if you know anyone who needs a web site or any kind of advertising
art, please refer me to them. And if you ever have a cruise
question, ask us. I made a bunch of pirate stickers with
my web site on it and stuck them all over the Caribbean.
Make sure you watch our movies!
Tip #1 – Use Room Service all the time. They
have door tags to order breakfast. We do this everyday. It’s
the best. I also had a pitcher of Iced Tea delivered to the
room everyday at 4pm. Room Service is included, go nuts with
it. If I could, I would order Room Service right now, so I
enjoy it when you can.
love cruising and think it’s the only way to
travel. Before we leave on any cruise, people usually
ask me if I have heard about some kind of cruise tragedy
that happened in the news. Recently Natalee Halloway
disappeared in Aruba, the husband of a newlywed couple
is missing, and many passengers got sick on a cruise
to the Bahamas. Well, I’m not afraid of any
of those things. What kind of pirate would I be if
Kim and I don’t get into any kind of trouble while
we are on cruises. I don’t let Kim out of my sight
the entire time we are on the cruise. I think that is the
most important rule to remember – Always bring a buddy.
I can’t believe we have been on so many cruises in
just four years. Once we discovered cruising. we didn’t
want to go on any other kind of vacation. We like the Caribbean.
I like fun in the sun. People have asked us if we have considered
going on an Alaska, Hawaii, or Mexican Rivera cruise. I
don’t think I would come back tan from Alaska. Hawaii
is so far away, but I would like to go there sometime. The
Mexican Rivera is definitely in our future. We are trying
to plan something really spectacular for Cruise 10.
We really like Royal Caribbean. We had a fantastic time
on Cruise 5 through the Panama Canal. The ship “The
Brilliance of the Seas” was great and much better
than the Empress of the Seas. This ship was very small and
did not offer the wide variety of activities that the bigger
ships have. The food and the service are the best part of
Royal Caribbean. We are going to continue to use Royal Caribbean
and are trying to build some history with them so that we
can get free upgrades.
Tip #2 – Try to get a room on a higher floor.
The rooms are better. And never take a room on an inner
We love St. Maarten! Orient Beach is so much fun and is
so beautiful. I don’t think I could live there but
it is the best place to vacation. The prices of souvenirs
and gifts are very reasonable.
The only bad part about St. Maarten is that there are no
pictures on the nude beach, so we can’t take pictures
of all of our activities. Just remember, we had a lot more
fun than the pictures show. If you search this site careful
enough you might be able to find some of the secret photos.
This was our second voyage to St. Kitts. What I really like
about St. Kitts is the cloud-covered mountains. We took
a taxi on an hour tour to see some monkeys. It was fun.
Kim fed them bananas and potato chips. This was our first
cruise that we saw a lot of monkeys. In the afternoon we
went snorkeling. It was ok. St. Kitts is really pretty,
but it is not an action packed stop.
We had a lot of fun in Antigua. We went on the Kayak Eco
Tour. Using a two-person kayak, we cruised around and saw
a lot of starfish, jellyfish, Mangrove brushes, and fish.
The water was very calm so we didn’t tip over. It
was one of my favorite tours. I bought an awesome pair of
Italian styled dress shoes in Antigua for $25. There were
many good deals. Antigua offers a lot of good tours.
Tip #3 – Crackers are great fish food. Bring
some along so you can feed the fish. Throw some in the water
while snorkeling and you will really see some pretty fish.
St. Lucia was my least favorite stop. The people were very
pushy. We took a taxi tour for a couple of hours. During
one of our stops, we had a problem with the locals. We stopped
at a scenic view and a man got in front of Kimmy and tried
to sell her some necklaces. I told him that he was annoying
us and blocking our view. He apologized but still wouldn’t
leave us alone. He followed us to our taxi and even reached
in our taxi to shake Kim’s hand. I told the taxi driver
to drive off, but he didn’t. Finally, we left and
I felt very uncomfortable about what had just happened.
We encountered other pushy people in St. Lucia.
the morning we went on a Semi Sub. That was really fun and
we saw a lot of good fish. But because the people are too
pushy I would say there are better places to go.
Barbados is another good stop. There are a lot of things
to do in Barbados. We went Power Snorkeling. Kim really
enjoyed it. If you’re not a great swimmer it’s
a great way to enjoy snorkeling. While we were snorkeling,
our entire group got pinched by Sea Lice. They sucked! It
was like swimming through a pricker bush. In the afternoon
we found a taxi that would take us to the Barbados Wildlife
Reserve. We saw a lot of monkeys. When we went there on
another tour, we didn’t see any. The animals are really
interesting. The price of admission was kind of high, but
it’s worth it if you go during monkey feeding time
around 2pm. I would say Barbados is a good stop.
We went on an hour bus ride to a beach all the way on the
other side of the island when there was a nice beach right
where the ship docked. Our beach was nicer but I would have
been happy going to the closer beach. I don’t think
Venezuela is very safe for tourists. There was a protest
going on in the streets over a shortage of water. We saw
it from the bus. We had to take a detour around it. The
people on the beach were also kind of pushy about trying
to sell us homemade jewelry and some other junk. Besides
that, the beach was very nice and included chairs with umbrellas.
This was our first trip to Margarita Island. I liked it
but I don’t need to go back.
Tip #4 – Make sure you are back on time.
The cruise ship will not wait for you. If you are late,
make sure you have your camera so you can get a beautiful
picture of the ship pulling away. A couple got left in Venezuela.
We got screwed out of our tour in Curacao. We were supposed
to go on a Sea Lion Encounter, but the place over booked
and we just wound up waiting around. While we were waiting,
we got to enjoy the aquarium area. We even saw dolphins
and finally sea lions. We got a credit for our cancelled
tour when we got back on the ship. I if you’re going
to go to Curacao just take a taxi around. They were really
cheap. I liked Curacao and I would like to go back to see
more of it.
Aruba was great! The best snorkeling was in Aruba. It was
far better than anywhere else. We saw so many beautiful
fish. In the morning we went Helmet Diving at DePalm Island.
It was awesome. I bought a CD of pictures and movies that
they took of us while we were Helmet Diving. It’s
$100 person to go Helmet Diving but well worth it. After
Helmet Diving we went snorkeling. We saw a lot of beautiful
fish. We were fed lunch and overall it was just a fantastic
went back to the boat and changed clothes before we went
to Carlos ‘n Charlies for lunch number two. We met
up with Joe and Shannon for some tacos and nachos. Carlos
‘n Charlies was so much fun, but kind of expensive.
There should be one of my pirate stickers on the glass by
the back bar. Check it out if you go. After lunch we went
looking for Natalee Holloway. My friend’s estranged
Dad lives in Aruba and was involved in the case. We looked
for him and found out he worked selling cell phones at the
airport. We passed the airport but didn’t go in. We
went to Baby Beach. The beach was ok but the snorkeling
was unbelievable. It was awesome!