On Dec 30th I had the opportunity to board my Carnival Magic ship and sail to the caribbean. The cruise is a fantastic way to see various countries, enjoy marvelous food, see the towns you want and meet the locals while on a few excursions.
We sailed from Port Canaveral in Florida, the place where space shuttles are launched to the moon and other planets, or just plain exploration. Basically that’s what I love doing while on this cruise. Our first stop was Grand Turk (Turks & Caicos), the snorkeling was amazing, a paradise on earth pretty much.
Next came our visit to the Dominican Republic. We anchored on Amber Cove Port, this is the actual shore where Christopher Columbus first landed when traveling with the Nina, La Pinta and La Santa Maria into the New World. Later we took a tour to Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada and Sosua-had a couple private catamaran sail boats take us on a morning snorkel, had a yummy lunch aboard, then an afternoon snorkel-probably the most fun I’ve had this year. I know for sure that I am now addicted to snorkeling.
The U.S. Virgin Islands had tremendous damage from Irma and Maria (tropical storms and hurricane) and so the visit there was deleted from our itinerary.
We did make a day stop in Old San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico-a United States territory. The Island is enchanted, literally, called ‘La Isla del Encanto’ because of it. I had the chance to do a self-paced walking tour in Old San Juan Fortress named in honor of Christopher Columbus, then Castle of San Felipe which is almost next door. Walked the cobble-stone streets and also had lunch with the locals. Puerto Ricans are very sociable, friendly and sweet. Had a chance to see ‘La Perla’ which is the location where Zuleyka Rivera first appears with Luis Fonsi in the opening scene of ‘Despacito’ – the most watched music video in the world.
It is almost the end of January 2018 and I feel like I want to go back for another cruise in the Spring, Summer or Fall. Maybe Xcaret or Playa del Carmen in Mexico. I do have one booked to Cabo San Lucas in October for sure, this time with Norway Cruise Line.
Thank you for reading about my end-of-the-year activities. I feel sharing personal experiences gives us a wider view of our surroundings. This internet ‘free’ knowledge sharing method seems to be working for many, whether for business, pleasure or just passing the time. I wish the best for you also, have a fantastic year.
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