Krysta and Steve do the Americas travel blog

Miami skyline.

Miami beach.

Our first Caribbean beach in Bahamas.

Steve on the waterslide.

Leaving the Nassau, Atlantis Resort in the distance.

Mini golf on the top deck.

St Thomas, USVI. Three massive cruise ships in the bay.

Coci Beach, USVI.

Coci beach. I hate it here :).

Puerto Rico rainforest waterfall hike.

Fort San Cristobel in downtown San Juan.

Views from the ship leaving San Juan.

The Carnival Liberty. Massive.

Grand Turk. Ahhh.

Grand Turk's turquoise water.

My pet stingray.

Baracuda coming straight towards me.

We decided to take a week long cruise of the Eastern Caribbean on the Carnival Liberty, a chance to live it up and eat it up and see some amazing islands. After so much constant moving, it was a nice change to spend a week in the same bed- and what a nice bed it was!

The ship itself held over 3,000 guests and had enough entertainment options to keep most people in the diverse crowd happy. There were pools, hot-tubs, waterslides, mini-golf, a movie theater, live shows, comedians and much more. The restaurants and buffets were all 5 star and it was some of the best food we have had- we were really impressed. Some people go just for the food and I can see why. The service was pretty impressive too- someone was always filling your cup, cleaning your table or room or asking if you needed more. More lobster? More lamb? Why are you only having one desert? Oh it was great. Tyler you would have been in heaven.

We however, went to see the Caribbean Islands, the beaches and the bath-water warm crystal clear water. The first port of call was Nassau, Bahamas where we took an island tour and went to the beautiful beaches of the Atlantis resort. The second stop was St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands. This place is known for its duty free shopping- especially jewelry, so we wandered around the shops in the morning (getting our free stuff!). In the afternoon we rode to the other side of the hilly little island to a picture perfect local beach where we snorkeled and swam.

After this we cruised over to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Here we took a tour into the mountains and hiked into the tropical rainforest to waterfalls and look-out points. Back down in the coastal heat and sunshine, we took in the sights of the old San Juan and walked around the Fort of San Cristobel.

Our last port of call was Grand Turk of the Turks and Caicos. This tiny island had stunning emerald blue waters and white sand beaches. We spent the morning walking along the beach (stopping for swims along the way) and Steve found a conch shell to keep amongst the hundreds that had washed up on shore. We took a snorkeling trip in the afternoon where we swam with and touched stingrays and swam close to squid, fish and barracuda. At both these stops the crew fed the fish, and it was quite un-nerving when they threw the food right in front of my face and the barracuda swam full bore at me to eat it.

The final day was spent at sea on the way back to Miami. Overall the whole ‘cruise’ experience was very good- considering that we are under the age of 50! Our plan now is to head straight to the airport and jump a flight to Cancun, Mexico.

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