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  1. We loved the Journeys cruise and 13 days was amazing. I wasn't sure I would like a long cruise and I would have been happy staying on for much longer! 7 days just isn't going to cut it anymore.
  2. Thanks for reading it! It was fun reliving the trip even though I struggled with the details of what we did on our sea days and in the evenings.
  3. Departure day, aka, the day we got kicked off the ship until the next one. We had to be out of our rooms by 8:30 am so we went up and had breakfast in the Cucina del Capitano area. We had a view out the back windows and just hung out until almost the last call. We had no problem with finding our luggage or going through customs. We found Cortrans and headed to the airport. We had hours before our flight and just hung out in line. Orlando is seriously one of the worst airports for TSA Security. There are millions of lines that all go into one central spot so it takes forever to get throu
  4. We said goodbye to our new friends, John and Rebecca. Saying goodbye to our room steward, Felix. I still keep in contact with him via Facebook. He took great care of us. He is currently at home in India after spending months on a ship sailing back home. Good night all!
  5. Tiger Shrimp Creole Prime Rib Cornmeal Crusted Chicken Dessert Carrot Cake Pie Ala Mode Jay and Diane never went on a honeymoon so this cruise was their belated honeymoon. Our wait staff brought out a cake and sang for them. Our dining team; Head waitress Maja, Assistant waiters, I Gede and I Wayans. They were amazing the entire cruise.
  6. It is our last full day and it is always bittersweet. We picked up our photos at Pixels and did our packing for our departure tomorrow. Larry was happy to see the Sgt. Major one last time as well. Our last dinner Baked Onion Soup Mango Cream Steamed Mussels Flatbread
  7. After dinner, we watched the comedian, Sheila Kay and I'm not sure I have ever laughed that much in my life. She was absolutely hysterical and I highly recommend you watch her comedy shows if you ever get the chance. Tonight, they did a midnight movie on the Lido Deck. Larry and I watched the Kingsman: Golden Circle. By that, I mean Larry watched the movie and I slept in the clamshell while the movie was playing under the stars. Ha ha! I grabbed a pizza before turning in to bed. Good night all! (I put last night and tonight's towel animals since I forgot last ni
  8. We slept in and then had breakfast at the Sea Day Brunch. One of the things I really wanted to do today was play on the water slides. We lathered on the sun screen and headed to the back of the ship. The views of the wake from the top of the water slides is incredible. We tried out all of them. Personally, a few of them needed a little more water in them to make them faster and more fun. Sea days are a good way to make me relax. We spent time playing games and reading and just relaxing. Tonight was the last of our formal nights.
  9. We really enjoyed the Sunshine as well. To be honest though, I've never had a bad ship or a bad cruise.
  10. Once we finished up at the Dolphin Discovery Center, our taxi driver returned and took us back to port. I was afraid of trying to go to a beach or any other excursion and getting back to the ship on time so we stayed in the port area and did a little shopping. After shopping for a bit, we got back on board and went to the Lido to have lunch. Larry had the Mongolian Wok and I had Cucina del Capitano. Both of us really enjoyed our meals and were sad we hadn't done this sooner for a lunch option. It took about 30 minutes for us to get our food though so it is not qu
  11. We had a short time to shop before heading over to the Dolphin Discovery Center. I have very mixed feelings after having swam with the dolphins. It was an amazing experience to be able to touch and interact with them however I feel like I was exploiting them. Although they are in a cove and not a tank, they are still confined in small pens. I know that I won't be repeating the experience, no matter how cool it was. We were divided into group depending on what level of experience we had paid for. We were in a group with the just the four of us. The Royal Swim includes a kiss,
  12. We were only in St Kitts for a short port day. I have always wanted to swim with dolphins and knew that I did not want to do it in a tank. I did some research and found that Dolphin Discovery in St Kitts, the dolphins were in a cove. I watched their website and they did a 2 for 1 special for Veterans Day so I ended up getting the Royal Swim encounter for $169 for the two of us. Jay and Diane decided to do it with us as well. We ate breakfast and discovered that there was a towel animal invasion on the Lido Deck.
  13. Ha ha, we definitely won't make the same mistake twice. I was just so sure there would be an entrance up ahead. I don't know why Larry lets me navigate. I may or may not have lead us astray on more than one occasion.
  14. Dessert Pecan Pie White and Dark Chocolate Mousse Larry and I absolutely loved San Juan! I have tons more photos than I added to this review. However we are not used to that much walking or the heat and humidity. We were exhausted after our day and called it an early night. Good night all!
  15. We did a ton of walking today and we were beat! We dragged ourselves back on board, took showers and promptly crashed. We barely woke up in time for dinner. Apparently, I missed a page on the dinner menu tonight. My apologies! Chorizo Potato Skins Duck Potstickers Beef? Pork or Chicken? Seafood Pasta?
  16. One of my favorite things in San Juan is their Save a Gato program which is a non-profit trap, spay/neuter and release program for feral cats. Along the paseo, they had food and water stations set up for the cats, which I thought was very nice. There are feral cats everywhere in San Juan and I had a blast talking to all of them and photographing them. You are not supposed to attempt to pet them. Here are just a few:
  17. Castillo San Cristobal is another fort designed to protect the city. There is so much history and it was very pretty. We got some great photo ops with the ship as well. It is crazy to be standing in a fort built in the 1500's and looking out at modern high rises in the city. This particular garita is known as the Devil's Sentry Box and is believed to be haunted. Many soldiers disappeared while on watch in El Diablo Garita We decided not to continue the walking tour since we were exhausted but here are few buil
  18. After leaving El Morro, we continued attempting to follow the self guided tour. I was having difficulties since the streets were not well marked but I found a local police officer who pointed us in the right direction. I loved the cobblestone streets and the brightly colored buildings. La Fortaleza is the Governor's residence. I love the color and history of the building. Unfortunately, it was not open for tours the day we were there visiting. Capillo del Cristo or Christ Chapel was built in 1753. It was either b
  19. Castillo de San Felipe del Morro or El Morro to the locals was built to defend the city from invaders. You can use a National Parks Pass to enter or pay the $7 per person entry fee, which also gives you access to San Cristobal. The fort is amazing and you could spend an entire day walking around and exploring the grounds. We spent at least two hours exploring the fort before moving on. From El Morro looking over the cemetery, the brightly colored buildings of Old San Juan to Castillo San Cristobal, with the modern high rises in the background
  20. Remember when I mentioned that our tour was self guided? Well, the guide said to go through the San Juan gate, turn right and you will be at El Morro. I decided because of course I knew better than a guided tour that we should continue straight because I could see the fort "right there" and there must be a way in closer to the fort. The black line is the path we walked and the red line is what we should have done. PSA...there is no gate closer to the fort. We ended up walking ALL the way around the fort in the blazing hot sun and no shade. I thought I
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