Sunday, May 22, 2016

Our Caribbean Cruise Vacation - Part 3 Puerto Rico

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - first port of call

We got up early today (6 am) in order to eat breakfast before going ashore for our tour.  We ported in Old San Juan.  Loaded up into our tour bus for a drive to the El Yunque Rainforest.  Our driver's name is Alejandro.  

Our first stop was at the Welcome Center.  Took lots of pictures of the plants and trees.  

We then loaded up and went to our next stop, Coco Falls.

Our third stop was at the Mameyes River.  Got to see our first gecko.

 Our last stop was at a gift shop along the route before heading back to the ship.

During the afternoon, David went back into town to the local Harley Shop to get his souvenir t-shirt.  I stayed back at the ship to unwind.

Shipboard activity included Name that TV Show trivia quiz and a Country Western music show with Patti & Jose.


Old San Juan fort in background

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Our Caribbean Cruise Vacation - Part 2 Sea Days before Puerto Rico

Promenade deck Poolside
We boarded the cruise ship on Friday, October 30th mid-day.  We spent the afternoon familiarizing ourselves with the ship.  We ate lunch (and dinner) at the Garden Cafe (buffet meals).  The activities included a mandatory boat drill - did you know our muster station was not on deck but in the Stardust Theater?  We had participated in the Sail-Away party then took in our first show in the Stardust - it was a preview of all the shows that would be performing during the 14 days on board.

Gatsby Lounge
The next three days were all at sea as we cruised towards Puerto Rico.  Breakfast was spent at the Garden Cafe (almost every day).  We took in a presentation on the various excursions available and then booked ours (one tour for each of the ports of calls).  Participated in Bingo in the Spinnaker Lounge and watched various music shows in Gatsby's Lounge.  

David found his beer at Bimini Bar!
Day 2 at sea had us eating lunch at The Bimini Bar (it overlooked the pool deck) and dinner was in one of the formal dining rooms - The Aqua.  Since the cruise was our 30th anniversary gift to ourselves, we had a special dessert served to us by the wait staff (they were singing "Darling call me Sweetheart, I'm in love with you").  We also had our formal photos taken.  Day 3 at sea had us eating lunch poolside at the BBQ and dinner was at The Venetian (one of the other free formal dining rooms).  When we retired to our stateroom in the evenings, we were greeted with various towel animals.
David on the Promenade Deck

Look what we found on our bed!