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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

 

Pshh, if I lived anywhere near a port, I would never even consider sailing out of anywhere else. The money you save by just doing that port every time is well worth it. You are very lucky.

 

That's funny about giving them a funny name to announce. We didn't have anyone ever come around to us on the beach and ask if we wanted anything, so we had to go up and order our food at the bar and they had us wait for some reason.

 

Yea, we didn't do the rope swing. I actually didn't see anyone do it all day. I only seen a guy up there once and not for long. I know they won't just let you go up and swing and someone has to be there.

 

I use to have to threaten Sakari about being left behind. It was the only way to get her to leave. I don't know how old yours is, but Sakari is now 8 and at this point, she would just let us leave and wouldn't care one bit. So, it doesn't work anymore.

 

Oh gosh, I would love to have a local take us around and see the sites. I'm going to hold you to that now! You might now wish you hadn't offered. :D

 

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

 

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

 

Yea, we have carried pop in with us before and have even carried cans because we know just how long it takes for them to come back with one.

 

I don't know if those would work with her or not and they kinda look like what she already has and doesn't work. But I guess anything is worth a shot. I'll check into them. (Hopefully with her scuba class, she'll learn to pop her ears).

 

Yes, I private home care, as in subcontract from agencies and private people. I pick my own schedule, I picked my own patients, I decide how many I want, and I see the same patients routinely. Then the benefits of taking vacation whenever you want. ;) So once I get a full schedule to my liking, I don't take on any others. I absolutely LOVE my patients and we are so close. I worked for the hospital for over 30 years and the last 4 years before doing this, I was in the ER/Trauma. Fast paced, acute care...and now slow paced chronic care. It's such a switch up. :p But I enjoy it. I work 2-3 hours a day, not standing on my feet for 12 hour days and I'm out in the community (not to mention pay is outstanding obviously).

 

The hubby has been an aggressive skater for 23 years. He started a company 9 years ago selling skates. It progressed in a full blown store with BMX, skateboards, scooters, skates, penny boards, wake boards, long boards and clothing. He absolutely loves it. (Our store bakerized . com). My youngest son, Kolin...age 21, usually runs the store when we are on vacation (he rides BMX bikes) and the hubby runs the online part while on the ship...or beach. :D But, this next vacation, Kolin will be coming with us, so we will probably have to close the store for a week.

 

This is one half of the store.

 

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Love your reviews! Keep them coming and thank you so much for all the details and pictures too!

 

Thank you. I appreciate it.

 

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?

 

Thank you. I appreciate the comments so much.

 

I really hope you are able to make it to LFK. It's amazing! Keep trying!

 

Yes, actually we use 100spf when we cruise, but we hardly ever burn (especially me and Sakari). We have Indian in us, so we get that deep dark tan instead. But I still don't want to risk it. But for the most part, we stay in the water so much that of course it washed off quickly, even if we buy the sport. :eek: I just buy anything from the drug store. Nothing special.

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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

 

No, she does not swim on a team or take swimming lessons. I taught her how to swim in our pool back when she was 3 years old and she's been practicing until 2 years ago when we moved and now no longer have a pool. Now she has to wait until we take vacations or go to the local beach in the summer.

 

She taught herself how to swim with her legs together. She actually practiced for a little over a year before "Santa" decided to bring her the first mermaid tail (the orange one). I felt she had done enough practicing and she was finally able to convince me that she would not "drown" doing it. She got her second (blue) mermaid tail for her birthday. The funny thing is, when she does not have her monofin on, she still likes to swim with her legs/feet together. It's actually unnatural for her to kick like a normal person, which worries me sometimes. She will kick back and forth to tread water, but to swim, she still tries to put them both together. :eek:

 

The holding the breath thing...she practiced that in our tub and continues to do so (even sometimes with her goggles on :p). She can hold her breath longer than her 21 year old brother. They have competitions. ;)

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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?

 

I wonder if you were on our cruise. I think it happens more than we would like. I went on a cruise in March I think and we didn't dock..and the weird thing it wasn't windy. We went back in June and got to go. Book LFK...I booked because of Kim as well and I have been since and will be again in two weeks....hopefully.

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I wonder if you were on our cruise. I think it happens more than we would like. I went on a cruise in March I think and we didn't dock..and the weird thing it wasn't windy. We went back in June and got to go. Book LFK...I booked because of Kim as well and I have been since and will be again in two weeks....hopefully.

 

We were on the 8/16/15 sailing.

I booked because of Kim's review also.

 

I had a sinking feeling we weren't going to be able to make it, the ship was just sitting out a ways from the dock and I knew that wasn't normal. There were some white caps. The Captain came on and said he would wait and see if the wind died down but by 8:30am or so, it wasn't happening.

 

I was so disappointed but my family and I had a great unexpected sea day.

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Yea, we have carried pop in with us before and have even carried cans because we know just how long it takes for them to come back with one.

 

I don't know if those would work with her or not and they kinda look like what she already has and doesn't work. But I guess anything is worth a shot. I'll check into them. (Hopefully with her scuba class, she'll learn to pop her ears).

 

Yes, I private home care, as in subcontract from agencies and private people. I pick my own schedule, I picked my own patients, I decide how many I want, and I see the same patients routinely. Then the benefits of taking vacation whenever you want. ;) So once I get a full schedule to my liking, I don't take on any others. I absolutely LOVE my patients and we are so close. I worked for the hospital for over 30 years and the last 4 years before doing this, I was in the ER/Trauma. Fast paced, acute care...and now slow paced chronic care. It's such a switch up. :p But I enjoy it. I work 2-3 hours a day, not standing on my feet for 12 hour days and I'm out in the community (not to mention pay is outstanding obviously).

 

The hubby has been an aggressive skater for 23 years. He started a company 9 years ago selling skates. It progressed in a full blown store with BMX, skateboards, scooters, skates, penny boards, wake boards, long boards and clothing. He absolutely loves it. (Our store bakerized . com). My youngest son, Kolin...age 21, usually runs the store when we are on vacation (he rides BMX bikes) and the hubby runs the online part while on the ship...or beach. :D But, this next vacation, Kolin will be coming with us, so we will probably have to close the store for a week.

 

 

Wow that sounds like an excellent nursing job!!! And great hours for having a young one, and of course vacationing :D

My kim is on a surgical ortho floor at the hospital a stones throw away from us. She's doing the 12 hour thing right now, I can't imagine how that wears a person down! Though she does get 5 days off after doing 2-12 hour days and 2-12 hour nights, so theres a good amount of recoup time!

I'm a child and youth worker and work with teens with mental health and addictions on a locked in patient unit, but I have more control over my schedule than she does, so thats nice.

 

Your hubby's store looks AWESOME!!! I kept wondering about his Baker t-shirts i would see in your pics, so that explains them. I was a snowboarder in my teens and 20's. Somehow I aged about 40 years between my 20's and 30's and the winter is just TOOOOO cold to be outside LOL So Instead of spending money on lift passes we vacation in the winter to get away from the cold :D

 

I feel for Sakari. I would fly a lot when I was a kid too and I can remember the flight attendants would soak face cloths in boiling water, wring them out and put one in each of 2 styrofoam cups to put over my ears. I guess the heat that the cloths would give off would relieve the pressure.. I probably looked like a dope but it worked! I'm sure she will learn how to pop her ears in scuba classes (which sound amazing and you should totally do it too!!)

 

Have a great day!

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I'm all caught up.. which I'm not sure if I'm happy or sad about. I love knowing there are more installments waiting but I hate that I'm behind!

 

So glad Kendra ended up coming along. Love hearing her stories though thus far she has been on the up and up - minus some monkey business. HAHA

 

I bet Sakari will adore her PADI classes. I'm jealous - I would love to dive. I bet it wont be long and you will all be doing classes even with the ear issues.

 

Thanks for all you do to bring us with on these virtual trips!

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The kids continued to jump and Kendra continued to talk monkey talk.

 

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The guy gave Kendra his social media site for her to add him and told her everything about this monkey. He had went into the forest to get the mother and she had 5 babies. This was one of them and he was 4 months old I believe. He said they were all pretty tame and they had removed their fang teeth. He said they can only ship to 2 places in the US (Miami and Arizona I think). She would have to arrange to have an address in one of those places to accept the monkey and then have to pay shipping for it to get there (COD). She would not pay for the monkey until it arrived in the US.

 

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I told her that no matter "how" he said it's done, I still can't believe that US customs would allow some animal from a different country to just be shipped there with no problems due to diseases and such. But she was on a mission.

 

(Update since we returned...still no monkey, of course, and the guy won't answer her on SM so....)

 

A video of the kids (and the hubby) jumping off the deck.

 

 

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I'm sorry but I find it very sad that you and your family would think it's OK to do this - tear a tiny monkey away from its family group and habitat to keep as a toy or pet. As long as people support this cruel trade it will continue.

http://arff.org/kitts

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The hubby has been an aggressive skater for 23 years. He started a company 9 years ago selling skates. It progressed in a full blown store with BMX, skateboards, scooters, skates, penny boards, wake boards, long boards and clothing. He absolutely loves it. (Our store bakerized . com). My youngest son, Kolin...age 21, usually runs the store when we are on vacation (he rides BMX bikes) and the hubby runs the online part while on the ship...or beach. :D But, this next vacation, Kolin will be coming with us, so we will probably have to close the store for a week.

 

This is one half of the store.

 

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Boy would I love to sit down with your guys to talk some old school!! I did BXM freestyle (that's before it was called an "extreme sport" for you kids) for a little over 10 years in the 80's and 90's. I always rode GT bikes exclusively and I even still have the last one I rode in my garage (basically an experiment in rust now...lol). It's amazing how BMX and skating have evolved over the years. Sometimes I sit an nostalgically watch some recent competitions and say to myself that I would've had to retire anyway because there was no freakin' way I would've achieved the skill levels where they are at now. I was never any good at skating though.

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Boy would I love to sit down with your guys to talk some old school!! I did BXM freestyle (that's before it was called an "extreme sport" for you kids) for a little over 10 years in the 80's and 90's. I always rode GT bikes exclusively and I even still have the last one I rode in my garage (basically an experiment in rust now...lol). It's amazing how BMX and skating have evolved over the years. Sometimes I sit an nostalgically watch some recent competitions and say to myself that I would've had to retire anyway because there was no freakin' way I would've achieved the skill levels where they are at now. I was never any good at skating though.

 

That's hilarious. My husband also rode BMX when he was younger and when we watch Xgames and other shows, he says there is no way he would do the things that they do now. He's happy with his mountain biking at age 52!

 

Sorry for the hijack.

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I'm sorry but I find it very sad that you and your family would think it's OK to do this - tear a tiny monkey away from its family group and habitat to keep as a toy or pet. As long as people support this cruel trade it will continue.

http://arff.org/kitts

 

Its one thing to love monkeys, think they are cute and wish you had one. They did not buy one, nor do they own one...

 

Is it therefore cruel to own a dog, cat, bird etc? The mothers are forced into getting pregnant and then their babies are "torn" away from them at 8 weeks old (and they don't pose a threat to agriculture..) all for human enjoyment.

 

Animals are also raised in less than ideal conditions and slaughtered for human consumption.

I'm assuming you don't own pets, never have, and eat a strict vegan diet?

 

Just saying..

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My daughter will be 8 in December. On cruises she literally lives at camp and in the pool!!. Last cruise she only got off the boat in san juan because we had to and in St. Thomas because we went shopping. We are going to the beach on Saturday in St. Marteen!! :-) so I know I will definitely get her off the boat. We are black, but she manages to come home three shades darker and a mixture of tan lines as we carry four different swim suits.Not sure what really holds her at camp carnival but by our third day where ever we go on ship every one knows her name. This is my first cruise I am not the cruise planner, travel afent, mother hen (they literally follow me around) or immigration specialist (imagine filling out 15 immigration forms while everyone sleeps) so really looking forward to this cruise!

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I showed Sakari the video they had for the scuba program for kids and it's all she talked about last night. She wanted to do it last night! I will be calling today to find out more information about signing her up. The website it a little confusing. I think it's 3 days at 2 hours each and then you do monthly "dives" (probably in their pool). The first session this month is this friday! :eek:

 

I knew she would be excited! She will love it!

 

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. :(

 

The next month will seem like forever to Sakari, I'm sure, but it will also give her something to look forward to her. I am glad you were truthful about her ear problems. Actually, I have never known you to be anything other than truthful. That is one of the things I like about you.

 

The ability to release the pressure in your ears is really important in scuba diving safely, so I hope Sakari checks out OK. There are a number of reasons why some people are unable to clear their ears no matter what they're taught. Hopefully, Sakari is not one of them. I had a lot of problems with my ears when I was Sakari's age, but I have been able to learn to clear them successfully and have never had a problem over my many years of diving.

 

Yes, scuba can be expensive, but to me it is so worth it! You are probably going to find yourself wanting to join in the fun, and it wouldn't surprise me if Kendra did, too.

 

The program outline sounds like a good one, and I think it will be perfect for Sakari. It sounds to me, based on what you have said about the shop and the program that you have a good local dive shop. Good diver training is really important to insure that you're diving safely, and I know you want her to be safe.

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DAY 3-Traveling from Fajardo to Isla Verde

 

Today was the day that we had to leave this beautiful resort. I started questioning myself about why I didn't book this place for the entire time because there was just so much to see and do here. But, I had always wanted to go to Isla Verde, so Isla Verde it was.

 

I woke up to the room alarm going off at 7 am!!! I had really wanted to sleep in. But, I couldn't figure out how to turn it off. After multiple attempts, I decided I was just going to have to get up. I thought it was weird that it hadn't went of prior to this.

 

So while I'm waiting on the family to get up, since they sleep through blow horns, I'll show you the "map" of the resort they gave me at check in. This will give you an idea of just how big this place is. When they say "resort", they mean RESORT.

 

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So the family finally got up and we put our bathing suits on and packed the luggage.

 

We checked out fairly early since we had plans to stop at Puerto Rico's prettiest/best beach (so I was told) and then our drive on to the next hotel in Isla Verde.

 

We had decided since breakfast at the resort runs around $52 that we would eat cheap today and find a McD's along the way to the beach instead.

 

We checked out. There was no line. We caught the bus to our car. Drove car back to hotel. Packed luggage. Headed out.

 

We quickly found a McDonalds and stopped for breakfast. A few hand signals, mouth gestures and pointing and we had our breakfast and was sitting down. I ordered a meal with "toast"....It was extremely fascinating when I found out my "toast" was actually Texas toast! But it was good. Just a different than normal concept to me. They also gave you 3 of them with your meal. I believe with our meal, we get biscuits instead.

 

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The hubby had ordered the "Tostada burrito". Now at home, we have the breakfast burrito meal and it comes with 2 small burritos filled with eggs, cheese, sausage and peppers. When the hubby got his, it was only 1 burrito, and as a LOT bigger than ours.

 

After breakfast we headed to Walgreens to look for some "back-up" 100 spf sun tan lotion and some more pop. We were unable to find the hubby his "Dew" fix, but they did have diet for me. I'm still finding that they only come in 8 packs. Where are the 12 packs in this place???

 

I thought these little baskets were neat. It had a handle and some wheels on it. I didn't have to carry anything. Why don't our Walgreens have this at home???

 

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I text Kendra this picture and she did say she's been to a Walgreens that had that before, but don't recall where. They should ALL have them.

 

Then I receive this back from her...

 

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Does anyone think she's a little excited that she was able to pull this off??

 

It was a 18 minute drive to our destination. Not bad at all. But, it did start to cloud up and start to sprinkle some. But I wasn't going to let it ruin my day. I mean we were going to the beach...where you get wet...so why does it matter?

Hi there! We are cruising out of SJ in November. I had wanted to do the Bio Bay but everything I'm reading says it is still at only 30%.

 

With Zika in the news how bad are the mosquitos? Do we need to get bug spray in addition to sunscreen?

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We were on the 8/16/15 sailing.

I booked because of Kim's review also.

 

I had a sinking feeling we weren't going to be able to make it, the ship was just sitting out a ways from the dock and I knew that wasn't normal. There were some white caps. The Captain came on and said he would wait and see if the wind died down but by 8:30am or so, it wasn't happening.

 

I was so disappointed but my family and I had a great unexpected sea day.

 

I have read a lot of complaints about Carnival not being able to dock in Roatan in the past. I'm not sure if it's because of the location and how they have to go in between the dock and the land on the other side or what. I haven't really heard people complain about not being able to dock at NCL's dock, which is sorta out in the open. We have only been to Roatan with Carnival once, on the Dream, and I guess we were the lucky ones that got to dock that time. :)

 

Wow that sounds like an excellent nursing job!!! And great hours for having a young one, and of course vacationing :D

My kim is on a surgical ortho floor at the hospital a stones throw away from us. She's doing the 12 hour thing right now, I can't imagine how that wears a person down! Though she does get 5 days off after doing 2-12 hour days and 2-12 hour nights, so theres a good amount of recoup time!

I'm a child and youth worker and work with teens with mental health and addictions on a locked in patient unit, but I have more control over my schedule than she does, so thats nice.

 

Your hubby's store looks AWESOME!!! I kept wondering about his Baker t-shirts i would see in your pics, so that explains them. I was a snowboarder in my teens and 20's. Somehow I aged about 40 years between my 20's and 30's and the winter is just TOOOOO cold to be outside LOL So Instead of spending money on lift passes we vacation in the winter to get away from the cold :D

 

I feel for Sakari. I would fly a lot when I was a kid too and I can remember the flight attendants would soak face cloths in boiling water, wring them out and put one in each of 2 styrofoam cups to put over my ears. I guess the heat that the cloths would give off would relieve the pressure.. I probably looked like a dope but it worked! I'm sure she will learn how to pop her ears in scuba classes (which sound amazing and you should totally do it too!!)

 

Have a great day!

 

How cool that you were a snowboarder. Yep, he wears a lot of Baker shirts because of his business (and it happens to be our name, which happens to be how he came up with the name "Bakerized" because if you look that name up it supposedly suppose to mean "to f shiznit up", which is what skaters and bikers say about their extreme sport messing themselves up with the injuries and doing tricks :eek:).

 

I have never heard of the syrofoam things to relieve the pressure. I'm just really hoping this scuba class will teach her how to pop them. It would be so much better for her.

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I have read a lot of complaints about Carnival not being able to dock in Roatan in the past. I'm not sure if it's because of the location and how they have to go in between the dock and the land on the other side or what. I haven't really heard people complain about not being able to dock at NCL's dock, which is sorta out in the open. We have only been to Roatan with Carnival once, on the Dream, and I guess we were the lucky ones that got to dock that time. :)

 

 

 

How cool that you were a snowboarder. Yep, he wears a lot of Baker shirts because of his business (and it happens to be our name, which happens to be how he came up with the name "Bakerized" because if you look that name up it supposedly suppose to mean "to f shiznit up", which is what skaters and bikers say about their extreme sport messing themselves up with the injuries and doing tricks :eek:).

 

I have never heard of the syrofoam things to relieve the pressure. I'm just really hoping this scuba class will teach her how to pop them. It would be so much better for her.

 

Our first time to Roatan the seas were incredibly calm. I went up before our whole group to watch us dock. We were sitting out there and I went back downstairs and said...we are not going. Everyone thought I was crazy. The captain came on and told us that we were not docking because of the weather. It was soooo calm and seemed weird. I had booked because of your reviews for LFK. I actually cried. Fast forward two months later we got to go and loved it. I will be there in two weeks and hopefully be at LFK for my 3rd time.

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I'm all caught up.. which I'm not sure if I'm happy or sad about. I love knowing there are more installments waiting but I hate that I'm behind!

 

So glad Kendra ended up coming along. Love hearing her stories though thus far she has been on the up and up - minus some monkey business. HAHA

 

I bet Sakari will adore her PADI classes. I'm jealous - I would love to dive. I bet it wont be long and you will all be doing classes even with the ear issues.

 

Thanks for all you do to bring us with on these virtual trips!

 

I do have the next installment ready, I just have to get my last paper done for this week and I'll be starting on it. :)

 

Yea, for the most part, Kendra behaved herself. I think after this many years and the amount of cruises we take, she's finally getting the hang of it. :p

 

I still haven't convinced myself that diving is what I want to do. I wouldn't mind in a pool, but out in the ocean...eek. I think I would end up with anxiety over it, but we'll see. They do have some "experimental" classes they offer there. For $35pp you can try it out and see if you are interested in it. If you are, they credit $25 toward your classes to get certified.

 

I'm sorry but I find it very sad that you and your family would think it's OK to do this - tear a tiny monkey away from its family group and habitat to keep as a toy or pet. As long as people support this cruel trade it will continue.

http://arff.org/kitts

 

I guess that you find it sad for most of America, since most families own animals...whether it be a dog, cat, fish, or many of the other animals out there. I mean breeders and stores take all of these animals away from their mothers right? :rolleyes: Do you know that over half of America owns animals? Do you also realize that a majority of animal owners do not consider themselves as "just an animal owner?" They consider their pet as FAMILY. I know people with animals that treat their animals better than a lot of mothers treat their children in today's society. What about zoo's? Where they not taken out of their habitat for our viewing and enjoyment? The list could go on. It's something that has always been a part of life and will continue to be a part of life no matter how many animal rights activists continue to cry about it.

 

Your link stated that the monkeys in St Kitts and Nevis were (basically captured) by Africans and brought there. Isn't that taking them out of their natural home and replacing them somewhere else? Your link also stated that there are hundreds of free roaming monkeys there and they are causing damage to the crops. Then it states "The killing or export of monkeys is sometimes promoted as a solution to human-monkey conflicts." (Although I know the purpose of the article is against the killings, it's still a fact of something that is happening and approved). So killing off the population of monkeys that are taking over is a better option that having someone take it in and love and care for it?

 

I could go on...but I won't. You have stated your point and I have stated mine. I do no own animals (except a few fish) at the moment because my lifestyle is so hectic that I do not feel that it would be fair to any animal to be in my household and not receive the care and love it deserved at this moment. Maybe in the future... (yes, I have owned animals since childhood until the day they passed of old age and just chose not to include them as an added responsibility in my life at this time). On a side-note, I do respect your thoughts and comments and in no way am I attacking your comment or replying to this in a nasty manor, just making a few points because there's always two sides to look at. :)

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Boy would I love to sit down with your guys to talk some old school!! I did BXM freestyle (that's before it was called an "extreme sport" for you kids) for a little over 10 years in the 80's and 90's. I always rode GT bikes exclusively and I even still have the last one I rode in my garage (basically an experiment in rust now...lol). It's amazing how BMX and skating have evolved over the years. Sometimes I sit an nostalgically watch some recent competitions and say to myself that I would've had to retire anyway because there was no freakin' way I would've achieved the skill levels where they are at now. I was never any good at skating though.

 

Yep, I totally remember BMX freestyle back in the 80's. I had a boyfriend that did it and would compete and win trophies.

 

The hubby said to tell you that GT bikes are coming back and just released a line for their 2017 line up of bikes. :D

 

That's hilarious. My husband also rode BMX when he was younger and when we watch Xgames and other shows, he says there is no way he would do the things that they do now. He's happy with his mountain biking at age 52!

 

Sorry for the hijack.

 

 

:) Although my hubby still rides his skates, he's doing it more these days for some enjoyment here and there. Too many falls with aches and pains and about 80 pounds heavier than he was back then kinda puts him in what he calls "retirement" mode most days.

 

He also has a big heart and every time he gets a pair of skates, he'll run across someone that loves to skate (they do it on a daily basis) and are down on their luck or have torn up skates and can't afford new ones...and he gives his away every time (after only riding them maybe 2-3 times). :) He was once that kid that couldn't afford a pair of new skates and one good thing about him is he never forgets where he came from. As another one of my reviews mentioned, he even gave his hat to one of the tender guys that rode and begged for it. The excitement in his face was all that mattered to my hubby.

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Hey there, me again. :D

 

RE: Shipwreck at South Friars. So glad you at least got to see the black sand and that it was back. I also loved how it sparkled when the sun hit it, it was just so cool. I brought a baggie of it back and I still see those flecks of sparkle when the light hits it a certain way. I just need a cool jar to put it in (still in a baggie). I remember the post on the St. Kitts' board here on CC where we were going back and forth when you were trying to decide. Even though we are one of those few who liked it, I do try to make sure to let others know that it's "not for everyone". We liked that it was rustic and although there were others there, it was not crowded at all and we felt we had the whole place to ourselves. The "crowds" there were up in the restaurant/bar area. We also loved the views, but you had pretty much the same views from Carambola. And yes, at Shipwreck there is a side that's sandy when entering the water way over to the left (the swimming side). I didn't get to the snorkeling side, only swam over it when I heard there were sand dollars on the sandy bottom beyond the snorkeling area. We actually spent most of the day hanging out in the swimming side with several cold beers...just a nice, relaxing beach day.

 

That thread under St. Kitts...I got back on it the other day to answer a question a question about Cockleshell since I posted some Cockleshell Beach pics from 2013. I totally missed your comment about me knowing the different kinds of sand dollars (the Caribbean ones having 6 holes compared to the typical east coast USA 5 holes) and how you knew all of the fish, yes, if I ever need help with identifying fish, I'll be sure to ask. So sorry I missed that then.

 

That is great that Sakari is going to be taking scuba lessons. From what I you share about her in your reviews, she will LOVE it! She really is adorable. Our friend's got their son snorkeling lessons and he was getting certifications when he was about 12 or 13. I asked him once how it compared to snorkeling. He said he really loved snorkeling, could spend all day doing it, and that's why he got into scuba. He said with scuba you see so much more than you do snorkeling and he loved it. He said after experiencing scuba, he was bored with snorkeling. :) Unfortunately I probably wouldn't be able to scuba...my eardrum ruptured as a baby and although I really haven't had issues, I feel pressure/pain in it if I dive to certain depths, but fortunately my "free diving" for sand dollars in St. Kitts didn't affect it. To this day, I have a very difficult time "popping" it, even though I know the tricks. On flights it's weird...it usually tickles but once in a while it will hurt some. Chewing gum helps.

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Its one thing to love monkeys, think they are cute and wish you had one. They did not buy one, nor do they own one...

 

Is it therefore cruel to own a dog, cat, bird etc? The mothers are forced into getting pregnant and then their babies are "torn" away from them at 8 weeks old (and they don't pose a threat to agriculture..) all for human enjoyment.

 

Animals are also raised in less than ideal conditions and slaughtered for human consumption.

I'm assuming you don't own pets, never have, and eat a strict vegan diet?

 

Just saying..

 

Exactly. Well said. :)

 

One more question for you. Now that you have done this cruise and spent a few days in Puerto Rico, if you only had one week of vacation, would you spend it on the Fascination specifically, same Southern itinerary, OR, would you spend your full week exploring Puerto Rico??

 

 

Well, since your rules said "now that I have done this cruise"...and that right there is my answer to all cruises. Once I sail a ship, I do not re-sail the ship. I look for another ship that I have not been on (with the exception of my upcoming cruise on the NCL Epic and I'm ONLY re-sailing it for the fact that this was the one and only cruise we went on and Sakari didn't get to come and she has never let me live it down). So I would have to pick the PR vacation or find another ship out of PR. :D

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My daughter will be 8 in December. On cruises she literally lives at camp and in the pool!!. Last cruise she only got off the boat in san juan because we had to and in St. Thomas because we went shopping. We are going to the beach on Saturday in St. Marteen!! :-) so I know I will definitely get her off the boat. We are black, but she manages to come home three shades darker and a mixture of tan lines as we carry four different swim suits.Not sure what really holds her at camp carnival but by our third day where ever we go on ship every one knows her name. This is my first cruise I am not the cruise planner, travel afent, mother hen (they literally follow me around) or immigration specialist (imagine filling out 15 immigration forms while everyone sleeps) so really looking forward to this cruise!

 

Sakari is the same way, everyone knows her and spots her everywhere we go (either on the ship or in port).

 

You have to fill out a form for every member? :eek: Why? Is it different than the forms we fill out? We are able to list all of our family members on one form as long as we are considered a family living together.

 

We were booked on this cruise for next fall but I had to cancel it so we could go on the Legend to HAWAII!!! I'm sorry and can't wait to read the rest of your trip, Kim!

 

Aww, so sorry you had to cancel. But hey, Hawaii sounds good too!

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