Ruth and David – Part Four of Four

After leaving St. Maartin, we spent a leisurely day at sea.  At home I always say I should find time to just do nothing for a little bit.  However, there always seems to be something that needs done.  David often went on deck to watch the passing scene, and finally on this trip,  I too spent some time just sitting watching the sun go down.  Alie and Ruth were a little more active: they went off to a lecture on “wine and chocolate.”

We enjoyed another formal evening in the dining room taking so much time that we had to rush to the “dessert extravaganza” on the pool deck.  Having just eaten, we were content to just look at all the beautiful desserts before going to a showroom to hear Julie Barr’s late night adult comedy.  She has been on HBO and around for a while, but she was new to us.  She has four more fans.

Many of the cruise lines have leased or bought private islands in the Caribbean.  Holland – and their parent company, Carnival – have a ninety-nine year lease from the Bahamas for Half Moon Cay.  They have spent millions to build a quiet marina and various tourist facilities.  They also contract for water activities like para sailing, snorkeling, scuba, and deep-sea fishing.

David chose to go deep-sea fishing with two other fellows, but the engine transmission failed and they never made it to deep water.  Their money was refunded, but they were disappointed.

Alie and Ruth took a glass-bottomed boat out to see the fish on a reef.  Ray took a more direct approach and went snorkeling.  He seems to have had the best experience of the day, but everyone enjoyed the beautiful clear waters, soft sand and great facilities.

One leaves a ship early so that the crew can prepare for the next group.  Therefore, we packed Saturday evening.   That rather drives home the point that it is coming to an end, but we still managed to enjoy a pre-dinner libation, a great dinner and the

Gulf of Mexico

after-dinner show. 

Caribbean Sea

My buddy Tyler once observed, “time flies even when you aren’t having fun.”  Well it certainly flies when you are having a good time.  Often there is a little let-down when one comes to the end of a good trip.  Our scheme to avoid the let-down is to already be thinking and planning for our next adventure — and perhaps even two or three more.

About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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