Greetings everyone! As the title suggests, we’re back from our vacation (sigh). We were on a cruise in the lovely islands of the caribbean aboard the Allure of the Seas cruise ship, owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Int’l. THE largest cruise ship in the world (right now).
Vacations are always fun and relaxing. And if you’re like me, they can be a great adventure! Visiting local attractions, meeting great people, and just immersing yourself in the environment, humidity, sun, et al! Love it! Our trip took us to the Eastern caribbean, which included stops in Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands), and finally, St. Maartens (or St. Martins, depending on which side of the Dutch/French island you’re on). It’s such a beautiful part of the world, complete with crystal clear turquoise waters, about the same temp as your bathwater. It had that island heat and humidity that you don’t mind cause you’re on vacation, with the fresh scents of local flowers and sea air. The people were equally as inviting and friendly, with smiles and greetings everywhere we went. Stuff like that really makes for a great time on a trip, especially in foreign countries.
Also, being on this trip with good friends helped to make it memorable as well. Time was spent on beaches, on tropical zip-line farms suspended way up above the tree lines, gourmet restaurants on the ship, “floriding” – stand up stationary wave surfing, rock-climbing, broadway shows on board the ship, and just general camaraderie. It’s just nice to be away from the day to day, hum-drum of life, and in a land where everything is more laid back, sunny, timeless, and just fun, 24/7.
Of course, I wouldn’t go anywhere, and I mean ANYWHERE without my trusty Fuji X100s camera with me. I took it to the beach, to restaurants, Zip-lining, you name it! I had to document the beauty that is the Eastern Caribbean. Sadly, there were no pirates, (well, kinda, as you’ll see below), at least no threatening, human pirates. Trust me, I had the Disney ride’s “Yo ho, Yo Ho a pirates life for me” song bustling in my head the entire time. But you can’t be in the caribbean without seeing at least one symbol of the part of the world where pirates frequented back in the day, or where they filmed the famed Disney franchise films with Johnny Depp.
We’ve been back for 3 full days now, and I’m still on east coast time. Still looking over my photos and GoPro vids. Sighing a bit, reminiscing with lots of smiles. Had a great time on this journey, and I can’t wait for the next one to happen SOON.
Thanks for stopping by, and here’s a few photos from the Caribbean. Enjoy!
Until next time, happy sailing everyone