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Cruising in the Caribbean can seem somewhat anti-climactic after having visited so many exotic ports around the world. But we were pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable we found all these tropical islands this time. I think that one of the biggest reasons was because the Whisper was the only ship in each port. The cruising season is over in the Caribbean by mid-April as most of the ships head to Europe or Alaska. Many of the merchants and locals seemed genuinely pleased to see the Silver Whisper arrive…potential customers! Our first port was in Bridgetown, Barbados which is considered the most British of the Caribbean Islands. It reminds me a lot of Bermuda with neat streets, a stable government and happy residents. We headed out on a sailing catamaran to follow the “turtle trail” along the ... read more
"THAR SHE BLOWS!"
HAVE SNORKEL, WILL TRAVEL
SARGASSUM SEA WEED


I’m not sure where exactly my affinity for islands came from. Perhaps it started while growing up inHawaii, or perhaps my being a Pisces has something to do with it. Who knows? What I do know, is that islands have been a significant part of my life for a very long time and that the longer I am on an island the longer I’d like to stay. Aside fromHawaii, where I spent two formative years, I’ve spent time on Roatán andÚtila,Honduraswhen I lived and taught there. I would go to the islands often to dive and get away from the tiny town I lived in. One of my favorite places when I live inChileis the little knownislandofChiloéoff the coast of southernChile. I had the unique experience of staying with my good friend, Belén in her family’s ... read more


In November of 2014, I felt the New Year creeping up on me fast. I wanted to do something different than the traditional countdown at my uncle's house. I wanted to get away, and go somewhere I haven't gone before. And I did just that. Spending the New Year of 2015 in Puerto Rico, has to be my favorite New Year's celebration thus far. I was able to travel with my very own tour guide! My boyfriend, Adrian, born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, was able to plan our entire trip and help maximize our time there. It was a vacation filled with adventure and love. Meeting many of his family members and being accepted by this loving community of native 'Boriquas'. Upon our 9am arrival on Dec. 31st, I was welcomed with ... read more
Culebra, Flamenco Beach
Cueva Ventana
Cueva del Indio


Travelling always seem to be an intriguing possibility for me, since I never had too much of a chance to do so. A good friend of mine invited to go travelling with him, and I couldn’t resist the offer. Of course, I had said yes…! Day 1 Today is the first day we are at Puerto Rico Touched down a little after noon. We took the cab and came straight to our hotel. We decided to book the Water Club House, by Isla Verde. We checked in the hotel, dropped our stuff and went up to the roof top. There’s the hotel bar called The Mist, and the view from the bar was phenomenal. We were overlooking the beach and the ocean , with thousand of people sun-bathing , and playing in the ocean. The mood ... read more
From the plane
“Our Beach”
Sunset


Weather is beautiful in San Juan. Visited the Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro.... read more
Disney Fantasy in San Juan
San Juan
San Juan


My first and last visit to Puerto Rico was back in 2007...for playing some serious golf. I actually found out today that due to the time spent on the golf courses, I even forgot to visit some sites of the Old Town in San Juan. While booking my cruise, I knew it would be my second visit to San Juan...not the best for me, but this was it. I would have preferred to visit another island for the first time. And as you all know, life can turn around, and this day ended up being more than a cool one....thanks not to the sites, but thanks to people I share the day with! This is already our third stop on this week long cruise. And every night, it's party time with mainly the same people at ... read more
San Juan Fort
It's Mojito time!
Old San Juan...

Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico » Fajardo November 25th 2014

A new cruising season is upon us but I never posted a final blog from last season! Here's the update, past and current: We sailed from Vieques back to Culebra in order to pick up my brother and sister in law at the airport in early June. Once again, we explored the lovely anchorages and beaches of Culebra. This time we were able to enjoy the ‘hot tub’ on Culebrita – it was too rough to swim in when Peg was with us. We walked a different path to Flamenco Beach only to find confusing signs when we arrived near the beach – one warning for unexploded ordnances, the other indicating it was a tsunami escape route! After a week of snorkeling, swimming and relaxing, it was time to make our way to the marina at ... read more
Celubra's Airport
The 'hot tub' on Culebrita
Confused?


I told my friend Harper I was headed to Puerto Rico. He mentioned that he had visited Puerto Rico many times and loved it. Harper insisted I do the following while in Puerto Rico: 1. Stay in Old San Juan mostly while in Puerto Rico. 2. Visit Ponce in the south. 3. Try the Water-Bread. 4. Try the Black Beans and Rice (at Hotel El Convento (former convent)). 5. Visit the Rainforest 6. Visit the east side of the island and check out the resorts there. I completed my mission. Truthfully, Harper also said to visit the islands of Martinique and Saint Thomas while in Puerto Rico, but I had to return early for business. We ran into an antique shop owner who said that although there is no US Federal income tax here, study the ... read more
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Friday, June 6, 2014 Today is our last day of the cruise. It sure has gone by super-fast, but been a fantastic time. As Royal Caribbean said in the Day 7 Cruise Compass, enjoy every last bit of your final day at sea. Everyone slept in this morning, except for me; I was up at 5:00 am. Kinda scary when I don’t need an alarm clock to wake up. I headed to the Champagne bar to work on grading papers and participating in the class I am teaching. Cindy meet me for breakfast at 7:30 am and we headed to the dining room for breakfast. As I have mentioned before, love being served for breakfast. Our table mates this morning were people we have say with before. Following breakfast, Cindy and I went to the photo ... read more
Michael and Brian Guo playing basketball
Jenny and Marcus getting ready to rock climb
Marcus getting ready to rock climb


Saturday, May 31, 2014 Todd was up at 600am, grading papers. Yes I am working on part of the trip. After I finished grading papers, I headed back to our room to make sure everyone was up. We have a tight schedule this morning. Jenny, Marcus, Michael and I wanted to run on the beach this morning. The beach is 1.5 blocks away. Everyone was up to running; Michael decided to work out in the gym. Cindy stayed back in the hotel. So Jenny, Marcus and I walked down towards the beach. I ran ahead and started running. It was super warm and humid this morning, I felt like I was back in Houston in the middle of the summer. For me, it was so enjoyable running on the beach. I was able to keep my ... read more
Lunch time, Manolin
Lunch - Mofongo Relleno con Pollo
The group at the Bacardi distillery




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