MITSUGIRLYS DAWN TO BERMUDA NOVEL (or review as some may call it)

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Originally posted by mitsugirly

So sorry. It has been a long week and not feeling well and I feel like it's never going to end. I'm going back trying to answer questions and I didn't even bother to look at who posted. My apologies.
No, no, no. Don't apologize at all! I know you're sick, it didn't come across well at all. I really, really appreciate your dedication to all of us at Cruise Critic even with you being so sick. Feel better! I don't do sick either and I know how it is. I had the flu earlier this year and it was mentally hard LOL. I hate being down.
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Mitsugirly - i' m so sorry that you got sick. I was on the cruise after yours and I too got bronchitis - day 2 for me. As the week went on, I heard more and more people coughing. It made me question how often the linens - particularly the duvet covers are cleaned. I've been home since Friday night and am feeling a bit better except for the back muscle I pulled during one of my coughing fits. I say we both get a mulligan on the Bermuda cruise and get to go back!
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Originally posted by SuiteTraveler
Valley Girl: Middle class and upper middle class girl from the San Fernando Valley (California) who would speak in a specific manner in the 1980's made famous by Frank and his daughter, Moon Zappa's cult classic parody song "Valley Girl" which makes fun of all the stereotypical things Valley Girls would say. I believe that Moon heard this type inane talk at "Like the Galleria!" and began imitating these girls and her dad, Frank Zappa heard her, thought it was funny and could be put to music to parody them. Valley Girl became his most successful hit in the US.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb21lsCQ3EM
This song led to a movie called "Valley Girl" starring Nicholas Cage and Deborah Foreman - It's like God!!! Totally bitchin'! (LOL!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D43xdpFvThs

Oh good! I had good reason to feel insulted...I'm like totally laughing at
Myself now!
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Originally posted by ala1017
Oh good! I had good reason to feel insulted...I'm like totally laughing at
Myself now!
I'm from California and when I arrived in Texas at age 14, I sounded like a cross between a Val and someone who has attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (long story). But the other kids in my school in Texas would ask me:

"You from yurp ???"

It took me quite some time to figure out that they thought I was from Europe based on my accent. Nowadays it's my Australian husband who gets the weird questions:

"What is your original language?"
"Do you drive home often?"
LOL!

I'm trying to imagine what will happen with cliff hanger. I am hoping she and her fam are at the watersports facility or at least show up running behind Kim's taxi...
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Originally posted by workingmom200112
Welcome back Mitsugirly, missed you (I was going through review withdrawal)!!
Awww, thanks so much.

Originally posted by soaringfalcon
No, no, no. Don't apologize at all! I know you're sick, it didn't come across well at all. I really, really appreciate your dedication to all of us at Cruise Critic even with you being so sick. Feel better! I don't do sick either and I know how it is. I had the flu earlier this year and it was mentally hard LOL. I hate being down.
Thanks for your understanding and I really appreciate your kind words.
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Originally posted by jenseib
oooh Cliff hanger!
I hope you get to feeling better soon.
Actually just a break for dinner so that I could take more meds. LOL

Originally posted by ala1017
Oh good! I had good reason to feel insulted...I'm like totally laughing at
Myself now!
So...do you like, totally talk like that? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Originally posted by SuiteTraveler
I'm from California and when I arrived in Texas at age 14, I sounded like a cross between a Val and someone who has attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (long story). But the other kids in my school in Texas would ask me:

"You from yurp ???"

It took me quite some time to figure out that they thought I was from Europe based on my accent. Nowadays it's my Australian husband who gets the weird questions:

"What is your original language?"
"Do you drive home often?"
LOL!

I'm trying to imagine what will happen with cliff hanger. I am hoping she and her fam are at the watersports facility or at least show up running behind Kim's taxi...
LOL on the questions they ask to the hubby.


Coming right up....the cliff hanger that I didn't mean to do on purpose and just too a break (I guess at the wrong time) for dinner.
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So we get in the taxi and the driver turns around to head out and he ask where we were going. When I told him H20, he had no idea who they were or where it was located. I even gave him the address and he still didn't know. He pulled back around and ask the taxi "director" who gave him the directions. (I thought that was weird because I would later ask H20 how long they were in business and they said over 20 years).

It was about 8-10 minutes to the place and the taxi cost $14.50 to get there....of which we were SUPPOSED to split between Kendras fam and us!

We pull up and I see nothing but the workers there. I guess Kendra had not decided to head there and I was so disappointed at this point.

I went inside to check in and told them that I was unsure of what happened to the rest of our party and we were unable to find them. I ask if they were somewhere around here just waiting to pop out and yell "surprise mom! We actually made it some place on our own without you" but that didn't happen.

As I was checking in and going over everything with the worker I hear the hubby outside laughing. I look outside...and there is Kendra and family pulling up. Whew...they made it AFTER jumping in the cab at 9:35 at the pier...but NOT at the #1 station and instead was waiting over at the very last station, which is over by the ferry line, and NOT knowing where she was going or what the place was called...just jumped in the cab and told them to take her to the "Jet ski renting place"...which meant that they took her to Sommerset. Once there, they had no reservation for them of course, offered them a "deal" for the day and then was nice enough to say "Just know that if you paid by cc with the other place and you don't show up, they will still charge your cc and you'll be paying twice". So, she jumped back in the cab and Sommerset told the cab to take them to H2O and see if that's where they needed to be. A $24 taxi ride and they found us. Whew.

NOW THE PROBLEM STARTS WITH THE RENTALS.... (I guess this is cliff hanger #2 since Sakari is bugging me for a little bit "kuzzi" time at the moment) I'll return once again.
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It sounds like getting to the jetski place was more exciting than the jetski ride will be! I hope not, because we have ridden jetskis a few times and they really were a lot of fun!

Glad to hear you've been to the Dr and have medicine that will help you get better.
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Great job here! Also thanks for traveling out of Boston!
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I was on the cruise week before you. The green and red train is a shuttle from dockyard to daniel head beach. They have paddleboards for rent and a shipwreck you can snorkle to it is 16.00 pp they also have a kickboard type board with a see thru glass for people who don't like snorkling. Did not go there but had plans to if we had a day without rain our cruise got in late due to a medical emergency on Sunday and Monday it rained most of day so on Tuesday horseshoe bay won for beach trip it was wall to wall umbrellas that day lol
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Originally posted by perfect match
It sounds like getting to the jetski place was more exciting than the jetski ride will be! I hope not, because we have ridden jetskis a few times and they really were a lot of fun!

Glad to hear you've been to the Dr and have medicine that will help you get better.
LOL. Getting to the jet ski place was quite worrisome since the driver wasn't sure about where to go and I was worried whether or not Kendra was going to be there. Sigh

Originally posted by Honeytea31
I hope you feel better Kim.
Thank you so much.
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Originally posted by SeaportMike
Great job here! Also thanks for traveling out of Boston!
Thanks for the comments and glad you are here.

Originally posted by mikey806
I was on the cruise week before you. The green and red train is a shuttle from dockyard to daniel head beach. They have paddleboards for rent and a shipwreck you can snorkle to it is 16.00 pp they also have a kickboard type board with a see thru glass for people who don't like snorkling. Did not go there but had plans to if we had a day without rain our cruise got in late due to a medical emergency on Sunday and Monday it rained most of day so on Tuesday horseshoe bay won for beach trip it was wall to wall umbrellas that day lol
Thanks for the info on the train. I had no idea where it was going. I will have to look that up. I seen people on a beach close by the Vixen. I assume that's Daniel Head Beach. Looked pretty, but small...at least from our point of view in the ocean. LOL
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Ok, I'm back after a restless night of sleep and tossing and turning all night...BUT at least I didn't cough quite as much and it's not sounding like a "hacking" cough at the moment. Up at 6:45am and the only thing to do at the moment...continue with my review. hehe

So we are finally all here at H20. The moment we have been waiting for and what we thought would probably be one of the best days in Bermuda.

Then we are told this....

"Ok, now that you are all here, I have to let you know that we lost a few of our jet skis this morning. We normally have 5 of them and we are down to only 2."

Wait...how do you "lose a few jet skis?"

He told us that one had an issue that morning while out on the water and another person had ramped a huge wake while out and messed up the motor? or something that broke. They have ordered the parts and would be in later today, but could not assure us that it would be fixed in time. We leave Bermuda tolday, so "later today" was not in our vocabulary. He never did tell us what happened to the 3rd one...unless that was the one for the guide?

So, our only options were to get 2 of the 3 jet skis we had ordered....but we had 6 people. He told us that the jet skis they had held 2-3 people. We had the option of one family riding with 3 people, another with 2 people and the tour guide could take 1 of the little ones....or the tour guide could take both little ones and us just have 2 people each.

Well, I knew this was Sakari's first time on a jet ski and she might get a little freaked out and not know what to do. So I opted to let her ride with the tour guide, which ended up getting switched right before we went out to her just riding in the middle of us.

We debated back and forth what to do. Kendra was unhappy about the entire situation and even suggested that we go over to Sommerset for the "deal" they were going to give us instead. I really didn't want to go anywhere else since it was already past the time we were to start the tour and now all this.

Then they told us they would give us the early bird special for the trouble since it was their fault for not having enough equipment. That meant that we were going to be renting them for $115 instead of the $135. Saving a total of $40 so whatever. We were just ready to get started.

Now Kendra and Billy own their own jet skis, they own their own boat. We go to the lake with them a few times a year for boating, but they have tubes that they pull us in. Sakari has done that many times and loved it, but she had never actually rode on a jet ski. The hubby has drove a jet ski before, but not what I would call an "experienced driver" by any means, but did know what to do.

I did mention this to the tour guide and told him not to go super fast due to not knowing how this was all going to go down with us. He agreed and just said to never form a straight line and stagger each other and never get close and keep our distances...and keeping our distance would end up being the story of the day....just saying. Then he gave us the "hand signals" we had to know, started us up and away we went.





We were keeping our distance, which meant we were last in line. Last in line is sometimes never a good thing.




We headed out to the open ocean and it got quite bumpy out there. Being last in line meant we would also be not only fighting the waves, but fighting the other 2 jet skis wake....not good according to Sakari. She started screaming and freaking out! She was totally scared. This is the child who has never been scared of anything in the past...not swimming with sharks, not jumping off 2 story buildings into the water, not zip lining by herself, not holding a tarantula...the list goes on. But this freaked her out. Sigh...I would have never thought.

Our tour guide Stephan was out of site and we could barely see Kendra and the family at this point, but did remember what direction they were headed and where we seen their tiny dots last and kept going.

When we finally caught up and told them that Sakari was totally freaking out and screaming and we would have to go slower, plus hitting the wakes of everyone and the water being wavy, the tour guide said he would take us into the Bay instead of the open water and let her adjust to the water there. So off we went, once again watching them becoming a dot in the water. But, we were ok with this and just going at our own pace.


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I don't blame Sakari for freaking out on the jet ski. The last time I jet skied in Bermuda we hit a wave, went flying up in the air and came slamming down on the jet ski. I got a compression fracture in my coccyx. Yes, I broke my butt on a jet ski. (was laid up for a year)
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The day would continue with them (tour guide and Kendras fam) pretty much pushing the limit of the jet skis (which they said goes around 50mph) and us falling behind to assure Sakari that things were ok and just taking our time until the dots in the water became people again.

Stephan would stop every so often to give us a little history. This would be our first history lesson of the tour.

The homes that you see with the detached little building with pointed little roofs on them were built as a cooler for your meats and refrigerator items back in the day. They are called a buttery. They built them with the tall roofs, because heat rises and in would make the bottom of them cool where they could store perishable items at. I remember seeing some of these along the water when we were on the ferry from Hamilton to the dockyard and the hubby was convinced it was a secret passage from the house (which usually sat up on the hill), down to the water to get on their boat. LOL Kendra was convinced it was just a changing room for the pool since we had one at our house by the pool back when they were growing up. LOL



He also gave us a history lesson behind the white roofs. Drinking water has always been a concern for Bermuda and scarce. These roofs were built to collect the running water for use. They are made of a white cement and compound, which sanitizes the rainwater that then runs off into a holding tank. Another benefit of the white roof is that is that it keeps the homes cooler and reduces the cost of air. (Sorry for the blurry picture...we found it a little hard to remain still with the engine running and I completely forgot to put my camera in sport mode...duh).

Next up would be the smallest draw bridge in the world, the Somerset Bridge.

This bridge is the smallest working drawbridge in the world and connects Somerset Island with the mainland of Sandy's parish. It was originally built in 1620 and rebuilt again in the mid 20th century. It is cranked open by hand and has an 18" gap. When a sail boat wants to pass under the bridge, the draw bridge would be opened and a pedestrian would hold on to the sail to help guide it through the bridge. How cool is that?

Now I did read somewhere that the bridge had to be opened every so often to retain it's name as the smallest "drawbridge" in the world. I ask Stephan about it and he had not heard of that so I'm not sure.

Also the concrete you see sticking up out of the water I believe he said use to be the structures along the water for the train? The bridge is gone but these remain.




We did keep seeing turtles pop their heads up but they are so quick that I couldn't get my camera turned on fast enough to focus and get a picture.

We headed off toward the bridge.






The slowest we would go the entire day...and Sakari was finally happy. LOL






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The next history lesson pertained to the Bermuda Long Tails...the Bermuda bird. They were very elegant and beautiful. The males have the long tails and the females the short tails. Stephan told us they were no longer allowed to carve into the rocks because that is where the longtails nest. Even though they have "official" dates like we do as to when summer is officially here, the locals go by the longtail birds. When they return, THAT is when summer is officially here to them. The only time that I was able to get any pictures of them was our first day at Horseshoe Bay. So sorry, no additional pictures of the beautiful birds.

But here we have another turtle popping his head up out of the water....DUDE! (nemo) Or do we?? Where did it go??? I tell ya it was just there.




The one thing that I have always wanted to see out in the water (especially snorkeling) was a turtle. I have never seen one yet. I even went to Paradise Cove in Freeport (where they are known to be spotted all the time daily) just to see one and still couldn't find any. Sigh.

So we were just going to sit here and wait for more to pop their heads out of the water. Here's another



Dangit I'm just too late. But I do see the small water bubble and ring it left as it hurried back down in the water. I just couldn't win.

Stephan did give us a little history on the turtles...and this is MY version that I thought I heard. The sea turtles born here will hatch, grow and then head off into the sea. They are known to end up in places like (from what I remember) Grand Cayman, some place in the Virgin Islands and another place I completely forgot...maybe Jamaica? Then when it was time to lay eggs again, they make the swim back to Bermuda to lay their eggs where they originally hatched from and start the process all over with. Somehow the hubby heard the complete opposite story. They hatch in the Caribbean, swim to Bermuda and then back to the Caribbean to repeat the process. ??? No idea. But you get the idea.

I then ask Stephan if we were going to get to see the Vixen...yep, on our way right now.

The Vixen was built in 1865 as a gun boat and is just off the shore of Daniels Head. However, she was just too slow to take into open water and they decided to purposely sink her as a way to keep other attack ships out of the area. However, when they did this, they blew her to pieces and it broke apart...not as expected. The bow sits just above the water and this is a spot that a lot of people like to snorkel at along with a lot of glass-bottom boat tours coming here.




I had read prior to going that the fish in this area knew when people come and they come out in herds. At soon as we stopped...they all started swimming toward us.







It was kind of amazing to see them all head in our direction at the same time. Before long there were so many of them and Sakari was thrilled at the site.


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Now I know that people always gripe about not feeding the fish, but I can tell you that every single time we have ever went somewhere, the guides will bring stuff to feed the fish and even on the beach they will give you stuff to feed them. I don't understand how locals that should know better will continue to do this. Everyone will tell you how the fish become accustomed to this, how it messes up the reef system and so on. But yet it is still done and will continue to be done for many years to come by locals, tour guides and people visiting. I don't see it ever stopping and I'm not arguing about it, confessing to it or denying it and that's all I'm saying.

Stephan brought "Kettle Chips"...this would be the first I have ever seen this. The fish sure did like them...and so did Sakari. Just saying... He would give her some to feed the fish, and she was caught eating them herself. LOL
















I seriously don't think I have seen that many fish at the same time in 1 place. They must all live in the shipwreck. LOL

Then we were off again, this time trying out the open waters again and hoping for the best.



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EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC
CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination
BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove
BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay
COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar
GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors
HALF MOON CAY
JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose
ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths