Sailing the Caribbean Sea

I have never tried to go on a cruise and since I am already living the American dream so, I have thought of venturing on a Caribbean cruise. The Caribbean is close to the state of Florida, a convenient location for out-of-country travel by sea. It was in the month of November where most states in the northern part of the United States are getting colder each day, thus, I have decided to go somewhere south and sunny by choosing in sailing the Caribbean Sea thru Carnival Cruises.

Carnival Glory

The itinerary for the 7-day long Caribbean cruise goes like this:

Day 1: Sail Away

Well, it says what it says. It was the sail away day when the cruise ship pulled the anchor up and started navigating the sea. We were in the port of Miami and check-in time was at 1400H. The boarding process was long since there were like a thousand passengers trying to get to the cruise ship but departure time was at 1600H. At around 1600H, the ship that we were in which was Carnival Glory went off of the port. I got to see Miami Beach view by the sea.

The sail away party in the cruise ship also started. Crew started calling all guests to come and have fun. There were drinks, dancing, foods, swimming and many more going on. It was one of the liveliest days.

Sail Away Party

Party Dancing in Lido Deck

Day 2: Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas

The second day was a first stop of the cruise in the Half Moon Cay. Half Moon Cay is a private island with 9 mile of beaches, a 1700-acre interior lagoon, and exotic vegetation.

Stunning Beach View with Carnival Glory in Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas

For the full story, visit my previous blog article titled, Stunning Beach View of the Bahamas.

Day 3: Nassau, the Bahamas

On the third day, Carnival Glory docked at the port of Nassau, the Bahamas. We were allowed to disembarked from 0700H to 1600H. Nassau is the most popular island out of 700 Bahamian islands.

Carnival Glory and Carnival Liberty in Nassau Port, The Bahamas

View from the Government House overlooking the Caribbean Sea

In Nassau, guests can do some sightseeing since there are tourist attractions in the island. It was scorching hot though but I was able to stroll around the place. Click here for the full story.

Day 4: Fun Day At Sea

It was a whole day just cruising the Caribbean Sea. But vacationers won’t get bored when confined to the whole ship coz there are a lot to do in the ship. Travelers can have fun in activities hosted in the Lido Deck, bars are open most of the time, pools and Jacuzzis are available to everyone, foods are overflowing, casinos is open, trivia quizzes and board games are provided, the spa and adult retreat are awesome relaxation, some sports such as basketball, golf, corn hole, and jogging are also available. You won’t be bored if you know how to have fun.

Slide and Dive in Carnival Glory’s activities while onboard

Sex on the Beach cocktail

Day 5: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

The next day on my Caribbean cruise experience was a whole day spent in the Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. Amber Cove is Puerto Plata and the cruise ship provided excursions for sea-goers for a fee. That day, I got the opportunity to see the best of Puerto Plata.

Amber Cove

Carnival Glory in Amber Cove, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

San Felipe Fort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Check out my vlog about the Best of Puerto Plata.

Day 6: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

The last leg was in Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos Islands. The capital of the TCI is named after the Turk Cap Cactus. The island is abundant of different species of animals from the land to the sea. But during my visit, it was still recovering from the damages it got from the hurricanes that hit.

Grand Turk shoreline view from Carnival Glory

Grand Turk Historic Lighthouse

To check for my Grand Turk adventure, just visit Get Up, Grand Turk!

Day 7: Farewell Day At Sea

On the last day at sea, we were having the farewell day. It was the same activities that we did when we were on day 4 but this time, it was like a culmination of everything. They had the last lip sync battle and were doing a lot of functions in every stages and decks in the cruise ship. It sure was memorable but a little sad coz my Caribbean adventure was about to end the next day.

Enjoying Jacuzzi on Farewell Day At Sea onboard Carnival Glory

Sailing the Caribbean Sea was one of the best moments of my life. I will definitely sail back again but in other different locations. There are still a lot to see in the Caribbean such as St. Maarten, St. Lucia, British and US Virgin Islands, Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and many more to mention. The whole experience was fun and relaxing and I love cruising the Caribbean Sea.

For my Sailing the Caribbean Sea vlog, just check this out.

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Get Up Grand Turk!

The Caribbean has been hit twice with hurricanes this year 2017. That doesn’t exclude this archipelago in the Caribbean, the Turks and Caicos Islands. I was in Turks and Caicos Islands mid November and I saw how the capital of the archipelago territory, Grand Turk, devastated by hurricane after hurricane. It was so heartbreaking that the people of Grand Turk were trying to make ends meet. But I saw the resilience of the Turks and Caicos islanders and I’m here as a traveler helping them in a way boosting tourism in the land. With this trip, all I can say is, Get up Grand Turk!

I was in a Caribbean cruise and Turks and Caicos Islands was one of the destinations we had on that voyage. I never heard of this territory before but I am a person who loves to indulge in an adventure and before I left for my cruise, I did a research and added the territory on my list of places to visit. When I woke up in the morning and the cruise ship was already docked in the port of Grand Turk, I was hyped to head out and to explore the place.caribbean

Grand Turk shoreline

Turks and Caicos Islands or TCI for short are British Overseas Territory consisting of larger Caicos islands and smaller Turks islands. These group of tropical islands are primarily known for tourism and as an offshore financial center. The TCI lie southeast of the Bahamas and north of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic).

When I got off of to the shore of Grand Turk, it was lively with live shows going on. I would have never thought that the place has been hit by hurricanes if I didn’t go out of the Grand Turk Cruise Center. When I travel, I always make sure to do some exploring instead of just staying in the hotel. I took the best of Grand Turk excursion because on the brochure, it showcased the old places and the top tourist destinations of the land. All guests were brought to these touristy areas. These locations were;

1. Grand Turk Salt Salinas

Damaged Grand Turk Salt Salinas

Salinas are everywhere in Grand Turk since Grand Turk was one of the three islands of the TCI developed to produce salt. Development of Salinas for salt production began sometime in the early 1700s when the British colonials in Bermuda recognized potentials of the shallow ponds in the Turks and Caicos. Inlet connections to the ocean were made to feed the Salinas with sluice gates to control water movement. Grand Turk Salt Salinas has seen more development than Salt Cay and South Caicos. But due to recent devastation when the hurricanes hit the land, the borders of the salt Salinas were been damaged making the flow of the water exceeds to even side walk and main streets.

2. St. Mary’s Anglican Church

St. Mary’s Anglican Church

Infront of the church

Inside the church

The colonial beachfront St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Cockburn Town is one of the stops in our excursion too. Many of the island’s churches were built during golden age of sea salt production in the early to mid ’80s. The most beautiful thing about this church is it is located infront of the finest sand beach of the land.

3. Grand Turk beaches and shores

Grand Turk shores and beaches

The whole time we were touring around Grand Turk, I have noticed its beautiful and finest sand beaches and shores. The water was so clear that you can see the bottom of the sea. Since they are known as a tourist destination, Turks and Caicos islanders used this advantage by putting up sea activities such as swim with the turtles, snorkeling, jet skiing,  and more.

4. Grand Turk Historic Lighthouse

Grand Turk Historic Lighthouse

Zip lining in between cliffs

View of the cliff

The shallow water of Grand Turk

It is a lighthouse located on the lighthouse road on the coast of Grand Turk. It is situated on a small limestone hill overlooking the shallow reef that extends from the northern end of the island. The 60-foot tall structure was completed by a British architect in 1852 to alert sailors of the shallow reef. Today, the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s house are a historic site protected by the National Trust. The lighthouse has donkey trails to the beach. Mangrove trees can be found also anywhere on the coast nearby helping prevent soil erosion.

The whole time I was in Grand Turk, I found how strong the locals are. They only need opportunity to get back on their feet to live life normal again. I may have a small reader community but somehow I did something to open the eyes of the outside world that people in Grand Turk needs a helping hand. Since their primary way of getting money is thru tourism, travelers can try and visit TCI and able to assist in getting up, Grand Turk.

Here is my vlog on Turks and Caicos Islands few months after it got hit by hurricane after hurricane.