St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

It has taken a while but this is finally my last trip recap, took me long enough I know! : ) St. Thomas was by FAR my favourite stop on my cruise. Beautiful scenery and the most gorgeous beach you have EVER seen. I absolutely have to go back there some day, I’d love to spend a week or two there.

Other recaps of my trip:

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 1

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 2

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

We started our day off by riding the gondola to paradise point, LOOK at that view. It was stunning!

 

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After our ride we headed downtown to do a little shopping and I went to my very first Tiffany & Co. store. I may have made a little purchase, duty and tax free of course! Winking smile I have always loved the Tiffany keys so I thought it would be the perfect souvenir from our trip. I wear it constantly so it was a great purchase!

 

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Anyone else every visit the Virgin Islands?

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

St. Maarten was beautiful but still probably my least favourite stop of our cruise. I found the residents there to be really pushy (more so then the rest of the Caribbean). We opted not to do an excursion on this stop and instead just went for a cab tour around part of the island. After that we hit the beach for sun, sand, snorkelling and beers. Alcohol in St. Maarten is cheap! Dollar beers? Umm yes please! I wish we were there right now!

 

Other recaps of my trip:

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 1

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 2

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

 

 

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Anyone ever visit St. Maarten?

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

One of the most memorable parts of this entire trip was getting to visit a rainforest. It. Was. Amazing. Unfortunately our boat was almost 2 hours late docking in Puerto Rico so we really only had enough time for our tour and a beer at Senor Frogs but it was still a great time. I would highly recommend this tour as you get to see various parts of the rainforest and learn a lot along the way. I also got to try some local coffee, it was good but super strong!

 

Other recaps of my trip:

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 1

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 2

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

 

 

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The Lower Part of the Rainforest

 

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The water in this “pool” is supposed to be good luck. Ironically 2 people drowned in it so you can’t swim there anymore.

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La Coca Falls

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Yokahu Observation Tower

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Top of the tower 98 steps and what a view!

 

 

Have you ever been to the rainforest?

Anyone visit Puerto Rico? I’d like to go back and see Old San Juan

What’s the best coffee you’ve ever had from another country? I’d say Blue Mountain from Jamaica is my favourite!

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

The first stop on our cruise (recap part 1 & part 2) was the beautiful island of Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos islands. This island was stunningly beautiful, all white sand and clear beautiful beaches.

 

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When we arrived here we went for a little walk down the beach before we were going on our trolley tour. I would highly recommend this tour, it took just over an hour and a half but you got to see almost all of the island and it was reasonably priced ($30 approx). With a short tour then you get to spend the rest of the day at the beach! Plus you get to ride in a trolly, who doesn’t want to do that?

 

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The island has some beautiful historic homes right on the beach. We also got to see the old salt ponds that are no longer in use. It was a very interesting and informative tour.

 

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Of course no trip anywhere is complete without trying the local brew, I highly recommend this one!

 

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After the tour we headed to Margaritaville for lunch. I know Margaritaville is cheesy and overpriced but they make a strawberry margarita to die for and best nachos in the entire world. I am going to attempt to recreate the volcano nachos but I doubt I will come close!

 

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After Margaritaville we headed to the beach for some swimming and snorkelling and then headed back to the ship.

 

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Anyone visit Turks & Caicos before?

Any Margaritaville fans?

What’s your favourite Margarita flavour?

Sailing On The Carnival Valor Part 2

I just love browsing through my vacation photos and reliving the adventure all over again. You can see the first recap here. In this post I want to recap some of the fun things we did on board the ship. This was my second cruise, the first time around we took in almost all the shows and entertainment on board. This time I wanted a different experience, I wanted more quality time spent relaxing with Bruce and the other couple that came with us. We did some fun stuff on board and took in a few comedy shows but we also did a whole lot of relaxing and that was just fine with me. Smile 

 

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We spent a lot of time on our cruise on the deck both night and day. I loved days spent by the pool relaxing and reading. In the night one of our favourite things to do was to get in the hot tub and watch a movie in the seaside movie theatre (pictured above). There is nothing better then watching a movie on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean. I also loved sitting on the deck in the night time just enjoying the warm air and chatting. Just writing this is making me feel more relaxed! Smile 

 

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One of my favourite features of the carnival ships is the waterslide! It was so much fun, I went down it a lot! Smile The waterslide became even more fun with a few poolside tropical drinks! Winking smile 

 

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I also loved that this ship had indoor hot tubs (as well as outdoor ones) the indoor ones were great for the nights it was a little too windy out.

 

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During one of our fun days at sea we played mini golf. It was my first time playing mini golf in forever!

 

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This was one of our favourite bars on board I believe it was called the Bronx Bar, it was a sports themed bar and it had my favourite beer on board, thirsty frog!

 

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Finally, who could forget the towel babies!! Smile I miss going to bed at night and seeing one of these, with my sheets turned down and a little chocolate! haha

 

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Do you like to be busy with activities on vacation or just relax?

If you’ve cruised before what’s your favourite thing to do on the ship?

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 1

As mentioned earlier this week  over the next few weeks I’ll be recapping my latest adventures. I figured I’d start at the very beginning – the cruise ship itself. Smile Just as a heads up I have cruised before (with Royal Caribbean) however this was my first Carnival cruise.

 

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We set sail on the Carnival Valor from the port of Miami for an 8 day cruise with 4 ports: Puerto Rico, Grand Turk, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. The Valor like most modern cruise ships is massive. There is a ton to do and see on board and it was a lot to take in during our 8 days! Though we spent very little time in our stateroom it was slightly bigger then our last cruise, had all the amenities, and was always kept clean!

 

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One of the best parts of any cruise (especially for a blogger) is the food! I have to say the food was fantastic – however, not quite as good a Royal Caribbean. Though if you’ve never cruised before you’d probably think it was amazing! The staff on board were fantastic with my lactose intolerance I have to say. Every day they’d bring me the menu for the next day so they could prepare for me. Also, each night I got my own special dairy-free dessert. I loved it as I usually never get dessert as most are made entirely of dairy. Below are some shots of my favourite meals and dishes!

 

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Chicken Sausage, Hashbrowns, Bagel & Eggs

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Fillet With Roasted Veggies

 

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Sweet Potato Soup

 

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Chicken Tenders

If you ever decide to cruise I highly recommend trying breakfast a few times in the formal dining area as opposed to the buffet as the quality of food and service was much better. We also took in the onboard steakhouse (an additional cost) and it was an amazing 4 coarse meal.

 

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What I thought was really neat about Carnival is that every night they had a “didja” option with something crazy that you’d never try at home. It ranged from frogs legs to shark! Bruce tried this option every night but I wasn’t as brave! Smile

 

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Frogs Legs

The other thing I really liked was the little mini food places where you could go and custom order a burrito, sandwich or stirfry and they’d make it for you custom! I thought this was a really nice option that my last cruise didn’t have!

 

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Beef Stirfry

 

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Ham and Swiss with a side of pickles

 

 

Stay tuned for part 2 which recaps some of the fun we had at sea!

 

Have you ever cruised?

What’s the craziest food you’ve ever eaten?