Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata

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    • Day 15

      Dominican Republic

      December 26, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

      Insignia has now set sail from the Dominican Republic to return us to Miami. The swells are quite big, with white caps stretching out to the horizon. But the ship is handling the conditions well. And I am continuing to enjoy the breeze and shade that brought me down to the starboard promenade on deck 5 in the first place.

      While we’ve been to the Dominican Republic on a previous cruise, Puerto Plata was a new-to-us port … our third such on this cruise.

      First, a bit of intel for the RTW2023 passengers who will be joining us. The embarkation numbers I heard early on were not accurate. OCA Cella said last night that she had just run the numbers and there will be 73 world cruisers joining in Miami … total pax complement will be 500+ for that segment. She is expecting 300+ world cruisers to join in San Francisco. So, when it is all said and done, it seems that unlike RTW2017, RTWers will outnumber segment passengers this time.

      Now, onward with our day.

      We had some funny money (aka shipboard credit) to get rid of before we arrive back in Miami on 28 December. So, we booked an excursion through the ship. We don’t do this often as we just don’t like being in large groups. But one of the options for today was a day pass at Ocean World. That ought to work, we said to ourselves. Once we got to our destination, we could wander around on our own … pick and choose activities at our own pace.

      What we didn’t count on was sharing the port with Odyssey of the Seas … an RCL ship that carries nearly 4,300 passengers … also at the Taino Bay facilities with us. And I don’t know how many other ships at Amber Cove, the terminal operated by Carnival for its family of cruise lines.

      It wasn’t too bad when we first arrived at Ocean World … around 9:45a to a small folklore group welcoming us with traditional dances. As the facility rep assigned to our group took us around on a familiarization tour, Mui went his own way to snorkel in the aquarium. I continued with the group until we reached the walk-in aviary. That’s when I walked away to check out the birds … a couple of toucans, some macaws, and a flock of love birds.

      Next I headed down to check out the beach, where we intended to spend the day. So disappointing. The small beach overlooking the manmade lagoon — the surf is too rough outside the breakwater — was overcrowded … the lagoon was filled with swimmers. Actually, I should say “players” as everyone seemed intent on climbing up and around the giant inflatable toys that took up so much of the water space.

      By the time I made it back to join Mui, following a straight path without walking into a wall of people was impossible. As for going to the sea lion and dolphin shows … well, you had to go get a seat early or be left standing outside the amphitheaters. We lucked out at the dolphin show … not so much at the sea lion show.

      Our day pass entitled us to a buffet lunch, so we partook of that, paying extra to purchase a couple of bottles of Presidente, the local Pilsner, to wash down the food. Then we went to a spot on the far side of the property where the otherwise blaring music and the screams of kids were drowned out by the waves crashing ashore. This was the best part of our day.

      As we always do, we made the best of what we were handed. But today is not going to take up valuable “grey matter” space in our minds.

      Once back on the ship, Mui decided to take a nap. With the sun baking our veranda, I came down to the promenade to do my writing. It wasn’t the quiet spot it usually is. The cacophony created by the hulls of both vessels rubbing up against the protection buoys as the swells pushed them back and forth made for quite the din in the echo chamber created by Insignia and Odyssey of the Seas tied up on either side of the pier. Luckily that din is no more now that we are out to sea.

      We have a relaxing day at sea tomorrow. Looking forward to that!
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    • Day 14

      Puerto Plata Land&Leute I

      November 13 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Parque Nacional Isabell de Torres: Hoch hinaus auf den Hausberg Puerto Platas für einen grandiosen Ausblick über die Bucht Puerto Platas, das Kreuzfahrtterminal, die Festung , den Flughafen und Sosua

    • Day 13

      Sapore di Mare

      November 12 in Dominican Republic ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      4-Gänge a'la Carte italienisch 😋🤤
      Lachstartar 💓
      Bruschetta 😍
      Spaghetti aglio' i Olio 🥰
      Fettuccine all Alfredo i Pollo ❤️
      Dessert Cheesecake chocolat - okay nicht alles Italian Style 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Day 14

      Land&Leute VII: Puerto Plata Oldtown

      November 13 in Dominican Republic ⋅ 🌬 29 °C

      Oldtown Puerto Plata mit der Regenschirmgasse, der Gasse Paseo de Dona Blanca - pinke Strasse - und dem zentralen Platz mit der Kathedrale und dem Pavillon. Die Häuser drumherum sind noch teils aus Kolonialzeit und der viktorianischen ZeitRead more

    • Day 14

      Land&Leute IV: Puntilla

      November 13 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Festung Fortaleza de San Felipe, Leuchtturm, Amfitheater, Reiterstatue Gregorio de Luperon, erstarrter Lavastrom, Kreuzfahrtterminal - vor Anker 'Adventure of the Seas' - und trotz der Nähe zum Hafen gibt es kleine Wunder: Die Korallen rund um die Puntilla erholen sich deutlich sichtbarRead more

    • Day 14

      Land&Leute III: Chocolala

      November 13 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Zum fünften Mal Besichtigung einer Farm und zum ersten Mal richtig toller Kakao, der auch zu Hause schmecken wird. Dann gab es auch noch Kaffee und "yummi" leckere Fruchtweinliköre.
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    • Day 28

      Pirate Invasion Hash - Amber Cove, DR

      January 28, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Jolly Roger Pirate Invasion H3 – Amber Cove (DR)

      It was our final stop, and all eyes were on our hares . . . Feels Up Screams, Math Sucks, Skeletwhore, and Just Alex as we pulled into Amber Cove (our second stop in the Dominican Republic). We waited patiently for the appointed time to arrive, and we all gathered round. Blow and Go was RA for the day, and sent the hares off in a cloud of flour and ankles akimbo. Trail snaked its way along the path (stay on the path damnit), and out onto the main road.

      The turkeys went left, and the runners went right and on down the way, turned right again and headed towards the beach. At this point is when Lifa found the check back from hell, which consumed him . . . and it appears most of the pack for some time. One highly intelligent hasher turned left at this point, and found true trail. Hollering back to the pack, Wet Muscle started to follow, and then for some totally unknown reason turned around and went back to play on the back check for another 20 minutes. The highly intelligent hasher, thinking the rest of the pack was just behind him and would soon be catching up, continued on down the old dirt road.

      Come to find out, Wet Muscle later stated, she DID NOT TRUST the highly intelligent hasher . . . WTF?!?!?! While the rest of the pack played around looking for trail, that one hasher made his way all the way back to the port, where the trails merged and made their way down to the beach, just across the bay from the boat. Copious amounts of beer were sipped, with great anticipation of the circle to be had.

      Once the pack straggled in, Blow and Go took over again, and passed out the down downs . . . UNTIL . . . Inflate-a-date stepped into circle, and pausing several times considering how he was going speak, what words to use (which I am sure he had juggled around in his mind for months) . . . he finally just spoke from the heart, and with the Grease theme playing in all our minds (You’re the one that I want, whooo whooo whooo) . . . he took one knee in front of Feels Up Screams, with a small box containing a big rock . . . and in a sheepish voice proclaimed . . . I brought a cooler, can you make me a sammich babe . . . NO, he proudly exclaimed WILL YOU MARRY ME? Then it was all Love Boat theme . . . Awww, love is in the air, do do do, DODO dodo. Love is in the air . . . CONGRATS to the two lovebirds.

      As they staggered off to the corner to copulate, the rest of the pack either jumped in the bay, or gathered round to sing some hash songs. And then that time finally arrived, it was time to get back on the boat to make the final sail back to Miami . . . and it was Tiny Tim at the end of the Christmas Carol . . . God Bless Us One and All.

      But that is not the end of the story, there are still some goofy shit to take place on our last day at sea . . . See you there, On On.
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    • Day 3

      God plays with colors

      November 11, 2018 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C


      In den gestrigen Footprints, sind einige meiner Fotos von einer mir völlig unbekannten Person, die sich "D. and D." nennt, sehr schräg kommentiert worden - anscheinend, stehen die beiden D. in dem seltsamen Kürzel, für das Wort "dissen"!

      Wie auch immer, die gänzlich an den Haaren herbeigezogenen, haltlosen Mutmaßungen wie "immer auf der Suche nach Dynamik", oder "angestrengter Blick mit Zunge raus" (was soll das denn bitte? ), zeigen wieder einmal ganz deutlich, die zunehmende Entsozialisierung der Menschen - nebenbei gesagt, mein Lieblingswort 2018.

      Da kann man sich nicht einfach mal wie Daniela W. ( Muchas gracias fürs Liken ) über gelungene Fotos freuen - Nein, man kommentiert selbige auf verletzende Art und Weise!

      Es gibt eben Zeitgenossen, die verstehen unter einer gelungenen Mahlzeit, eine Packung Miracoli die sie sich beim Feinkost Lidl kaufen - andere hingegen, zaubern optisch ansprechende, exotische Gerichte!

      Man hört auch von Menschen, die zum Training ins Wohnzimmer gehen und eine Fitness DVD von Sophia Thiel einlegen und danach überzeugt sind, mal so richtig hart geworked outed zu haben.

      Andere wiederum, stellen sich einfach unermüdlich dem Stahl in einem richtigen Fitness Studio stellen - so geht's!

      Zum heutigen Beitrag:

      Gegen sechs Uhr, meldet sich wieder die innere Uhr - fünf Stunden Zeitunterschied, lassen sich nicht einfach so wegstecken!

      In der Nacht hat es heftig geregnet - noch immer, sind riesige grauschwarze Wolkenberge zu sehen. Gerade geht die Sonne auf - das müsste doch am Strand richtig dramatisch aussehen?!

      Zehn Minuten später, stehe ich am Wasser und bin begeistert. Mir gelingen wunderschöne Aufnahmen - es scheint, als hätte Gott mit Farben gespielt 🌈🌈🌈!
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    • Day 2

      10 hours of sunshine + 31 degrees!

      November 10, 2018 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Nach fünf Stunden Schlaf, weckt mich meine innere Uhr und der hustende Zimmernachbar, der leider durch die Verbindungstüre zu hören ist!

      Es hat eine Weile gedauert, bis ich gestern einschlafen konnte - mein Zimmer war so extrem heruntergekühlt, daß ich die ersten Stunden gefroren habe, kein Witz! Tropenbewohner und ihre Affinität zu Klimaanlagen - Willkommen in der Dominikanischen Republik!

      Jetzt ist es kurz nach sieben Uhr und die Sonne lächelt bereits ein wenig - das wird ein ganz wunderbarer erster Urlaubstag! Zeit für einen Spaziergang durch die Hotelanlage - die präsentiert sich ansprechend und sehr gepflegt.

      Geschätzt 10 dreistöckige Wohnblöcke, sind eingebettet in tropische Vegetation. Der COOEE Bereich ist ein vom Hotel Grand Paradise separierter Abschnitt, der ausschließlich Erwachsenen vorbehalten ist. Die Stimmung am eigenen Beach ist leger, aber nicht unangenehm ausgelassen oder laut - hier lässt es sich gut den Tag verbringen.

      Luis der Beach Guard, hat ein kleines Trinkgeld von mir bekommen. Damit ist sichergestellt, daß sich während der Strandspaziergänge niemand an meinen Habseligkeiten zu schaffen macht - sehr gut investierte Pesos!

      Apropos Strand - der Playa Dorada, bedient sämtliche Tropenklischees. Hufeisenförmig, insgesamt sicherlich vier Kilometer lang, feiner goldgelber Sand und flach abfallend, in den schätzungsweise 26 Grad warmen karibischen Atlantik. Unzählige Kokonusspalmen und reichlich natürlicher Schatten unter großen Bäumen.

      Strandspaziergänge gestalten sich bis jetzt sehr entspannt - keine lästigen Beach-Boys, wie beispielsweise am Diani Beach in Kenia und die Verkäufer zeigen sich, zumindest heute Morgen bei mir, karibisch gelassen.

      Es ist jetzt 11.00 Uhr, 1. Tag - der Urlaub kann beginnen!
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    • Day 7

      There is so much more beside Rakı!

      November 15, 2018 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      This Footprint, is quite especially for my "Turkish family" members!

      I know guys, you preferred to all, so it seems, exclusively Rakı - it all depends on it. But my dear friends believe me, there is so much more in addition!

      The Dominican Republic, this is for sure, is a cocktail lovers paradise. There is such a huge range of exotic drinks, it's so easy to lose track because of it!

      If you have the change, it's a good idea trying a Piña Colada or Margarita - this is a must! Do not hesitate enjoy typical caribbean drinks like a Mochito, Caipirinha or Daiquiri.

      My personal recommendation for hot summer days / nights, instead of Cuba Libre choose Santo Libre ( brown rum, Sprite, a piece of lemon and ice..... yummy ) - Cheers!
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