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Barbados

sunny 82 °F

Barbados was another beautiful caribbean island; however no mountain or hills to any extent. I went snorkeling and to swim with sea turtles; Letty went on a tour of the island, including the subterranean tour of Harrison Caves. The snorkeling included a visit to a shipwreck, which was a so-so event; you had to use some imagination to visualize the sunken ship. I've been to better snorkeling sites, so that aspect of the tour was disappointing. The coral was not colorful and the fish were not plentiful. The turtle swim, however, was very different. Quite nice, some very large sea turtles wanting to "rub elbows" with humans. I wish I had an underwater camera. Letty enjoyed her tour and the pictures we have of Barbados are from her. This was the last island on our journey; our next stop being Salvadore de Bahia in Brazil, which will come after 5 days at sea. We will love the sea days; there are lots of activities on the ship, including sleeping, napping, reading, eating, and more napping. That's all you have to do, if you want. However, lots of games are planned, and there will be lots of entertainment and shows put on by RCCL. Len

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St. Kitts

a place to return to

semi-overcast 80 °F

St. Kitts is a beautiful island. Letty and I started out on the same tour of the island, then I continued on a rain forest hike. We toured the fort that defended the island in colonial times, went to botanical gardens that also housed a 'batik' factory (actually no more than a house). Batik is clothing and fablic colored in a unique way using wax and colors. We traversed much of the island. The rain forest hike was awesome - unbelievable scenery. This is an island we could come back to stay for a few days. Letty was posting all the previous notes, so I beat her to it this time. Len

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St. Martin

To answer some questions - We have been upgraded to a JS for all three legs. We have to change once when we are in Rio from one cabin to another 2 doors away. The tour that a friend arranged with Bernard was great. We went all over the island. In Marigot we had an unbelievable fish stew for for lunch - pricey but delicious with a wonderful french white whine. We went to Orient Beach and saw Mr. OMG, and oh my God. We then around the island. There isn't very much to see on St. Martin..not much history here and a lot of the island was destroyed by a hurricane in the 1990's. I am uploading a picture of the Mariner - our home for the next six weeks.

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We are ready to board the ship

We're up and dressed and getting ready to go to the ship to board our home for the next 46 nights. We've had a wonderful eight days travelling across this great and very diverse land. Last night we met about sixty to seventy people that we will be travelling with who are members of the Cruise Critic message board thread for the Mariner "around the horn" cruise. From what we have heard there are over 1200 people doing the complete cruise of 46 nights. We're off and running so I will post again from the ship.

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The drive ends

We finally made it to Cocoa Beach after a 2,647 mile journey across the USA. I can report the following IMO - eastern Arizona has the worst roads and I think the best roads were in Florida. The mid-portion of Texas along I-10 was outstanding. Len and I expected flat, boring countryside and it was just the opposite, lots of rolling hills, mesas and canyons, just beautiful scenery. This evening, we had a great seafood dinner at a new restaurant in the area called Millikins Reef that we both highly recommend. The next update will probably be after we set sail. Hope everyone had a Happy New Year

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