Sailing the Eastern Caribbean with its gentle tropical breezes, sunshine, blue skies and that turquoise blue water, is such a treat.
Lloyd and I flew to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday and Friday, via, Vancouver and Seattle (staying overnight) and then boarding the plane for Chicago and finally arriving at Fort Lauderdale on Friday evening to meet my brother and his wife , who had done a overnighter from Seattle…they were a bit tired to say the least. And, so were we and we slept in a bed. The one worry I had was the weather in Chicago but it was stunningly beautiful. Chilly but sunny. So we had no flight delays anywhere…Phew!
We boarded the Grand Princess on Saturday afternoon to start our 14 day voyage. Because we hadn’t been on such a large ship before, it took a bit of time to figure out where everything was. Way more restaurants, bars and venues on the ship and I think we finally have it figured out.
I have managed to go sun tanning a couple of times, so am getting brown…after, all isn’t this what a winter vacation is all about. Just lazing and hanging out.
After 1 full day and a half, we landed in San Juan Puerto Rico. For those of you who don’t know, Puerto Rico is a US Territory. They govern themselves but they can’t vote for the US President.
We did a sightseeing tour with Rafael, who entertained us on our 2-1/2 hr. tour. We did some stops at different points of interest – Old San Juan which is 465 year old neighbourhood with the Spanish –colonial buildings.
We were then off to Fort San Cristobal which was built by the Spaniards to fortify the island against the British and French invaders. This fort was really interesting with its dungeons, troop quarters and officer quarters. What impressed both Lloyd and I was the thickness of the walls. They must have been at least 10-12 feet. Very impressive and when you think of the engineering that had to happen to erect this fort, it is a marvel.
San Juan is also home to Bacardi rum and is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and also is a point on the Bermuda triangle. No one told us that when we made our reservations, but I guess we can say that we survived the Bermuda triangle.
We ended the tour with sightseeing in the new part of San Juan, stopping in front of the government building made out of marble. Even the plaza was marble…again very impressive.
Of course what tour would be complete with time to go shopping? We unloaded the bus at Christopher Columbus plaza and we were off. I don’t believe it, but I didn’t buy anything. Just wandered around looking. However, I would make up for that in a few days. By the time we got back to the ship, it was dark and we were off to St. Martin Island.
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