Why take a cruise to the Caribbean? The islands, of course! We stopped at four during our trip - first of which was Puerto Rico. Honestly, I wasn't excited about it.....I really didn't know what to expect from the island, and they said not to go for the beaches since it was extremely windy - so we just headed into town.
Most of the shops were closed when we first headed into town so that option wasn't available, but we saw a fort from the pier - so we made a beeline for it!
It was SO HOT. Seriously. Like 100
The fort was pretty cool, minus being so freaking hot out.......so inside was basically a sweatbox. We wandered around a little bit, but as soon as we saw a doorway we headed right down to the water.
There was an amazing breeze by the water, so we hung out there for quite awhile
Exploring the fort was really cool - not really a place we'd go back to again, though, I think we saw most of it on the first visit. The heat got to us pretty quickly, so we headed straight into town to try and find the place piña coladas were invented.
The old part of San Juan was actually pretty interesting - pretty in places - ugly in places. We had a pretty decent walk from the fort down into the city so by the time we actually made it we didn't hang around in the streets very much.
The birthplace of the piña colada was a great little place called Barrachina, and it was the perfect escape for the crazy heat.
After our fantastic lunch at Barrachina we headed straight over to a delicious chocolate restaurant and got dessert (not that we needed it). Casa Cortes was so good.....we just wished we hadn't already filled ourselves up on chicken wraps and piña coladas.
Delicious. Seriously. If you ever travel to San Juan I would absolutely recommend going to Casa Cortes & Barrachina, it's worth the walk and the prices are actually very reasonable.
We were in San Juan from 8am until 4:30pm, so we had to make sure and be "all-aboard" the ship by 4pm at the VERY latest (trust me, some people pushed it). Sailing out of the harbor was even prettier than sailing in, but unfortunately these photos will never do it justice.
A couple of blogs ago I told you all about the cruise I was getting ready for - well, I just got back! It was AMAZINGGGGGG....not that it's really possible for a 10 day Caribbean vacation not to be.....
We sailed out of Manhattan Pier, NYC, which was an experience in itself. Driving down into Manhattan was actually pretty simple - as was the check in process at the terminal....once we made it in. Getting turned around and across four lanes of New York City traffic at 11 in the morning after we missed our turn initially, however, not easy.
We were booked in a mini-suite, which is (as the name says) miniature. It was bigger than the room we (the twins) had on our last cruise however, so we actually had room to unpack and put our clothes in the closet or drawers! As boring as it sounds this was actually really exciting to us - we brought tons of dresses! (Well.....the girls and I did..)
Sailing out of the city past Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty was really pretty awesome. I'd seen the Statue of Liberty before, but not from the water, definitely a different experience.
We spent over half of our cruise at sea - but unfortunately our photos are sub-par so I don't have too many of them. We only brought our cellphones (which we couldn't use, of course, so they were there solely for cameras and alarms) and our GoPro for water shots, so the indoor photos didn't come out very well.
For some reason Dave was blurry in EVERY photo.....we took about 100 and none came out
The days were gorgeous, nights absolutely stunning. If you've never cruised before, it's an amazing experience, if just for the views across the open ocean.
Norwegian Cruise Lines does a fabulous job of putting together an entertainment schedule for "At Sea" days, and we took full advantage of it. We ate SO MUCH FOOD, and went to as many of the shows & game shows as we possibly could. Since they do what they call "Freestyle Cruising", we didn't have a set dinner time, but instead got to choose what time we went to dinner, and also where and whether we wanted to dress up! (We did, almost every night. Best excuse ever to get fancy!)
Don't judge our photo quality here please....we're still learning! :)
The crew on the boat was absolutely amazing. We made 'friends' with several specific crew members, who always went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and to make sure we were having a great time. One of our favorites was our room steward, Mario. He was a genie (seriously, we never saw him go in our room but it was always perfect, beds made, turndown service, etc) plus he made us super cute towel animals!
The only thing we didn't like about the cruise was the fact that the people (the other passengers, not the crew) were some of the rudest, and most unfriendly people I've ever experienced. Please excuse my unfiltered honesty here, but we were horrified (for lack of a better description). I have no idea why they were so awful, but now I understand why people from other countries say Americans are rude - the majority of the passengers had ZERO manners, and didn't care a single bit about anyone else in their vicinity. Disgusting. Because we were so turned off by the people we spent a good portion of our time at sea on our (amazing) balcony.
After cruising in a room with a balcony I don't think I could ever do anything else. It's perfect. You can get away from the rest of the passengers and escape to your own little paradise to watch the gorgeous ocean views.
^ they were REALLY excited to get into port - the was the day we cruised into St. Maarten.
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