We had a leisurely morning since we didn’t have any planned tours or a schedule to adhere to on this Saturday in St. George’s, Grenada, and a late departure time of 6PM. We hit the breakfast buffet and were in town by 11AM. Starting out, we went to the local market which runs Friday and Saturday until noon weekly. They sold fruit, food, and clothing more oriented to locals than to tourists, although it didn’t stop the vendors from trying! After the market, we wanted to get to a high vantage point in the city to take some pictures of the architecture and waterfront. Fort George seemed to be at a good position to accomplish this goal and was also a tourist attraction from colonial times. We hoofed it up some serpentine roads and ultimately were redirected by a local guy who told us we had to enter through a different way, even though the signs pointed towards the way we went. Rerouted and back on track, we met a taxi driver named Kevin who tried to get us to hire him for the day to go nowhere we wanted to. He tried on the way in (twice) and on….
Our third port of call, Castries, St. Lucia would be a day of driving around the island through a proper guided tour that we organized outside of the cruise. After a quick room-service breakfast (which we finally caught on to write in water and ketchup, but forgot to write in coffee mugs for our coffee), we disembarked to meet our guide, who had a sign waiting for us in the area one would expect. St. Lucia was our first stop where we organized our own tour outside of the ship – the itinerary however was identical to the shore excursion itinerary called “Island Delights”. It was basically a 5 hour drive around the island, with a number of stops along the way for pictures and instruction. We loved the tour company and would highly recommend them – and we worked with a guide named Stan. There were two other couples and a solo traveler with us in our group, and it was a good size. Nobody was too slow. Our first stop in St. Lucia was an overlook where we got some views from the interior mountains to the harbor, including some great Celebrity Silhouette shots. We also were starting….
Our morning in St. Maarten began around 10AM on Thanksgiving Day, and this was our first shore “excursion” with Celebrity to St. Barths. I put excursion in quotes because literally all we paid for was a ferry to St. Barths and back. We decided to forego a day in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin to travel to super luxe and inaccessible neighbor, Saint Bartholomew’s. We did slightly regret not being able to see the second Caribbean island that shared two cultures – Dutch on one side and French on the other. The other island if you’re wondering, of course, is Hispaniola, which shares not only two cultures but two countries – Dominican Republic and British, and Haiti and French. We did the breakfast buffet this morning instead of room service since we had a little extra time and had purposely gone to bed early the night before. In fact, although our dinner times varied largely, anywhere from 6PM – 9PM, we always went to bed by 11PM because we were just tired! The breakfast buffet may quite possibility be my least favorite buffet time. Things aren’t where they should be. You also have to go out of your way to get basic….
Our first stop took us to the American harbor of Frederiksted, St. Croix, part of the US Virgin Islands. We had no planned itinerary here and decided to play it by ear, since the 1PM bike tour through Frederiksted that we originally booked got cancelled and rolled in to one morning tour (which was too early for us). We slept in a bit, did the Aqua Spa Cafe breakfast (healthier options) and made it easily to shore directly on to a pier around 1030AM. Shortly after we disembarked, we had some fun with our #TugLife #TugWife insider meme. This was our first experience with the shore excursion entourage waiting for us as soon as we disembarked. There was no problem at all not booking a tour through the ship, because there were at least 5 different tour companies with many options available for how to spend the day in the cruise ship terminal area. Once through the port area, we decided to start by getting the lay of the land in Frederiksted. We headed to Market Square, which on a map appeared significant, but in reality, was nothing at all. Along the way we found the St. Croix bike tour….
As mentioned in our previous blog, after a harrowing travel ordeal getting to the Celebrity Silhouette, our cruise only really started to feel like a vacation on Days 2 and 3 when we were at sea. We over-indulged in long sleeps (until 11 in some cases), explored nooks and crannies on the ship, and even went to the gym – all around finding a good food routine (big breakfast, late lunch, late dinner vs small breakfast, normal lunch, early dinner vs big breakfast, no lunch, early dinner). We still haven’t figured it out yet. It also gave Brendan a chance to rest and recover from his cold turned ear pressure issues. We also went to the headliner evening performances both nights, and we enjoyed them immensely. I of course went it as the Debbie Downer thinking the shows would be terrible (based on what I saw two decades ago when I was cruising more regularly with my grandparents). They were anything but. The first night the Celebrity cast put together a storyline montage of great songs (including contemporary), with live vocals and exceptional dancing. As borderline millennials, we ate that shit up like candy. Oh, and did I mention the….