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Bonaire

Another beautiful day in the Caribbean! It was 80 degrees and partly cloudy with a light wind when we docked in Bonaire at noon. We could see the salt mines, which is where most sea salt comes from, as we were coming into port. After lunch we went into the city and did some shopping and looked around. Very clean town and the locals are mostly Dutch. There were vendors set up in the square selling local items. The Donkey Sanctuary had a booth as did the local pet shelter and the Society for the Disabled. Looking at the flyers taped to the window in the local Remax agency, we found a 1/1 waterfront condo, fully furnished for $125,000. Might have to come back down and check into it!! Would love to have a place here or in Grenada. I talked to a family that the lady is a paraplegic and they went to a resort that specializes in scuba and snorkeling for the disabled. They raved about it and I was glad to find out this information from them. After about 2 hours we came back on the ship. Laid out at the pool all afternoon. Barry Manilow concert was on the big screen at the pool so I was in heaven! It was the one that was taped in Las Vegas and I was there at the taping. Dinner in the buffet, which we have eaten at every night! The singers and dancers performed a show in one of the smaller lounges called Motor City. It was songs of Motown. Very good show. Since our tour was cancelled today we signed up for one in the morning in Aruba. Stay tuned…..one more port to go!!
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Salt fields in background

Salt fields in background

Bonaire

Bonaire

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Bonaire

Bonaire

Bonaire

Bonaire

Bonaire

Bonaire

Soccer field in Bonaire

Soccer field in Bonaire

Vendors on the square

Vendors on the square

Pentecostal church

Pentecostal church

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

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Bonaire

Lighthouse

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Our new friend

Our new friend

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A couple cold ones!

A couple cold ones!

Barry on the big screen!

Barry on the big screen!

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Grenada

Before seeing Bonaire and Aruba, Grenada could be my winter home!! What a beautiful island! People were very nice and polite. Clean place even though they have been devastated by 2 hurricanes. The island is 21miles long by 12 miles wide and 100,000 people live here. We docked at St George which is the capital. The crime rate here is only 1% and the prison has only 300 inmates. They contribute that to the fact that whatever a person is sentenced to they do the time. They have no parole. And the prison is self sufficient. They raised all of their food themselves. Think we need to look at how some of these countries do things! Most streets are one way and they drive on the opposite side of the road then in the US. The steering wheel is on the other side also.
Upon meeting our tour guide, we drove up the hill to Ft St George. It looked out over the cruise dock and protected the town. Then we proceeded to Ft Frederick where a delightful local named Alice gave us a tour and history lesson. She has 5 children and lost everything in the last hurricane but her family. Very nice and proud people. From the fort we could see the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic on the other. From there we proceeded through the residential area and saw some really nice homes and our guide would stop and point out sites to us. We also saw, grapefruit, avocado, mango and banana trees. Our last stop was at Grand Anse Beach. We gained access to the beach through the Grenada Grand Beach Resort. A beautiful place! I toured some rooms and the grounds. The beach was just beautiful! Once we got back to the cruise terminal we went through a shopping center to get back to the ship. A little while after we arrived this morning the Silver Sea Silver Whisper arrived. The ship looked very small up next to the Star Princess.
Our Mangrove tour by skiff in Bonaire was cancelled so we are just going to get off and explore on our own.
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The Prison

The Prison

Ft George

Ft George

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Ft George

Ft George

Ft Frederick

Ft Frederick

Dwight and Alice

Dwight and Alice

Ft George--our ship and the Silver Seas Silver Whisper coming in.

Ft George--our ship and the Silver Seas Silver Whisper coming in.

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Grand Anse Beach

Grand Anse Beach

They were playing outside the cruise terminal.

They were playing outside the cruise terminal.

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Dominica

Another beautiful day when we arrived in Dominica. No excursion planned so we got off to walk around. If you ever stop in Dominica, you best bet is to take an excursion. To see the beauty of the island you have to go inland. The town of Roseau is small and not really a lot there. After being bombarded by the locals wanting to take us on a tour, we got a map from the visitors center from a not real friendly lady. We walked to the Catholic, Angelican and Methodist churches and also by Ft Young which is now a hotel. Walking on a back street we had a lady ask us for change and a guy that said ‘You need some good reefer’?! After those encounters we headed on back to the main street. The shopping area was street vendors lined along the main road and down a couple of alleys. They were not real pushy but they did ask for donations to the school children for books. A couple people were selling things and mentioned the school books. We headed back to the ship after about an hour of being in town. Headed to the pool and relaxed for the afternoon. Saw Tron:Legacy at the Movies Under the Stars tonight. Have an early excursion in Grenada tommorrow.
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Dominica

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Anglican church

Anglican church

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Catholic church

Catholic church

Catholic church

Catholic church

Catholic church

Methodist church

Methodist church

Methodist church

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St Thomas, USVI

Today was a beautiful day in St Thomas. 80 degrees, a little humid, light winds and sunny skies. The ship docked at Crown Bay pier. We got off around 9:30am and took a safari type taxi to town. They tried to cram 5 people in each bench seat and it was funny watching people walk up when they pointed to a space that they wanted someone to sit in that already had 4 people in it! Think they used kids to test the capacity. It was $4 per person each way. They of course dropped us off right where the shopping started! We walked down the narrow street of shops heading towards Blackbeard’s Castle. The shops were the same as everywhere, souviners, jewlery and the likes. The shop owners were not real pushy compared to some places. For $14 per person we obtained entrance to the Amber Museum, Briattania House, Villa Nohtam, Rum Factory and Blackbeard’s Castle. There was an Amber Stone waterfall containing more than 12,000 stones dating from 25,000 to 90 million years old. We toured the homes and then went up to Blackbeard’s Watchtower and climb to the top for a beautiful view. This is also a hotel now. To get back into town we went down the historic 99 Steps. Took a taxi back to the pier. Not a lot of shopping at Crown Bay. There were some shops and locals with carts.
After a late lunch we rest on the back deck wiating for sail away. The singers and dancers did a show with Golden Oldies that was very good. Tommorrow is Dominica and we will be just roaming on our own again.
On top of the Tower

On top of the Tower

Tower

Tower

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Amber Stone waterfall

Amber Stone waterfall

The Star Princess at dock in Crown's Bay.

The Star Princess at dock in Crown's Bay.

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WOW!!!

WOW!!!

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Day at Sea

A lazy day at sea! Slept in again. Could get used to Dwight bringing me breakfast in bed each morning. Think that is the end of that though! Have to get up to go explore the 5 islands in the next 5 days. Laid around the pool again today. Dwight played the slot tournament and I made a donation to the casino. Went to see the champagne waterfall. Comedian Tom Briscoe had a show tonight . We have seen him before and he is hilarious. Enjoyed the show then headed for a quick relaxation in the Thermal Suite before they closed. Early to bed tonight. Have to get up at a decent hour so we can go ashore and explore St Thomas. No excursion planned just going to go on our own.
746 glasses!!!

746 glasses!!!

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The Conservatory

The Conservatory

We spent some time there today people watching!!

We spent some time there today people watching!!

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