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Feb 1, 2020 - Half Moon Cay

We were up early and had breakfast downstairs then packed up our things and went to get the tender to Holland America's private island, Half Moon Cay. These tenders were not the usual lifeboats, but large ferries with seats for 300 people. We were soon on our way, but the boat hove to a distance from the island and it was a little while before we docked. As we got in it was apparent that the dock was at the end of a narrow channel. So presumably we were waiting for it to clear. Once docked, we disembarked and had a look around the dock area...

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Jan 31, 2020 - At Sea Again

We had a slow morning. Last night I started coughing and woke up with the start of a cold. I started off this trip with a cold and it looks as though I have a fresh dose. We went downstairs for breakfast. The room we usually eat in was quite busy and for the first time we had to wait both for a table and for our food to be delivered. Fortunately, we were not in a hurry. After eating we walked round the pools and back to our room. I did some laundry and Christine read on the veranda. We went for an early lunch so we could go to a session...

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Jan 30, 2020 - St. Thomas

We had a leisurely start to the day today. We got ready and went down to the suite dining room for breakfast, admired the yachts in the harbour from our room and got ready to leave. We walked ashore and, after several inquiries, found the taxi stand. Six of us took the ride into town. The traffic on the main road was backed up and our driver took us up a hill to a parallel road and we were soon at the National Museum which seemed to be pretty well in the centre of things. We walked through a park which had various statues, including a bust...

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Jan 29, 2020 - St KItts

We were later in getting up this morning, though Christine still beat the alarm and tried to get a sunrise photo but by the time she had got the camera the sun was up. She watched the ship dock in the capital, Basseterre, while I got ready. We went down to the suite dining room and had breakfast. We were joined by the mother and daughter that we have been having dinner with. The tour was later today so we were not in a hurry. We collected our things and left the ship and gathered at the meeting point for the tour. We were soon on our way by...

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Jan 21, 2020 - Phillipsburg, St. Martin

Jan 21, St. Martin Fun fact:  St. Martin/Sint Maarten is one island but 2 nations.  It was split down the middle centuries ago with a French side and a Dutch side.  Today it is known as the gourmet capital of the world.   Since St. Martin is only about 65 miles from St. Kitts, the captain took the scenic route to get there.  The tv screen showed that he'd gone east, North and then west to get to St. Martin.   We arrived in port around 7:15. The Carnival Fascination was already docked.  I think that's an older ship, as it didn't have many...

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Jan 20, 2020 - Basseterre, St. Kitts

Jan 20, St. Kitts Fun fact:  Formerly known as Saint Christopher Island, together with its neighbor, Nevis it is a single 2 island nation.  St. Kitts was the first English colony in the Carribean.  I went to the gym this morning, as the ship will be later than usual getting into port, (around 10 am).  I try weighing myself daily to hopefully avoid too much weight gain. Because the ship is gently rocking, I had an 8 pound range to choose from as the numbers bounce around constantly.  Maybe once we dock, I can get a better reading! Oops,...

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Dec 24, 2018 - Christmas Eve in St. Kitts

It's Christmas Eve and we are in the beautiful island of St. Kitts. Our day adventure took us to Brimstone Hill Fortress, referred to as The Gibraltar of the West Indies. Great views of St. Kitts and neighboring Nevis. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved military fortresses in the Americas. Caribelle Batik was next stop, located on the grounds of Romney Manor, an old sugar plantation. Here masters of the ancient Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing displayed their creations called Batik. Beautiful...

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Adventures for 2018

Jan 25, 2016 - BAM!!!!!

Jan 25, 2016 Basseterre, St Kitts Eddie & Jan, along with Marilyn & I walked off the ship into a barrage of taxi and tour drivers who bombarded us with invitations to take a tour of the Island. We finally opted for a two hour tour for $20 per person. The tour was in an old, dilapidated, open air, truck, but the tour group we were with filled the bus and we were offered free drinks throughout the tour. The free Rum Punch only happened once but we were having fun and enjoying the tour. The roads are very narrow, blacktop, with potholes, and...

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Nov 14, 2014 - St Kitts

Up at 6:00 up on deck with my coffee and rolls to watch another island come into view, the ships get into port at 7:30 watched as the first line is across and down for breakfast and and off to explore yet another island, off the ship at 8:00 get a tour set up for 9:00 the tour guy didn't get enough people for the trip so he put me with another driver, we headed off for a tour of the island, was a very fast paced tour only stopping a few places (the new tour guide was not a very good) the one I had first booked with talked about all the...

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Mar 15, 2014 - St. Kitts

Saturday, St. Kitts We noticed last night that a tug had to help us away from the pier. This morning we found out why. Some of the side thrusters have gone bad. That means the ship can’t push itself against the pier or maneuver in port without help. So, the ship has anchored in the bay and is tendering passengers to the pier in the life boats. Needless to say, that has thrown all the passengers into a tizzy. Honestly, it’s as if this is a disaster. Our tour is at 12:30. This means that instead of walking off on the gangway, we will meet in...

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Mar 16, 2012 - Basseterre, St. Kitts

*St. Kitts is part of the 2-island nation of St. Kitts & Nevis *Columbus named it in 1493 *Cricket is the national sport; holding regional matches while we are here *lots of abandoned sugarcane fields (no longer lucrative) *has the only remaining narrow-gauge sugarcane train; gives 2-hr. open air rides *capital city is Basseterre ('Bass-terr') Our shore excursion:in a van with 9 of us; excellent driver/guide but very difficult to understand! Caribelle Batik Studio: on the old Romney Manor [site of 17th century sugar plantation]. Showed....

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Jun 30, 2011 - St. Martin/Sint Maartin

Journal Entry July 1 2011 Canada Day Hello Family & Friends, We are sitting in Simpson Bay Lagoon with other cruisers late in the season and there are only 6?boats whom are all going to Grenada for the hurricane season which has begun June 1st. Yesterday we climbed the Fort Louie,which was constructed in the 17th century to keep the English away. The French built a council hall,a jail,and welcomed vistors who could possibly help. This island has 2 sides the Dutch and the French consisting now of 32,000 residents. The island has a superb...

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