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Old 02-17-2013, 03:32 PM   #346
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Fun!!! What r u doing i Tortola? We went to the barbs at Virgin gorda... It was nice but we were diverted due to a hurricane so the waves were rough.

Are you docking at St. John or st Thomas ?

I like st Martin... So clean and beach right there. And I do like the liquor allowance on the easterns
We have nothing planned for tortola... I am not sure we are doing anything. We will wander around.

We are going to both St. John, and St Thomas... And St Marteen..

We just take it easy this cruise. We will walk around and look but mostly we are just hanging out with friends and relaxing.
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I am going to really enjoy this blog.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:36 PM   #348
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I am going to really enjoy this blog.
I hope you do.... It will be good for me to be more focused this time around. I know that Alison wants lots of ship pictures, so hopefully, I can accommodate her too. Then I need to get food porn for you! And David loves sunset pictures...

This should be fun either way.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:42 PM   #349
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We have nothing planned for tortola... I am not sure we are doing anything. We will wander around.

We are going to both St. John, and St Thomas... And St Marteen..

We just take it easy this cruise. We will walk around and look but mostly we are just hanging out with friends and relaxing.
I love taking it slow!!! And I didn't know St. John had a dock!

Will be interested to see Tortola. We went right from ship to ferry to VG to ferry to ship! No idea what's there
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:47 PM   #350
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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, officially Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista (Municipality of the Capital City, Saint John the Baptist), is the capital and most populous municipality in Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States.

As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 395,326 making it the 46th-largest city under the jurisdiction of the United States. San Juan was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciudad de Puerto Rico ("Rich Port City"). Puerto Rico's capital is the second oldest European-established city in the Americas, after Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.

Several historical buildings are located in San Juan; among the most notable are the city's former defensive forts, Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristóbal, and La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Americas.

Today, San Juan is one of Puerto Rico's most important seaports, and is the island's manufacturing, financial, cultural, and tourism center. The population of the Metropolitan Statistical Area, including San Juan and the municipalities of Bayamón, Guaynabo, Cataño, Canóvanas, Caguas, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Carolina and Trujillo Alto, is about 2 million inhabitants; thus, about half the population of Puerto Rico now lives and works in this area.


Two years ago we went to The Castillo de San Cristóbal or Fort Cristobal as many call it. It is a Spanish fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built by Spain to protect against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. It is part of San Juan National Historic Site.

Castillo de San Cristóbal is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. When it was finished in 1783, it covered about 27 acres of land and basically wrapped around the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal's double gates. After close to one hundred years of relative peace in the area, part of the fortification (about a third) was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city.

This fortress was built on a hill originally known as the Cerro de la Horca or the Cerro del Quemadero, which was changed to Cerro de San Cristóbal in celebration of the Spanish victories ejecting English and Dutch interlopers from the island of this name in the Lesser Antilles, then forming part of the insular territorial glacis of Puerto Rico.

Last year I did not get off the ship, but these pictures are two or three years ago... I can't really remember.



































Then we went down to old town









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Old 02-17-2013, 03:50 PM   #351
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I love taking it slow!!! And I didn't know St. John had a dock!

Will be interested to see Tortola. We went right from ship to ferry to VG to ferry to ship! No idea what's there
Our big intensive cruise is usually the Europe one in the fall, so we seem to just relax on this one.

I will hopefully share as much as I can.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:58 PM   #352
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Labadee, Haiti

This is an island that is owned by Royal Caribbean, there are beach activities here, and they usually put on a huge lunch buffet for everyone, and after the first time we were here we have not been back to the island.

The resort area is completely tourist-oriented, and is guarded by a private security force. The site is fenced off from the surrounding area, and passengers are not allowed to leave the property. Food available to tourists is brought from the cruise ships. A controlled group of Haitian merchants are given sole rights to sell their merchandise and establish their businesses in the resort. Although sometimes described as an island in advertisements, it is actually a peninsula contiguous with the island of Hispaniola.



So I am sure we will not get off here either.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:18 PM   #353
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I thought you were going to say the Segways weren't a good idea after visiting the rum distillery.
I also love the color of the water.
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I thought you were going to say the Segways weren't a good idea after visiting the rum distillery.
I also love the color of the water.
that rum distillery was a joke.... But I had that on Tortola and Segway on St John's

no it was a mistake to segway in a walking boot for sure.
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that rum distillery was a joke.... But I had that on Tortola and Segway on St John's

no it was a mistake to segway in a walking boot for sure.
The rum distillery was bad??
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Brandi I'm loving this! You're helping me get ideas for the TA already.

Your pictures are beautiful. Caribbean water is so gorgeous!
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The rum distillery was bad??
Yes, that was the whole thing... The guy behind the counter. The rum was not good either. The top seller was something called panty remover.
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Brandi I'm loving this! You're helping me get ideas for the TA already.

Your pictures are beautiful. Caribbean water is so gorgeous!
Thank you... These were taken with my old camera, the Nikon D80. And now I have an even better camera, a Nikon D7000, it has even better color representation.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:33 PM   #359
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Hi! I have floated over from Allison's TR- I have become a cruise ADDICT, absolutely LOVE them, wish I could make more vacations cruises! So I am very excited to read about your adventures...

We have spent alot of time on St John (USVI) and are HUGE Bushwacker & Pain Killer fans- where/what is the bar you go to on STT?

Looks like it will be an excellent trip- very smart to go in February, I think! We got stranded down in STJ one year because of snow- nothin' better than your last day of vacation turning into your second to last day!
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Interesting facts on all the islands. We are looking at some cruises and letting us know about all these ports gives me some ideas. Right now we're only looking at Nassau and Castaway Cay, but we may be looking for some others soon.

You're so close now! Thanks for remembering that I'm interested in seeing what the ship itself looks like! What line are you guys on again?
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