The view of downtown as we were pulling out of the port.
When this big ol’ ship starts making its way into the Atlantic, it gets some attention.
The Westin Hotel we stayed at is in the middle of the picture somewhere.
I love this perspective. Up the coast, from about 150 feet above the water.
Big ship. Took awhile to get acclimated.
This sexy creature was near the fort at the top of the hill in Viejo San Juan. She was about three feet long, from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail. Very photogenic. Throughout the islands, the indigenous people (aka “natives”) consume iguana, generally in a stew. I’m told it tastes like chicken…
So I said, “Hey – do your Miley Cyrus imitation.”
Nice view of the bow from atop the hill in Viejo San Juan. Airplane landing at the airport nearby…
There is nothing more wonderful. Grabbed a quick bottle of Carib here during our tour of Viejo San Juan.
A traditional Puerto Rican dessert…alledgedly…served at Raices.
This ship was docked next to ours in San Juan. Nice paint job.
This was the view of our ship just before John and I had to run up the dock and get onboard before they sailed away without us.
Just coming into port.
The monkey was complicit in scamming tourists. His partner/owner would walk up to unsuspecting tourists, place the monkey on their head or shoulder, take your picture and then demand $10 to remove the monkey. Same principle as prostitution: You don’t pay a hooker to come, you pay her to leave.
We piled into these 4×4 jeeps and explored St Kitts. We’re just entering the rain forest.
I shot this as we were zooming through a village on the way to the rain forest. Our driver scolded me and said that people on the island can get very pissed about having their photos taken. These guys seemed friendly enough…
North shore, St. Kitts
Heading down the mountainside on St. Kitts.
Off in the distance is Nevis Peak on the island of…wait for it…Nevis. Part of St. Kitts.
Friars Bay, St. Kitts..
Just another unbelievably gorgeous beach. I risked my camera to get this shot: I was standing in waist-deep (crystal-clear) water.
Moored in Friar’s Bay.
Can you imagine these are growing wild on St. Kitts?
St. Kitts was covered in beautiful flowers.
Snapped this as we were leaving Friar’s Bay on St. Kitts. According to our driver, the monkeys are not indigenous to St. Kitts. They were brought as pets hundreds of years ago, and, well, you can figure out the rest.
We had just cast off and were enjoying a beverage at the Sunset Bar.
The Silhouette’s stack.
Breathtaking. No two are ever alike.
If you’ve been on a cruise ;ately, you’re aware that the “Dancing With the Stars” brand has been expanded to include a favorite onboard activity. Couples are given lessons by the ship’s resident dancers/entertainers and then have a competition toward the end of the cruise.
The ship has one outdoor pool…one indoor pool. And about eight hot tubs.
This lovely young lady from Holland was tending bar at the Sunset Bar. She got all excited because she owns the same camera as mine.
The lighting made it tough to do this justice. The glassed-in elevators slid up and down silently.
Above the winding staircase.
This would the equivalent of the main lobby at a fine hotel.
Clearly I was impressed by the atrium. This shot gives you an idea of the sheer massiveness of this boat.
The ship is 15 stories tall, from the boarding level to the Solstice Deck.
Art is a big deal on all cruise ships, but I especially enjoyed the whimsy of the pieces on the Silhouette.
Sailing Into Philipsburg, capital of St. Maarten
The town has a boardwalk and beach that wraps around the bay. Very pretty. You can see the cruise ship ghetto at the far right.
John and I left our mark at the small restaurant where we had lunch while on Sint Maarten.
St. Maarten has some big resort hotels.
The sun setting on St. Maarten.
The clouds, the streaks of light, the colors…look, I’m sorry. I dig sunsets.
So…there I am, sitting on our room’s veranda and something catches my eye toward the stern: A handful of dolphin playing in our wake. I love this shot.
Don’t anybody move…I dropped my contact lens. Wait…I think I see it…