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  1. It might be. I believe without looking at dates, that the Dream is going into Dry Dock around Oct?
  2. Thoughts about our cruise We had a wonderful time! It ended up not going as planned, but in the end, we were happy to have M join us and she was probably the most perfect replacement in Claire’s eyes. They get along so well and M is such a nice person to Claire, who is much younger than her really. Luckily, Claire is pretty mature for her age in many respects. Many people ask me what my favorite ship is now that I have been on all 4. Honestly, whatever ship I am on at the time is my favorite. I like them all. Each has its own charm and there are some things I like on one ship better than another, but I just can’t pick a favorite. I am so happy I can travel with Claire and she gets to see all these new places and learn new things. At school, her homeroom/Social Studies teacher told me that they were talking about passports in Social Studies one day and wondered if any of the kids had one (She has a VERY small class) and then she asked Claire…assuming she had one and yep! She’s the only one that does. Another time the teacher asked for US areas that are not a state….Claire knew! Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, both of which she has visited! Claire just told me the other day they were reading about Bonaire and the one girl was pronouncing it wrong. The teacher had her say the correct pronunciation and tell a little bit about her visit. Claire is shy but these kind of things she will usually be happy to talk about. Her teacher loves to follow us on facebook when we travel too. She is a nun and she actually loves to travel too. She is always asking where our next adventure will be and I reply…whatever has a good discount! Hahaha. I loved our visits to the new ports this trip and I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat! I was unsure at first about going out of Puerto Rico, but we ended up loving it. I would just like to find a cheaper hotel. That is my only real complaint. Most are very pricey. I did get a decent price for the post cruise stay, but the pre-stay had very little options for me to choose from and they were all so high in price. Antigua was my favorite port this time around. It was the beauty that got me. I would love to visit there again. I am now at 9 cruises with DCL and after my next one I will be platinum. Claire is pushing for me to get another cruise planned as she wants me to be platinum sooner than later. She really liked the early boarding perk with platinum that we got with M with us. And of course, she wants that cruise to be with J and family again….and hopefully we can make that work. Our last 3 cruises have been with J and it will be weird not to be with her again. Thanks for reading!
  3. Feb. 4, 2019, Monday, Heading home The alarm went off way too early, but we got up and ready. Claire was a little slow, but finally got moving. We took our bags down and I looked for an Uber on my phone. I knew it might not work since it was basically the middle of the night and sure enough, it told me none were available in my area at that time. So we got a taxi, which was actually sitting right there waiting. Off to the airport we went! depart1 by Jenseib, on Flickr We walked in and weren’t sure where to go. I noticed people putting their bags through a scanner. I wasn’t sure if everyone was supposed to do that or just those going to another country. I found a help desk to ask where to find the gates and she pointed me the right way and told me to be sure my bags were scanned. Ok, we walked back and did that. It’s right at the entrance, and I believe it is for USDA, to be sure no food or plants, etc are being brought back to the US. EVERY bag goes through, even a backpack or purse. It’s funny as I never knew about this and had friends and family travel to Puerto Rico many times. No one mentioned it to me. And there weren’t any signs or anyone directing everyone to do this. Now I know! We headed off to our gate and settled in and found some food and then waited for our flight. We got through fast, so we did have a little wait. We then boarded the plane and set my bag between us. I knew the plane wasn’t full and we were hoping for that extra empty seat….and it worked! depart8 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart9 by Jenseib, on Flickr We were so sad to be heading back to freezing Ohio. depart2 by Jenseib, on Flickr Good Bye San Juan! depart3 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart4 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart5 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart10 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart6 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire’s plan was to watch Mama Mia 2 while flying back. Then they announced the wifi and movies were not working, so no luck there. UGH! She was not happy! Nor was I as I had planned to pay for internet myself and go online to catch up on emails. Luckily we both were able to doze off a bit and did some games on our devices to pass the 4 hours. We landed in BWI and made our way off. depart11 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart12 by Jenseib, on Flickr We had a little time before our next flight so we got some lunch. depart7 by Jenseib, on Flickr We called Skip to let him know we were one flight away (plus a drive) and we were tired, but good. On to the plane we went and again, we had the seat between us open! depart13 by Jenseib, on Flickr The flight was fast and soon we were back in Ohio with the cruddy weather! depart14 by Jenseib, on Flickr Actually, it had gotten a little better than what it had been so the roads weren’t too bad. We took the shuttle to our car and loaded up and called Skip once again and then made off for home! As sad as we were that this vacation was over, it was good to be home! Claire had school the next day and was happy that she was actually ahead in work for the most part. We then started working on what our “make-up” vacation with Skip would be. In true form, he was now reluctant. He first tried to say he never really meant it…it was just something he said to make us feel better. I didn’t allow that. He had promised over and over and I told him he can try and break it to Claire and see how that goes. I really wanted to cruise and we looked at Disney options and the prices were just way too high, even with a placeholder discount. The week we wanted to go was over Claire’s spring break in March and of course many ships were already sold out or close to it. We looked at several lines and Skip just couldn’t/wouldn’t commit. Then he put a budget in place…a VERY unrealistic budget. And he said he would not be gone for 7 days. It was really crazy working with him on this. He has unrealistic expectations and wants. Disney World was out because he refused to wait in line. He wasn’t happy with the cruise options that were left and then decided he wanted Universal and a short cruise. Disney preferably, but he still didn’t like the pricing. It was starting to really take a toll on me as he would say yes…let’s do this…and the next day change his mind. Oh…and remember he has anxiety really badly, which is only getting worse, so once he would say yes to something his anxiety would soar! Finally in late Feb. he mentioned maybe doing Disneyland. I jumped at it, priced it out and made him commit. I even talked him into an extra day right before I booked and he agreed (but then forgot he agreed later….of course). I talked with my friend Cass and asked her some suggestions and I booked that baby before he could change his mind…which he later did…but too late now! And that was the next Adventure for our family!
  4. We checked back in at the hotel to get our bags and room key and headed off to our room. pr182 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr183 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr184 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr134 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr133 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr135 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr136 by Jenseib, on Flickr The view out the window. pr79 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr80 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr81 by Jenseib, on Flickr I set to the task of repacking our suitcases so the weight was distributed better and pulled out what we would need for tomorrow. After that, we took showers and then headed out to find some food. There wasn’t a lot of options nearby but I went with Subway and Claire got a pizza from Papa Johns, which seemed to take forever! We walked back to our room and ate our meals and watched TV. pr82 by Jenseib, on Flickr I went to bed then, but I think Claire stayed up for a while. I kept telling her she better get some sleep as we had to be up really early to head home!
  5. Continuing our tour around the Fort. pr177 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr178 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr179 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr132 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr97 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr180 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr98 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr181 by Jenseib, on Flickr Every time we thought we had been through most of the fort, we would see other areas. pr100 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr101 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr71 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr72 by Jenseib, on Flickr Another steep area. I can’t imagine pushing a cannon up that! pr73 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr74 by Jenseib, on Flickr It was neat down this hallway with only a light here and there and mostly dark. pr75 by Jenseib, on Flickr The dungeon does not look too fancy. pr76 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr77 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr78 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr102 by Jenseib, on Flickr It’s really a big place! pr103 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr104 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr105 by Jenseib, on Flickr Hello my Pretty! pr106 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr107 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr108 by Jenseib, on Flickr We walked quite a ways out! pr109 by Jenseib, on Flickr We made our way back and made our way to the exit. We were getting tired and decided it was time to head back to the hotel. We stopped in the gift shop and got some drinks, used the restroom and headed out near the taxi stand, which is by the San Crytobal plaza. We then walked across the street and got an Uber to take us back. He came soon and off we went. He was playing AC/DC on his radio and I mentioned I liked his music. We got to talking and he was a super nice guy. The ride was really cheap too. Something like $3-4 plus tip.
  6. We paid our entrance fee, which also would include El Morro if we wanted to go there, but as much as I would have liked to, I think it would have been too much for the day to do both for us. They do have restrooms here and they were pretty decent. We headed off to explore. This picture doesn’t show it…but another steep uphill climb. pr65 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr94 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr95 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr66 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr67 by Jenseib, on Flickr Great views up here. pr159 by Jenseib, on Flickr El Morro in the distance. pr124 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr69 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr160 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr125 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr161 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr162 by Jenseib, on Flickr A peek at the cruise port. pr163 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr164 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr70 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr96 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr165 by Jenseib, on Flickr We did go in and out of little rooms to see. Most were empty or set up with cannons or other things. pr166 by Jenseib, on Flickr Can you imagine sleeping on beds like that? I have issues with many different mattresses…I can’t imagine sleeping on a board. pr167 by Jenseib, on Flickr Up we go again! pr126 by Jenseib, on Flickr But look at the view! pr168 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr169 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr172 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr173 by Jenseib, on Flickr Some video I took while we were there. pr127 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr128 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr171 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr174 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr129 by Jenseib, on Flickr Looking out over the ocean was just amazing and beautiful! pr175 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr131 by Jenseib, on Flickr Even going down was tricky and steep! pr176 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  7. We walked around the little trail in the flowers, but it came to an end and they were doing some construction. pr143 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr119 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr144 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr145 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr118 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr146 by Jenseib, on Flickr And we moved on. pr147 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr148 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr149 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire was getting hungry and I needed to go the bathroom, so we decided to find a place to eat. Remember she is very picky! Pizza Hut was something she had noticed we passed earlier, so I put it in my phone and it gave us directions back to it…up hill of course! pr150 by Jenseib, on Flickr We made our order and chatted and I talked with PT a bit too as they were looking for food now too. I think they went to Burger King and she said it was crazy and slow. Our pizza came out and it was really good. pr62 by Jenseib, on Flickr After we were done, we headed out again to explore. pr152 by Jenseib, on Flickr So many neat buildings in the area. pr120 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr121 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr153 by Jenseib, on Flickr It was really feeling hot. pr61 by Jenseib, on Flickr We found a spot in the shade and sat down for a bit. pr154 by Jenseib, on Flickr I believe this was San Crystobal plaza. pr122 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr155 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr63 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr93 by Jenseib, on Flickr We walked around and then realized there was a full on Fort right here! pr92 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr64 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr156 by Jenseib, on Flickr This is Castillo de San Cristobal, built between 1765 and 1785 to protect the city from a land invasion. Everyone pretty much seems to know about El Morro, which is out by the water….the one we sailed by as we left port last week. This one is a little lesser known. Though I did know there was 2 forts in San Juan. I had actually kind of wanted to go to El Morro, but it was a lot further on foot than I had realized and it was hot! We decided we would take a look here…and give Claire a little history lesson too. pr123 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr157 by Jenseib, on Flickr Of course we had to go up..up…up to get to the entrance. pr158 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  8. Some bad video at Pigeon Park…as I flipped the camera after I started filming. pr53 by Jenseib, on Flickr old10 by Jenseib, on Flickr old12 by Jenseib, on Flickr old13 by Jenseib, on Flickr old14 by Jenseib, on Flickr old15 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr54 by Jenseib, on Flickr We moved on then, just walking around with no real direction. old17 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr87 by Jenseib, on Flickr old19 by Jenseib, on Flickr old20 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr110 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr55 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr114 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr88 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr89 by Jenseib, on Flickr There were some steep up and down areas here. pr137 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr138 by Jenseib, on Flickr So do you remember that Claire was missing 6 days of school for this trip? Well the weather ended up being horrible at home, which was the reason Skip had cancelled in the first place. School ended up being cancelled 4 of the 6 days she was missing. So she totally lucked out and only missed 2 days and was actually ahead when she went back since she did make up work before we even left. One of the days while we were gone, the school posted a challenge. They wanted the kids to build a fort and read, then post the picture to their social media! Claire just thought this was hilarious and who in their right mind would do so? The dean of the school even sent me an email and said Claire could still participate. Claire said no way! So now that we were near Fort walls, I told her to pretend to read and I would take a picture. pr90 by Jenseib, on Flickr She had the Fort and the reading covered! Sadly she wouldn’t allow me to send it in to be posted…because that would be embarrassing! pr56 by Jenseib, on Flickr We did some shopping then and we each bought a shirt and I got some magnets too. pr60 by Jenseib, on Flickr We came upon this display. pr57 by Jenseib, on Flickr We were being totally immature and just kept laughing. Someone has wishful thinking! We moved on and I kind of had to use the restroom….but I never could find a public one anywhere in the area we were. I am not sure if there just isn’t any, or if we never found one. pr58 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr91 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr59 by Jenseib, on Flickr Some areas did smell like pee, so I think some people just went where they felt like it. pr115 by Jenseib, on Flickr We walked through the tented area and looked to see what was for sale. pr139 by Jenseib, on Flickr We found this little park which was really cute. pr116 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr117 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr140 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr141 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr142 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  9. Feb. 3, 2019, Sunday, Disembarking the Wonder This is always a sad day! They kick us off the ship! I got up way too early….because I had to! This is the one day I could probably sleep in. I ran up top and saw we were back in Puerto Rico. I messaged back and forth with PT and J. J and MK were walking off early with their luggage as they had a really early flight. Scary early in my opinion….something like 10:30 AM…but they were heading for Florida for a couple of days of fun there before going home. PT’s family was flying out today too, but not till later. Claire and I had one more day in Puerto Rico till we flew home. Flights were much cheaper to fly on Monday and that gave us time to relax and see a little more of San Juan too. J said they were just about to leave, so I went down the hall from the atrium and soon saw her and MK wheeling their bags. I gave them quick hugs and good byes! While on this cruise, J booked the Fantasy for Spring Break and she wanted me to book that cruise too. I told her I would check it out. Since I was in the area of the art, I looked at it a bit and took some pictures. pr37 by Jenseib, on Flickr I would love to have these pictures. pr38 by Jenseib, on Flickr It looked like it was going to be a nice day. pr39 by Jenseib, on Flickr Back to the room where we said good byes to M! It was so sad. She had been a wonderful extra daughter this week! I am so thankful she could fill in for Skip so last minute and she was so happy and thankful to come. She headed off to go meet up with T and D as they had similar flight times and were going to all taxi together. I got some breakfast and found PT and family and sat at the table next to them. We said our good byes, but I ended up seeing them several more times. Finally, Claire and I grabbed our bags to wait to disembark. Now I always hear people talk about how they wait till their luggage tag is called before getting off the ship. I have NEVER heard this being done on any of the cruises I have been on…till now! And it went slow. Claire and I went over by Azure and just camped out there in a window seat as we waited. I then tried to work with the Uber app to get refunded the overcharge I had from a week ago and they kept responding in Spanish. PT, F and Z then came walking around the corner and set up camp near us and F told me what he did, which was different, so I went that route through the app….and had my money refunded in 15 minutes! We chatted and waited. None of us were in a hurry. I think our tags were the last ones called and finally it was time to get off the ship. pr40 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr41 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr42 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr43 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire and I always like to use a Porter and we got one and he helped us with our bags and we got through customs and he took us to the taxi area, where we were promptly loaded and on our way. We were staying at the Courtyard Miramar. It wasn’t too far away and soon we arrived and unloaded our bags and paid our driver. Again, all Taxi’s have set fees to areas, so it was a pretty easy process. I do think we could have done Uber cheaper, but we just wanted to get our bags dropped off and be done with it. I checked us in, they took our bags and told us they would let us know when the room was ready. We mentioned we were going to go to Old San Juan and she told Claire she should probably leave her sweater in her bag because it was already warm today and it tends to feel extra warm walking around there. Nope! Claire is stubborn and wearing her sweater! Crazy kid! We texted a bit back and forth with PT and family, who were already in Old San Juan. There is a restaurant there that will hold bags and they had dropped off their bags and started touring around. We decided to put that address in as our destination and got an Uber and were on our way! We got dropped off and look, we found out where the pina Colada was invented….or as Claire now likes to call them…The Pee Nus Coladas. pr44 by Jenseib, on Flickr Now I am going to admit, I didn’t do a lot of research on Old San Juan. I read through a trip report from one of my favorite posters on Cruise Critic who has been to San Juan a few times. I remembered places she had gone to there, but never really knew the layout out. So we just started walking. I saw something in the distance and I knew this was one place I wanted to visit. old1 by Jenseib, on Flickr This is the Umbrella Sky Project. old2 by Jenseib, on Flickr It’s a new art installation, intended to bring color back into the lives of the people after the hurricane. I have seen since we left that they changed them to all pink for breast cancer awareness. It really is a neat sight! old3 by Jenseib, on Flickr At the end of the street is the Governor’s Mansion. pr46 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr111 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr47 by Jenseib, on Flickr old4 by Jenseib, on Flickr The mansion has housed every Puerto Rican governor since Juan Ponce de Leon. pr48 by Jenseib, on Flickr We moved on, just looking around. pr49 by Jenseib, on Flickr We wandered a bit. It was very different than I expected it to be. pr50 by Jenseib, on Flickr Look! Pigeons! pr112 by Jenseib, on Flickr old16 by Jenseib, on Flickr That would be because we were at the entrance of Pigeon Park. (Parque de las Palomas) pr113 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr51 by Jenseib, on Flickr They did sell food right outside the entrance, but we didn’t get any. I just wanted pictures. pr52 by Jenseib, on Flickr old5 by Jenseib, on Flickr It’s definitely a neat place to visit. pr83 by Jenseib, on Flickr old6 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr84 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr85 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr86 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  10. I guess I felt the need to take a close up of M. hahaah stm105 by Jenseib, on Flickr Time for dessert! stm141 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm142 by Jenseib, on Flickr I decided I need a Mickey Bar too. stm106 by Jenseib, on Flickr And selfie with Mickey Bar…which Claire was very embarrassed about. stm107 by Jenseib, on Flickr And F, PT and M all looked at my bar and asked for one each. Hahaha! stm147 by Jenseib, on Flickr Time for the show. I can’t remember whose is who’s now, but I obviously was taking pictures as they said “that’s mine”. stm108 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm109 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm110 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm143 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm145 by Jenseib, on Flickr And I selfie with Poncho stm148 by Jenseib, on Flickr A stop off at our room before heading to the last show of the cruise. stm111 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm112 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm113 by Jenseib, on Flickr Again, we had a lot of laughs. It was not nearly as full tonight either. stm114 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm115 by Jenseib, on Flickr And then time for the jump ropers…which were very talented. stm149 by Jenseib, on Flickr Then time for 80’s flashback. stm116 by Jenseib, on Flickr We had teams (each side of the room was a team) and they would play a snippet and the person representing us needed to say the song, but we could shout it out. I can’t believe how many songs these people don’t know! I was shouting out and Jo caught me! LOL. I guess I was a bit too loud…and she made me come up on stage and “sing” a bit. I am the world’s worst singer. It was I love Rock n Roll by Joan Jet. I could do the screech part though and she was impressed with that. I think PT videoed it and I hope she lost it somewhere! Heehee. I never saw it and hope never to see it. And with that, the fun was over and the evening was coming to an end. All too soon we would have to leave this wonderful ship! I did a little bit of my rounds around the ship and noticed land in the distance…..booohoooo! stm150 by Jenseib, on Flickr Then off to bed for Claire and I. M stayed out with her friends one last night and was pretty sad that she would not see them for quite some time.
  11. We headed down another street as F and Z wanted to see the Yoda Guy building. They went in for a short time and came right back out. stm91 by Jenseib, on Flickr We shopped around a bit and I believe I bought Claire a shirt. And a magnet for myself. stm50 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm51 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm93 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm94 by Jenseib, on Flickr I found another cow! (Good thing he is tied up...You wouldn't want him wandering away) stm95 by Jenseib, on Flickr Then we decided to walk back to the ship as it wasn’t too far…but it was hot and I was sweaty. I was now wishing I had gone for a dip in the water so that I would have been a bit cooler on the way back. stm96 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm52 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm53 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm97 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm128 by Jenseib, on Flickr There was a shopping plaza up near the port. This actually might be where I ended up getting Claire a shirt. I separated from PT and family and looked around on my own here. stm98 by Jenseib, on Flickr And then after I was satisfied I didn’t need anything else I headed back to the ship. stm129 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm130 by Jenseib, on Flickr I headed up and got some ice-cream. They had Mango in the machine today. I love Mango. stm99 by Jenseib, on Flickr It was disgusting! It tasted nothing like Mango. I got cleaned up and Claire wanted to play Bingo. I have absolutely no desire to play and never have. Claire has played with others many times and always has fun. M said she kind of wanted to play too. Claire said she would pay for our set of cards if I took her, so I did. We had to wait in line for quite a bit before they opened the doors. stm131 by Jenseib, on Flickr One of us left our key in the room again and someone ran back to get it and still were back in plenty of time. We sent Claire off to get some seats when the door opened and M and I stood in line to get the cards. We then saw T and D were here, so we told Claire to go sit with them. stm132 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire told me to use the electronic one and she did the paper cards. We were close several times but never won. stm133 by Jenseib, on Flickr I didn’t find it all that thrilling and Claire said Katelyn on the Fantasy is way better at calling Bingo. Sadly, it was time to sail away from St. Maarten now and we watched as we left again. stm134 by Jenseib, on Flickr The sky was pretty once again….the last sunset from the ship! stm135 by Jenseib, on Flickr We hit movie toons trivia tonight…We suck! But we had a lot of fun once again. Time to finish up packing, which I never enjoy. Dinner was in Animators tonight. I believe J and MK were eating Palo with T and D. stm136 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm100 by Jenseib, on Flickr Hey I actually took pictures of the menu tonight. stm101 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm102 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm103 by Jenseib, on Flickr Tonight we drew our pictures for the animation show too. stm137 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm138 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm139 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire and I both had the beef wellington. Now I have been saying how most of the food has been better than the Fantasy this cruise. This was one of the exceptions….it was not good. I think it was just mine though as Claire seemed to like hers. stm140 by Jenseib, on Flickr Luckily I had a backup. stm104 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  12. At some point Z had left us to go up by the bar and wait for us. We decided it was time to go and we found Z…eating a pizza! LOL. So we waited for him to finish. stm74 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm75 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm80 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm42 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm44 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm45 by Jenseib, on Flickr After he was done, we headed off to catch a taxi back, but we were having him drop us off at the beach near the port. It didn’t take too long and one arrived. stm46 by Jenseib, on Flickr And back we went. This time we took a different route back and there was a lot of traffic today too. stm117 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm118 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm81 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm119 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm83 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm120 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm121 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm123 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm124 by Jenseib, on Flickr I see our ship! stm125 by Jenseib, on Flickr He dropped us off and we headed off to the beach to walk around and look in shops etc. Note that you have to rent beach chairs here, which is fine…but you will be asked every 5 minutes if you are interested in renting chairs. stm84 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm126 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm85 by Jenseib, on Flickr Kind of funny to find Ohio State fans here in St. Maarten. Those Ohio State fans truly are die hards! stm86 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm47 by Jenseib, on Flickr J had texted me and told me about where they were. I did see them at one point and said hi, but again, I didn’t want to just join in on their alone time. stm48 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm87 by Jenseib, on Flickr When we were at the airplane beach a lady had asked F if he knew where the beach with the golden cow was. We had no clue and not heard of that…..well we found it. stm88 by Jenseib, on Flickr Walking the Beach We decided to get something to eat. Some places were pretty full and had a wait and some just didn’t sound good. We decided on a Mexican place and sat outside. The sun was really bright and the waitress moved the tables and umbrella to shade us better. She was really nice. I decided to get a drink. stm89 by Jenseib, on Flickr I got 3 empanada’s but they weren’t like any I have ever had before. They were ok. I didn’t like that they were made with corn instead of flour. But the insides were decent. stm127 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm90 by Jenseib, on Flickr When it came time to pay, she told us their credit card machine was down and we had to pay cash…..nice time to tell us. Luckily I had cash, but F did not. He had to borrow from Z to pay. Hahaha. We then headed back down to look around some more.
  13. We arrived at our destination. As we pulled in it was kind of a narrow road and people were standing on the curb. I swear we were going to hit them and no one paid attention. Later I realized they were watching planes come it and it was easy to lose track to where you were. There was a building with a bar and food and a pool, chairs, etc. More to it than just a beach. stm18 by Jenseib, on Flickr We headed off to the bathrooms first and saw they charge a dollar to go….ugh. I HATE that! But they were working on something and just told us to go in, so I did. Later I came back to go again before we left and they were charging then. And then we made our way over to the beach. They had a bunch of chairs in rows next to the bar and beyond that was open beach and you could see the planes. stm77 by Jenseib, on Flickr Video of plane taking off. They have an area painted red where the danger zone is. As you probably know, people used to hold on to the fence and let their bodies fly back from the jets and someone was killed not too long ago. I heard they were watching, but I never saw anyone actually watching, though no one tried it either. And then we watched for planes and tried to get pictures. It was harder than you think. stm73 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm19 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm22 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm20 by Jenseib, on Flickr Video I did go to the water at some point and waded in a bit. We never did end up swimming because for some reason Z didn’t wear a suit today. stm23 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm24 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm25 by Jenseib, on Flickr Beautiful water here too. stm26 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm27 by Jenseib, on Flickr The beach stm29 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm30 by Jenseib, on Flickr This lady who didn’t speak English well kept asking me over and over when the next plane was coming in. I told her I had no clue and that I just kept watching the sky….but she kept asking me. In this video you will see her in front of me. She seemed to constantly stand in front of me and if I moved she did. It started to become a joke with us and PT and F were referring to her as my new friend. I guess I looked like I knew a lot about plane schedules. stm31 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm32 by Jenseib, on Flickr Ahhh…this must be when I went up to the water to check it out. stm33 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm34 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm35 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm36 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm37 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm38 by Jenseib, on Flickr The water felt good….at home we were below zero….here in the 80’s. stm39 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm40 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm41 by Jenseib, on Flickr So F was going to take a nice video and PT and I were going to do selfies with the plane. I never loaded the video to my Youtube, but he did a great job. I don’t know what the heck I was doing though. The sun was shining and it was really hard to see my selfie….but seriously…I am not even facing the right direction!!! stm78 by Jenseib, on Flickr There I got a wing….Wow….that was bad! stm82 by Jenseib, on Flickr Oh let me try one more. Evidently I didn’t have any clue on direction that day. stm92 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  14. Feb. 2, 2019, Saturday, St. Maarten Hello St. Maarten….Yet another new port for me today. stm1 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm2 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm76 by Jenseib, on Flickr Lots of ships in port today! stm3 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm60 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm59 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm4 by Jenseib, on Flickr We had no real plans today. None of us did. We talked about going to a beach and possibly going to see the airplanes come in at the “airport” beach. That morning I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. J and MK said I could join them at the beach, but I knew it was just them and I didn’t want to be a 5th wheel. PT and family decided they were going to the airplane beach to start with. I decided in the end that sounded like something I should see at least once in my life. Claire had no desire to do ANYTHING! So she slept and stayed on the ship. I went up for breakfast with PT and F and the view was pretty from our outside table. stm61 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm62 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm5 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm6 by Jenseib, on Flickr We packed our bags and headed off towards the taxi stand. stm7 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm8 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm9 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm10 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm11 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm12 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm13 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm21 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm14 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm15 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm16 by Jenseib, on Flickr We stopped as F went in a building for some wifi as his dad was sick at home and he wanted to check up on him. Unfortunately it had to be paid for and he said he would look into it later. stm17 by Jenseib, on Flickr We found the taxi stands and decided exactly what route we wanted. They have taxis going certain routes, you pay a set fee, and then they direct you to where you will stand to wait for your vehicle. And then we were off. It was a lot further away than I thought. I will admit I did next to no research about St. Maarten. I had looked at what Disney offered and I was not impressed with the options. PT looked at a few but in the end decided to wing it. J said from the beginning she was just probably doing a beach day as the beach is close. For some reason, I had thought the beach near the airport was very near the ship, but it wasn’t. I found the ride interesting. There were some massive boats docked here. stm64 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm65 by Jenseib, on Flickr As we went along you could see some of the devastation left from the hurricane. Many boats on the ground or sunk. stm66 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm67 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm68 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm69 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm70 by Jenseib, on Flickr My guess is the owners got the insurance money and the boats weren’t fixable so they decided not to spend the money on getting them junked somewhere and just left them as is. stm71 by Jenseib, on Flickr stm72 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  15. As we sailed away the sun was going down and it was beautiful! ant87 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant88 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant90 by Jenseib, on Flickr We watched as the sun went lower and lower. It was amazing how fast it seemed to drop into the ocean. ant91 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant93 by Jenseib, on Flickr Tonight’s show was jump ropers and we didn’t care to see them so we skipped it. Tonight was 2000’s trivia though and we all headed that way. This night it was crowded! It was funny how we had gone pretty much every night and each night it got busier and busier. We were all full of spirit tonight and PT, J and I all ordered soft pretzels. ant157 by Jenseib, on Flickr Some of us got some drinks too. We had a fun time! Not so well at trivia, but we don’ t need to win, it’s just fun going. Crown and Fin has snacks out each evening too. ant94 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant95 by Jenseib, on Flickr After trivia was over it was still lively in there and J wanted me to go up and get a drink with her. ant96 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant97 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant98 by Jenseib, on Flickr Her and MK were drinking these. I don’t know what they were. ant99 by Jenseib, on Flickr Then it was time for dinner! I believe we were in Royal Palace tonight. I really like that they had butter balls instead of the little containers of butter. ant158 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant159 by Jenseib, on Flickr MK and I both had the oysters. I took a bite. Hmmm pretty fishy. I took another and said nope, can’t do this, too fishy. MK took a bite and said “you’re right”. Then the taste lingered and MK said he had to find something quick to get that crap taste out of his mouth. I was laughing so hard. I agreed, but the way he said it (and he has a southern accent) was just so funny! I have had oysters on the ships before and they were fine. This batch just was not good. ant101 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant160 by Jenseib, on Flickr Surprisingly…Claire had steak! I am sure you are shocked! ant161 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant100 by Jenseib, on Flickr The lobster was better on this ship than it has been on the Fantasy the last few times. ant102 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant103 by Jenseib, on Flickr Dinner was good, but we were all kind of tired tonight too. At the point too where we know we have eaten too much over the last several days. However, tonight was Match your Mate, which is always fun, so most of us headed to Azure for that. We played the 10 PM game and then watched Match your Mate and it was so funny. It was a good time and with all the laughing we forgot how tired we were. After that I took a walk on deck 4. ant162 by Jenseib, on Flickr And I went for some drinks to take back to the room and found these stairs, so I took a pic. ant163 by Jenseib, on Flickr This is terrible to say, but I have never looked in on the Bibbiti Bobbidi Boutiques on either the Wonder or the Magic. And when I sailed the Dream last, it hadn’t been added yet. Back in the room and our towel animal. ant164 by Jenseib, on Flickr M went to hang with her friends and Claire and I went to bed. One more full day left. This cruise was going WAY too fast!
  16. And another cow alongside of the road. ant144 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant145 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant72 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant73 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant74 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant75 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant146 by Jenseib, on Flickr More flowers! ant76 by Jenseib, on Flickr I see the ships! ant77 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant78 by Jenseib, on Flickr When we went past this place I just had to take a picture. The name totally cracked me up. ant79 by Jenseib, on Flickr As we got closer to the port you could really see it was the slum area. Some dwellings weren’t much more than cardboard houses. They had vendors set up along the road too. And you could smell weed. Our driver said they were probably Church of Rasta Parishioners! Hahaha. He dropped us off near the ship and we tipped him nicely as he really did a great job. I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. My only complaint would be that it states 6 per vehicle and there is no way 6 would fit and ride for that many hours comfortably. We had 4 and it was fine, with the exception of Claire in the way back and she said she was cramping up a bit. 3 in the middle seat would be tight. If they change it to a max of 4 I would recommend it to everyone. Also an extra bathroom stop as it would be too long to make it to the beach break if that is the only stop they normally make. I found Antigua absolutely stunning. I would love to visit again someday. I wanted to do a little shopping, but Claire, who did not use the bathroom, had to go really bad and wanted to get back to the ship. ant252 by Jenseib, on Flickr I took her back on and we cleaned up a bit (AKA wipe sweat off of us) and then got a bite to eat. ant147 by Jenseib, on Flickr We thought those were mozzarella sticks but I think they were actually fish sticks and not very good ones at that. ant80 by Jenseib, on Flickr I then headed off the ship again to look around. Claire decided to stay on the ship. ant148 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant149 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant81 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant82 by Jenseib, on Flickr I looked around and bought a few things, but they had a lot of pushy people. Why don’t they understand that we do NOT like that. If you are pushy, I will walk away. You probably would have made a sale, but now you aren’t. Back to the ship! The horn playing…I believe to announce all aboard. Claire and I headed to deck 4 as we were sailing away. ant150 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant83 by Jenseib, on Flickr Video..lots of horns going And more horn ant84 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant151 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant85 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant153 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant154 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant155 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant156 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant86 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  17. We walked up and down the beach and waded in and out at times. Darn! I wish we had worn out suits! ant274 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant275 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant130 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant131 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant279 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant280 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant281 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant285 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant283 by Jenseib, on Flickr Just look at the color of that water! ant286 by Jenseib, on Flickr Sadly my camera has spots on the lens so most of my pics have spots. ant287 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant288 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant289 by Jenseib, on Flickr She didn’t care about getting wet after a while. Hahaha. ant290 by Jenseib, on Flickr A shadow selfie! ant132 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant133 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire went and sat down at the table to finish her drink and I went off to the side to get more pictures. ant134 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant135 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant64 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant65 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant251 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant66 by Jenseib, on Flickr And it was time to go again. Claire went back to her small back seat. She still was not too happy about that. ant67 by Jenseib, on Flickr We had been talking with the guys and we all laughed how we had said earlier we would be fine skipping the beach and it ended up being one of the most beautiful places ever. More sugar mills. ant136 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant137 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant68 by Jenseib, on Flickr At one point we passed where PT and family was staying for the day. She said it was great there too. Our driver did point out some all-inclusive resorts in the area too. ant69 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant70 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant138 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant71 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant139 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant140 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant141 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant142 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant143 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  18. Now we were getting closer to our beach stop. At one point Claire and I and the guys were talking when our driver was out that we really didn’t care if we did the beach stop as we didn’t care if we swam and were already having a good enough time. As we approached the beach area we could all see how stupid that thought was. ant54 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant55 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant259 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant260 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant57 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant269 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant261 by Jenseib, on Flickr Whenever I think of paradise in the future, some of these images will surely come to mind. ant58 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant262 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant263 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant59 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant60 by Jenseib, on Flickr We pulled off across the street and parked. Our driver gave us each a drink and then we crossed over and went through a building that had a snack bar with items to purchase and tables, etc. It also had restrooms (not the greatest, but hey when you need one, it works). We put our stuff on a table with the guys and they went out to swim and Claire and I explored the beach….and both wishing we had worn our swimsuits! Video ant264 by Jenseib, on Flickr I took a few “hat shots”. ant168 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant125 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant61 by Jenseib, on Flickr Video ant62 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire was wearing jeans….because she hates shorts for some odd reason. At first she backed away from the waves, and then she didn’t care and let herself get wet. ant63 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant128 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant129 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant265 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant266 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant267 by Jenseib, on Flickr I just couldn’t get enough pictures…everything was beautiful! ant267 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant270 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant277 by Jenseib, on Flickr Every time the waves came in I thought it was another fantastic shot to take. ant271 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant284 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant272 by Jenseib, on Flickr They did have some vendors on each side of the building off to the far right and left. One was kind of pushy and kept yelling at me to come look at her stuff. I HATE that! I was obviously taking pictures….why on earth would you keep bothering someone when they told you no. video ant273 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  19. Hello Donkey! ant236 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant120 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant237 by Jenseib, on Flickr We made another stop! ant238 by Jenseib, on Flickr I can’t remember what he grabbed here, but I think it was some other weed type thing for us to look at. And then another stop! This time for pineapple, which I did not know, but is a big producer here. ant239 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant122 by Jenseib, on Flickr It was very good! And that is one of Claire’s favorite foods! ant240 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant121 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant241 by Jenseib, on Flickr And one more stop! He went out and picked some finger rose (baby) bananas. And they were sooooo good! ant123 by Jenseib, on Flickr I think all these stops for food were “extra”. I know he actually purchased the pineapple for us to try and I think he looked for baby bananas in an area where he would not be “caught” taking them. Hahaha. And now for some of the scenery that has made Antigua probably my favorite place ever. ant50 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant51 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant52 by Jenseib, on Flickr This water looks absolutely stunning! ant242 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant243 by Jenseib, on Flickr And this is one of the nicer areas for homes too. ant244 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant245 by Jenseib, on Flickr I believe he pulled off the road so we could take pictures. ant53 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant246 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant247 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant248 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant249 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant250 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant253 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant254 by Jenseib, on Flickr This tower (and mountain) used to be called Bogey Peak, I think, but now is called Mount Obama. It is the tallest point in Antigua. I guess it was renamed not too long ago. Our driver was so funny. He said Obama never visited or did anything for Antigua and he has no idea why they have something to honor him. ant124 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant255 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant256 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant257 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant258 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  20. We now were reaching the Harbor area and it was also beautiful. I think they have some big Regatta each year. ant217 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant218 by Jenseib, on Flickr We then had to swoop around to get a better view. ant219 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant46 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant221 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant112 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant222 by Jenseib, on Flickr What a view these homes have! ant223 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant224 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant225 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant226 by Jenseib, on Flickr Here is one of those sugar mills. We had seen them all throughout the island. ant113 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant227 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant228 by Jenseib, on Flickr Look at those Evergreen trees in the distance. They just seemed out of place. ant229 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant230 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant231 by Jenseib, on Flickr Another sugar mill. ant114 by Jenseib, on Flickr And another one in the distance. ant232 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant48 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant115 by Jenseib, on Flickr Did you know it takes something like a year for a banana tree to grow a new batch of bananas? ant116 by Jenseib, on Flickr And once you pick them then you need to cut the tree down to a stalk and a new one will grow to make the next batch. ant117 by Jenseib, on Flickr They had regular bananas and baby bananas which were even tastier. He then stopped off to the side of the road and picked some guava for us to try. ant118 by Jenseib, on Flickr You eat the whole thing. It was OK, but I had a hard time getting my brain around eating the whole thing. ant119 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire and I only took a few bites, but one of the guys ate the whole thing. His partner was laughing at him because he could only take a bite too. I forget what these were, but they were something special as well. ant49 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant166 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant233 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant234 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant235 by Jenseib, on Flickr This was some kind of prickly tree, a natural defense to keep people (and animals) away from it. ant167 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  21. I just thought the views were beautiful! It really is a beautiful island. ant194 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant195 by Jenseib, on Flickr This road was one of the smoother ones. ant196 by Jenseib, on Flickr It had been sprinkling a bit and you can see a bit of it on the window. ant197 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant198 by Jenseib, on Flickr I believe the port is off in the distance. We had come quite a ways. In the end I think we toured about ¾ of the island. ant40 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant200 by Jenseib, on Flickr Again…Seeing beautiful flowers in Jan/Feb is always a welcomed sight. ant201 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant41 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant202 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant42 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant203 by Jenseib, on Flickr I just missed getting the picture, but there was a bull dragging a tree behind him crossing the street! He broke the tree down and was on his way…… ant109 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant108 by Jenseib, on Flickr To his honey! ant110 by Jenseib, on Flickr You can see the rope tied to him still. ant111 by Jenseib, on Flickr The farmer was actually in the area and waved to our driver to let him know he was aware the bull broke free. ant43 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant204 by Jenseib, on Flickr Ahhhh Flowers! ant205 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant206 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant207 by Jenseib, on Flickr More Cows! ant44 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant208 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant209 by Jenseib, on Flickr As we drove along, of course we talked with each other. The 2 guys, which were a couple, were super nice and funny and we had a fun time with them. Our driver asked where we were from and stuff like that and it came out what my profession is…which has to do with travel and destinations, etc. He was like OMG! We are in one of the worst vehicles in the fleet and I get the person who is going to write a review on us! Hahaha. I will say now, that I am pretty sure our tour was extended once he found that out and he did a lot of “extra’s” for us…or so I am led to believe. At some point I asked about a bathroom break. It had been a few hours….and I am a lady with a small bladder. He made a stop at a store and went in and asked if we could use the bathroom and he would make it right with them later. Of the 2 vehicles, I would say ¾’s of us used the bathroom. So that might be something they need to add to the tour…an earlier bathroom break. We finally made it to see some of the beautiful water. ant45 by Jenseib, on Flickr I honestly think Antigua has some of the most beautiful water views I have ever seen. It was just stunning and pictures do not do it justice. ant210 by Jenseib, on Flickr I believe this was the area where some of the stars have homes…way up in those hills. ant211 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant212 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant213 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant214 by Jenseib, on Flickr I am thinking up ahead is where Eric Clapton’s house is/was. ant215 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant216 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  22. Now we worked our way out of the main town area. Along the way, he had pointed out schools and churches and other important buildings. ant23 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant24 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant25 by Jenseib, on Flickr Gardening is a big thing here. ant27 by Jenseib, on Flickr Many people had gardens, some nice and some basically in the middle of weeds. ant28 by Jenseib, on Flickr Antigua used to be known for sugar and it has its sugar mill buildings all over the island…basically falling apart, but they are still cool to see. They also have bananas and other fruits. Now of course, it’s main source of money is tourism. ant29 by Jenseib, on Flickr COW! ant30 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant170 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant171 by Jenseib, on Flickr We started to go a little more off the beaten path and into the hills. ant172 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant173 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant174 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant175 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant176 by Jenseib, on Flickr There also were a lot of junk cars and trucks just left here and there. ant177 by Jenseib, on Flickr I asked about that and he said once they stopped working, it was just easy to leave them rather than trying to take them somewhere to be junked. I believe these are guava. ant178 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant179 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant180 by Jenseib, on Flickr I believe off in the distance is the Church of Rasta. ant181 by Jenseib, on Flickr And you guessed right if you put 2 and 2 together with the name Rasta….It is the church of weed! Hahaha. Our driver told us that they had a lot of churches and different faiths as I believe they got tax breaks and other benefits for forming churches. ant182 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant183 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant39 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant106 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant184 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant185 by Jenseib, on Flickr We pulled over and he got out and picked some weeds and tied them up and rubbed them….lemon grass. It smelled so strong. ant186 by Jenseib, on Flickr Off we went again. ant187 by Jenseib, on Flickr Fires start on their own here. He said that one farmer had a field where it was prone to fires and after a few years of everything burning up, he just gave up. ant188 by Jenseib, on Flickr Also fields are not like how they are in the states. Things are kind of planted right in the grasses. ant189 by Jenseib, on Flickr He made a joke about if we were ready to go swimming….and then said, OK here we are. Hahaha. ant190 by Jenseib, on Flickr Fresh water is actually scarce on the island and they import some and save as much as they can when it does rain, which isn’t often. (Ironically we did have some sprinkles today). ant191 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant192 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant193 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  23. Feb. 1, 2019, Friday, Antigua Antigua is another new port of call for us. We were excited to see what it had in store for us! Today it was just Claire and I again. I believe PT’s family was doing an all-inclusive resort…and this might have been the day that M, J and MK went with T and D on a private boat, which they said was wonderful. I went out to take a few pictures as we arrived. ant31 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant32 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant33 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant1 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant2 by Jenseib, on Flickr It looked like it was going to be another beautiful island. ant3 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant4 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant5 by Jenseib, on Flickr As my data started working, I went on to check social media. I also would check my return flights each time I had data just to see if the price went down or if I could get a later flight at the same cost. Well today was a score. Still the same early flight, but between the 2 of us I could get something like 1400 points back. I made the change and it said it couldn’t go through. I tried a few more times and it just wouldn’t work right. I then looked at my email and it did actually go through! Yay! I am always for getting more points back in my account. When I booked this trip I had used almost all my points to get flights for the 3 of us. With canceling Skip’s flight and now points back, my point balance was now increasing to an amount I was happy with! I went and got Claire up and ready and we headed off for a bite to eat. ant34 by Jenseib, on Flickr I can’t remember where we met today, but I am thinking Azure. We grabbed some towels and went off with our group when called. Today we were doing an island tour of sorts and it was supposed to have some off roading and a spot for swimming. We decided against swimming and just wore regular clothes. We figured it would be uncomfortable to get back in a vehicle and continue touring while wet and in our suits. We followed our group. ant35 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant105 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant36 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant37 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant6 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant8 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant9 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant10 by Jenseib, on Flickr Antigua has a sister island, Barbuda. They talked about it quite a bit, but also told us it was basically destroyed in a hurricane. ant11 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant12 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant169 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant13 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant14 by Jenseib, on Flickr This lady who had been leading us handed us over to a guy. I can’t remember his name, but he ended up being our driver. He took us to our vehicles. ant15 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant16 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant17 by Jenseib, on Flickr ant18 by Jenseib, on Flickr We arrived at Path Finder type vehicles. They were to hold 6 people each, and they had 2 for a total of 12 people. As he told us to get in the vehicles, people kind of just stood there and I figured I would move so I wasn’t stuck in the back. I am not tiny and I wasn’t about to be smashed in the 3rd row. I hopped in the front seat and it wasn’t super roomy, but it would do. Claire and 2 bigger guys got in the 2nd row and an older couple went to the 3rd row. When I saw how cramped the 2nd row was, I told the biggest guy I would trade him and he could have the front. The older couple sat for about 30 seconds and said no way. And I don’t blame them. The 3rd row had no leg room. It was one of those seats that basically sit on the floor of the vehicle and unless you can lay your legs out in front of you there is nowhere to put your legs. They said they would not spend the next several hours cooped up like that. Our driver called in that we were about to leave and that 2 had decided not to go because of the lack of space in the back seat. He even said, I don’t blame them. We put Claire in the way back and I told her she could sit sideways and lay her legs across the seat. The other vehicle had 2 kids and they put them in the back seat. This is the ONLY way that these vehicles would hold 6. We had 4 in our vehicle now and the only way it was really comfortable was putting Claire in the back alone. Off we went and our driver chatted away and pointed out different things on the island. He said the ship actually docks near a poor section of the island but further out they have some really rich people who have houses on the island. As we went along I saw this sign and it just made me laugh. ant19 by Jenseib, on Flickr We all know that medical benefits are a scheme….but they actually announce it! Hahahaah I will warn you now. I took a lot of pictures…all mostly snapshot types from a moving vehicle. ant20 by Jenseib, on Flickr Selfie time. Right now Claire is a little annoyed that I made her sit in the back. ant38 by Jenseib, on Flickr He took us up high to a parking lot for an overlook view. ant26 by Jenseib, on Flickr It was really stunning!
  24. Gosh I got so far behind and finally had a chance to catch up tonight. First, I wish you the best of luck with your health issues. I am undergoing tests too right now and am borderline and need more testing and it makes me so anxious. I can only imagine all you are feeling. Just live life to the fullest! Loved the review as always. Those boats looked so fun and I might have to keep that in the back of my mind for the future! Yay for booking a cruise for Aug. What date are you going? I would love to cruise this summer, but I don't think it is in the cards for us. But I am hoping for a winter cruise again. And I am one for Alaska! Go!!! It's so amazing. I have the Joy booked for June 6th next year....so you know...that's a good date to choose! I'll be down in your next of the woods in about a month. We are going to visit my sister the weekend of July 12. We usually go down once or twice a year to just hang out and do different things....and the Cheesecake Factory! I typically fly out of Columbus too, and spend the night before our flight at her place too. She wants to move back to Toledo area but I told her she can't as I need that free place to stay the night before a flight. hahaha. Thanks again for an amazing report!
  25. Tiana found us again tonight. sea56 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire loved her meat tonight. (She got 2) sea86 by Jenseib, on Flickr I tried a couple of things. sea35 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea36 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea37 by Jenseib, on Flickr And I tried several desserts! sea59 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea60 by Jenseib, on Flickr Then the parade started! sea61 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire actually went with M to march around….something she would NEVER normally do. Z went with them too! Krash! sea38 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea62 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea63 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea64 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea65 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea39 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea66 by Jenseib, on Flickr This cruise we were celebrating my 50th birthday (I was still a young 49 on this cruise) and Z’s 18th b-day. They brought out the celebration cakes tonight. It was the worst night because we had eaten so many desserts already…..and cherries! They kept bringing bowls of cherries for our drinks and we were just eating the cherries plain….MMMMM! sea67 by Jenseib, on Flickr M ordered some beignets to take to her friend later and put them in the room. I took my celebration cake. The next day our stateroom host took M’s beignets out (She didn’t have a chance to give them to him last night) and she left my celebration cake…which by that time was hard and disgusting. We were not too impressed with her taking ANY food away…and M had a cover on her beignets. After dinner, Claire went back to the room and I we all went to Azure for Snippets. I ran to the bathroom and took a few pictures of the area as I think I hadn’t ever even stepped foot in Cadillac Lounge yet. sea68 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea69 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea70 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea71 by Jenseib, on Flickr And Mike Super, the Magician was the adult show tonight. sea40 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea41 by Jenseib, on Flickr sea42 by Jenseib, on Flickr He was pretty good and again we enjoyed the show. It was funny, as most nights it was M and I, Z, PT and F and sometimes friends of M would sit near us. We sat in the same row almost every single night. I guess we just were comfortable there. One thing I don’t like about Azure is the little round tables in each row. I get they are needed for drinks, etc….but they weigh about 7 thousand pounds. Just to move them a little bit to get in and out of the row was no small feat! Once the show was done, I headed up top for a bit, talked to a few people, got some drinks and then went back to the room to hit the sack! sea43 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire had found Mama Mia 2 on TV and it kind of replayed over and over, but each night she would catch it at the same part. So she would change it. Then she found some game show…like deal or no deal…or something like that and I have no clue how it worked but she really got into it. We would turn off the TV when we were too tired and made sure a light was on on M’s side and pull the curtains shut….and off to dream land!
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