Blogs from Bahamas, Central America Caribbean - page 48


wow. all the buildings are pink here. it looks like the energizer bunny threw up everywhere!! We set sail on thursday for Puerto Rico and the journey begins. I started my malaria pills and already the vivid dreams have begun. If you've ever had a dream that seemed so real, multiply it times 100. I've never been afraid to sleep before. Mostly there just dreams filled with anxiety and nausea...hmmm. I wonder why. Could I be a little excited/ nervous? No, not Liz :) Funny enough, i had met a girl named Kerry from Doylestown before I left and we ended up sitting next to each other on the plane. Life is weird and unpredictable. Everything is buzzing with excitement as our ship is sitting in port.. it's not exactly lacking in size, either! Boarding the ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Nassau January 18th 2006

Since I've been here we have had all sorts of weather. Today it rained a little, it's been overcast, really windy and my favorite sunny! Yesterday I went swimming with dolphins! It was so much fun. We took a boat to a small private island to a dolphin conservatory. This was a gift to me from my grandparents and aunt/uncle-thanks guys!!!! :) I was in a group with about ten other people and we each got to kiss, hug, dance with a dolphin and have them jump over us. The best part was when the dolphins pushed us by our feet across the water at 25 mph! It was like I was flying across the water. It was a really great experience, one I won 't forget! Tomorrow the ship leaves! I'm getting really excited ... read more
First Kiss!
The Dolphin Push

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Nassau January 15th 2006

Hi everyone!!! Well I made it to to Nassau last night, it was a L O N G travel day. We are staying at the Atlantis hotel, it is the Disneyland of all hotels. The place is huge, there are many different swimming pools and slides all over. They also hava many pools with all sorts of animals in them. There are sharks, sea turtles, sting ray's and tons of fish. There is this one water slide where part of it goes under water and the tube is clear so you can see through. It goes under the pool that has the sharks in it!! It is really cool. So far we have just been laying around the pool and relaxing- I know pretty tough... :) I am getting really excited and ready to leave on ... read more
Tubing In A Shark Tank
My Mom and I
Room With A View

I'll attempt a synopsis of the week that followed: Jan 6 I awoke to a calm anchorage. Coming up on deck, I noticed a sea turtle floating past in the distance. I had coffee and breakfast, and discussed with the others what possible, leisurely itinerary we could take over the next few days. These plans would be nixed. Not even an hour later, we noticed the waves increasing and darker clouds looming. Captain then shouted, "We're dragging anchor!!" Stress, yells, the burn of the motor, the heaving bow as it heads out of the inlet, thrusting up and plunging down (with me on it) as waves and current plow through into the anchorage. We abandon Slaughter's Harbour, head north an hour, hoist the genoa, tack (turn to the east) and set a course south around the ... read more
This Will Be the Living Room...
The Ride Back

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas January 7th 2006

Next to Staniel there is an island that has pigs. They swim to your boat to get food. Here is a pic of one that swam out to greet us.... read more

January 5 After two weeks of mishaps, we set out from Bradford Marina with relief, sensing that the place was beginning to grow on us against our will. We planned to leave at 7, but didn't pull in the lines from the dock until 8:20. Our destination was the seldom visited chain called the Berry Islands. It was a direct course south to southeast which was to probably take all day. Upon leaving the derelict cruise ships and rusty cargo containers behind, we discovered that the wind was at our backs. We unfurled the mainsail and genoa (a sail at the bow), and turned the motor off. The wind was steady from the north and we held a steady speed of 6 to 7 knots, or nautical miles per hour. The captain was at the helm ... read more

Now that Nautilus was up on stilts, repair work could begin on the rudder, and among the crew. The foam underneath the fiberglass shell buffered the impact from the metal skeleton of the actual rudder. The fiberglass only had to be replaced. Of course, removing the boat meant that several other projects could be started, including scrubbing the algae and grime off the hull, grinding the barnacles off the propellor, buffing the sides and fixing the depth guage once and for all. (The GPS has depth-finding capabilities, too.) We would be up in the air for at least several days. As for the crew, Treva and Franzi hired a car and a room in a hotel in Freeport proper. They needed to rethink things, as well as run some errands. Mau, Captain and I stayed to ... read more
Cleaning Nautilus
A New Look

The Steiner Family in its entirety went to Harbour Island in the Bahamas ( for the celebration of the family matriarch, Gilberte's 80th birthday, post Christmas and New Years. The week was filled with joy, celebration, sunshine and snorkeling. The entire clan stayed at the Coral Sands Resort and we literally drank the hotel under the table  Our favorite parts were: • The entire restaurant toasting to the life and health of Gilberte as we celebrated her big day • Sunrises on the beach • Taking a boat out with Aunt Catherine and the younger kids and scuba diving/snorkeling. Also, Laurie being out swam by 12 year old Anna. • Charlie chasing us through the sea as we rowed along in our Kayak. Charlie’s favorite part of the trip was tipping our boat. Laurie’s ... read more
First Stop: WaterTaxi
Red V. Tan...
Daily View

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Grand Bahama » Freeport December 28th 2005

The injured Nautilus neared the smokestacks on the horizon that characterize Freeport. The barges came into view, littering the bay outside the harbour entrance, dwarfing our vessel with their massive multi-ton sterns and unimaginably heavy load of cargo and storage containers. I reeled in the fishing line, hoping to avoid catching any fish from the discharge of these metallic monsters. We radioed into the marina and were told how to reach the dock. We filed in between the rock jetties and gawked at the giant blue cranes lined up like ten outstretched Eiffel Towers, dropping rusty storage containers onto barges bearing the destinations Valetta, Monrovia, Shanghai, and Panama. This massive operation gave an eerie impression to the scale of unnoticed movement of goods around the world. We then came upon a row of derelict cruise ... read more
Black Pearl
Lifting Nautilus
Nautilus and Michael the Dockmaster

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Grand Bahama » Freeport December 27th 2005

Running aground is a great way to meet the locals. My alarm beeped at 6:00. I snoozed for ten. Then, I woke everyone else up. We pulled out after a prolonged breakfast, closer to 7:30 than the 7:00 we had planned. Doing so required a 180 degree maneuver, all the while clearing the other boats in the dock. We had discussed the operation the night before and , given the low amount of wind on this morning, decided that we should swing the stern around with the bow still at the dock, and then throttle away. Sounds easy. Somehow in doing so, the boat began drifting towards other expensive yachts and in order to compensate, the captain motored ahead... into the dock. I was standing on the bow pushing with all my might against the ... read more
Benjamin, Advardo & Arild

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