We’re back from our Caribbean trip, if not yet caught up from the jet lag (it’s a four hour time difference).
While I’d always been skeptical of big cruises, it turned out to be a lovely experience, and a great way to handle a group of nine people ranging in age from 6 to 83 with a variety of interests and tastes. The excellent staff of the Celebrity Constellation took great care of us, and the various islands we visited (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Antigua) were beautiful, fascinating and very different from each other.
We took a submarine ride around a coral reef in Barbados, played on beaches on St. Lucia and Antigua, visited a batik studio on St. Lucia, walked around old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and more.
One of the things I really liked about the cruise ship was that everything from stateroom access to shore excursions to ordering extras (like espressos and wine) was controlled by a single ship identity card. It was great not to have to carry a wallet full of different cards for different purposes. It seems like life would be a lot simpler if I could get by on a daily basis with a single card.
I have to admit that it was great to not be online for ten days. The only time I touched a computer during this trip was to burn a set of photos to CD to free up the memory sticks for the rest of the trip. Creation of computer accounts on the ship were, of course, enabled by swiping the ship ID card.
Photos of the trip are here, with some additional photos from Old San Juan (a wonderful city) here (for some inexplicable reason, .Mac’s photo web page creation tool only lets you create a single page per site, with a max of 48 pictures per page).
I had a great time, and I’d be really happy to spend more time exploring the region and getting to know the cultures and geography better.