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Caribbean cruises

January - September 2019
Currently traveling
  • Day14

    Broken down ship

    January 18 in Puerto Rico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We didn't make it out of Puerto Rico. They are now flying in experts from America to fix the problem.

    So we get to stay in San Juan another day and a day is cut from Aruba as we were to spend two days there.

    Wish we had broken down in Barbados or Antigua.

    So after a sleep in I use the free wifi they gave consecutive cruisers to do the feedback survey to go through 1000 emails. With the little time I had left I managed to do some banking. Its been so difficult to get strong enough wifi to upload this blog and do any banking. Needless to say the survey didn't get done.

    Next I decide to go a shore as I am going mad couped up on this ship with its crap TV. If they had movies I would have been quite happy but I am not paying over $20 to watch a movie.

    Decide to go to the biggest shopping mall so that keeps me occupied for the rest of the day. Spying a Macdonalds I go in to get a chocolate milkshake which I am craving. But they don't do milkshakes!
    I cannot begin to explain my devastation on hearing this.

    Next I hit Walgreens for Pringles and Cadbury chocolate. Eat Cadbury's in one hit.

    Had to be back on ship by 6pm then more announcements that they are still working on the issue.

    I start to think about what I will do if the cruise is cancelled.

    Then I walk aimlessly around the ship.

    Eat ice cream.
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  • Day13

    Cruise changeover

    January 17 in Puerto Rico ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Tedious day today after a tedious night of packing. The same cabin wasn't available for the next cruise. Had to be out of the room by 8am. Then at 9.30 immigration came on board to check those who were doing consecutive cruises.

    Then had to hang around until the rooms were ready at about 2.30pm. The consecutive cruisers as they call us were invited to an 'exclusive' lunch which was total shite. Had to send back an inedible pasta and ended up having bread and butter for lunch. Menu was crap.

    By this time weirdly we were exhausted so had a nap until the compulsory drill.

    Then potatoes beans and rice for dinner followed by tv. Exciting.

    New room a long way from the food. When you cruise the food is at the back and the entertainment at the front - well at least on Celebrity. So I prefer the back of the ship.

    Also previously we were on level 11 as part of a few staterooms and now we are on level 9 with an obstructed view which wasn't disclosed by Celebrity when we booked. Its not a real obstruction by ship standards but its annoying. I guess it will provide shade.

    Next was an announcement that they are fixing the ship's navigation system so we will be delayed in leaving San Juan by an hour. That was two hours ago.

    My guess is if they can't fix it in two hours then they need more expertise.

    We didn't bother to leave the ship as San Juan does not look enticing.
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  • Day12

    Sea day

    January 16, Caribbean Sea ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Lazy day, late lunch, pina colado with a sea view, listening to the laid back live music, late dinner.

  • Day11

    St Kitts

    January 15 in Saint Kitts and Nevis ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Port town is Basseterre which is the capital. Nothing planned today so I will check out whats available from private operators.

    Lively port entrance with lots of air conditioned shops and an ok town based on carribean standards. Picked up a 2 1/2 hour island tour for $25US as opposed to $60 charged by the ship.

    We passed the park where slaves were sold to plantation owners and the saw the building where they were held. The park is now called independence park.

    Land once used for sugar cane is now being developed for houses, resorts and businesses.

    The island has a few universities for foreign students, a brewery and a soft drink factory.

    Re housing the government leases it to citizens and provided you make your payments in 30 years you will owe the land and house.

    Good tour, not alot of sandy beaches and the Atlantic side is pretty much all rock. The highlight was a 400 year old tree and the view towards the island of Nevis.

    Once back had a look at the shops but they all have the same crap from China and India and its all tacky/ugly. Keen to get back on the ship since I discovered they have better desserts for afternoon tea!
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