Robbie and I had been having great Christmas/Anniversary Caribbean cruise! We had an awesome day exploring Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. We had an enjoyable day in San Juan, Puerto Rico, although it was a really hot day. I really had fun taking night photos in Old San Juan. What a great view of the Caribbean from Mountain Top in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands. On day 6 of our cruise, December 28, 2021, we spent the full day at sea on our way to the Bahamas. I woke up to another beautiful sunrise. I slipped out to our veranda to take some photos.
We had our breakfast in our cabin, enjoying the view from our veranda window. One of the great things about cruising, it could also be argued that it’s one of the bad things about cruising, is the food. There is plenty of delicious food available, as much as you like, pretty much when ever you like. Typically on a cruise I generally gain about 5 lbs! Personally I enjoy eating, so on a cruise, I like eating the tasty food that I would not normally eat at home. Unfortunately, this means that I usually eat more food than I usually do at home. To offset eating more we like to walk as much as we can. On shore we like to do walking tours and on at sea days we like to walk around the promenade deck. Holland America Line has a tradition of doing a walk to raise money for cancer research. For a donation to the cause we get an On Deck for a Cause tee shirt and a walk around the deck. We have done this on several of our past cruises.
After our walk we celebrated our anniversary with some champagne!
On a cruise there are dozens of things to do to keep you occupied. You could do the entire cruise and never leave the ship. There is a small shopping area with lots of expensive jewelry. Eating! There are all types of classes, you can learn about cooking, making towel animals and art. Eating! There are usually some dance classes but for some reason there were none on this cruise. Eating! You can take a tour of the kitchen to see how all of the tasty food is made. We did that on another cruise, it was pretty cool. Eating! There is a library for reading, a casino for gambling. Eating! There is all types of spa treatments and a gym. Eating! Not to mention the pools and hot tubs! Many other things as well and Eating! Here are some photos of just a few of the places around the ship.
The first full day of our cruise, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021. We spent the full day at sea enjoying the ship. We started the day with a nice breakfast in bed! Well not really in bed but we could’ve if we had wanted to. The night before we filled out our breakfast menu and hung it on our stateroom door. In the morning, right at the time we specified, our hot breakfast was delivered to our stateroom. It was very nice watching the world pass by through our veranda window as we ate our breakfast. It was very yummy too! We were far from camera ready so, sorry, no photos.
We wanted to work off that wonderful breakfast and also minimize the weight gain that always happens on a cruise. We took a brisk walk on the windy Promenade deck. We did 6 laps which equals two miles. We had to stop from time to time to watch the Brown Boobies chasing the Flying Fish that were jumping out of the water as the ship cut through the waves. As we were walking, I was seeing lots of photographs. So I took an extra lap to take some photos.
We were on our way to the Dominican Republic. This is the port that was switched at the last minute right before we left. The cruise port at Amber Cove is a fair distance from the places that we wanted to visit, so we booked a shore excursion. A shore excursion can be expensive, but in a port like this, it’s probably the best option. They were giving a talk about the shore excursions in the main showroom. We went to the talk to help us decide which excursion to do. We booked the Mountain Views and city sights shore excursion for the Dominican Republic.
Time to eat again! The reason the we always gain weight on a cruise is all of the wonderful food available pretty much anytime you want. We can’t let it go to waste! We popped up to the Lido deck and ordered a pizza for lunch.
There was another talk in the main showroom about the Caribbean. It turned out to be a sales pitch for rum. So we went back to our stateroom watched the flying fish and relaxed until it was time to get ready to eat again! This evening was gala night, so everyone dressed up for dinner. We had a very nice Christmas Eve dinner in the main dining room. After dinner we went to see the dance show in the main showroom. The Step One Dance Company put on a nice show.