws as the US, therefore, the tour operators were all American. It’s a very interesting dynamic over there, because it’s a Caribbean island, you expect things to move slowly, and be more relaxed, like a typical Caribbean island. Which they do; however there’s still the twist of it being an American island. It’s a very dynamic mix. The first mate was also the bartender, and limbo champion. He had a really interesting story, he’s an American who grew up on a sailboat with his family and they ended up settling in Tortuga, a British island. He was allowed to stay there as a dependant on his parent’s work visas and then when he was 18, he and his dad went on another sailing trip around the Caribbean. When they got back, because he was too old to be under their visas anymore, he couldn’t stay. He tried to get another visa, but as we all know, visas are a tricky business, and he ended up sailing over to St. Thomas, and living there. He even lives on his sailboat!! I love hearing other people’s stories, everyone has at least one and the more you travel, the more interesting ones you hear! Kon Tiki was great, they sail around with you in this little boat, with a Caribbean steel drum band playing the whole time. First you stop at a coral reef where they lower these neat glass bottomed viewing areas so you can see right into the ocean. They tell you all about the fish and coral that you can see, and then you head off to Honeymoon Bay and have an hour or so on the beach. One of the tour guides is dating the girl who works at the beach shack where you can get food and drinks and they have the sweetest dog that he brought out to play with us. They rescued her from Puerto Rico and she was so well trained and just gorgeous! After your hour at the beach, you head back to your ship and they do a big group dance and a limbo contest!! It was a lot of fun, and I made some new friends! Maybe next week I’ll go say hello again!!

The view of downtown St. Thomas from the Kon Tiki boat!

And of course, there’s my home!!

Breathtaking

The lovely beach we hung out at

My new best friends!

The Con Tiki boat!!

Tulum

In adventure, beach, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line on November 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

A while back, I got the chance to go on a lovely excursion with my dear friend Valeria. We had such a wonderful time, we went to the Mayan ruins at Tulum!! It’s so amazing to have the chance to get off the ship and see these amazing sights!! Take a look at the photos!!

 

 

As you can see we had an amazing time!!!

San Juan

In adventure, beach, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line on October 23, 2012 at 1:59 am

Last week I got a chance to go out in San Juan, Puerto Rico! It was so much fun!! One of my lovely co-workers and I took bicycles out from the crew center and took ourselves on a wee tour of San Juan! It was so lovely. We went to a park, and to a beach, and it was very freeing. San Juan is quite beautiful, but there are quite a few run down areas as well. It’s nice to get away from the cruise ship areas and see the rest of the city. There’s a weird shiny bubble of consumerism that surrounds most of the ports, which I love, and cruise ships are so good for the economies of the ports, however once you get further away from the port, you get more of an idea of what the city itself feels like. We found a really fabulous little café to have some coffee at and some traditional Puerto Rican fare. I would love to have more time in San Juan to see even more!!

I’m not really sure what this is, but I loved it. I kind of think maybe it’s a Chupacabra….but at this point that is total speculation

Downtown San Juan, where we ended our bike trip. I love a lot of the architecture and how small the streets are!

 

Just another day in paradise!!

Goofing off in the park with Vesna!

Just stunning!!

Isla Roatan

In adventure, beach, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line, Cruise on October 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

First of all, Roatan is absolutely stunning. It’s such a neat port. I only had a few hours this week, so I explored a little, used the free crew wifi (AMAZING) and caught a few rays (not too many tho, I’m avoiding wrinkles.) There’s a really neat chair lift that takes you from the cruise center down to the beach or you can walk. The cruise center is pretty much exactly what you would expect, and what seems to be fairly standard from cruise ship ports. A shopping area with jewelry stores, duty free shops, and several restaurants (usually a Fat Tuesday’s), one or more of which will be playing loud dance music and have a crowd of merrymakers dancing and enjoying some beverages. Down by the beach there are several beach bars, lounge chairs, gorgeous white sand and clear blue ocean as far as the eye can see! It’s simply surreal. I can’t wait to try an excursion here!!

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Half Moon Cay

In Bahamas, beach, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line, Cruise, friends, fun, travel, traveling on September 24, 2012 at 3:38 am

I know you’re all waiting to hear about how wonderful my new ship is and how much I love it, but that’s going to be the next post! Right now, I just want to share the lovely photos I took of Half Moon Cay, the Bahamanian island owned by the Carnival Corporation!! It’s incredible!! There’s so many amazing excursions you can do, or endless beautiful ocean to play in! Enjoy!!

The view of the cay from the ship

Captain Morgan’s pirate ship. There’s a bar inside!!

Captain Morgan’s

The Carnival Ecstasy!!!

 

I’m so excited to swim in the ocean!!!

Endless beach!! Summer is all year round!!

From left to right, Constantinos, Myself, and Mario enjoying our time off the ship!

One of the many excursions is horseback riding, first around the island and then into the ocean!!

Doesn’t it look like a postcard??? I’m living in a postcard!!

 

The back side of the island.

 

 

Canons!! Of course, on the top floor of the Captain Morgan shipwreck.

Fun signpost in the gift shop courtyard (of course there’s a gift shop!!)

I adored this island! I can’t wait to go back and do more fun excursions!!

 

Bermuda!!

In adventure, beach, bermuda, travelling on July 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm
So Derrek and I made it to Bermuda safe and sound! We landed last night around 8:30 and got a cab with a fabulous driver in a giant taxi van who drive fast around tiny roads with hairpin turns!! And on the opposite side of the road from what we’re used to! We got to my friend Katie’s house and there was a lovely little note waiting for us as she was still at work. Shes been working at the Fairmont here and living in the staff housing so as you can imagine I was very interested in seeing both the housing and the hotel!! The housing is fabulous!! Small but adorable and she lives by herself which is more than I can say for all staff housing I’ve lived in! So we walked down to the Swizzle Inn by her place and had some dinner and that’s where she met us! Katie is one of those amazing friends that no matter how long you haven’t seen eachother, it still feels like you’ve been together the whole time! So we had a great time catching up! Then this morning I went with her to work and took her scooter back with me. First of all, scootering takes a bit of getting used to! Second of all driving on the other side of the street takes some getting used to!!! But I managed, I did scrape my toe, but other than that I survived!! And Derrek was a fabulous passenger!! Katie has so many exciting things planned for us!! Tonight we’re going for dinner at the Fairmont because she gets 50% off! Then tomorrow we go on a boat to explore!!! I’m excited. We want to find the lost city of Atlantis, which we feel certain is located in the Bermuda triangle somewhere. More later!! And photos too!!