PRINCESS CARIBBEAN CRUISE, 3/2017, Part 7

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We’re still snorkeling in St. Maarten.

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Beautiful fish abounded!

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Debbie really enjoyed being surrounded by schools of fish.

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This is the “fast raft” that took us out to the snorkeling spot.  When they said “fast,” they weren’t kidding.  It went about 50mph and carried 34 people.

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Here is the captain of the fast raft bringing out the floating bar complete with beer and rum punch.

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The warm Caribbean water was really nice, especially since it was March and snowing in the Northern U.S.

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This is Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas,” the largest ocean liner in the world.

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This is the liner we were on.

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Just kidding!  This is the Regal Princess, our home for the last two weeks.  It is a great ship and really enjoyed the cruise.  Looking forward to going again!!

I’m working on what will be our next blog subject.  Stay tuned.

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PRINCESS CARIBBEAN CRUISE, 3/2017, Part 6

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Today, we are taking a dip in the ocean on St. Thomas.  (By the way, when I say dip, I’m not referring to myself).

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Debbie stylin’ for the camera!

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The palm tree lined beach was great.

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I think we are about to invaded by pirates.

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St. Thomas from the catamaran.

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This is where the other half parks their yachts.

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On the catamaran – complete with bar.

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People being pulled in a tube raft.

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Major wipeout!!

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Our friends and table mates from Canada, Bert and Brenda, enjoying a rum punch.  Debbie unsuccessfully tried to get out of the photo.

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After St. Thomas, we went to St. Maarten.

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At St. Maarten, we boarded a power raft, a long, narrow, speed boat with a couple of powerful outboards on the back.  We headed out to a snorkeling spot.

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Debbie about to take a dive.

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Colorful fish were plentiful!  So were other snorkelers’ swim fins.

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Some sea anemones and something that looked like brains.

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Our next post will be a continuation of our St. Maarten snorkeling adventure.

 

 

PRINCESS CARIBBEAN CRUISE, 3/2017 Part 5

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Our next stop was at the Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic.

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The buildings in the water were rather expensive.  The big on went for about $1200 per night.

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This waterfall greeted us at the cruise port.

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A motor coach (fancy term for a bus) took us to the beach.  The water was nice and warm

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Debbie and I took advantage of the warm water – quite different from Martha’s Vineyard!

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Here’s me holding in my gut trying to look buff.

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The waves were good.  This is my first attempt at photographing the inside of a breaker.

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I love the color of the water.

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After a lunch, we went to the town of Peurto Plata (Port of Silver)

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This is a park in the middle of the town.

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The streets were not too busy.

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One of the locals selling his wares off his donkey.

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These heads on sticks greeted us back at the cruise port.  I do not know of their significance.

Our next stop will be at St. Thomas.

 

PRINCESS CARIBBEAN CRUISE, 3/2017, Part 4

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This is the company we zip lined with, located in Cozumel, Mexico.

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And our welcoming party.  They feast off the people who didn’t make it.

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Debbie is getting her gear put on.

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“Our Father, please let this cup pass from me.  But not my will, but Thine be done.”

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My turn to get strapped in.

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O.K., tab “A” into slot “B.”  Or is it the other way around.

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This is the crew that helped us all the way around.  A great bunch of guys!!

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O.K., we’re ready – bring it on!!

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And awaaaay we go!!

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Debbie is approaching one of the towers

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Get out th’ way boys – I’m gonna unwind!

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My turn – here I come!!  Who said I was chicken?!

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The strap was not as uncomfortable at it looks.

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Well, this is not so bad.

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However, I’m a bit concerned about this next landing.

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The towers were a lot more sturdy than they looked.

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On the way back to the ship, we were serenaded by a mariachi band.

Zip lining is great fun!!  Debbie said she’d do it again – but not the Dunn’s River water fall.  We are packing today.  We disembark the ship at about 6:00 in the morning, and we should be home late Sunday night.  We’ll try to drive it all in one day.  See you soon.

PRINCESS CARIBBEAN CRUISE, 3/2017, part 3

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We are going to climb Dunn River Falls – not up the board sidewalk – but through the water.  It was a 900 ft. climb – against the current.

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Debbie was a little tenuous about it, but being the trooper she is…..

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As much as possible, everyone held hands to pull each other up.  I suppose the reasoning is that if one person falls, they pull the whole crowd down with them.

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Debbie can hardly wait to get started.

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The water was rushing pretty fast.

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The guides were great!  If anyone couldn’t make the next level up, they pulled them up.  They were very attentive to people who needed help.

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People on the board walk weren’t having nearly as much fun – they weren’t even getting wet.

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Debbie is saying, “What the heck have you gotten me into?”

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Some nice people took our photo.

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Onward and upward we go!

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I cannot say enough about the guides – They were a tremendous help!

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A refreshing waterfall.

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We’re almost there!

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And we made it all the way to the top.

On our next excursion, we’ll do a little zip lining.

 

PRINCESS CARIBBEAN CRUISE, 3/2017 part 2

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I think I published this photo yesterday, But I like it so much I thought I’d do it again. 

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Same bird – wings down.

 

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Another photo of the Eastern Streamtail.

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Check out the thorns on this thing!!  They’re deadly!

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These acrobats made some pretty cool moves.

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I know this would look better in video, but I just didn’t do it.

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And back down the mountain.

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Talk about setting down roots!

Our next post will be Debbie and me taking a walk up the Dunn River water falls – up the falls – not up the boardwalk beside the falls, but through the water.

 

PRINCESS CARIBBEAN CRUISE, 3/2017

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Welcome back to “Travels with Skip and Debbie.”  We are presently on the Regal Princess cruise ship.  I have final gotten some photos processed so I can put them on our blog.  The above photo is a group of ships in port at Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)  Our ship has just set sail.  (I do not know why they still call it sailing when there’s not a sail in sight).

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Above is the atrium of the ship.  This area is surrounded by shops and restaurants.

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And a view towards the front.

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Debbie uses sea days to catch up on some reading.

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Our first stop was supposed to be Grand Cayman, but the seas were so choppy, they cancelled our snorkeling excursion.  So, we proceeded on to Jamaica.

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Early morning view of Montego Bay.

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Our first excursion on Jamaica was a chair lift ride up Mystic Mountain.

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We were greeted by some beautiful flowers….

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And some hummingbirds.  There was an area where there were hummingbird feeders and plants.

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I liked the looks of this plant, but I don’t have a clue what it is.

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Debbie and I were thrilled to see these Eastern Streamtail hummers.  Check out the long tail.  We don’t see these guys in our back yard!

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Lucky shot!  This guy took off a fraction of a second after I took his portrait.

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It may be our imagination, but these hummers seem slightly larger than the ones we have at home.  Maybe ours fight too much over the food and that stunts their growth…. Just sayin’.

Our next post will be a continuation of Mystic Mountain hummers and some acrobats.