San Juan to St. Thomas

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 The Skyride cable car is just a block or two from where our ship docked in St. Thomas. There is a bar and restaurant on top where the views can be enjoyed. Lauren introduced me to a drink there called a Bushwacker that tastes like a milkshake…..so good! But I found out why it is called Bushwacker. 

Carnival Cruises now has an internet package rather than paying by the minute. Unfortunately the internet is so weak and slow that it took at least 10 minutes to upload the picture above. But, it is better than the nothing I had on previous cruises.

Our ship, the Carnival Triumph is the one in the picture. It’s half again as large as any we have been on before. In the past, we lucked out and always had one of the Spirit class sister ships so after five cruises I had finally learned my way around. I will never learn my way on this ship. For one thing, I have a terrible sense of direction inside of buildings. I still cannot figure out Aft from Port from Broadside to Starboard. None of it makes sense. A commenter on my last post asked if I needed a GPS. I never thought of that but it would be a very good idea. Carnival could make money by renting them out for the cruise.

The sea has been so smooth that I can hardly tell we are moving. Lauren however is not faring so well. She has been sick twice but that is always after she has been bar hopping late at night so that may have something to do with it.  These ships have at least 10 bars on them and it seems Lauren is about the only person in them each night.  There are no young people on this ship which is very, very unusual.  We did see one young handsome man the first night out, who it appeared was traveling with his father.  He was eyeing Lauren pretty good but their paths have not crossed again. She has had a stalker though who follows her everywhere, sits down nearby, and just stares. Lauren is about to throw him overboard.

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This blurry photo is of Madiana from Bali who is our sweet cabin steward. Carnival Cruises has 24 ships and my math reckons they employ over 1600 cabin stewards. Why is this significant? Because Madiana was the steward for Steve and I on our last cruise and it was on a different ship over a year ago to Hawaii. Madiana has a wife and 3 children in Bali and sees them every 6 months between contracts. 

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Our cabin with balcony. This ship is older than the Carnival ships we have been on before and not nearly as glitzy with the decor. But the beds are comfortable, it’s clean, and the food is way too good as usual. 

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We were docked beside the Carnival ship Liberty in two ports so far. Ours is on the left.

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A ship of two tails. ? A tale of two ships? Whatever. 

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Plenty of deck stairs and several swimming pools and hot tubs. I don’ know how many pools. Am not sure if I’m seeing the same one over and over.

We have been to three ports since St. Thomas and I took many pictures as I got off the ship each time.   I wanted you to see a bit of the ship first. Oh, the above picture was taken in St. Kitts, my least favorite port so far.

Also, I didn’t bring my good Nikon because my pack mule stayed in Colorado so my pictures are all taken with my little Lumix making for some blown out skies.


7 comments

  1. I think your pictures are GORGEOUS. That is just TOO WEIRD about Madiana, but awesome at the same time. As for getting lost on the ship all the time, welcome to my world. That’s how I am in normal life. Those ships are HUGE. Looks like a wonderful trip! Have fun and thanks for sharing!

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  2. I have not, yet, been bitten by the cruising bug, but am having fun following your trip. Thanks for the tour.

    One idea for better wifi comes from my time in RV parks where there are always far too many people for the “juice” is to do your uploading and surfing (no aquatic pun intended) in the middle of the night. Fewer users means better speed. Fortunately for me, I am often up in the middle of the night (all the cool girls are), so I took advantage of my night sweats and insomnia to upload pictures, catch up on quality time with Netflix, and so on.

    If you are a good sleeper, I take back my advice, congratulate you on getting your beauty sleep, and wish you luck battling all of the grey-hairs who are Skyping with their grandchildren back home.

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    • Actually, I could have bought an internet package that has three times the speed but couldn’t justify the cost. Another option on these cruises is to take the laptop off the ship at the various ports. Wifi is plentiful in the shops, eateries, and bars.

      I know what you mean about the RV parks where there is never enough bandwidth for everyone. RV park managers says it is their number one complaint.

      Your advice is good, never thought of it, for my occasional bouts of insomnia. Thanks for the good suggestion.

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  3. This is so great. I feel like I’m on the journey with you. Love your bedroom and with balcony as well. Nice one. I cant believe that such a huge thing can actually float. 1,600 stewards, phew. Glad you’re having a great time 🙂

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  4. Great photos. My husband and I went on our very first cruise last year, after swearing we would never set foot on a cruise ship, and always used to be rude about cruise ship passengers. But the last minute price was too good to miss! It wasn’t a big ship or big cruise company, but good for a first cruise. I loved it. The extras were expensive though, so we didn’t go on any excursions, didnt buy many drinks, and paid our own tips. We didn’t like the herding mentality, we liked to get off the ship and explore by ourselves. I would go again but my husband isnt too keen.

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