Beach Bum in Barbados

Barbados was really the land of sun if you were to ask me. The king of Caribbean vacation destinations. The sunniest of suns. It’s where you were to go if all you wanted was a drink and a tan. So with this in mind, we knew the beaches would be good, and after a bit of research, we realized there wasn’t too much to tour on land. So for this one, we skipped the Princess tour and decided we were just going to spend a day at the beach by ourselves. That’s all we really wanted for this port. Before docking, we talked to the shore excursion officers for a bit and they did mention that there was a pink sand beach on the island – Crane Beach. The sand was pink because of the small grains of crushed red shells mixed in with the powdery white sand, which gave…

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A Stroll in Martinique

Now, we’re coming to Martinique. Even the name just rolls off the tongue. Martinique has a population of about 385,551 inhabitants and it’s an overseas region of France, making it one of France’s 18 regions of France. Because of this, the official language is French, which is spoken by virtually the whole population. Fort-de-France, its main “arrondissement”, is the capital and has a population of about 161,021. Before the trip, I had read somewhere that Martinique carried a bit of the French city vibe (which makes sense because of its ties to the country). So evidently, in my head, I was expecting the Parisian style for buildings, I pictured French cafes and the French lifestyle. Pictures of Toulon or Provence flashed through my head and I expected to feel as if I was walking down the streets of a town in France, but in Martinique. That wasn’t really quite the…

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All Aboard the St. Kitts Express!

This trip was really one port after another and one adventure after another. Here was the fourth of the trip. A short but sweet blog post. Our St. Kitts adventure was going to be by train. Yes, we were going on a scenic railway ride around the island. First, it was by boat, but now we’re switching our engine for a new set of wheels. The railway ride was scheduled to be 2 hours. We got off our bus at the little waiting area and we watched the train rumble its way towards us. I was blown away by how huge and how clunky it was. I was probably standing about a foot away from it as it slowed down and as I looked directly up at the train cars, part of me was worried that it was going to fall apart right then and there. We boarded the rail,…

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Antigua: the Caribbean gem

Looking back, Antigua was actually one of my favourite ports of the entire cruise, despite my lack of excitement about it before the start of the trip considering I had barely even heard of the island. But it was such a pleasant surprise. Even now, I still smile when I think of the waters of Antigua (we’ll come to that later). A bit about Antigua first. The island is located in the center of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. The island is 108 square miles, 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, and has a population of about 85,000. Again, we were booked on another Princess Excursion for this port. The places that we wanted to go to, including some of the port’s best attractions, were on the other side of the island from where the ship was docked and so, it was more convenient this way. We…

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Swimming with the Turtles in St. Thomas

Another port, another day of sun. This was our second time in the port of St. Thomas. The last time we were here, it was also on a Caribbean cruise but it was 2008. We had originally booked a BOSS Underwater Scooter tour with the ship, and I was really looking forward to trying out the sport of underwater scooter driving for the first time. I was excited to drive around while wearing a helmet so that I could see all the wildlife around me. Unfortunately, because of the effects the Hurricane had on the reefs and underwater sea life, the tour was cancelled last minute. Our backup plan? A Shipwreck and Turtle snorkel. You can’t go to a Caribbean country and ignore all the water activities. That’d be disrespectful, so we aimed to get as much water time as we could. The itinerary said we were going to get…

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