We had an amazing day kayaking in an inner waterway in Grand Turk. The guide was not a biologist by any stretch but he was a young man that knew his island home and loved explaining it to tourists. Held a mangrove jellyfish, several different types of sea urchins, a sea cucumber and many, many conch. A wonderful way to end this amazing 2 week Caribbean experience!!
All sorts of sea urchins…green, black and spiney ones! Sea cucumbers and conch.
“Hey!!! If you’re taking photos, who’s paddling around here???!!! Stroke man, stroke!!!!”
Back to the ship for our planned sail away at 5pm.
Pulling away from the dock, next stop Miami.
Today is another “at sea” day. Pilates class this am, a golf lecture in the morning and afternoon, dinner, then packing. They pick up our luggage this evening and we’ll see it again tomorrow as we head to the airport. It’ll require some organization to get out the door in the morning (some things are packed and some are not) and then we head to the airport. Miami/Toronto/Edmonton and we’re home tomorrow night!!! Amazing really.
Yesterday was a total kickback relax day. Pilates in the am for me and Ivars had a spin class in the fitness centre. We both have good books started on our IPods so spent the day “reading” (listening) to our books and enjoying the sun and sea breezes.
Off the stern on our deck, deck 9
The view from the bow. This hot tub hasn’t been opened all trip (probably don’t want any “Titanic” re-enactments!!!)
Today we are in Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos). A sea kayak/eco walk trip is planned. Sounds wet and but very warm!!!
Tonight we have a special dinner booked. The chef prepares dinner and the head sommelier pairs special wines to each dish. Ivars will be totally hitting the adventure button on his side of the travel memories for this trip tonight!!!
Off for a leisurely breakfast and a look at Grand Turk.
OMG…we had a blast!!! We didn’t win, but raced as hard as we were able!!! (We needed a tactician aboard, I think!!)
3 12M sailboats here, Stars and Stripes, True North (Canadian) and Canada II (Canadian). We were on Canada II. We had a great start, seconds ahead of the other two boats, were well ahead but lost the lead on the third leg. Again…needed a tactician??? But what an amazing way to spend our day on the ocean!!! What a well run, exciting excursion. They accommodated all levels of sailing and everyone had a blast!!!
Our skipper, Christopher
We’re on Canada II, True North just ahead, Stars and Stripes in the lead
Ivars and I were on the Main Winch, winching in the boom for the mainsail. It’s a good thing we know how to paddle together…pulling together on the winch one of the most important things!!!
Saying goodbye to Canada II. Thank you everyone involved for such a great day!!!
After yesterday’s race…I really could fly home…weeeell maybe a couple more days in the warm sun and breezes??? Yup!
Today is an “at sea” day on our way to Grand Turk. Pilates this morning along with 2 golf lectures (putting, woods and drivers) then yoga this afternoon. Tonight we have reservations at Nobu Silk Road restaurant.
Off to my Pilates Reformer class…
Mack and Cali…these photos are definitely for you!!!
We had the greatest tour of this wonderful island, St Barth’s, by ATV. Lots of people get to and fro on this island by quad. An easy way to commute and with narrow roads and short distances, a perfect mode of transport.
This is a beautiful island. Very French, very pretty. We’ll be back.
On to the tender, transport to the island
Helmet on, mount up
A view of the harbour, our cruise ship in the background
St Barth’s harbour
Traveling along the beach at St Barth’s
“My goodness, this a good way to spend the morning!!!”
This is the most dangerous airport in the world. I think if we re-visit St Barth’s, we take the ferry over.
Heading back to drop off the quads.
In a bay filled with the most amazing cruising boats, this was the most stunning, unique boat around. The crew launched the smaller boats and took everything for a test drive over the day. The launches were all of very interesting designs as well.
The end of another wonderful day.
Today is the excursion that made us choose this cruise. We are in St Maartin. We will board retired America’s Cup sailboats this morning and sail in a (I’m sure!!) well supervised “race” in the warm Caribbean waters!!! Photo ops galore…the sun is shining, the winds are up!!
I’m sooo excited!!!
V and I
Wednesday was the low key, on board day…all day.
Golf practise, run on the deck, yoga and Pilates on the Reformer. We had the best day!!!
Mack, not mini golf but Papa has to golf to the target…
Yoga at the end of the afternoon
Yesterday was ziplining in St Lucia!!! We were anchored out in the bay and were “tendered in” by these little boats. Each tender held over 100 people plus staff. Fun on the water!!!
The tender, practising it’s moves!
Getting into our harnesses for ziplining!!!
We’re ready!!! (I think I look scared…)
2 down…10 to go!
We’re havin’ fun!!
Last one is the fastest one…so “hang on with both hands please!!!”
Today is St Bart’s and an ATV adventure. (I swear we chose these excursions so that we’d have good photos to show Mack and Cali!!!!)
As of last night, we are now heading north back to Miami so Ivars is enjoying taking photos from the deck of the sunrise. Morning is definately our time of the day and the sunrises this week promise to be spectacular!!!
The winds we’re blowing quite a bit during the night and didn’t let up as we came into port in Tortola.
Tortola is one of the biggest bare boat charter ports down here and there were power boats and sailboats galore. There were only a handful of small boats moving as we came in to port and definitely there were no sails up in the big winds. The sailboats that were out were under motor power as they moved.
We pulled on our bathers and headed out to our Tortola excursion…sea kayaks! We wondered where this would take place as we looked at the whitecaps all around. I think we’re going to get wet today!!!!
And wet we got!!! It was so much fun paddling in the big waves and then surfing back in to shore. (I sure was glad they were 2 person sea kayaks, having Ivars help to get the boat out on the bay was a big plus!!) The sun was so warm and the water bath water temperature. We missed out on the Eco part of the sea kayak experience (the water was too churned up in the waves to see anything underwater), but lucked out with the wind and the big waves. Okay…hit the fun adventure button again and again for both Ivars and me!!!!
The group paddling into the sand beach
Beached kayak and a water break
Back at the dive centre, waiting for the taxi back to the ship
Back to the ship and lunch.
The Crystal Serenity at dock (next to the Aida)
We had to soak the salt off our bodies and all the clothes we had after that excursion. The sun and wind caked a layer of salt on everything exposed. I think I can still taste salt on my lips!! Laundry in and head to the shower! A Pilates class was next(well not really Pilates but a definitely a core/fitness class) then dinner at Prego.
We pulled away from the dock at 6pm and have been leisurely sailing to St. Kitts for docking at 8am.
Today is a very interesting rail ride around the island. Lotsa history and scenery promised! The winds are not so high and the sun promises to shine again today.
Off for tea, and to watch this big ship dock…an amazing feat!!!