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As pet monkeys are illegal in Arizona, I'd have been really surprised if you could ship one here. Also, how exactly would you go about shipping a monkey?

 

I'm really enjoying your review (as usual)!

 

 

 

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I honestly have no idea about shipping them, but I would imagine in a cage on a plane like you do with other animals. I just can't imagine them letting it go through customs. :eek:

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Sorry it took me so long to return. After work, I picked up Sakari from her bus stop and we immediately went to our local aquatics store to get information about scuba for her. The place is so amazing there. I can spend hours looking at everything...and actually I did. :p

 

So...I GOT HER SIGNED UP!!! She will do her first 2 classes (both classroom and the pool) starting in October. Then right after that is her "AquaMission" to become a PADI Seal and get her certificate and all that comes with it. Then she will be able to do a different "AquaMission" dive each month:

 

Creature ID Specialist

Environmental Specialist

Inner Space Specialist

Navigation Specialist

Safety Specialist

Search and Recovery Specialist

Skin Diver Specialist

Snapshot Specialist

Wreck Specialist

Night Specialist

 

She will continue to do the monthly missions and if she wants to be certified, she will be able to do that when she turns 10 years old. She is super excited and is super upset that she has to wait until next month to start. :rolleyes: They had a class starting this Friday, but they were full.

 

She has her packet, book and patches and now just needs to get her snorkel and mask. They provide the wet suit and all of the equipment...thank goodness!

 

I hope she likes it and I hope she sticks with it. That crap is E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E!!!

 

I was almost excited when they told me after she turns 10 and does the classes, she could actually do her open water certification dives in the Caribbean. :D That almost made me want to do it.

 

Oh, one other thing. They have you fill out a form and answer some questions (health) and I checked the "yes" to having issues with getting her ears to "pop" when coming down on a plane. So...they are making me take her to her doctor to get an exam and they have to sign off on the paperwork for her to be able to do it. :rolleyes: Now I wish I wouldn't have told them. I mean they teach you how to clear your ears. She just hasn't learn how. :(

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Back to the review...

 

Kendra and I came back from snorkeling the small area around the dock and the kids were now doing hand stands.

 

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Sakari has a pair of fins that we purchased for her back when she was around 3-4 years old or so. She wore them back when she had just learned to swim, but really hasn't worn them since. Well B had been using Kendra's fins the entire cruise and Sakari decided she wanted to try mine out. It's kinda funny to watch her kick because she still tries to kick with her legs together, as she does with her monofin.

 

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We decided to pack up our things at 2:30pm and head to the showers.

 

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They also have showers inside and that's where Kendra headed to. I followed after awhile because we weren't getting anywhere at this one. I believe they only had 2 (maybe 3) inside and they were in big rooms with a dressing room to each and the shower was huge. The only problem was, when someone else had the water on, there wasn't much pressure on yours. You could definitely tell when they turned theirs off.

 

The bathrooms were really nice there. I tried to get a shot, but this lady just wanted to stand in front of the mirror, on the phone, and stare at herself forever. She wasn't doing anything...just talking and staring.

 

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We headed outside to the taxi's at 2:55pm and a driver ask us if we had a taxi coming. I told him that our taxi driver had said that he would return at 3pm to pick us up. The problem was, I had no idea what the van looked like or the driver actually. I'm so busy taking pictures that I didn't really pay attention. The taxi drivers there were nice and didn't try to "steal" you away from another driver that was coming for you. He did say "Well if your driver doesn't show up at 3pm and it's a little after, when I get ready to leave, I'll make sure you got a ride, otherwise I'll take you, but please give him time." I thought that was nice.

 

I driver did show up in time and he noticed us. He acknowledged us and then walked over to the front desk and about that time the other driver said "You are still standing here...come on, I'll take you, come on" and pointed at the van we were standing in front of...that was COMPLETELY packed and he was shoving more in. Um, we have 5 people, that wouldn't have worked for us anyhow. I'm not sitting on laps. I'm too old and fluffy for that crap.

 

We got in the van and the driver managed to talk 2 other guys, who had to have been totally wasted, and I swear they sounds like girls giggling the entire time. Yea, we'll go...No, go ahead...wait, we'll go...well I'm not sure...giggle, giggle, giggle. The did speak a foreign language and did that all the way back to the port while they seriously giggled worse than girls do. It wasn't just a little giggle either, it was very obnoxious and loud and never ended. At this point, I'm thinking maybe sitting on someones lap in a full van might have actually been the better deal.

 

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I knew the site of this meant we were pulling up to the port at the shopping area

 

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Once we pulled up, the guys jumped out of the van and handed the driver $5 for the both of them. They mumbled something in a different language, handed him the $5, and walked away! Um...why do you guys get to set your own price???

 

We decided to head straight back to the ship. There was nothing here we wanted (got everything last time) and Kendra decided to stay and shop.

 

We caught a ride on this...

 

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Back to the room to shower and change...and send my daughter in law a picture of my deep dark golden tan.

 

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Sakari was pretty dark too.

 

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We decided to head to the Tara Library to play some games with Sakari. This place had more games than I have seen on any other ship. There were A LOT both familiar and unfamiliar to me.

 

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Sakari only wanted to play Connect 4.

 

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Now I did find it odd that the library and the game room were together. There were a lot of teens in there playing cards and other various games, then we were in there playing Connect 4...then there were 2 other ladies in there "trying" to read a book. I don't know how they could concentrate honestly. Eventually they did leave.

 

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We went by the candy store and Sakari picked out what she would like to get for later after the kids club. We were busy killing time and waiting for 6pm to come so that she could go eat dinner with her friends.

 

 

 

 

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You didn't mention it and I don't see a full photo, so maybe your driver didn't give you the information about Timothy Hill. It's where you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean on the other. Very cool.

 

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After dropping her off, we decided to head to the grill. Kendra had some chicken nuggets several days ago and said they were good, so I thought I would give them a try and I was also craving a "dog".

 

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Out on the pool deck, they had someone playing the steel drums. I love listening to steel drums play. It really makes me feel like I'm on a cruise and in the Caribbean. It's the one thing that I remember the most from my first and second cruise back in the 80/90's. The use to actually pull them off onto the private islands too.

 

We were sailing REALLY slow. Like there's not going to be any dolphins playing in our wake today.

 

We picked up a few more pictures at Pixels.

 

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Off to the Punchliner we went for a show at 7pm.

 

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Then off to the casino of course. I bet you were wondering if I was going to completely throw caution to the wind and do something different tonight and not go to the casino. Ha! Wrong.

 

We stayed at the casino for 1 hour 15 minutes and I played the slots that you roll the dice if you hit the bonus. I got to roll so many times and won $54 this time and only bet $1.00. Kendra came in for awhile and won over $100 and left happy.

 

After leaving the casino, we headed back to the candy store to get Sakari's candy and also to the shops to get our Christmas ship ornament and my novelty tee shirt I get from every ship.

 

I was told that if I spent $18 more, I would get $75 worth of stuff for $50. I went over and grabbed me a bottle of White Diamonds for $29. Then she changed the story to I needed to buy $13 more. Um...you just told me spent another $18 and now that I came back actually spending another $29, I still need another $13??? This lady had herself confused, me confused, and I wasn't very happy about the switch up of stories. I ended up grabbing a Carnival blue and white striped beach bag with a rope handle.

 

We picked up the munchkin and headed back to the room.

 

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We decided when we got back to the room that we would order room service again.

 

The same lady answered the phone. I order 2 orders of grilled cheese sandwiches, both with chips, and a cheesecake.

 

I forgot to take a picture when it came, but there was only 1 grilled cheese sandwich with chips. When it came, I signed the receipt, gave a tip, and immediately opened up the things on the tray and found the mistake. The delivery guy was only about 5 doors down and I yelled...I told him we were missing the rest of the order. I told him we order 2 plates of grilled cheese sandwiches and chips and only got one. He said "It's all on the same plate". I lifted the lid and said "No, there's only one". He said he would go back and get another and confirmed we wanted chips with the meal.

 

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The hubby and I shared half of the sandwich and within 10 minutes, there was a knock at the door.

 

I took the plate, lifted the lid...and this is what we had...

 

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Are you fricken serious????? Really? They can't get anything right. Two nights in a row and still screwing up over and over.

 

I honestly don't remember if they eventually brought a sandwich or not, but I'm thinking that we just said "forget about it". We were tired and needed to go to bed in order to get up tomorrow.

 

I packed our beach bags and off to sleep we went.

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You didn't mention it and I don't see a full photo, so maybe your driver didn't give you the information about Timothy Hill. It's where you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean on the other. Very cool.

 

 

Nope, the driver didn't say a word on the way there. I was aware of it from our last time here and the big mess we had (we were supposed to have a 10 minute stop there with our excursion and both there and back they didn't stop, but I did get some "moving" pictures on the way). :)

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Nope, the driver didn't say a word on the way there. I was aware of it from our last time here and the big mess we had (we were supposed to have a 10 minute stop there with our excursion and both there and back they didn't stop, but I did get some "moving" pictures on the way). :)

 

I totally forgot that you had been to St Kitts before, I remember now about the "fun" driving you endured!

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Kim,

Re: Carambolas...

 

It looks like this is the same place as the Beach Extravaganza excursion Carnival sells for $45pp. In addition to the taxi, did you have to pay for entrance or for the chairs? Also, how long was the taxi ride.

 

This looks like something we might want to do when we go! Loving the pics!

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Hi, first time posting on cc I have been following your review and it is addictive. I too am a nurse and I find myself refreshing the browser any free time I get at work to see if you have added anything.

Cc has finally confirmed my account so I may be a bit behind with my comments. Forgive me.

I live in Barbados and will be going on my 6th cruise next Wednesday same itinerary departing from here (but never really the same experience) and I usually view reviews for new things to do. I also view to see what people are saying about my country.

I am glad you experience such a wonderful time here and believe there are so many people living here that have never seen under the sea. I have been snorkelling twice. Although beautiful I am afraid of the turtles. I am certainly no Sakari!!!

Anyhow keep up the good work and for those sailing with me.I will be that girl dancing to every beat

 

Oh and for those who asked about embarkation it is a breeze compared to what I.have read in other reviews

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I totally forgot that you had been to St Kitts before, I remember now about the "fun" driving you endured!

 

hehe :p

 

Kim,

Re: Carambolas...

 

It looks like this is the same place as the Beach Extravaganza excursion Carnival sells for $45pp. In addition to the taxi, did you have to pay for entrance or for the chairs? Also, how long was the taxi ride.

 

This looks like something we might want to do when we go! Loving the pics!

 

 

No, this is not the same beach. Carnivals "Beach Extravaganza" is located at Spice Mill, which is located at Cockelshell Beach and a much further drive. You go all the way to the end. (I have a review going to Cockelshell in my signature from a few months ago on the Breeze, but we went to Reggae Beach Club instead of Spice Mill).

 

At Carambola, we paid $10 per chair and $10 for umbrella. The taxi was $4 per adult. The taxi ride was 10 minutes according to the times on my pictures when we left the port until we were pulling up at the front gate. The ride to Cockelshell was around 45 minutes according to my times on my pictures.

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Hi, first time posting on cc I have been following your review and it is addictive. I too am a nurse and I find myself refreshing the browser any free time I get at work to see if you have added anything.

Cc has finally confirmed my account so I may be a bit behind with my comments. Forgive me.

I live in Barbados and will be going on my 6th cruise next Wednesday same itinerary departing from here (but never really the same experience) and I usually view reviews for new things to do. I also view to see what people are saying about my country.

I am glad you experience such a wonderful time here and believe there are so many people living here that have never seen under the sea. I have been snorkelling twice. Although beautiful I am afraid of the turtles. I am certainly no Sakari!!!

Anyhow keep up the good work and for those sailing with me.I will be that girl dancing to every beat

 

Oh and for those who asked about embarkation it is a breeze compared to what I.have read in other reviews

 

 

Hello there fellow nurse. Glad to have you with us and welcome to cruise critic. I hope you are able to find some valuable information on these boards. :)

 

You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place! I immediately fell in love with it and I hope to return again some day. I would even love to come and stay for several days and sail out of there. Unfortunately, our airline does not fly there yet. :(

 

I hope you have a wonderful cruise and dance your heart out! :D

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I wanted to add my big THANK YOU for taking the time to do these fantastic reviews. I know it takes so much time and effort to do these, and want you to know that it is really, really appreciated! :D

 

That Sakari is just so darn cute! When I saw a mermaid blanket advertised the other day I immediately thought about her. (google Blankie Tails) She is so lucky to have great parents who love to cruise LOL.

 

Re the St Kitts monkeys - I have a million pictures of my hubby and I on different islands posing with monkeys, sitting on donkeys/burros, holding iguanas - you know whatever the locals have in port to have you take a picture with :rolleyes:

 

Then I read this by the poster Trainman-2 over on the RCI board:

 

Here I am in St Kitts cuddling with Monkeys!

 

They are cute, clingy, and cuddly!

 

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However,

 

Since I returned from the Cruise I have been feeling "run down" and tired and have developed some urinary tract problems.

 

My Urologist had a "sample" that I gave him tested and found that I am infected with:

 

 

Staphylococcus Werniri

 

 

An internet search provided the following info!

 

Staphylococcus warneri

 

 

This Gram positive coccus is found as singles, pairs, and infrequently as irregular, grape-like clusters. Cells are catalase positive and exhibit facultatively anaerobic metabolism. Able to use glucose oxidatively and fermentatively. Salt tolerant in media with NaCl concentrations up to 10%. Growth occurs at temperatures between 15-45 C, with optimum growth occurring between 30-40 C. Isolated most frequently from the skin and nasal cavities of monkeys and apes, infrequently from humans and other mammals. There is evidence of its involvement in infections of cattle and canines, as well as nosocomial infections in immunocompromised patients particularly associated with indwelling medical devices and invasive procedures.

 

 

DANG! No More Monkey Cuddling for Me!

 

We have never posed with anything since LOL ;)

I thought as a nurse you might be interested in this too!

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Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to write such a beautiful review.

 

I can honestly say that I have snorkled for many years and have never even remotely saw the amount and variety of underwater life that you have pointed out. The pictures are outstanding and your family looks like a fun bunch to travel with.

:)

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Hello there fellow nurse. Glad to have you with us and welcome to cruise critic. I hope you are able to find some valuable information on these boards. :)

 

You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place! I immediately fell in love with it and I hope to return again some day. I would even love to come and stay for several days and sail out of there. Unfortunately, our airline does not fly there yet. :(

 

I hope you have a wonderful cruise and dance your heart out! :D

Girl every Wednesday I can see the tail from work and if I am having a crappy day just seeing it brings me joy. Hopefully one day I can fly out and sail from an other port and go to other ports but it is quite expensive......so...... which every ine departs from here it shall be. And I would hate to know I give up dropping my bags off walking into a dining room with welcome refershments and drink fruit punch or run punch so sip on while you sit and wait to go to register for long lines in a hot cruise terminal.

 

For some reason while in town.I scan the faces to see if I recognize any one from cc. Or I simply ask the ones with obvious beach gear that are walking away from the sea if they are lost and redirect them

 

Boatyard is marvelous I went there for my birthday paid $40bds $20us locals don't get the welcome drink but we were able to spend back the cover in food or drinks just pay the excess if you go over. We always give them a funny name since they blast it over the speakers to come get your food then everyone knows your name. Didn't hear you mention about the rope swing where.you swung off the jetty opposite side to where you boarded boat to go snorkelling.

 

My daughter loves the sea in fact water on the whole I usually have to literally drag her out the water or threaten to leave her there to get her out. The seagrassum weeds are coming back full force have seen a lot on the east coast.

 

Anytime you come back to Barbados I will take you around once I am free. I'll show you real bajan life if culture and food is what you are into

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Hey Kim,

 

Just a thanks again for this fantastic review and "getaway" from reality :)

 

Just thought of a tip for you to get pop for your dinner that we really took advantage of after reading how frustrating it could be to get a drink at dinner in MDR's. So on the escape for example, the MIXX bar is right outside of taste and savour, 2 of 3 MDR's. We would stop there and grab a drink to take with us into dinner. Never had to wait for a drink as when they would come to our table and say "oh you already have drinks" we would say we would like to order more. They would come with dinner :) Never had the frustration.

 

Also came across these (I love looking at travel accessories) and wondered if they could help Sakari, the reviews seem pretty good.

https://www.amazon.ca/Lewis-Clark-765B-Pressure-Reducing/dp/B0007TBZZ8/ref=sr_1_80?ie=UTF8&qid=1473878288&sr=8-80&keywords=travel+accessories

 

If you don't mind me asking, what kind of nursing do you do? Home Care? Was just curious since you leave for a couple hours and come back :)

Also curious about hubby's store, you mention it a number of times, but don't mention what kind of store. Just curiosity and absolutely none of my business, so if you don't want to answer, tell me to stop being nosy :D

 

Well now I have to wait until you come back with more, which is new for me since I've been late to the party with the last two reviews I read.

 

Thanks again,

Heather

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We decided to head to the Tara Library to play some games with Sakari. This place had more games than I have seen on any other ship. There were A LOT both familiar and unfamiliar to me.

 

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Sakari only wanted to play Connect 4.

 

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Now I did find it odd that the library and the game room were together. There were a lot of teens in there playing cards and other various games, then we were in there playing Connect 4...then there were 2 other ladies in there "trying" to read a book. I don't know how they could concentrate honestly. Eventually they did leave.

 

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We went by the candy store and Sakari picked out what she would like to get for later after the kids club. We were busy killing time and waiting for 6pm to come so that she could go eat dinner with her friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for all of your FANTASTIC reviews! You are obviously very busy with school and family, etc and still take the time to do these great reviews. I really look forward to them.

 

We booked Little French Key based on your review, last summer on the Magic, but it was not to be, she could not dock due to wind. We will be back, one day!

 

I just LOVE this picture of Sakari in the very last photo, that smile says it all!

I'm curious if you use sunscreen and if so, what brand?

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I wanted to add my big THANK YOU for taking the time to do these fantastic reviews. I know it takes so much time and effort to do these, and want you to know that it is really, really appreciated!

 

That Sakari is just so darn cute! When I saw a mermaid blanket advertised the other day I immediately thought about her. (google Blankie Tails) She is so lucky to have great parents who love to cruise LOL.

 

Re the St Kitts monkeys - I have a million pictures of my hubby and I on different islands posing with monkeys, sitting on donkeys/burros, holding iguanas - you know whatever the locals have in port to have you take a picture with

 

Then I read this by the poster Trainman-2 over on the RCI board:

 

 

 

We have never posed with anything since LOL

I thought as a nurse you might be interested in this too!

 

Yep, Sakari already has the mermaid tail blanket. :D

 

Eh, yea any time you hold an animal or go to a different country, or walk into a grocery store, or touch something someone else has touched, you can possibly catch something. I mean we all have different strains in us (such as our nose...oh gosh I can remember do the nasal swab in one of my classes and watching it grow, then looking under the microscope :eek:) and gram positive coccus can produce different things, such as staph or strep infections. I try not to live scared all the time about things and I'm definitely not a germaphobe (just make sure to do good hand-washing as anyone should be doing) . I mean we are cruising to places (especially Puerto Rico) that have the Zika virus right now and people are still doing it. Same as West Nile, but people still travel. I remember the talk about chikungunya last year or so and that was supposed to be a big thing in the Caribbean, but yet people kept vacationing and cruising. I mean I'm sure there are a lot more, but in all honestly, you could possibly catch anything walking outside of your home. I just chose not to live like that. :)

 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to write such a beautiful review.

 

I can honestly say that I have snorkled for many years and have never even remotely saw the amount and variety of underwater life that you have pointed out. The pictures are outstanding and your family looks like a fun bunch to travel with.

:)

 

Thanks for the comments.

 

Well, you just aren't going to the right places then. :D We need to get you out more often. :p

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Quick question. does Sakari swim on a team? I know with everything you do and now scuba (which is awesome by the way!) now that I see the flippers out of the tail..I think this is the first I have seen her without the tail, I bet she would be a fabulous butterfly swimmer. Even more so how she is able to hold her breath - that truly is a gift and learning to kick with your feet together isnt a normal act for most people - thats why the butterfly stroke is one of , if not the hardest to do, its a timing thing, and if you ever watch any of the olympic swimmers doing it the really good ones are not breathing every stroke so holding breath is an important thing too. Just wondering

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