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Aruba 2021

Pirate Ship

Moomba beach would be our destination for our next exciting day. So you ask what is so exciting about Moomba beach? This would just be our meeting spot for our excursion today. 


Yes, I had to do the entire long drawn out process of booking this excursion online to secure our spot which meant papers and papers to fill out online and then screen shoting our tickets and receipt as always thinking maybe just one of these times all the effort I put into this process they just might ask me for one of these. 

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When we pulled up I looked at the time. We were 2 1/2 hours early!!! CRAP! I didn't know what we were supposed to do for 2 1/2 hours. I certainly timed that wrong. Well, really I didn't because I had planned on going to Lynda's for breakfast but missed the mark on that and then I also figured it would take a lot longer at the lab to do our test. 

We sat in the car for about 1/2 an hour but we had no internet, so it was pretty boring. We decided we would just get out and go find a spot at the beach and hang out. It was super hot out and I almost shut my car door back again and said forget it, we're staying in the a/c for the next 2 hours. But that would have been unbearable as well just sitting there.

We located a table under the trees with a tarp at the restaurant and decided this is where we would hang out at for the next 2 hours. 

We ordered a couple of Mango Daiquiri's @ $8.50 each and $6 for a virgin for Sakari. So $23 later and they really didn't seem to have much alcohol.


Sakari was making the most of the countdown by drawing faces with her drink.

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The wifi was incredibly slow today so that wasn't making matters any better. 

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When our incredibly long wait was about to end, we headed over to Jolly Pirate to check in and noticed others checking in as well. Of course...they just wanted our names...blah

They handed us our admission tickets to the time of our life...

We were told to hang out for a bit and head over to the dock

around 1:40pm. Well, it was super hot out and there was no way we

were about to stand out there at the dock in the sun, however, there

was another couple out there and I really felt for them. They waited

and waited and there was no one else out there. The crowd was

gathering for the tour but all of us gathering were up at the restaurant

in the shade. 

At 1:57pm we seen a boat pull up and it was our ride out to the pirate

ship. Everyone headed down to the dock. 

It was time to load up and load up we most certainly did! There were

a lot of people on this boat and actually there wasn't enough room for

everyone so some had to wait for another boat. 

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Since we were one of the last one's on the boat, that meant that we were one of the first one's onto the pirate ship which meant we got to pick where we wanted to sit. I picked the shade! LOL

They started passing out fins and masks to everyone. We all needed them since I didn't bring mine this time around. Less to carry I guess. 

They had a funny staff of course and that made things even better. Now there was an announcement letting us know there were no facilities on the ship so the boys needed to make sure they were peeing downwind and us girls...well we needed to save our drinking cups...just in case ya know?

Let the party begin...

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They told us we were able to go up front on the nets and Sakari really wanted to go up there but I couldn't climb up there and I'm not sure why the hubby didn't but Sakari headed up that way.  I didn't see her after awhile and found her sitting on the side of the ship. 

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Our first stop was going to be the Antilla shipwreck. Ya know, the one we were at while on our seabob tour.  The hubby said he really didn't want to go and ask if I was going to go. Well of course! I wasn't able to see much the last time and I wanted to know if I would see more this time around. It was a little brighter out today, but still sorta hard to see. When things are just that deep, it makes it harder. Sakari decided she would jump right in from the front of the ship.

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Sakari took off swimming down deep like always. She can hold her breath so well. 

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Then all of a sudden something caught our eye. I seen it and I knew that Sakari seen it too because she started swimming after it to get a video. It was a turtle swimming by.

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Of course it was hard to see, just like when we were on the seabobs. 

We got back on the ship and it was time for some more drinks...

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Sakari was enjoying herself back up on the front of the ship except this time she had made it all the way to the very front this time.

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Finally daddy decided to go up there with her.

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Our next stop was the snorkeling spot and we were going to Malmok. We had seen the pirate ships parked here many times and the snorkelers getting out to snorkel and now it was our turn. As we pulled up, we spotted a few turtles coming up for air and diving back under. I immediately got in and off I went.

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I tried really hard to get a picture of the turtle coming up. It was really hard to see when they would only pop their heads up for a brief moment. I tried to blow this picture up to be able to see it but it's still hard. The turtle head is right above my name stamp. 


















I snorkeled around waiting on the family to get in. 

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As I'm snorkeling back around, I look up and Sakari is still on the ship. I ask her if she was getting in and she said "I'm waiting on the rope!" She wanted to be first out on the water I guess. 

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Sakari finally decided to jump from the front of the ship. She must have been hot. 

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They were motioning everyone to come back onto the's showtime!!!!

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I guess since my fun was over, it was now Sakari's turn. 

Well fun wasn't over at all. There were pina coloda's to be had...and pirates punch as well and I had to stop and get me one. Well now, here came the hubby with one for me too. Shhh, don't tell him I already had one.

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It was someone's birthday today on the ship and everyone sang to her and then they told her she was to get the first swing. It was more like a plop from letting go too early. 

So of course Sakari was up didn't have to twist her leg...she was ready!!!

It was time for a refresher drink for me.

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Sakari was having a blast. She would go over and over again. The fun never ended. She was having a blast!

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It's ok, we were having just as much fun!

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I would go up and get a drink. Then the hubby would come back with a drink for me. :)

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Now these drinks were super tasty, but not much alcohol. They made me even more thirsty. I'll have another please and thank you. 

The other pirate ship was next to us and they were having a blast as well. 

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More drinks on deck and they were ready to pull up the ladder and it was time to head back. 

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On the way back Sakari sat back on the side of the ship and I decided to go up and sit with her. All she could talk about was jumping from the ropes. She said it was her favorite day yet! She was just so happy. I was just extremely happy as well...I can't imagine why. I think I need another drink. 

We got back at 4:45pm and our boat was pulling up on the side to get us. This time they made sure to pile us ALL in the boat to take us back. Now for some reason my footing was a little off and I most definitely wanted to snag a seat because some were standing. 

Here's a video of our awesome day!

Well since we had to take the shorter tour (3 hours instead of 4 hours) that meant we didn't get the tour with the lunch included. I guess we were hungry? I really didn't know. I was busy trying to figure out why the ground was moving on me when I walked. 

We headed toward the restaurant and the hubby was wanting to eat lunch. I made it as far as the first outside table and stopped and grabbed it. The world around me was spinning, the ground was moving on me and I'm pretty sure I had twins now because there were two of Sakari. "But I really didn't drink that much" ;)  The hubby said "well, I did get you quite a few but I don't feel like you do and I'm definitely not drunk"  I had to let him know the truth "Well, for every one drink you brought me, I had went up and got one on my own". Ohhhhhhhh! Ok, it's all making sense now. 

Sakari stood with me as I tried my best to gain my footing as I moved from table to table, little by little, toward the table the hubby had picked for us under the roof in the shade. Sakari was laughing at me. How dare her!

I finally made it! But climbing on that high chair was a task in itself. 

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This child...she's STILL getting her drink on. How can she hold her liquor so well? Better than her momma. 

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We all ordered a chicken quesadilla and pop and Sakari's virgin. Quesadilla's were $11/each, pop is $3 and $6 for a smoothie for a total of $45.00 US / $78.75ƒ   

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I think the food was good. I don't even know if I could taste it over the alcohol taste in my throat. At one point Sakari took a video of me and said "I have evidence". LOL She still has that video and showed me for the first time the other day and all I can say is oh em gee! LOL I was a little hilarious. She couldn't stop laughing. She gets a kick out of it when I'm drunk probably because it just never happens. I'm not a drinker and the only time I ever really drink is if I'm on vacation on a ship and in port if it's an AI and the drinks are free. So yea, this happens maybe once a year. LOL  I'm also a lightweight because of this. But honestly, you couldn't taste any alcohol in these drinks they were giving us and they were SOOOOO good. I estimated I had probably around 16 drinks when we added it up. 

It was definitely a good day on the pirate ship! Arrrrghhhh!

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It was time to get me home. I obviously could not drive. I was lucky to even make it to the car out in the parking lot. 

We had THE BEST TIME! This was an awesome excursion and I would highly recommend it and if we go back, we are definitely doing this excursion again!

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