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  1. Yeah it worked out good for us due to our flight time and it was fun to spend the day in Miami. I would recommend it highly.
  2. I don't recall the name of the tour company. They were just regular coach buses. My wife said that the tour guides name was Lance but that's all she could remember. I looked in the Carnival book and it doesn't say who the operators are either. There was a similar tour that we saw in most of the places we went. It was a double decker bus that said Big Bus on it. It was a hop on, hop off tour that drove around. I hope this helps, good luck.
  3. I didn't hate it. The park itself was nice. The bus ride each way sucks. They need to be more specific in their descriptions to make sure people know what they are paying for.
  4. Summary Pros 1. We had a great time on this cruise and would recommend it to anyone. 2. The ports were all nice and the excursions we went with were also good. 3. For the most part the food was very good. 4. The ships staff was amazing from top to bottom, they tirelessly look after the passengers needs and seem to know what you want before you know what you want. 5. The Horizon itself was a beautiful ship. Well kept and clean. Cons 1. The up-charging in the dining room in my opinion is a little much. It feels like Carnival is trying to squeeze every last dime out of you at every turn to maximize their already huge profits. 2. Same thing with the price of pictures from Pixels. The prices are so high that a great deal of people didn't bother buying any of them. It's a shame because they do capture some good images that folks may otherwise never get. 3. In my opinion Carnival should adhere to the dress code in the dining room and other restaurants on board. 4. Lastly Carnival should research their tours a little better. Make mention that out of a 5 or 6 hour tour you will be on a bus getting to the tour and back for 2.5 of those hours. It may change peoples minds about what they want to do. All in all we had a great time and are already planning the next trip. I just booked us on The Carnival Magic next April. We are going to take my mom for her birthday. All 3 of us are excited already. If anyone has any questions just ask and I will do my best to answer. Enjoy.
  5. Vacation Day 9 - March 17 - Disembarkation Day - Miami Always a bittersweet day that signifies the end of your vacation. You get up early and have to make your way off the ship and fly home to a place, in our case, likely covered in snow and ice and temperatures well below zero. We weren't sure what we were going to do on this day because you have to be off the ship rather early and our flight out of Miami wasn't until 7:40PM. We either had to get a transfer to the airport and figure out what to do with our luggage for the day. This option was about $30 per person and then a charge at the airport to store your luggage. We don't know Miami that well as I haven't been there in about 20 years so this option was a little daunting. Our other option was to get tickets for the 10 best Miami tour where you get on a coach bus at the port, they keep your luggage for the day, and they show you around Miami and then drop you off at the airport at the correct terminal for your perspective airline. This option was about $50 per person and seemed like a fun idea so that's what we decided to do. We opted to just carry our own luggage off the ship because we were supposed to meet our tour by 8:30 AM. We were all packed and started to make our way down to the Liquid Lounge to get into our group for disembarkation at about 7:45 AM. We made it as far as the lobby and we were met by Schwartz and 2 more of the ships crew. They asked us where we were headed, when we told them they said we might as well just go right to the gang way and exit the ship since we were ready. We turned right in the lobby and were off the ship. We got through customs in about 3 minutes and were outside waiting for our tour bus. We met out tour operator and she took our tickets but our bus wasn't there yet so we just sat on a bench for a while. When the bus came they loaded our bags and we were welcome to wait on the bus. They were very organized and everyone was loaded and on our way in about 20 minutes. Our guide introduced himself but for the life of me I can't remember his name. He was very friendly and entertaining. He was originally from New York but retired to Miami and did this as a part time job. He said because his wife wanted him out of the house on the weekends. We left the port area and were on our way to South Beach and the Art Deco section of the city. There was quite a bit of history and information along the way about various parts of the city. This is the Holocaust Memorial outside of a convention center. It's hard to see the scale of this piece because I took the pic through the bus window while moving but it was very impressive. All of the inward facing walls had the names of the Holocaust victims listed and the statue was about 30 feet high. After that we drove around South Beach and the Art Deco district. It seemed very quiet and well kept but it was still early in the morning. There were various art installations around the city as well. Many colourful homes and businesses. On our way to Little Havana we went past what is commonly referred to as millionaires row. Some very large homes most of which get rented to a string of famous people for 2-3 months at a time. This place had a water slide from the third floor bedroom down to the pool beside the river. This was a rental luxury barge that these people were living in until their home was finished being built. When we got to Little Havana we parked and went to this restaurant where you could use the restroom, get something to eat, or just look around. We were there for about an hour and a half in total. While we were there we walked down the street to a cigar factory where the gentleman was hand rolling cigars and answering questions if anyone had them. It was very crowded so I didn't go in. The buildings and the landscape was pretty cool in Little Havana. All of the people seemed very friendly and most folks were trying to get a jump an St. Patricks Day by the look of things. Sherry and I went back to the restaurant with about 45 minutes to spare and ordered a Cuban sandwich to share. Good thing we only ordered 1 because it was huge. Very tasty though. We sat and ate inside while the lady that owned the place sang some songs on a karaoke stage. Good food and a little entertainment made for a good lunch. After we ate we had a little time to walk around the neighborhood and then boarded the bus for our next destination, Wynwood Walls. We drove through a section of town called Overtown and there was amazing graffiti on virtually every building. Wynwood Walls was right across the street but represented a different section of the city. Aside from photography my other artistic passion is painting. I mainly paint with encaustics which is essentially coloured wax that I melt, paint with on mostly rigid surfaces, and then when the wax hardens I bond it to the surface with heat. I am not Rembrandt or Picasso but I love to paint. We go to a number of art shows and tours throughout the year where we live so I was very much looking forward to Wynwood Walls. It did not disappoint. Artists come from all over the world and are commissioned to paint here, mostly with spray cans. It is awesome if you are a person that appreciates art. My pics do not do it justice. The scale is unbelievable. The only problem with Wynwood Walls is there really isn't enough room. It was very crowded and hard to takes photos because there were so many people in the way. Still wonderful to see in person though. We were there for about an hour and then back on the bus. We drove by a few more places of interest and then on to the airport. First was Miami's airport and then Ft. Lauderdale airport. The tour was good. It was informative, fun, well organized, and more than worth the fee. We were dropped at the airport about 3 PM and checked our bags soon after that. We had enough time to get something to eat and walk around the shops at the airport for a while. There were a number of rocking chairs sitting around looking out over the runways so we sat for a while instead of going to our gate right away. We were supposed to board at 7:40 PM but got on the plane about an hour late. The plane was finally buttoned up and ready to go. We taxied to the end of the runway and the pilot made an announcement that we were being grounded by the FAA due to there being a fire at the airport in Toronto. We would have to wait on the plane until they decided to let us go. That was almost 4 hours. Finally we were on our way home. Better late than never I guess. We landed in Toronto about 4 AM and got a shuttle back to our car. After the 2 hour drive home we were both exhausted. We both called into work and explained that we weren't coming in and went to bed for most of the day. I was glad to be home to see my dog but was ready to go on vacation again.
  6. It's between 15 - 20 feet to jump in. Many people just wore their bathing suits under their regular clothes for the day.
  7. Vacation Day 8 - March 16th - Sea Day This was the 2nd sea day in a row. I wasn't sure I would like having 2 sea days in a row when we booked this trip but it turned out to be a great way to spend a couple of days. Very relaxing. I was up early, as usual, and went out and looked around the ship and got a little exercise. I walked up and down all of the stairs on board and took some pics of the décor. I liked the photography around the Horizon. In every stairwell there was a large photo of different ports that Carnival visits. They were cut into sections and placed over the same photo in the background with lighting in between the two. It was hard to get good shots of them with the lens I had with me and I didn't want to go back to the cabin to get one and wake Sherry up. It's a cool visual that you sort of have to see In person to appreciate. After a while I went out on deck to see the sunrise. Our last one on this trip. The water was fairly calm and the sunrise didn't disappoint. After watching the sun come up I walked a bit and decided to go back to our cabin to see if Sherry was up. When she was up and ready we just went up to the Lido Marketplace for breakfast. Something simple and quick. We didn't really plan anything for this day and were just playing it by ear. We spent a bit of time in our cabin watching TV and were trying to decide what to do the next day in Miami. Our flight wasn't until 8:40 PM so we were going to have some time to kill. We went down to the excursion desk and talked to a nice young man about what was available through Carnival. There was a transfer bus that just took you to the airport and then you were on your own for the day but you would have to find a place to store your luggage if you wanted to do anything, it was about $30 per person. There was also a Miami 10 best tour that took you on a coach bus around Miami to see various things and then they dropped you at the airport that afternoon about 2:30 PM. This tour was only $50 per person and I wanted to see a few of the things on this tour anyway. This way they keep all of your luggage locked on the bus and you were free to look around. We opted to do that, bought our tickets and were on our way to the Debarkation meeting in the Liquid Lounge. As we suspected there were not many people at the Debarkation meeting and it took about 20 minutes. It was the same reminders about keep some clothing to put on in the morning and leave your checked baggage outside your cabin that night. There was also an option to carry your own luggage off the ship if you were in a hurray to get to an early flight, etc.... We had to meet our tour at 9 AM so we decided we would carry our own bags off the ship. By this time I was getting hungry again so we went back to the Lido Marketplace to grab some lunch. I ended up trying Guys Burgers which was very good. Excellent toppings for your burger, quick service, and great homemade fries. I would definitely recommend Guys Burgers. After lunch we walked around a bit and I wanted to try the Skyride so we went up there. There was an incredible line up for it. There was a little sign that said it would be approximately a 1 hour and 45 minute wait so I didn't bother. It looked fun but I didn't want to spend all afternoon in a lineup. Sherry decided she was going to lay in the sun and read her book for a while so I went and rode the waterslides again. They are a little short as you can imagine, since they are on top of a ship, but they are fun. There are a lot of activities on the Horizon. There is the usual mini golf type stuff, water slides, ropes course, skyride, and various other things for all ages. It was well kept, clean, and well organized by the staff to keep things moving. After my waterslide experience I found Sherry and we went to find a quieter spot to sit and relax. We ended up going outside on deck 5 by the Pig and Anchor. It was always quiet and not very crowded on deck 5 on both sides of the ship. We just sat and enjoyed the ocean going by and had a cold drink. When it came time to have dinner we went and got cleaned up and decided to try the Pig and Anchor instead of going to the dining room. If you like smoked meats and typical smokehouse sides, this place is for you. There are only about 10 things on the menu so we just got some nachos to start and the sample platter for 2 as a main. This gave you a bit of everything to try and see what you liked. I also ordered a side of mashed potatoes with brisket tips and gravy. The food didn't look like much but it was fantastic. The platter had brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, and sausage for meats. There was also grilled corn on the cob, slaw, fried onions, jalapenos, pickles, and an amazing corn bread. I can't remember the cost but it was less than $20 for both of us, so well worth it. I was quite full and didn't want desert but Sherry ordered this smoked apple betty with ice cream on top. She said it was amazing. We sat for a while and listened to the live music, they were a duo called Buck and Oz. They played different country and '70s rock songs. We had seen them around the ship a couple of times during the week and they were also on out excursion in Aruba. They were good musicians and they and their wives were very nice people. We went out to watch the sun set for our last time this trip and then tried to catch the show I the Liquid Lounge. The show was the final Lip Sync Battle and we missed most of it. We saw the last 2 performers and they were pretty good. When that was over Schwartz was hosting an '80s music trivia in the Lobby so we went to get a spot to watch that. It was packed but we found a place along the railing on the top floor of the Lobby Bar. As always Schwartz was entertaining and funny. After the '80s trivia was over we made our way to the casino to try our luck for a while before we turned in for the night. Surprisingly we won a few hundred dollars so we took our winnings and headed for our cabin. We were both al little tired and still had to pack for tomorrow. Tomorrow was Disembarkation and Miami's top 10.
  8. Vacation Day 7 - March 15th - Sea Day It was hard to believe that the cruise was winding down already. We felt lucky to have 2 sea days in a row at the end just to relax and take in some of the things the ship has to offer. We slept in which is a rare occurrence for me so I missed seeing the sunrise. We went to the dining room for brunch when we were ready to eat. We both ordered the frittata with ham served with a side of bacon and toast. It was very good and after brunch we just went to find a quiet spot to sit down and get a little sun. It was again a very nice sunny day and the decks were pretty busy. We went down to deck 5 outside the Guys Pig and Anchor and there was nobody there. We were able to sit and relax without anyone else around. Very peaceful. Peaceful enough that I eventually got bored sitting around so I went and got changed and thought I would try out the water slides. At first I thought that it would be a bunch of little kids and me, the lone adult, but I couldn't have been more wrong. It was about 80 % adults and 20 % kids. The slides are both fun although I liked the blue one better. You didn't have to use an inflatable tube and it was much faster. I was there for about an hour and had a good time. After a while the captain came on and made an announcement that we had a very sick passenger and had to divert to Kingston Jamaica to offload the sick passenger. He said that it may change the arrival time in Miami at the end of the cruise. He said he would try his best to get us home on time and not to worry. There was no sense in worrying about something you cant control anyway. Plus I have never seen Jamaica. It was about 200 - 300 km out of out way to get to Jamaica and it took about an hour to get the sick passenger off the ship. This is the Jamaican coast. By the time the sick passenger was unloaded the sun was starting to set so at least I've seen the sunset over Jamaica now. I hope everything turned out ok for the passenger. It had to be pretty serious for them to make an unscheduled stop. This was the second cruise elegant night so we went to get ready for dinner and made our way to the dining room. Dinner was good although I didn't get very good pics of the meal because of shadows and me not checking my work. I started with the stuffed mushrooms. I ordered 2 mains. The first one was a spicy shrimp in a light sauce with mustard mashed potatoes and broccoli. The second was the beef fillet with mashed potatoes and green beans. Both were small meals but together they were very good. Sherry started with the crab cake. I fell apart a bit but had excellent flavour and consistency. She tried something a little different for her main. It was a spanakopita filled with beef, rice in a roasted pepper and a deep fried okra. She enjoyed it and said she would try it again. After dinner we went for a bit of a walk around the ship and them went to the Liquid Lounge to see the show. It was called Celestial Strings. We had seen the three violin player around the ship a few time during the week and they were very good. They played a lot of modern music and everyone seemed to enjoy them. They were the main focus of Celestial Strings with some other musicians and some dancers/singers. Again a very good show and its hard to believe this is all happening on a boat. After the show was over the three violinists went out to the lobby for a bit of an after show. Quite elaborate costumes and make-up for tonight's show. When they were done their after show Schwartz was doing a name that '70s song contest in the lobby bar. We had seen a couple of these things throughout the week and they were always entertaining and funny. Also very busy so you have to get to it on time or you won't get a spot with a view. After that was all said and done we went to the casino for a short time, won a bit of money, and called it quits for the night. We went back to our cabin and got ready for bed. Tomorrow is sea day number 2.
  9. There were posters all over the island about these "potcake dogs". There is an organization trying to get them adopted out to various countries before the stray population gets even more out of hand. If I could figure out a way to sneak some back on the ship I would have brought some home. Lol.
  10. I would say the one for kids that we went to was Kenepa Beach. The water was pretty calm and there was lots of kids there that seemed to be having a good time.
  11. Vacation Day 6 - March 14 - Aruba Today we arrived in Aruba and were scheduled to be there between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. The ship of course arrived on time and the captain made an announcement that wished everyone well for the day and to warn everyone to hold their belonging getting off the ship because of the wind. He was not kidding. We were up fairly early and had breakfast in our cabin from the room service menu. They are very good at getting it to you at the time you request it. We ate and got ready to get off the ship for the day. The excursion we chose was the North Coast Jeep Safari. We had read some good reviews for it and you get to see quite a bit of the island. We got off the ship and found our group in the cruise terminal. When everyone was accounted for we were led to a coach bus and taken over to ABC Tours where we were split into groups of 8 or less and put in the jeeps. We were lucky enough to be in the lead jeep with the head tour guide Kenneth. He was highly entertaining and we were always at the front of the pack so we got a lot less dirty than the other jeeps. The man on the left is our guide Kenneth We had read that this was sometimes a very bumpy rough ride at times and they were not joking. Kenneth deliberately hit as many bumps and pot holes as he could find and even went over a couple of jumps where we became airborne. I'm not complaining just warning that some people may not like this tour for that reason. We had a great time. We zig zagged our way through the city past the airport and our first stop was a donkey sanctuary. The morning we got there the owner explained that there were some vandals that broke in over night and one of the building was in disarray. We managed to see the donkeys and learn about the operation anyway and the man was very friendly. After being there for about half an hour we loaded back into the jeeps and headed for our next stop. The next stop was a bumpy ride of about 20 minutes to the Ayo Rock Formations. It was pretty neat. The grounds were very clean and easy to navigate. We hiked up and through the rock formations while all of the ABC Tours guys walked with everyone and helped out with whatever they could. They would take pics if you wanted them together, get drinks for people, and I even saw some of them carrying stuff for some of the older folks. After leaving here we went on another very bumpy road/trail to get to the natural bridge site on the north coast of the island. It was much like the rocky coast in Curacao the previous day. Beautiful scenery but at the same time the water crashed the shore with such violence. It makes you wonder how explorers survived all those years ago trying to come ashore on that side of the island. There were a number of fishing huts that were still being used along this coast also, I don't know how they would get to and from land onto the boat to fish. We didn't stay at the natural bridge site very long and were back in the jeeps again to our next destination. It was about a 15 - 20 minute drive over the roughest terrain we had seen yet to get to the Alto Vista Church. It was a small church atop a hill surrounded buy what can only be described as desert. There were cactus everywhere, sand and a lot of lizards. We didn't stop here long, about 20 minutes. There were also a lot of bike trails that started at the church site that were well mapped out and they seemed to be well used. These little lizards were all over the place in the underbrush and around the cacti. They were all the same colour and we probably saw 50 of them in about 10 minutes. From Alto Vista we drove our last rough stretch of road for about 20 minutes to the California Lighthouse where the roads became paved again. Oddly the lighthouses name has nothing to do with the state of California but the builder named it after a ship that was wrecked off the coast that his family was on. He built the lighthouse so that wouldn't happen to anyone else's family. When everyone in out tour was ready we continued on to a pretty little beach down the hill and had about 45 minutes to relax or swim. They also provided snorkelling gear if you wanted it and had snacks and drinks throughout the day as well. We elected to go snorkelling a bit and see if we could see anything. There were a few rocks and coral outside of the roped swimming area so we headed over there. the water was warm and shallow but the sand was getting picked up by the waves quite a bit so you couldn't see as clearly as you would like at times. Still a beautiful beach and we did get to see some fish. After about 30 minutes of snorkelling we got out of the water, returned our gear, and got changed out of our wet clothes. This gave us a few minutes to eat a little something and have a drink before we headed back to the port area. This was a really fun tour and I would do it all over again if we were to return to Aruba. The ABC guys and Kenneth were awesome. They took us back to the port and dropped us off. We had about and hour or so before we had to be back on the ship so we walked around the downtown core for a bit. It's very clean and you can tell that tourism is alive and well in Aruba. One of the hotels, I think it was the Regency Hotel and Casino, on the main street had this cool water taxi entrance from the bay right into the hotel. We went to check it out and there were different iguanas and crabs all over the place. It's funny that the locals don't even seem to notice them and all of the tourists are fascinated by them. I wonder if they came to Canada would they be fascinated by our black squirrels, etc... We only had a bit of time to get back to the ship so we headed that way and boarded the Horizon. We took a bit of time to clean up and then found a couple of deck chairs and just relaxed in the sun for a while. As the ship was preparing to cast off there was a ships announcement looking for 2 people. A man and woman. They made the announcement in various different ways about 10 times in 10 minutes. We were watching the gate at the port entrance and didn't see anyone hurrying to get back to the ship. The gate was locked and they cast off to get under way. I don't know if anyone got left behind or not. They pulled up the gang way and we left. I guess there are worse places to be left behind in? After watching Aruba disappear behind us we decided on dinner in the dining room. Sherry started with a cold soup but I don't remember what kind it was. I started with a broccoli and cheddar soup and a shrimp cocktail. Both were very good. Sherry's main was crab cakes and something on the side (my old guy memory again) and mine was the grilled tuna with potatoes and veg, and a side of mac and cheese with bacon. All prepared very well but the portion sizes were small so I ended up ordering 2 of them. After we finished dinner we walked around the ship a little and then went to Liquid Lounge for tonight's show. It was called Amor Cubano. About 90% of it was in Spanish but if you don't speak the language it didn't matter. You would still understand what was going on. The singing and dancing was very good and the band was great. Again the costume changes in this show were unbelievable and seamless. The entertainment on this ship was top notch. We enjoyed every show we went to. After the show was over there was an 80's dance party hosted by Schwarts on the Lido deck where he was teaching the Thriller dance to about 200 people. Some were getting it and some were not. It was pretty funny. We watched that for a while and then went to the casino to donate some more money to the slot machines except this time we both won. Not a usual thing. I only ever put in what I am will to lose because we typically do. This night we walked out with more than $500 between us so all in all a pretty good night. It was getting late and since we had a few sea days ahead of us we went to bed with the intentions of sleeping in. Easier said than done. Tomorrow: Sea day #1
  12. Vacation Day 5 - March 13 - Curacao This was the port I was most interested in. We had never been here before and everyone tells us that we would love it. We were scheduled to be in port from 2:30 PM - 10:30 PM. I was awake early but didn't feel like getting up so I just stayed in bed and enjoyed the movement of the ship. After a while I got up and went for a walk. As we neared curacao it seemed a little hazy and you couldn't see the landscape very clearly. I missed the sunrise this morning, however I did get an interesting shot of the sunlight coming through the clouds. By the time we got ourselves ready to eat the air seemed to clear and it was a beautiful day. My wife wanted to relax a little before we got ready to get off the ship so I just looked around a bit to see if anything of interest was happening. Up on the Lido deck there was a guy doing an ice carving demonstration. He had 20 minutes to turn this 300lb block of ice into something. Many people were guessing as he carved and he ended up with this fish. Pretty good considering the time limit and the temperature. The people that were watching seemed pretty entertained, me included. The ship arrived on time as always and the captain made his usual announcement about enjoying your day in Curacao. When you get into port it is a bit of a mix of industrial looking places and very colourful and clean buildings. We had booked the All West Beach Hopping Tour with a company online called Irie Tours. We were instructed to meet our tour guide at the end of the pier as soon as we could get off the ship and they would show us where to go. We met a young lady holding a sign for Irie Tours and she had us wait until the rest of the people got off the ship as we were waiting for 4 more after us. There was about 20 of in total for this tour. The lady loaded us on a brightly coloured open air bus and introduced us to our guide for the day. His name was Eddy, he said he was 71 years old, gave us a brief history of the island as we drove to our first destination. He was very friendly, entertaining, and knowledgeable. He was originally from Aruba but came to Curacao over 30 years ago for work and never left. His only rules on the bus were to be safe, enjoy yourself, and if you wanted a drink you had to say "Eddy, fetch me a drink". Pretty simple rules. We drove for about 20 minutes through terrain that changed from desert like conditions one minute to lush green vegetation the next. We stopped briefly at the smallest Catholic church on the island were Eddy explained it's history and the legend around it and then we kept driving. Not exactly a place with a large congregation. Our next stop was National Park Shete Boka. It's on the west coast of the island and quite spectacular. The waves are crashing into the coast all of the time and there are caves and paths to show you where to go. It's well marked and very clean. There was this great little sign at the head of the first trail that I thought ever national park needed everywhere. We were hear for about 35 - 45 minutes and then back on the bus. If you wanted something to eat there was a snack bar here also but we didn't try anything. We drove about 15 - 20 minutes to our next destination which was a place called Playa Piscado. It was a beautiful little beach that was an old place where fisherman use to come ashore and clean their catch. The would throw their unwanted fish and scraps back into the water and the sea turtles would come and clean it up. Now there are turtles there all of the time. We had about an hour to snorkel (equipment was provided) and look around. This was an absolute highlight for me. We got ready and went in the water. We went out about 75 feet and there is a rock wall on one side of the beach that you can follow. There are fish everywhere and then we came across the turtles away from the rock wall about 30 feet. There were too many to count. They just go about their day like you are not even there. They are amazing. If you can smile while wearing a snorkel we were. After this we got back on the bus and drove for about 5 minutes to the other side of the same cove. There was a restaurant that they stop at incase you want to use the restroom and there is a place for cliff diving if you are so inclined. I'm not. Some of our group tried it and had a good time. It was roughly a 40 foot drop to the water and 200 foot swim back to a ladder to come back up. I was more interested in the local vegetation and wildlife that seemed to be everywhere you stepped. We boarded the bus once again and went on to another beach that Eddy said was one time in the top 10 beaches in the world. It was called Kenepa Beach. It was stunning. The water was a brilliant colour and the sand was clean and white. We had about an hour here to swim, snorkel, or just relax. We did a little of all three. There wasn't as many fish to see here because it was mostly just sand and no rocks or coral. Still beautiful though. This bird just walked down the beach and was obviously used to all the people being around. He looked young and a little confused at times. We got back on the bus and went to yet another beach with a little restaurant, restrooms, and change rooms if you wanted to get out of your bathing suit. It was called Playa Porto Marie. It was a picturesque little place with wild pigs laying around on the beach which they ask you not to feed for obvious reasons. Just sleeping on the beach without a care in the world. Not a bad way to live. We were here for about and hour and 15 minutes and it was getting close to dusk. Our last stop was a salt lake at St. Willibrodus to see the wild flamingos. It was getting dark at this time and I didn't get very many good shots. We were there for a short time and then boarded the bus to head back to the ship. Eddy said he could either take us right to the port or drop us downtown within walking distance to the ship in case we wanted to look around before we got back on the ship. We opted to see a bit of downtown as we had about an hour before we had to be back on the Horizon. After a great day we made our way back to the ship and decided to have something to eat. We ended up eating at the Seafood Shack on the Lido deck, Aft. It was very good and well worth the money. I had clam chowder and fried buffalo shrimp, while my wife had crab cakes and the fried buffalo shrimp. We could have ordered only one order of the shrimp as the portions were huge. Sorry no pics of it, I left my camera in our cabin. We ate as much as we could and basically got cleaned up and went to bed after a long but amazing day. Tomorrow we arrive in Aruba.
  13. There is a little restroom just before you get to the blue hole where we changed in and out of our suits. It's not the Hilton but it will do.
  14. You can leave your things in the cubbies. I left my DSLR, lenses, camera bag, etc and had no problem. There are employee's watching things and also the space is fairly small so you would see if anyone was messing with your stuff.
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