Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 2014 Cruise

Before cruising, we flew to into San Juan, and had time to walk on the beach and have dinner there the night before. We found this tiny place on the ocean front, down the block from our hotel, which did not look like much:

And so, I was not expected this!

Salmon, given the fancy gourmet treatment--on the beach, no less. Al fresco...

Again, we sailed on Celebrity's Summit, and went to mostly the same places as last year, but we did a couple different things--we kayaked from river to ocean in Dominica, and took the sky ride on St. Thomas--

Gorgeous views...and I saw a couple palatial houses that I believe I've seen on Pinterest...

That's me, wearing a dress I seldom wear, on formal night...
Mike in front of one of the Christmas trees...

Looking out at the sunset...
It was Mike, on the deck, with the moon! (which is not visible)

How do they do these things with towels??

It really was a day on the beach! This is Grand Anse, on a lovely day, and that is our cruise ship in the distance. The beer is Stag--pretty good, actually.

Next year, I resolve to take better pictures!

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 20, 2013

These are pictures from our annual December cruise, taken on the Celebrity Summit. First, here we are playing dress-up:

The cruise started in San Juan. We always get there the day before the cruise sails, just in case. In December, weather can happen--

And here is an example of some of the zany Christmas decorations in this beach town. This one is clearly aimed at confusing children. Yes, there's a nativity scene, which I didn't capture very well, and as usual, the Three Wise Mariachi Men have come to play, but this time, something different: yes, that's a pig on a spit. This is so blatantly not Kosher. And no, this was not in front of a restaurant, but a hotel.  (Old San Juan is nothing like this. It's an historical district, very traditiional.)

Oh, and we stayed at The Water Beach Hotel, a place so hip that I feared we might be kicked out. It's a small place that takes advantage of every inch it owns, and the decor is nothing like I've seen before. For one thing, there's lots of black light. The hallways are dark, but not to worry, the room numbers glow! The elevator is clear glass, and since there's nothing to see, a waterfall-type gizmo is there to entertain you.

Above, the eerie blue room in which we stayed, and below, the waterfall elevator. Interesting, and we're not even on the cruise, yet.

And, while we were eating dinner at some simple, nearby place, I missed the Santa parade again. Yes, Santa comes screaming down the street on a Coca-Cola truck, a very loud affair, and once again, I did not have my camera ready. Someday.

There's Mike, on St. Kitts. I have no pictures of our first stop on St. Croix because it rained cats and dogs, but the next day was gorgeous.

 An interesting sign, noting the significance of the above park...

 Just some scenery, taken from the ship..

Here, we are taking a water taxi to a Grand Anse beach on Grenada...
Mike got chummy with a very nice English lady who was sitting next to us, and she took our picture. She even got the cruise ship in the background, and it was so bright that she couldn't see what see was doing. Grand Anse beach is very nice, but also very crowded, and people just kept coming.

 Ah, lovely St. Thomas. I took several pictures of the shore and boats off the shore...
 On the final day of our cruise, we took a catamaran to St. John, an undeveloped island, where we snorkeled.
I love love the ride out there, and this year, we got up close and personal with a couple sea turtles--Mike even swam right behind one. Twice, we watched them, not just grazing on the bottom, but surfacing. It was pretty exciting. No pictures; it's all I can do to keep my mask on straight!

Look, you can see it, the Cruise ship--our driver was so good, so cautious, that I took my white knuckles off the bar in front of me to capture a little bit of scenery.

By the way, in St. Thomas, you can get ticketed for driving without a shirt. If you are pulled over by a cop for this reason, the friendly officer might hold your beer while you dish out your license. Yeah, I wouldn't drive there, either.

And then, we had to come home. To snow. The End.

Monday, December 10, 2012

2012 December Cruise

                                           Walking on the beach in San Juan...
                                                 On the balcony of the ship.
                  Way way in the background of this picture, you can make out Old San Juan.

                               Before we set sail, we got to watch a Christmas boat parade.
                                                            St. Croix

                                 Walking back from the beach. A lovely day in St. Croix.

                                                    Rainbow! St. Kitts

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This Year's Cruise

Lots of ports of call, this time. I'm looking forward to good beach weather.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Scenes from a Vacation

Since this is the third time we've been to the same hotel in the same resort, I tried to get some different-looking pictures.
Looking out at the ocean through an outdoor lobby
Our room was down the hall, to the left, on the second level.
The grand staircase. That's my distorted image in the gilded mirror.
Looking back, away from the sea, at the quiet pool's area

Mike going in to cool off. We had perfect weather.

The cool fountain at The Maya. I'm looking up at just one of the resort's interesting lights.
Mike at The Grand's hotel lobby bar, in front of that scary-disturbing picture.
Me in The Lindo's lobby, on the way to dinner there. I still think it's the prettiest area.
Mike over at The Lindo, probably after dinner...
Mike in front of the gilded mirror at The Grand. I love the vases and flowers everywhere.
This picture is looking the opposite direction from the one above, a shot towards the main lobby at The Grand.

I didn't get any coati pictures this year, because they weren't hanging out in our area this time. There was one brave guy who came all the way up, past the pools, for breakfast. He was The Grand's Pet, and he did get fed and had lots of photo opportunities, but I just never remembered to take the camera to breakfast. (He's probably famous on Flicker.) And the weather was so gorgeous that we camped out on the beach, far enough away from the Lindo/Maya area not to attract the cute little scavengers.

Anyway, it was a wonderfully relaxing time that's hard to leave behind!