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SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE & PUERTO RICO 2013
Christmas / New Year 2013 / 14
We flew via Phildelphia to San Juan (Puerto Rico) by Delta and arrived at 22:30 at our Guesthouse, Aleli by the Sea
. The place was closed at the time we arrived but with the help of some
on lookers we found our keys in the Mailbox and got to our room. Being thirsty, we went to a nearby Bar and had a few beers before we got to sleep.
1st & 2nd day: Charlotte Amalie
United States Virgin Islands, 09:30 start of the excursion which turned out to be a bit "thin".
Moslty due to the driver-guide who was in a hurry to drop us on the Magens Bay
and left us there alone with the Pelicans! At noon he rushed us to town for shopping.
I only bought me a cap against the sun and than we went for lunch. After lunch we had to go soon on board and where on sea for 2 nights and on day to reach our furtherst destination: Barbados, Bridgetown.
3rd day: This excursion was quite interesting but Barbados a bit disappointing. It looked run down and poor and Nancy felt like in Accra's shanty towns. Maybe
the rainy weather clouded our view. Rum punch and beer cleared up the picture and in the end it was a good day. I was looking forward to St Lucia but we got a note that our excursion was cancelled due to a passing
Cyclone which made the South of the island inaccessible. It was a shame and we had to book a different trip but there where not many left to choose from.
Early morning, the view from the ship was very promising and I was looking forward to go ashore. Our excursion took us to the rainforest and by a cable car
up a hill through the treetops. There where also other attraction like
zip-ropes and a guided hike tour through a part of the bush. It was nice but nothing really new since I got stuck in many bushes in my lives :-). Santa Lucia turned out to be a pleasant island and I really
regretted that our comprehensive tour around it was cancelled. I set my hopes on St. Kitts which was our next port of call.
Reaching St. Kitts
we boarded a converted Sugar Cane Transport Train.
It was equipped with a bar and the 2 hours ride was very pleasant.
At the end we boarded a bus and Nancy and I where drop at a small port in order to board a catamaran. Nancy was less than happy
but I could persuade her to finally board and once under sail she liked it. The free rum and beer lifted her spirits further and the day was saved.
6th day: Nice Island
, nice approach over the beach, nice boats, nice houses, I think a reasonable place to live! From here it was just a short crossing to Puerto Rico
where we planned to stay for another week. Overall the cruise was very pleasant. The only bad thing where the dinners because of the tasteless and uninspired food (USA ship!) and menus.
Breakfast and Lunches where OK.
After arrival in San Juan
we went to the car hire to collect our car, a ... Yaris. Than we checked in at our hostel,
Next day we visited the Castillo San Felipe del Morro
but it was closed due to a holiday. We did some looking around and next day was shopping at the
"Puerto Rico Premium Outlets"
. The next day we drove to Ponce a very nice drive through mountainous terring covered in green forests. The only disturbing thing where the many
squashed Iguanas on the highway! Once in Ponce
we had to go shopping in the "Plaza del Caribe"
a nightmare for me, heaven to Nancy! Anyway I tried to see something but at the end shopping reigned and so Puerto Rico was a highlight
for Nancy and a mixed experience for myself! Via Philadelphia where we had a stop over we returned back home.