St. Augustine – On The Road To Florida

St. Augustine – On The Road To Florida

  We rolled down I-95 past St. Augustine, Florida, on Thursday about twelve noon and found our campground just south of there off SR 207. I had picked it out of the Passport America directory and was curious to see how the description jibed with the actual place. As you might expect, things always look better on paper than they do in person. However, in this case, some of the sites were paved and level, a big plus for me. Unfortunately, no one was in the office when we arrived, and still not there when we returned from lunch and the outlet malls up the road at five-fifteen that evening. So, the next morning at eight-thirty I walked over to find that someone was actually in. Turns out the site I had picked was reserved for someone else arriving Friday evening...

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Random Observations on Celebrity Equinox

Random Observations on Celebrity Equinox

    •Have you ever noticed how the slowest people will not only just suddenly stop in the middle of things but then, as if they were not a big enough obstacle, plant both hands on their hips to become an even larger impediment?   •I heard the following from a fellow passenger as he exited the elevator on Deck 14 just outside the cafeteria. “Well, once more, off to the trough.”   •I wonder why the Tour Desk is closed when the ship is in port. Wouldn’t that be a time when passengers might need assistance and answers to specific tour questions?   •On the ship, you can tell when the thrusters engage – the whole vessel quivers. There’s a sex joke in there somewhere.    •One evening Ellen and I arrived at...

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Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten

Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten

  We arrived at Sint Maarten (that’s the Dutch spelling for their side of the island) shortly after dawn under clear skies. Since our tour wasn’t scheduled until 10:30, we could take our time about breakfast. As I was waiting for Ellen to get ready, I wandered out on our veranda and noticed a barge pushed by tug boats inching up to our aft starboard side.   It looked industrial with a small crane in the middle of an otherwise flat and unremarkable deck, but there was nothing about it to suggest what it was there for. It was soon tied up to the ship, and I made a mental note to stop at Guest Relations to inquire about it. Curiosity, nothing more. After breakfast, I stopped at the main desk on deck three and asked the young lady what the barge...

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Basseterre, St. Kitts

Basseterre, St. Kitts

  The ship was docked, and the sun was up before I was on a beautiful Tuesday morning in the Caribbean. Today we were going on a history and rum-tasting tour on the West Indian island of St. Kitts. Next to us at the pier was the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas, but our ship was bigger than their ship. Nyah nyah. It was a picturesque and clean little town near the dock with the usual cluster of shops selling watches, jewelry, t-shirts and hats. (See St. Thomas.) As we waited for everyone to arrive for our tour, I glanced around the nearby square and saw a building with a Harley Davidson sign on it. Seems hogs are everywhere, even the West Indies. In the sheltered area where we waited was a small band made up of guitars, ukeleles and even a mandolin...

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands

  Three days into our cruise, we docked in the Virgin Islands right about sunrise, shortly after seven a.m. There was a little bit of sprinkle in the air but the clouds were already beginning to scatter and promise a clear day to come. We went to the big cafeteria on Deck 14 for breakfast so we could get off the ship before the day got too hot. Since our snorkeling with the turtles excursion had been canceled, we were free to do whatever we wanted. So, we were going to prowl the shops at the pier. Yeah, I’m a guy and I like to shop. So sue me. Luckily, we got the obligatory shirts-for-kids purchases out of the way pretty quickly, so won’t have to worry about that for the rest of the trip. There were jewelry stores, watch stores, jewelry and watch...

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