On September 15, 2007, Bob and I headed off on a Caribbean Cruise on the Carnival Destiny. Coming along was my sister Diana and her husband Marty. (our partners in travel crime) Bob and I had cruised this ship so we knew it was a fun, nice ship. We were up early to fly from St. Louis to San Juan, Puerto Rico to begin our trip. Our itinerary for this trip is: San Juan PR for a couple days, then on to St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, and last stop at St. Johns Antigua. So lets get this journey started.
In San Juan we stayed at the Sheraton Hotel - across from the cruise dock. So just walking distance from the dock, shopping and many major attractions. No rental car was needed. As you can see in the 1st picture, we could see the ship sitting at the dock from the window at the pool. Walking around San Juan is fun and easy. A nice walk around the fort walls is always fun - but usually hot. It is a little longer walk to Fort Cristobal Castle but not as long to go to El Morro Fort. Both worth seeing. We also never go to San Juan without eatting at their popular hamburger joint - El Hamburger. Kinda like Krystal or White Castles in size but a huge burger itself. The photo is a little dark but Diana enjoyed her burger. Well, time to get cruising.
Since we had been to Dominica before, we decided to do what we enjoyed doing before. That was snorkeling at Champagne Bay. This bay (now with a small entry fee of $2) is said to be like swimming in a Champagne glass. Because the island is made from a volcano, the air seeps through the ground into the water. This makes bubbles that you swim in. (where it gets its name Champagne Bay) Above you will see us getting ready to hit the water. One photo shows my sister Diana snorkeling in the bubbles. What a unique experience. We had a driver versus renting a car. The driver also took us to Trafalgar Falls.(also a $2 entrance fee) and another stop was Sulphur Springs - the name alone tells you how it smells. lol But boiling water spurts up from the ground making a spring. You can even buy some miracle de-aging cream from the locals. lol This was a great day and wonderful weather.