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Feb 11, 2020 - Packing

Being another sea day we had breakfast downstairs then returned to the room to start packing. I had mine done quickly, but Christine spent the rest of the morning carefully pressing her clothes into the suitcase then adding to mine. We had lunch from the Neptune Lounge, though I had to go upstairs as their supply of sandwiches had run out. We then went to the strings concert and retired to our room where Christine watched some birds catch the flying fish which seemed quite prolific in this area between Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas. We got...

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Caribbean Cruise

Feb 10, 2020 - Awards at Sea

We had a later breakfast downstairs today as we were at sea all day. We had a walk then returned to our room and I did a little laundry. We went to a presentation of medals representing days cruising with Holland America. We had bronze ones for 100 cruising days. There were about 20 got one for 300 days, several for 500 days and one lady had over 2000 days. Six years of her life has been spent at sea on Holland America ships! There was a lunch afterwards which we skipped. We were at a similar one on the first part of our cruise and it was...

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Feb 9, 2020 - Aruba

Another early morning with room service breakfast. Christine was early enough to get some shots of the moon while it was still dark over Aruba. We got ready and went to meet the tour guides. After some chaos we managed to find the right bus and things improved vastly. The guide was very good, easily understood and informative. We drove past eh airport and into the centre of the island where there is an odd rock formation called Casibari. We were encouraged to climb it for the view. This proved more taxing than expected and I doubt if...

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Feb 1, 2020 - Oranjestad, Aruba

We rose early and had our last breakfast on board. Our luggage had been toted down to the hold and we were ready to take an excursion to view the small, desert island of Aruba. The passport control by the Aruba Customs agents took an unbelievable amount of time, but we were on the bus and headed out to see cactus after cactus on the sun drenched landscape. The most interesting stop was at the ‘Natural Bridge’ along the north shore. The old bridge collapsed over 10 years ago, but a new ‘baby bridge’ is now being carved out of the shore by...

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Dec 30, 2018 - Aruba

Since we've been to Aruba a couple of times before, we decided to just get off the ship and walk around town, do a little shopping, maybe have lunch and make it an easy day. Oranjestad has lots of shopping and dining establishments and there is even a nice beach within walking distance. I wanted to get some of the famous Aloe, great for burns and skin irritations. It was nice to just walk around and we had a local snack called pan bati (a pancake-like bread) and enjoyed our time ashore. Back onboard ship, we decided to go to the seafood...

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Adventures for 2018

Apr 20, 2017 - Under the Sea

On Easter Monday we arrive at Aruba. Now you can look for it in your atlas or I could just tell you it is 17 miles off the Venezuelan coast and in the Caribbean Sea. It is the original desert island. It has the same rainfall as Arizona and so very similar vegetation, cacti, dusty scrub etc. It is weird to see somewhere that looks as if it came out of a western yet turn around and see the sea. Aruba might be in the Caribbean but it actually a part of Holland. The main town is neat and tidy and well maintained. However with the exception of...

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Mar 13, 2014 - The Caribbean

Saturday 8 March Day 65 - Bridgetown, Barbados It was a very early start for us because of an early tour to the Island. After docking we noticed a lot of boating traffic with both cruise liners as well as two beautiful tourist clippers. The cruise port was enormous and it had its own shopping centre as well as free Internet, so I was at last able to upload and download some stuff. It was slow but after the ship, it was a dream! I think everyone on the ship including crew was there! Barbados is a relatively small island, only 431 square km...

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Aug 23, 2012 - Oranjestad, Aruba

We arrived a day before everyone else, and got checked into our resort. It was pretty expensive - at $1300 for the week - booked through RCI.com - and was a nice one bedroom condo at a golf resort named Dutch Village Resort - part of the Divi Village Golf Resort. It was a nice facility right on the ocean. It was connected to all the other DIVI properties and their neighbors, but a nice walking path. There were also complimentary golf cart shuttles that were free, and took you along the waterfront to the other hotels and resorts, as well as...

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Mar 3, 2012 - Day 7: Willemstad, Curacao

I still don’t get how they get Cour-a-cel from Curacao. They tell me it’s Portuguese but that doesn’t mean diddly to me. Anyway we had a great day today. After getting coffee and (a) toast, (b) French toast, or (c) Danish, we headed to the gym. Although we’ve been walking and doing lots of stairs, we still felt the effects of the bike and the treadmill this morning! I did get on the mat (and made Ralph get down, too!). The stretches were much needed! Then we went to breakfast before heading ashore. This was the only port where the cruise...

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Mar 2, 2012 - Day 6: Bonaire

Today was Ralph’s fishing day. I elected to stay on board and do NOTHING! After supper we went up to the Crow’s Nest to hear Charlie Jourdan, the solo guitarist. The nest is an extension of the Explorations Café which also houses the library. The nest was COLD so I moved over to the library where I could hear the music but didn’t freeze. Ralph wandered over and started working on a jigsaw puzzle that was set up on a table. I found a great book – At Home – by Bill Bryson. I loved his Walk in the Woods. This one is fantastic! “Bill Bryson and...

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Mar 1, 2012 - Day 5: Aruba

Breakfast this morning was cereal, toast with peanut butter, and lots of coffee! Then we headed down to deck 1 to check out excursions for Puerto Limon. At the talk yesterday on ports of call, they recommended that we not walk around in Puerto Limon – the town hasn’t recovered from an earthquake in ’91 so there’s not a lot to see. The ship stops there because of the tropical rain forest excursions. Ralph and I looked at the options but needed to ascertain how difficult the trips would be. We selected the Rainforest Canopy and Zipline...

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Mar 13, 2011 - Aruba

Sunday, March 13, 2011 You can t’ get lost on Aruba, this little island that’s 20 miles long and 6 miles wide. We were part of a Discovery half-day tour today, instead of one exclusively for Road Scholars, and the difference was noticeable. Our guide was competent in giving us the various facts as we made our way around the island, with a population of 100,000 inhabitants that represent 41 different nationalities and speak four main languages: Dutch, since this is an autonomous part of the Netherlands, English, Spanish, and Papiamento, the...

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