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Apr 20, 2017 - Under the Sea

On Easter Monday we arrive at Aruba. Now you can look for it in your atlas or I could just tell you it is 17 miles off the Venezuelan coast and in the Caribbean Sea. It is the original desert island. It has the same rainfall as Arizona and so very similar vegetation, cacti, dusty scrub etc. It is weird to see somewhere that looks as if it came out of a western yet turn around and see the sea. Aruba might be in the Caribbean but it actually a part of Holland. The main town is neat and tidy and well maintained. However with the exception of...

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Mar 13, 2014 - The Caribbean

Saturday 8 March Day 65 - Bridgetown, Barbados It was a very early start for us because of an early tour to the Island. After docking we noticed a lot of boating traffic with both cruise liners as well as two beautiful tourist clippers. The cruise port was enormous and it had its own shopping centre as well as free Internet, so I was at last able to upload and download some stuff. It was slow but after the ship, it was a dream! I think everyone on the ship including crew was there! Barbados is a relatively small island, only 431 square km...

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Aug 23, 2012 - Oranjestad, Aruba

We arrived a day before everyone else, and got checked into our resort. It was pretty expensive - at $1300 for the week - booked through RCI.com - and was a nice one bedroom condo at a golf resort named Dutch Village Resort - part of the Divi Village Golf Resort. It was a nice facility right on the ocean. It was connected to all the other DIVI properties and their neighbors, but a nice walking path. There were also complimentary golf cart shuttles that were free, and took you along the waterfront to the other hotels and resorts, as well as...

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Mar 3, 2012 - Day 7: Willemstad, Curacao

I still don’t get how they get Cour-a-cel from Curacao. They tell me it’s Portuguese but that doesn’t mean diddly to me. Anyway we had a great day today. After getting coffee and (a) toast, (b) French toast, or (c) Danish, we headed to the gym. Although we’ve been walking and doing lots of stairs, we still felt the effects of the bike and the treadmill this morning! I did get on the mat (and made Ralph get down, too!). The stretches were much needed! Then we went to breakfast before heading ashore. This was the only port where the cruise...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Mar 2, 2012 - Day 6: Bonaire

Today was Ralph’s fishing day. I elected to stay on board and do NOTHING! After supper we went up to the Crow’s Nest to hear Charlie Jourdan, the solo guitarist. The nest is an extension of the Explorations Café which also houses the library. The nest was COLD so I moved over to the library where I could hear the music but didn’t freeze. Ralph wandered over and started working on a jigsaw puzzle that was set up on a table. I found a great book – At Home – by Bill Bryson. I loved his Walk in the Woods. This one is fantastic! “Bill Bryson and...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Mar 1, 2012 - Day 5: Aruba

Breakfast this morning was cereal, toast with peanut butter, and lots of coffee! Then we headed down to deck 1 to check out excursions for Puerto Limon. At the talk yesterday on ports of call, they recommended that we not walk around in Puerto Limon – the town hasn’t recovered from an earthquake in ’91 so there’s not a lot to see. The ship stops there because of the tropical rain forest excursions. Ralph and I looked at the options but needed to ascertain how difficult the trips would be. We selected the Rainforest Canopy and Zipline...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Mar 13, 2011 - Aboard Ship

Saturday, March 13, 2011 Days are winding down on Discovery: people are talking about what they need to do when they get home, starting to pack, realizing they bought so much it won’t fit in their luggage. Nancy solved that problem by suggesting we donate unwanted clothing at one of the ports. Valerie had a large bag that people put their discards into and it was donated at Cartagena. I’m sure the items will be put to good use. Our mornings usually start with breakfast in the Lido on Deck 9. It gets pretty noisy with all the chatter and...

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South America

Mar 13, 2011 - Aruba

Sunday, March 13, 2011 You can t’ get lost on Aruba, this little island that’s 20 miles long and 6 miles wide. We were part of a Discovery half-day tour today, instead of one exclusively for Road Scholars, and the difference was noticeable. Our guide was competent in giving us the various facts as we made our way around the island, with a population of 100,000 inhabitants that represent 41 different nationalities and speak four main languages: Dutch, since this is an autonomous part of the Netherlands, English, Spanish, and Papiamento, the...

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Jan 22, 2010 - Aruba

So, today brings us to the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad (Orangetown). Aruba is the 'A' in the ABC islands, also known as the Dutch Antilles. It is a pretty small island, at 19.6 miles across and 6 miles across, and is just 19 miles north of the Venezuelan coast. It is bright sunshine here today, with a temperature of about 30 degrees, but with a strong breeze to make it more bearable! The Caquetio Indians of the Arawak tribe from the South American mainland were Aruba's first inhabitants - they lived in samll family groups and fished along...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Fron sunny Aruba

Everything is great. Restaurants are perfect. On Wednesday I walked out of the casino with $130 and then on Friday the 13th, I walked out with $800. Only been there twice and I don't want to go back and lose it all !! Went to a butterfly farm - they land on you and check you out. They cut up grapefruit and bananas for the butterflies to feed on, but the heat causes the fruit to ferment - later in the day the butterflies are literally drunk ! The picture of the yellow and black larva is the beginning of a Monarch butterfly - the orange and...

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Aruba 2009

Dec 22, 2008 - Oranjestad, Aruba - One Happy Island

The slight rocking motion of the ship contributed to a great night’s sleep. We didn’t have to get up early as we weren’t arriving in Aruba until 11 a.m. So, we had a light breakfast and watched from the Observation Deck as the Captain and local pilot maneuvered this behemoth vessel into the Harbor at Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. Oranjestad means the Orange City named in honor of the Dutch Ruling family of the House of Orange. We had booked a tour for 1:30 so we had plenty of time to go ashore and walk around the immediate vicinity of...

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Apr 28, 2008 - Cruise - Aruba

We arrived in Aruba at 7 am and left at 12:30 pm. Aruba was once the smallest island in the Netherlands Antilles and was discovered around 1500. It gained its independence in 1986. Since we weren't here very long and the town of Oranjestad is not too far from the pier, we just went for a short walk through the port. As you can see from the photos, there is a lot of American influence here including a Burger King visible from the ship, a KFC and Dunkin' Donuts close by. We walked to the market but nothing was open yet. Maureen walked down to...

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