One of the most amazing vacations we have been on is the Hartvigsen Family Cruise! Here is a short summary of each day:
San Juan, Puerto Rico - We were able to visit and learn about the Fort of San Juan. It kind of reminded me of the Alamo in San Antonio. Some of the fort dates back to the 1400s.
Day at Sea - Besides eating GREAT food at every possible moment, there were some other fun things that happened. At a comedy show, Karen's Dad was chosen to come up on stage with the comedian. The comedian writes for many TV shows including "Whose Line is it Anyway." He had Phil do sound effects as he told a story. Of course, it was hilarious and over 20 times during the course of the cruise, we would be walking on the ship or an island and people would shout, "Hey, It's Phil!" The best part is that Karen's Mom got it all on film. Phil will be in Hollywood in no time!
Bridgetown, Barbados - Our first stop on a Caribbean island! How beautiful and clear the water was! We had a introductory scuba dive and went snorkeling in an area known to have sea turtles. Sure enough, the sea turtles were out and about, but so were the tourists! There were so many snorklers in the water that you could barely move without bumping into others. However, the turtles would swim up for air and it was very fun to be so close to them.
Castries, St Lucia - We rented a car and drove on the left side of the road (wierd) for an adventurous drive through lush forested areas on narrow and windy roads before arriving at Treetop Adventures. There, we put on harnesses and ziplined from platform to platform in for dense forest. It was very fun! It was raining hard that day but the experience was so fun that we didn't even notice.
St. Johns, Antigua - Our activity on this day was very fun. After sea kayaking around a beautiful cove and learning about the sea life, we went to a beautiful Bird Island and saw many pelicans and other birds. Some of the pelicans were diving for fish from 50 feet above the water! Then, we snorkeled at a reef for about 30 minutes. The reef is beautiful! Jared managed to cut his foot on the shallow reef. After the snorkeling we rode motor boats back to where we started and got to hold some land turtles and a parrot.
Philipsburg, St Maarten - This island had a beautiful beach where we gladly spent many hours that day. The water was beautiful and there were great snorkeling reefs right off shore. The Caribbean islands are so beautiful and have such picturesque beaches.
St Croix - We rented a car here (the steering wheel was on the left but you also drive on the left???) and drove around the island getting lost and exploring. We soon arrived at a beach that almost looked Hawaii-like. There were beautiful green mountains and a perfect sandy beach that had great waves. Somehow we ended up on the beach of a very nice beach front hotel resort. After a day full of boogey boarding, scuba diving, and snorkeling, we sadly drove back to the cruise ship to leave our final island :(
This vacation was absolutely amazing! The Caribbean islands are awesome! We had a great time with Karen's family. Unfortunately, like all good things, all good vacations must come to an end.