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Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 15th 2023

Our port of call on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 was San Juan, Puerto Rico, our fourth port in four days. As of midway through the cruise, I had subscribed to only two (both culturally oriented) shore excursions in these final four ports, and “Puerto Rico Folklore: A Latin Traditions Show” was one of them. In all of my travels, when I find folkxxxx in the title of an event, I’m usually all in. From the Holland America web site: “Puerto Rico's folklore heritage has been shaped by many vibrant rhythms from across the globe. Today's dazzling show is a virtual journey through the world of music and dance, with steps and sounds originating from Cuba, Brazil and Dominican Republic. You'll also notice the beat of Africa and a fiery expression of Flamenco from Spain. Enjoy popular ... read more
“Puerto Rico's Favorites” Shore Excursion – Puerto Rico – El Yunque National Forest
“Puerto Rico's Favorites” Shore Excursion – Puerto Rico – El Yunque National Forest
“Puerto Rico's Favorites” Shore Excursion – Puerto Rico – El Yunque National Forest

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 14th 2023

Our port of call on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 was a popular winter get-away for mainland Americans -- Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Virgin Islands, officially the Virgin Islands of the United States, are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles to the east of Puerto Rico and to the west of the British Virgin Islands. When most people refer to the U.S. Virgin Islands, they are referring to the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas; however, the U.S. Virgin Islands also includes 50 other surrounding minor islands and cays with a total land area of 133.73 square miles. The territory's capital is Charlotte Amalie, and the residents are referred to American Virgin Islanders. The islands were ... read more
“Scenic Saint Thomas” Shore Excursion at Mountain Top -- Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
“Scenic Saint Thomas” Shore Excursion at Mountain Top -- Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
“Scenic Saint Thomas” Shore Excursion at Mountain Top -- Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 13th 2023

Our port of call on Monday, March 13, 2023 was Roseau, Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica. Dominica is a 290-square-mile volcanic island country in the Caribbean Sea with the highest point being 4,747-foot Morne Diablotins. Geographically, it is part of the Windward Islands chain in the Lesser Antilles archipelago. Her two closest neighbors both are overseas departments of France – Guadeloupe to the northwest and Martinique to the south-southeast. There was a population of 71,293 in the 2011 census. The capital, Roseau, (population of 14,725 also in 2011) is located on the western side of the island. The island was settled by the Arawak arriving from South America in the fifth century. The Kalinago had displaced the Arawak by the 15th Century. Columbus is said to have passed the island on Sunday, November 3, 1493. ... read more
“Touna Aute Carib Native Village” Shore Excursion
“Touna Aute Carib Native Village” Shore Excursion
“Touna Aute Carib Native Village” Shore Excursion

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 12th 2023

Barbados, a volcanic island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, was our port of call on Sunday, March 12, 2023. It is the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands and occupies an area of 167 square miles with a population of about 287,000. Technically, Barbados is an Atlantic Island but is closely associated with the Caribbean and is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean region. Spanish navigators took possession of Barbados in the late 15thCentury, and it first appeared on a Spanish map in 1511. The Portuguese Empire claimed the island somewhere between 1532 and 1536 but abandoned it in 1620 with their only remnants being the introduction of wild boars for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. An English ship arrived in Barbados in 1625, ... read more
“Barbados Coast to Coast” Shore Excursion
“Barbados Coast to Coast” Shore Excursion
“Barbados Coast to Coast” Shore Excursion

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 1st 2020

Today is “bonus day” – at least as far as counting the days in the year. There is one extra day today. Unfortunately, that does not convert into a bonus day of the cruise. Today is still the last full day of the cruise and as usual it is disappointing to be so close to being finished. We slept this morning until about 8:00. At 8:30 we called the Sieberts and agreed to meet for breakfast in the dining room at 8:45. It was a little crowded (many people having their last leisurely breakfast) but we got seated by 9:00. Janet and Kathy both got the Eggs Benedict while Jim and David both had the meat and potatoes breakfast with eggs. We also had juice, pastries, and coffee/tea/milk. So our next-to-last breakfast was very filling. At ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico February 26th 2020

Hello from the Regal Princess as we cruise through the Leeward Channel on our way to Jamaica tomorrow. Today was a restful day with very little that we needed today. That started by sleeping until about 9:30. When we got up we listened to the Wake Show which summarized what was happening today. We found a couple of things that interested us, but they also gave us a joke for today. Q: What do you call someone who likes Mondays? A; Retired. We believe that an alternate correct answer should be A2: On a cruise vacation. We went to the Horizon Court for Breakfast and got to sit there and admire the view of the ocean. During the day we were going to pass about 14 miles south of Cuba, and in the afternoon, we would ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico October 23rd 2018

The first day out on our cruise to Cuba was a sea day. It was October 23, a week from Halloween, and Halloween hi-jinx were in full swing aboard. The Atrium was decorated throughout the cruise with a pumpkin admiral and other seasonal items. At Noon activities got underway out on deck. An assistant cruise director donned a witch’s hat as MC. A passenger pumpkin carving contest led things off. Afterward, a member of the galley staff showed how a professional carved a pumpkin. (Similar to an ice carving demonstration.) Finally, there was the Mummy Wrap contest and dance to Monster Mash. In the afternoon the first of two orientation lectures on Cuba led by Heidi was held. Heidi Siefkas had travelled to Cuba several times and written a book, Cubicle to Cuba about her experiences ... read more
Pumplin Procession
Halloween Aboard Carnival Paradise
Pumpkin Carving Contest

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico April 7th 2018

Dateline April 6, Georgetown, Grand Cayman Today is a shore day or to be more precise it is a day of swimming with the Sting Rays and snorkeling a beautiful reef. We headed out at 8:15 for the theatre where we would meet up with other passengers heading in the same direction. We glanced down at our tickets and notice that they say you must be between the ages of 8 and 70 to go. What the heck! 70? 70? Forget it, we are going. So… fortunately no one asks us anything and after joining our group we head for the tender to take us in to shore. What a crock, 70! Anyway LOL, ah my, we tender in and walk about a block to the small bus that is waiting for us. Everyone jumps on ... read more
New friends
Sting Ray City
Sting Rays

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 27th 2018

Our schedule for today is open. No meetings. No luncheons or receptions. No nothing. We have a few things we may be interested in checking out but no obligations of any kind. We wander up to breakfast for some cereal and fruit, Karen has toast and some vegetables along with an egg. Other than coffee, that's it. Returning to our room, I grab my laptop and IPad and head for the theater while Karen takes her swimsuit and bag. I plan on listening to a presentation by the on board cruise consultants for those interested in future cruises aboard Holland America and Karen is going up to the spa. We make the split. The cruise consultants, a husband and wife team, are knowledgeable and dispense some valuable information. I'm already aware of most of their "secrets ... read more
Future Cruise Presentation Today
Tonight's Towel Animal

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 26th 2018

Upon weakening this morning, we get good news. As we are traveling westward, the clocks were set back last night by one hour so it's only 7:30am. We have plenty of time before our first activity, a Meet & Greet with Cruise Critic members. We saunter up to the Lido, sitting poolside while Karen tries the scrambled eggs and bacon while I go with oatmeal, English muffin and prunes. All guests aboard are required to eat prunes. Just kidding. I can tell you that four stewed prunes a day will correct any issues brought on from an irregular diet or odd meal times. I never experience any problems in this area. After breakfast, we travel to Deck 2 to the Billboard Onboard lounge for the Meet & Greet scheduled for 10am. No one is here. I ... read more
Here's the Flyer for the Spa
The Fancy Spa Area as Seen From Pool
The Men's Bathroom at the Spa

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