I think those are the days we’re covering here. Day five of the trip is really Day three of the cruise. Isn’t it? If you count Day three of the trip as the day we boarded the ship, which would be Day one of the cruise. Oh, it’s just tooooo confusing because my brain is most definitely on vacation. So, continuing with where we left off, Day five was an At-Sea day, a day of rest and relaxation. As if there is a day on this cruise that is not about rest and relaxation.
So – on Day five we lounged. We slept in and missed breakfast, so we had an early lunch. Then we walked around a bit before we took a nap. Energetic, right? Well, the sun, sand, sea, walking and sunburn of the day before had taken its toll, you see. And it is vacation. That night was the first of two formal dinners, so the first picture below is of the two of us all dressed for dinner, taken by an accommodating fellow guest.
Day six we slept late one more time. We arrived in Aruba at 1:00 but we did manage to squeeze in both breakfast and lunch before 1:00 – good trick since we were not up early. In Aruba we boarded a submarine (not Navy regulation size by any means) to tour a reef. We took many pictures, but they will require uploading to the desktop computer at home before I can tell whether there is anything worth seeing in them. Fear not, because if there is anything worthwhile there, I will share after we get home. I fully intend to share with you once home, many more photos, possibly too many more words – maybe you should be fearful rather than fearing not.
Once back on shore, we did some very quick shopping then boarded a catamaran for a sunset cruise, which was wonderful – a lovely sunset and for those of us (that would be me) that moved up front to sit on the webbing, a heavenly breeze. The sunset was – well, there’s a picture down there, so I’ll let you decide.
Back on board for a late dinner, then to the room (have I told you we’re on deck 8 of 10?) to sit on the veranda for a bit with a glass of wine and watch the stars in the sky. Alas, they did no tricks for us, although we were watching carefully.
Early Day seven, which was Tuesday (today), we docked in Willamsted, Curacao. We wandered a bit, visiting shops, looking at pretties, buying nothing, until time to queue up – we are becoming expert at that – for our trip to the dolphin academy, where we kissed a dolphin and the dolphin kissed back. That adventure, that thrill – because it was definitely a thrill, will have to wait to be shared visually with you because the photos are on a flash drive, and I cannot connect a USB device to my iPad. But I will share a photo of dolphins taken this day. It’s below the one of some of the shops – as if you wouldn’t be able to figure that out by yourselves!
Now we have departed Curacao, headed for Panama with our arrival anticipated for very early on Thursday. We have had dinner, we have enjoyed more Adagio music in one of the lounges, where I had a coffee with kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream, we have returned to our room, donned our pajamas, are planning our schedule for our day at sea tomorrow, and will soon turn out the lights and sleep. This relaxing makes one tired, it appears.