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Mitsugirlys FASCINATION with San Juan-review & pictorial

Day 9: St Kitts

DAY 6 on the ship: ST KITTS


We were just in St Kitts a few months ago and honestly, it didn't really impress me too much. It was probably just the experience we had, although not bad it was not really great either. I will admit that those mountains and our driver just made me a nervous wreck. I had picked out two different places to go to that time: Reggae Beach, located all the way at the end at Cockleshell Bay or go to either Ship Wreck or Carambola, located at Frigate Bay. Since we had a rather LARGE (over 100) group from our roll call going, we picked Carambola.


So...this time I decided to head to Frigate Bay. I also knew that by going here it wouldn't be as long of a drive AND we would not have all those mountains to go up and down as well. (Although pretty, I was still a bit of a wreck by the time we arrived).


I debated on going to Carambola or Ship Wreck and decided for the sake of the family, who enjoys the luxury look of the beach over simple and practical, I would go to Carambola. So that will be what we did this day.

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Alarm set for 6:45am and I jumped up and got the family moving. We headed to the buffet for breakfast and I got my usual...but discovered the pastries today as well.

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The sun was coming up and it appeared that it was going to be a beautiful and sunny day.

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There was a few clouds hanging over the mountains, but they would quickly pass.

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Hercules was there to help us out

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We rushed Kendra and B, who never show up until about 7:45am to eat, and heard the psshhhrrrrp of the loud speaker and everyone jumped and we headed for our room to grab our beach bags and some ice in our bags for our pop and we were off the ship at 8:15am just in time for the paparazzi to catch us.

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Man, cruises are supposed to be relaxing...I look like I haven't slept in days!

We walked outside the port gate, told the taxi driver where we wanted to go, and off we went. It cost us $4 for each adult and they said the kids were going to be free. Awesome!

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Oh crap, it looks like we were going to have to endure a mountain after all. Hold on....

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But the views are so beautiful up here. I have to say it was definitely a different experience being in an enclosed vehicle instead of an open air taxi. I felt safer, but yet you couldn't get good pictures. I guess that's the trade off you get.

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Last time we were here, they were working on the roads and tunnels and they had all the detours. What a difference a few months make...they now have the tunnel completed! Gosh I remember the sharp turn we had to make last time and that is now gone. You don't have to go that way anymore. Whew!

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Here was the sign signaling that we were already at Carambolas.

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We came out of the restaurant building and onto the beach.

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We were the first ones there!!! We had our pick of chairs and followed this guy looking for the perfect spot.

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Sakari had already removed her cover-up and her and B were checking out the water.

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​​We headed down toward the end because it looked like an interesting spot.

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This is where we decided.

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Immediately the swimming and exploring began. Even though it was still early in the morning, the water was warm and it was already hot. Holy moly those are some bright swimming trunks B. (Just kidding, this is what happens when you forget to change the setting on your camera to underwater).

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The morning pictures turned out kinda crappy. I'm not sure why. The water must have been stirred up a bit or something because they didn't end up very clear. Sakari was off exploring and had morphed into a mermaid.

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I spotted some fish then over to the right of us was a dock of some sort. I headed that way and there were a bunch of rocks up against it.

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I think she's swimming faster than her tail is today.

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Oh look, I spotted an Azure Damselfish

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Sea urchin. Don't this "stuff" at the bottom of this area remind you of a dirt mop? It was weird looking.

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So there really wasn't a whole lot to see over by the dock. I was kinda disappointed. So there's an area that runs up and down the beach that has rocks and "sea life" and that's where we would do our snorkeling. It pretty much looks like this:

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It's nothing to write home about, but it would have to do. It still gave us a place to "look out" for things. But I wouldn't say this is much of a snorkeling area.

I seen these (I assume some type of coral?) everywhere.

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We found some black spiny sea urchins. Of course I pointed at them and ask Sakari if she would like to pick one up today. I got that "look" from her and I think she learned her lesson from the day before.

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Banded butterfly fish and a yellow tang. I honestly don't see a lot of the yellow ones. You usually see more of the blue ones.

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Does anyone see what's here? Yea, I didn't either, but Kendra is a pro at spotting these. She has found every single one of them when we have been snorkeling in the past. It was Mr Octopus

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Love the color of these feather dusters. They were like a white color with a pretty blue tint. I had never seen any that color before.

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The hubby had followed us out and decided to join us...from above the water. It must have gotten too hot for him back on the beach. (This entire area of snorkeling is not deep, you can stand up there). So I found this

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And decided to let the hubby hold it. He has never held one before.

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I hated to see all this trash in the water. Of course it's no fault of Carambola. This could have came from anywhere...from the weather/ocean bringing it in, to inconsiderate people on the beach, to the wind whisking it away from the beach. You just never know. I still hate to see it though. Especially bags that critters can get caught up in. I watch so many of those "rescue" videos online.

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So I was in the water with a lady and her daughter. She approached me and we started talking (she had been snorkeling too). She ask me if I knew if we were allowed to snorkel "on the other side" and pointed on the other side of the dock. She said she walked over there earlier and there was lagoon type area with steps leading down in to it. I had never heard anyone mention this and knew I had to go explore and see what she was talking about.


This deck part you see in the picture, that leads to the left of the picture, is the dock. The rocky area is where I was headed. It was like the property next door or something.

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It was nothing but rocks everywhere and man it hurt my feet. But I made it and it was BEAUTIFUL over there!

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The steps she was talking about...this area was AMAZING and so pretty. It reminded me of Chankanaabs lagoon.

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It looked like a prime area for snorkeling (or even diving) and with all the rocks down there, I can only imagine the things to see.


The only problem is, the steps led down to the water and really not into the water. Once getting down in there, I'm not sure how you would get out...short of having to hoist your body up with your arms...and this fluffy girl won't be doing that any time soon.

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I could see fish everywhere. There were just so many of them. The place just really looked amazing.

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I kept putting my foot down on the last steps, as several crabs scurried off of the steps and back into the water, scaring the crap out of me at first, and sticking my camera under the water to see if I could get any good shots of the fish that were crowding the steps. There were hundreds...seriously....until I would put my camera in the water and then they would disappear. It reminded me of my aquarium at home and the fish going back and forth at the top waiting for me to feed them. But once I stuck my camera in the water, they would flee for the most part.

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The other problem was, once again, I forgot to put my camera setting on underwater. So I end up with a bunch of "RED".

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I didn't realize it at the time of course. I walked away hoping that I ended up with a bunch of pictures that made it look like I was actually under the water over there. Fail

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I decided to walk back...over the rocks we go. There was a road that leads back to this area and I did see a white truck back here at one point. I still don't know what this area is for though. Can anyone tell me?


This picture shows where it's located in relation to Carambola.

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After sitting down to massage the battle wounds on my feet, I look over and see this on the dock....

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Why were the kids talking to some stranger and is this stranger danger or a friendly local stranger? I had to go investigate.

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Do you see what B has in his hands? A monkey!


This guy sat over at the dock for hours. The kids were over there playing with the monkey for hours. It would crawl all over them and let them feed it and hold it and they were busy jumping off the dock over and over too.

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Of course this concerned me because I knew that below the dock (at a certain point) there were huge rocks that I had snorkeled earlier. The last thing I needed was for one of them to jump and hit a rock and break something. I had to go over to investigate.

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The monkey sitting on Sakari's shoulder.

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Now I know these guys walk up and down the beach (and in port) letting you hold and take pictures of the monkey for $5 each. This guy never mentioned anything about having to pay anything and he was sitting on the dock for hours. He was letting the kids play with the monkey for a good portion of the day. I went over to talk to him. We talked for quite some time and I told him how my daughter (Kendra) has been wanting a monkey forever. He mentioned they sell them for $100. Oh wow, because they are thousands back home. He also mentioned they can ship to the US. I went over to tell Kendra and she came running. She would spend probably the next 2 hours talking to him about the monkey and holding it while also taking pictures of it to send to her fiance back home telling him she wants it...That would be followed with her being on the phone with him for another hour. LOL She was bound and determined that she wanted a monkey. Not any monkey, but THIS monkey. LOL

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The kids continued to jump and Kendra continued to talk monkey talk.

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The guy gave Kendra his social media site for her to add him and told her everything about this monkey. He had went into the forest to get the mother and she had 5 babies. This was one of them and he was 4 months old I believe. He said they were all pretty tame and they had removed their fang teeth. He said they can only ship to 2 places in the US (Miami and Arizona I think). She would have to arrange to have an address in one of those places to accept the monkey and then have to pay shipping for it to get there (COD). She would not pay for the monkey until it arrived in the US.

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The guy gave Kendra his social media site for her to add him and told her everything about this monkey. He had went into the forest to get the mother and she had 5 babies. This was one of them and he was 4 months old I believe. He said they were all pretty tame and they had removed their fang teeth. He said they can only ship to 2 places in the US (Miami and Arizona I think). She would have to arrange to have an address in one of those places to accept the monkey and then have to pay shipping for it to get there (COD). She would not pay for the monkey until it arrived in the US.

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I told her that no matter "how" he said it's done, I still can't believe that US customs would allow some animal from a different country to just be shipped there with no problems due to diseases and such. But she was on a mission.


(Update since we returned...still no monkey, of course, and the guy won't answer her on SM so....)


A video of the kids (and the hubby) jumping off the deck.

Sakari found a sand dollar. This entire cruise she kept asking me how much is this worth? She just couldn't put the name "dollar" together with "it's not real money".

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The hubby, Sakari, and I decided we were going to go for a "walk". I knew I wanted to see if I could find this "black" sand that everyone talks about down by Ship Wreck. After leaving Carambola, we started to see some blackness in the sand. Cool

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This stuff really sparkled in the sun

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It was getting blacker and I was getting excited

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I just couldn't believe how it sparkled in the sun. It was like little diamonds in the sand. So pretty. I really wish the camera could capture what I was seeing.

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Watching the ocean water rush up, it would turn brown, then when the water went back out, it would be black.

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We came to another beach club and it was deserted. Not one person there. They had chairs put out and what looked like a little bar with (maybe) the owner sitting there. But not a single person there.

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The sand was REALLY black at this point.

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Just look at the difference?

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Heading on down toward the Ship Wreck bar

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Rocks along the side

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We arrived at Ship Wreck:

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I do have to admit, my first impressions of this place was not a positive one. I was prepared for it not to be a luxurious place, and I was expecting kinda rustic, but I didn't really picture this. It didn't look rustic to me, it kinda looked run down. It looked like there were weeds growing and the place hadn't been "swept" or anything. I don't know, I just wasn't too impressed.

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I mean I know you are going for a different kinda feel here, but I would at least think you might rake the beach from all the sea weed and get rid of some of the debris in the area. Make it a little more appealing. I know a lot of people on here love this place. But, I'm glad I made the decision to stay a Carambola instead. I really don't think this place is for me...and not just because of the beach or area.


So, I know it was mentioned that this area was good for snorkeling and Sakari and I decided to take a look around. We headed into the water...this is what you'll be walking on:

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It pretty much had the same "look" as it is down by Carambola...with the "ledge" running up and down the beach with a few things to see there. However, there were TONS...I mean TONS of black spiny sea urchins.

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I really didn't think there was much to see in this area and definitely no different than the area over by Carambola.

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It was pretty shallow in most areas, but man the sea urchins. They were really making me nervous. Although Sakari and I had brought our snorkel mask so that we could look around, I did not bring any flippers and with all the sea urchins everywhere you turned, it was making me super nervous.

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They were seriously in every crevice. One wrong turn and you could be scraped by one or put your foot down on one.

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This was also floating at the top of the water in the entire area...which made it kinda creepy when it was constantly rubbing up against you.

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We were only in the water about 10 minutes before I tapped Sakari on the shoulder and told her "Let's get out of here". I was just too nervous. I really don't know how anyone can swim in this area with all the sea urchins...or maybe they had an area on down that had a sandy entrance. The area we were in was directly in front of the Ship Wreck and to the right.

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It almost looked like oil mixed in with the sand when you picked it up. So cool though.

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We started heading back and I was glad that I took the trip to see the black sand. I REALLY like it. It was beautiful and so unique. I just didn't care for Ship Wreck itself.


Sakari ask if she could run back to Carambola and the chairs and she scurried off. I don't know where she gets her energy.

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Once away from Ship Wreck, the sand turns back to brown (which is weird) and then it would turn back to black once we got back to the other little beach place with no people, then it would be black again.

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We did this in the sand in front of that other place.

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It really was a pretty place. I'm not sure why no one was there unless people are just not aware of it. It liked the natural shade with the palm trees.

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It's definitely a place I could see myself staying at. It's very simple, but yet gorgeous.

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Discovery Beach Bar I guess is the name. I'll have to do some research on this place maybe for the next time.


Their rental was the same as Carambola....$10 per chair.

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A big open area in between this place and Carambola. The hubbys wheels were this place and make a beach club and work from the beach every yea, I'm game, but somehow I think it's too close to Carambola, which seems to get most of the business and is well known.

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From here, you could see the new tunnel they just built

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Once I got back to our chairs, I was showing Kendra my black sand and what she had missed out on by being on the phone for an hour with her fiance talking monkey talk. I put some down on the sand and showed her the difference.

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It looks like a bag of charcoal.

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As you can see, a lot more people have showed up at Carambola now.

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This would be a shot I took with my phone to post for back home...with a phone filter added.

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We decided it was time to grab a bite to eat and headed up to the restaurant. THE SAND IS SCORCHING HOT!!! Every place we went the sand was hot. I always thought people said that the sand never gets hot in the Caribbean like regular sand will. What gives?

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The hubby went up to the bar and placed our order, got him a beer, and only had a few $$ left over. I ask where mine was at and he said he was a few bucks shy of being able to buy me a drink. Really?


The restaurant

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At one point, Kendra and the kids had sat down while they were waiting on their food. Someone came along and told them they could not sit there. She told them she had ordered food and was just waiting on it, so she was not just sitting there for the heck of it. She had food on the way. They proceeded to tell her that she would not be able to eat in there either. Um, ok. Then she said they told her that all boys had to have a shirt on as well and girls needed clothes on.


Do you see the guy in this picture? He doesn't have a shirt and neither does his son. His wife was also in a bathing suit. They sat down and ate with no problem.

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As we continued to wait for our food, yet another couple came in and sat down and ate their food there...with bathing suits and no shirts on. I mean I understand it's a restaurant, but it's also a beach. Where are you supposed to eat your food? There were no other places to sit to eat. They didn't bother saying anything to the other people that were sitting down and eating.


The hubby bugged the guy at the bar for so long until he finally gave in and gave me a dirty banana for the rest of the dollar bills the hubby still had in his hand.

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We got our food and were forced to go back and eat at our chairs.

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Hubby enjoying his Stag.

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There were a lot of people that came in and just put their towels down instead of paying for chairs and umbrella. The lady I had talked to earlier was one of them. She had put her things down directly in front of a round chair beside us and they would use the chair to lean on... then they would eventually move up into one of the round chairs by the end of the day. She was also from our ship. She was traveling just her and her daughter. This was her daughters graduation gift. She said she lets each one of her kids pick where they want to go and what they want to do for their graduation. Then she proceeded to tell me she has 10 kids!!! 10!! Of course I had to ask if they were all hers and she actually birthed them all...the answer was YES! Mad props to her for being able to raise 10 kids and give them each a once in a lifetime graduation present. She was extremely nice and we actually talked for hours while standing in the water. This was her first cruise. She ask me A LOT of cruise questions and where to go and what to do. She was super nice.

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We had another family (of women) who came in and tried to get some chairs (for free) and the staff stopped them. They had to move. Then the couple beside us were leaving and they ask if they could have their chairs. Of course the couple didn't mind...they were leaving. It wasn't long before the staff came to collect their money and a huge argument broke out. "They gave me their chairs. Those chairs were already paid for"....and so on. Really? That's not how it works people. You relinquish your chairs and are done for the day, you can't just take over their chairs because someone else paid for them already. You are coming in new, you must rent them yourself. They really tried. But, they were a huge group and they were not about to pay $10 pp. They must have had at least 8-9 people. Remember, it's $10 per chair and $10 per umbrella.


Kendra and I decided we would head out one last time to snorkel. I talked her into going over to the rocks by the dock and we would go out a little further than I did. It did get a "little" more interesting I guess.

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But still nothing I would call amazing and not much fish either. We finally gave up and headed back to shore.

After work, I picked up Sakari from her bus stop and we immediately went to our local aquatics store to get information about scuba for her. The place is so amazing there. I can spend hours looking at everything...and actually I did. :p


So...I GOT HER SIGNED UP!!! She will do her first 2 classes (both classroom and the pool) starting in October. Then right after that is her "AquaMission" to become a PADI Seal and get her certificate and all that comes with it. Then she will be able to do a different "AquaMission" dive each month:


Creature ID Specialist

Environmental Specialist

Inner Space Specialist

Navigation Specialist

Safety Specialist

Search and Recovery Specialist

Skin Diver Specialist

Snapshot Specialist

Wreck Specialist

Night Specialist


She will continue to do the monthly missions and if she wants to be certified, she will be able to do that when she turns 10 years old. She is super excited and is super upset that she has to wait until next month to start. :rolleyes: They had a class starting this Friday, but they were full.


She has her packet, book and patches and now just needs to get her snorkel and mask. They provide the wet suit and all of the equipment...thank goodness!


I hope she likes it and I hope she sticks with it. That crap is E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E!!!


I was almost excited when they told me after she turns 10 and does the classes, she could actually do her open water certification dives in the Caribbean. :D That almost made me want to do it.


Oh, one other thing. They have you fill out a form and answer some questions (health) and I checked the "yes" to having issues with getting her ears to "pop" when coming down on a plane. So...they are making me take her to her doctor to get an exam and they have to sign off on the paperwork for her to be able to do it. :rolleyes: Now I wish I wouldn't have told them. I mean they teach you how to clear your ears. She just hasn't learn how. :(

So back to the review:

Kendra and I came back from snorkeling the small area around the dock and the kids were now doing hand stands.

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Sakari has a pair of fins that we purchased for her back when she was around 3-4 years old or so. She wore them back when she had just learned to swim, but really hasn't worn them since. Well B had been using Kendra's fins the entire cruise and Sakari decided she wanted to try mine out. It's kinda funny to watch her kick because she still tries to kick with her legs together, as she does with her monofin.

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We decided to pack up our things at 2:30pm and head to the showers.

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They also have showers inside and that's where Kendra headed to. I followed after awhile because we weren't getting anywhere at this one. I believe they only had 2 (maybe 3) inside and they were in big rooms with a dressing room to each and the shower was huge. The only problem was, when someone else had the water on, there wasn't much pressure on yours. You could definitely tell when they turned theirs off.


The bathrooms were really nice there. I tried to get a shot, but this lady just wanted to stand in front of the mirror, on the phone, and stare at herself forever. She wasn't doing anything...just talking and staring.

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We headed outside to the taxi's at 2:55pm and a driver ask us if we had a taxi coming. I told him that our taxi driver had said that he would return at 3pm to pick us up. The problem was, I had no idea what the van looked like or the driver actually. I'm so busy taking pictures that I didn't really pay attention. The taxi drivers there were nice and didn't try to "steal" you away from another driver that was coming for you. He did say "Well if your driver doesn't show up at 3pm and it's a little after, when I get ready to leave, I'll make sure you got a ride, otherwise I'll take you, but please give him time." I thought that was nice.


I driver did show up in time and he noticed us. He acknowledged us and then walked over to the front desk and about that time the other driver said "You are still standing here...come on, I'll take you, come on" and pointed at the van we were standing in front of...that was COMPLETELY packed and he was shoving more in. Um, we have 5 people, that wouldn't have worked for us anyhow. I'm not sitting on laps. I'm too old and fluffy for that crap.


We got in the van and the driver managed to talk 2 other guys, who had to have been totally wasted, and I swear they sounds like girls giggling the entire time. Yea, we'll go...No, go ahead...wait, we'll go...well I'm not sure...giggle, giggle, giggle. The did speak a foreign language and did that all the way back to the port while they seriously giggled worse than girls do. It wasn't just a little giggle either, it was very obnoxious and loud and never ended. At this point, I'm thinking maybe sitting on someones lap in a full van might have actually been the better deal.

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Definitely an Eco-friendly place!

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I knew the site of this meant we were pulling up to the port at the shopping area

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Once we pulled up, the guys jumped out of the van and handed the driver $5 for the both of them. They mumbled something in a different language, handed him the $5, and walked away! Um...why do you guys get to set your own price???


We decided to head straight back to the ship. There was nothing here we wanted (got everything last time) and Kendra decided to stay and shop.


We caught a ride on this...

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Back to the room to shower and change...and send my daughter in law a picture of my deep dark golden tan.

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Sakari was pretty dark too.

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Here are the other "deals" they had going on while on this cruise.

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Adios St Kitts...I hope Kendra made it.

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We decided to head to the Tara Library to play some games with Sakari. This place had more games than I have seen on any other ship. There were A LOT both familiar and unfamiliar to me.

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Sakari only wanted to play Connect 4.

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Now I did find it odd that the library and the game room were together. There were a lot of teens in there playing cards and other various games, then we were in there playing Connect 4...then there were 2 other ladies in there "trying" to read a book. I don't know how they could concentrate honestly. Eventually they did leave.

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We went by the candy store and Sakari picked out what she would like to get for later after the kids club. We were busy killing time and waiting for 6pm to come so that she could go eat dinner with her friends.

After dropping her off, we decided to head to the grill. Kendra had some chicken nuggets several days ago and said they were good, so I thought I would give them a try and I was also craving a "dog".

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Out on the pool deck, they had someone playing the steel drums. I love listening to steel drums play. It really makes me feel like I'm on a cruise and in the Caribbean. It's the one thing that I remember the most from my first and second cruise back in the 80/90's. The use to actually pull them off onto the private islands too.


We were sailing REALLY slow. Like there's not going to be any dolphins playing in our wake today.


We picked up a few more pictures at Pixels.

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Off to the Punchliner we went for a show at 7pm.

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Then off to the casino of course. I bet you were wondering if I was going to completely throw caution to the wind and do something different tonight and not go to the casino. Ha! Wrong.


We stayed at the casino for 1 hour 15 minutes and I played the slots that you roll the dice if you hit the bonus. I got to roll so many times and won $54 this time and only bet $1.00. Kendra came in for awhile and won over $100 and left happy.


After leaving the casino, we headed back to the candy store to get Sakari's candy and also to the shops to get our Christmas ship ornament and my novelty tee shirt I get from every ship.


I was told that if I spent $18 more, I would get $75 worth of stuff for $50. I went over and grabbed me a bottle of White Diamonds for $29. Then she changed the story to I needed to buy $13 more. just told me spent another $18 and now that I came back actually spending another $29, I still need another $13??? This lady had herself confused, me confused, and I wasn't very happy about the switch up of stories. I ended up grabbing a Carnival blue and white striped beach bag with a rope handle.


We picked up the munchkin and headed back to the room.

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We decided when we got back to the room that we would order room service again.


The same lady answered the phone. I order 2 orders of grilled cheese sandwiches, both with chips, and a cheesecake.


I forgot to take a picture when it came, but there was only 1 grilled cheese sandwich with chips. When it came, I signed the receipt, gave a tip, and immediately opened up the things on the tray and found the mistake. The delivery guy was only about 5 doors down and I yelled...I told him we were missing the rest of the order. I told him we order 2 plates of grilled cheese sandwiches and chips and only got one. He said "It's all on the same plate". I lifted the lid and said "No, there's only one". He said he would go back and get another and confirmed we wanted chips with the meal.

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The hubby and I shared half of the sandwich and within 10 minutes, there was a knock at the door.


I took the plate, lifted the lid...and this is what we had...

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Are you fricken serious????? Really? They can't get anything right. Two nights in a row and still screwing up over and over.


I honestly don't remember if they eventually brought a sandwich or not, but I'm thinking that we just said "forget about it". We were tired and needed to go to bed in order to get up tomorrow.


I packed our beach bags and off to sleep we went.

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