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Cruising the Caribbean!
During the month of December, Karen and I take a Caribbean cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Now living in Florida, the opportunity to take a cruise is available so abundantly that we just can't pass it up, so we take full advantage of this magical lifetime opportunity.
This past year, 2010, we cruised the Eastern Caribbean with stops at the Grand Turks islands, St. Thomas, San Juan Puerto Rico and back to Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.
We cruised on Holland America Line and can honestly say it's a very upscale ship with an older crowd. Previous years we had cruised on Carnival Cruises and also loved the ships we lived on for the 7-9 days we're at sea.
Both these cruise lines have their own special ways to handle customers and we commend both of them for doing such a good job.
Carnival is more of a self-service type ship for food, etc. and Holland America Lines have servers for almost everything.
Within a few days at sea, I actually turned in a comment card for Holland America Lines stating that it just wasn't necessary to have servers pouring people's coffee in the mornings and the very next morning they removed the server table and let us pour our own coffee.
I had also asked why the Hot Chocolate machine was out of order and could someone please fix it. Well, much to my delight, they put a well-marked container out with cocoa and a spoon so I could get it my self. This worked out well since Karen and I love some cocoa with our coffee in the mornings. We get spoiled at home with our Chocolate Raspberry coffee every morning!!!
We can honestly say that cruising is our favorite way to take a vacation, barring our little RV, which we camp in every couple of weeks. Of course we do get to fish a lot more with the RV since we always carry our Kayak.
We've cruised the Western Caribbean with stops in Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, but we've both decided that the Eastern Caribbean is our favorite.
At least in December the ocean isn't that rough, hurricane season is totally over, and the water temperature is tolerable for snorkeling, of which I love to do at least in one port.
Most of the time we just walk around and tour the local city or port, and do a little shopping before returning to the ship.
At least while the ship is in Port, we do enjoy the on-board fitness room, Jacuzzi, and swimming pool with the lack of people using these facilities.
One time I actually totaled up the cost of staying in a hotel, renting a car, airfare, food, etc. and by the time I got done it was more than double the cost of a cruise for a week. So we can honestly say the cruising can actually save you money if you know how to book it properly.
Since Karen and I are originally from Hawaii, our vacations would be spent renting an apartment near the beach on the Island of Molokai, just so I could do some spear fishing. And in all those years of living there we never once talked about taking a cruise around the islands.......go figure!!! Now we cruise annually and absolutely love it.
If you’d like to read more about this fantastic way to take a memorable vacation then order: Caribbean By Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide To Cruising The Caribbean, 6th Edition
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