This was our seventh cruise (3rd on RCCL, 2 Princess, 1 ea Carnival and Norwegian).
We flew to San Juan, stayed at the Embassy Suites. Took Island Kayaking for the Bio Bay and Atlantic San Juan Tours for the Rain Forest. Two class acts. Andres from Atlantic took us to the ship. Arrived at the ship a little aft 2 pm on Sunday Oct 9. Lines were long, but moving. The baggage check in line was well handled, then had to get back in the line for the actual check in. Inside the terminal, the lines moved smoothly. Sail Pass made the check in very easy. Within an hour, we were on board, in our cabin and upstairs for lunch. The Cruise Critic group had decided on Blue wristbands to stand out. And a member of our group made door signs for all of us. She then put them on our doors. Made for a great welcome. The meet and Mingle invite was waiting for us when we arrived.
Sailing went without a hitch. It was raining in San Juan and we had rain (heavy at times) the next day in St Thomas. We used Godfrey for the tour here. Not his fault that the weather did not cooperate and the tour was hindered by the cloud cover. But enjoyable.
That evening was the Meet and Mingle in the Blue Moon lounge. RCCL put out a nice spread and had little gifts and pins for all. Here they told us that they were changing the itinerary to out run the storm. (BTW this storm eventually became Wilma) The group had been talking on line, so it sure seemed like a homecoming. In fact, the people who had the early seating, linked their reservations and got a table of ten for the week. NEAT!!
So we spent the next day at sea and then to Barbados. Here we used Cameron Reid. (Just the two of us, another great tour and the weather cooperated. Cameron took us to the beach ( Coconut Shack - next to the Boatyard) a lot cheaper and better.
Now off to St Lucia. A bunch of us were on Frank's Taxi. A SUPERB CLASS ACT. his tour was fantastic. Ended with a little excitement as a street punk stole the money we were paying Frank. He gave pursuit and the crowd helped stop the punk and turned him over to the Police after a fashion of street justice. Spent some time at the beach, the volcano, the waterfall and finally shopping.
Then off to Antigua. We all went with Lawrence and had another great tour. Then off to St Martin. here my wife and I did not connect with our tour, cause of the change in the trip, so we got a local driver. Very good also.
Only real downer of the cruise was the entertainer ( and I use that word loosely) Bobby Arvon. NOT GOOD AT ALL. In fact most walked out on his show.
We all got together one last time for breakfast on the last day and are now emailing all our pictures around for sharing.