Saturday, May 9, 2009

Honeymoon Highlights, Part II

Our cruise had three ports of call: San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Maarten; St. Thomas. We did shore excursions in each of the ports, and had a great time seeing the new places.

In San Juan, we took a bioluminescent kayaking trip, which allowed us to see the bioluminescence that's only in a few parts of the world. I had only been privy to it once before, in the Keys in May 1996.
almost to our first port!sailing into port there are a lot of ruinsyou can see some of the city's buildingsheading out on the trip. the current was fairly strong, beginners had a rough timethe beautiful ship at midnight

In St. Maarten, we took the morning and walked around the city. We stumbled upon a small shop where the creator of Yoda paints. We had him do a custom map of our cruise, and it's signed and dated. Then we took a photo!
welcome!we got to take a water taxiyep, the Yoda creator. Live and in person

In the afternoon, we took a hiking trip through the mountains and along the beach, and we got to see a lot of plants and animals.
lots of cacti on the mountainsthis is a common cactus variety, but everytime we looked at one it made me laughnear the end of the hike the group took turns climbing on the boulderit's an Indian head. hair, eyes, nose, chin, can you see it??there were a lot of goats in the mountainswalking back toward the ship!there were a bunch of signs (Honolulu, Atlanta, Miami, etc.) but the fact they had one up for PSL was pretty neat! we stopped for the best conch fritters everThe Islandbeautiful sunset in St Maarten

In St. Thomas, we did a few different things. We started out with a SNUBA trip, which was pretty amazing.
the waters of St. ThomasPracticing breathing underwater before we take off on an explorationJB ready to SNUBA!

We went back to the ship for lunch, and then took a taxi out to another beach to use our sea scooters and snorkel around.
me and a sea scooterJB with a sea scooterthe sea floorwe got a great underwater photo of a turtle!

After that, we took the Skyride up to the high point of the island, where we could see all sorts of things. I also took the opportunity to buy a kate spade purse, which I adore.
riding up in these cartsphoto op!we made it!A view of our ship from Paradise Point

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