S: Caribbean Cruise
BC: Five days wasn't enough... but i'll be back
FC: By Anna Goldberg
1: Table of Contents 1. Itinerary 2. Journal number 1 3. Port of Call - Barbados 4. Journal number 2 5 .Port of Call - Martinique 6. Journal number 3 7. Port of Call - St.Kitts and Nevis 8. Journal number 4 9. Journal number 5
2: Intineray Day 1 - Get on boat , depart Port of Spain Day 2 - Arrive at Bridgetown in Barbados Day 3 - Arrive at Fort - de - France in Martinique Day 4 - Arrive at Basseterre in St. Kitts and Nevis Day 5 - Depart Basseterre and head back to Port of Spain
3: =Monday March 1, 2011 Today is the big day! I can’t believe I’ve finally made it here. I worked so hard studying and getting all my homework done so I could attend this lovely cruise to the Caribbean. This is my first time on a cruise of any kind and the first time I’ve been on a cruise ship. It’s like being on the Titanic except without the fancy ballrooms, period clothing and much better sanitation. It’s around noon time and were leaving from the Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. In nine hours I will be in Bridgetown in Barbados. But until then I’ll just spend some well deserved time relaxing in and around the ship. But first let me describe this wonderfully comfortable room, I’m staying in. The bed is so big, queen sized with the fluffiest pillows I’ve ever seen. There is a personal bathroom, with essential toiletries and a TV and a big dresser to keep my stuff in. I even got my own bathrobe and matching fuzzy slippers. I think I could live in such splendour every day. Well at least for the next five days I will be. The ship has so many people on it , it’s overwhelming but the more the merrier I guess. I am so excited to be visiting a couple of countries I’ve never seen before. This little adventure I am taking will give me an experience of a lifetime that I will probably remember for the rest of my life. Now let me just say one more thing before heading off to explore the ship. The weather is great but what’s even better is the food! I’ve never seen so much food in one place before and the variety is immense! I think I’m going to be enjoying my time a lot on this boat. Well I’m off, I’ve heard the on board art gallery is something worth checking out, until tomorrow.
4: Bridgetown | Barbados
5: =Tuesday March 2, 2011 What a great day today has been. I went to Barbados and explored this wonderful island. I had always heard great things about this vacation spot. I now know firsthand how sublime this country is. That morning at around 7am I got up and had breakfast and quickly made my way to the city of Bridgetown. I figured I should head over to Broad Street to buy a couple of souvenirs at local stores in this area. Everything there is handcrafted. After buying some Caribbean themed jewellery and interesting little knick knacks, I made my way over to “Harrisons Cave”. This probably was the most fascinating place I visited in Barbados. The cave has its own waterfall in it and some artefacts left their but early people’s living on the island. The tour guide was knowledgeable and my trip in the cave fun and informative. There was a restaurant carved into the cave. It was interesting to sit and eat in a cave. After I visited the cave a took a short boat ride in a glass bottomed boat, so I could see all the tropical fish swimming by. I loved seeing the fish in their natural environments.
6: Journal Continued I left the boat feeling tired after sitting for awhile, so I decided to go over to “Batts Rock” beach to try windsurfing. I wasn’t the greatest at this and I was pretty nervous about doing this type of sport but I persevered to make it through and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The last thing I did before heading back to the cruise ship was take a short side trip to some of the tide pools to check out these natural mini ecosystems. It was awesome to see little crabs and other marine life all contained in a tiny circular pool where we could look into it and watch. It was a mini world that revealed it mysteries when you looked at it but is completely forgotten when you step away. A perfect end to a great day. Coming back to the ship I was tired and hungry and the ship provided its welcoming comforts.
8: Fort -de - France | Martinique
9: = | Wednesday March 3 2011 Today is the third day of my Caribbean cruise. I just came back from the island of Martinique. From Bridgetown we sailed to Fort-de-France. I am absolutely in love with this island. It has such a refined relaxed feeling. The evident French heritage and culture is all over the island, giving it a unique blend between Caribbean and French culture. I got off the cruise ship and immediately aimed myself in the direction of the Musée Départemental d'Archéologie et de Préhistoire de la Martinique. In this museum I saw the artefacts of early island natives and saw some beautiful looking pottery and other items. . After visiting the museum, I took some time to make my way over to the La Savane, where I viewed some lovely gardens with a statue of the monarch of the island. The island statue had no head because of political strife in the country before; out of rebellion the people beheaded the statue. In this area were some beaches and shops and cafes.
10: Journal Continued The highlight of my day though was seeing the nationally renowned Les Grands Ballets Martiniquais. They were a dance troupe that focuses on the traditional dancing of the island and they were wonderful. The music they danced too had a great beat and their dances were nothing I’ve ever seem before. My whole day spent on the island of Martinique was a complete and utter joy. I experienced a culture much different than my own and found a lot of interesting places to visit. So far this island has been my favourite so far , getting an equal balance between enjoying their culture , checking out the natural beaches and sunshine to learning about their past and educating myself about this island’s history.
12: St.Kitts and Nevis
14: Thursday March 4, 2011 Wow the fourth day of my cruise already? It’s been a great couple of days so far and I’m super excited to be heading to the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. After setting sail from Fort – de – France in Martinique we sailed for eight hours to the next stop on our cruise. We arrived in the town of Basseterre. It was a warm and sunny day where every person around looked happy to be there. I started my day off by having a great ship breakfast with a buffet of classic breakfast food. It was so delicious and quite filling I then decided that I would go to Brimstone Hill fortress. It was an appropriate choice for me to visit first. I found these old 18th century battle fortifications to be interesting and fun to visit. I had never seen a fortress before or one from the 18th century, so I was pleased to a scene or leave a message to others.
15: Journal Continued Those ancient drawings are a rare sight to see and me being lucky enough to glimpse them has made me greatly enjoy my time spent in the splendid manor home. A quick stop for lunch at a local restaurant had me satisfy my hunger, I was then able to make my way over to Sky Safari Tours, to try my hand at zip lining. It was a nervous but ultimately exhilarating experience that’d never forget. I zipped across the line so fast and high that all the foliage whizzed by me. It was quiet and peaceful all around except for my screams that were ringing out. With my time running out I briskly traveled back to the cruise ship to get back in time for dinner on the ship and take the long ride back to Trinidad and Tobago. It was a fun but exhausting day that had me a little sad that my island adventures were over. I think I’m going to bed now, rest up a little and explore the boat more tomorrow.
16: Ancient church
17: Something is fishy here
20: Friday March 5, 2011 The last day has finally come. My bags are all packed and ready to go. I’ve quite missed being at home but not as much as I have missed the island sun. It was such a glorious cruise I went on, that not being able to wake everyday and just visit a new place is going to take some getting used to again. All the islands had their own unique charms and customs and not to mention the delicious foods that I got to eat. So much history and cool natural sites I ventured into. Seeing Harrisons cave and zip lining were definitely my most cherished moments. Being out of the ordinary lifestyle back home was a nice change. The lovely warm breeze and salty sea air are what I’ll miss the most on the cruise. I found a great on deck music club where you could dance and have fun and a cool art class where they were letting people paint and draw anything they wanted. I swam in the pools and emailed my friends about my awesome trip. I spent as much time I could outside to soak in all the sunshine and by the time I knew it , it was time for bed. So before I head off to sleep, I’ll just look at the ocean one last time through my window and dream about all my island memories.