Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by Lifelong_Dreamer, May 31, 2009.
do i need to say more? okay...I will...
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It was really beautiful, definitely a unique experience compared to the other beach excursions that are offered.
I hope they have this itinerary in 2012!
Me too, as much as I like the ports that they currently offer it would be nice if they had a bit more variety. Granted I have only been on one cruise so far but I can imagine it gets a bit "boring" going back to the same couple ports every time.
I would not have climbed on top of the boulders either. I doesn't sound like a good idea.
I really like the idea of the virtual portholes. Might help people feel less claustrophobic.
Really the only thing holding me back from climbing the big boulders was my tendency to be a klutz, otherwise I would have been all over it. Mom and I had lots of climbing and crawling to do that way anyways.
I agree, they also just sound really neat.
from what i understand, they receive a certain port fee for a certain amount of dockings per year. so they are locked into certain ports. However, i think the special itineraries are geared toward regular DCL cruisers to give them variety. Also, I think different ports try to get large cruiselines to come to their island.
Makes sense. I'll be interested to see what sort of itineraries they will offer come 2012 when they will have four ships operating.
Ok...so when are we getting on that boat??? LOL That looks AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
I agree! It is going to be soooo tempting to book a cruise on it once reservations open up next week.
My clothes and shoes safely stowed in the bag we started to make our way through "the caves". This area is what makes The Baths such a unique destination. Sure the beach is lovely but it is the rock formations that mark it as different and unique.
You will have seen the giant boulders in the pictures from the beach, well in "the caves" the boulders are much more concentrated and have piled on top of each other creating cave like areas, mazes, grottoes and tidal pools.
Of course since these rocks are here as a result of ancient volcanic activity the path through them can be very twisted and convoluted at times. Some areas you have to squeeze your way through two rocks or crouch down to go under, some places you are almost at a crawl. Other places you have to go up and over the rocks and the park has installed aides to help you with that process. I quite enjoyed the active exploration that was involved in getting through this area.
Now when our guide had been giving us instructions on how to proceed through this area she told us that 1) we should not wear shoes and 2) if we went into water past our ankles we were going the wrong way.
Bare feet were definitely the best way to get through here as they gripped the rock better than a shoe would, especially if you were wearing flip flops, that would have been a disaster!
Also it is possible to get through the caves without going into the water but half the fun is exploring all the little nocks and crannies and a lot of the time that involved getting wet! The correct "path" was clear as there would be the random sign or bridge to help you cross somewhere, no danger of getting lost.
This here was the hardest part to cross as you had to use that rope to pull yourself up and over the rock. It wasn't too hard though as both Mom and I were able to do it but it is definitely a bit of a work-out.
Before climbing over that though you encounter this beautiful grotto.
It is the most photographed area of The Baths and what you see on all the postcards. The colour of the rock walls and the water with the light flowing in just make it picture perfect. It was a beautiful sight to behold, I can imagine how it would have been even more dazzling if the sunlight streaming in had been brighter causing the colours of the water and rocks to reflect more.
The further back in this area I went the deeper the water got so I knew it was not on the "path" to Devil's Bay as you will remember the rule is the water won't be deeper than your ankles.
Well I didn't care that it was not on the path, I decided to head back there and explore anyways. So being very careful to not slip, with camera in hand I headed over some slippery rocks and through the small opening. Mom was not as adventurous as I and so she stayed behind with the bag.
These are the slippery rocks I had to cross
I explored back there for a few minutes and then went back to join Mom. She had been having some difficulty maneuvering through the rocks while carrying the bag so I took it from her and carried it the rest of the way. So now I had the camera in one hand and the bag over my other shoulder. I had to be very careful not to drop the camera or the bag into the water or bash the camera against a rock while I climbed and crawled my way through the rocks, it certainly made maneuvering through the spaces and around the rocks a bit tricky at times.
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This "open" area here pretty much marked the halfway point through the caves.
Exploring the caves was great fun, I could just imagine some adventure story taking place here involving pirates and buried treasure. In fact I would not be surprised if this place had been used for just that purpose in the past, there were so many hidden crannies where things could have been hidden easily.
I will stop here and continue with the rest of our exploration of the caves in my next update.
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Oh wow!! That grotto is beautiful!!
It really was, the only cave/grotto that I have seen that was even more beautiful was The Blue Grotto in Capri, Italy.
Here's my not so good picture from 1999, how I wish I had a digital camera on that trip!
Here's a better photo I borrowed from photobucket.
Wow..aint' Mom Nature awesome!
The water looks so crystal clear.
As one of the only men around, I would not be doing my man duty if I didn't mention how great you look in a bathing suit I mean that as a compliment not a scary gross old man stalker comment...
She really is!
Thank you for being kind, I was afraid that I would blind people. I even thought about posting a warning. I definitely could look better though. Next cruise!
Lessa , the color of your swimsuit is perfect for you I love it !!! The Baths ain't bad either or the Grotto !!
It was even more beautiful in person!
Thanks, I liked the colour too, I thought it was a suitable colour for a trip to the Caribbean. It was only 1 of 5 that I took on the trip.
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