After finding different ways around the ship, we arrived at the buffet for lunch and some cards.
Around the ship we found the holiday decorations still out and it looked beautiful. But as we sailed out of Baltimore, the sunset was more beautiful than anything.
The next morning it was up to the Meet & Mingle. What great prizes they gave and we each won items during the raffle drawing.
On around this big island of Haiti/Dominican Republic we came on to Samana, Dominican Republic. You had to tender into this port and we found it boring. Taxis offered rides to waterfalls and beaches but that was it. We walked around town and saw very little. One nice shopping area. After an hour, we were back on the ship.
From the Dutch side, to the French side, stops at Natural Reserve and on to Bikini Beach, part of Orient's famous clothes optional beach - well, fun fun fun. We even made a stop at the locals favorite beach - Friars Bay.
Finally we were at Philliburg. It comes complete with a Boardwalk that runs the entire bay and is lined with restaurants, bars, and shops. And just behind those venues you find Front Street filled with shopping. A must for anyone going to St. Maarten.
The below photo is our last view of St. Maarten - the pier which we are docked at. Also complete with many shops but please go and experience St. Maarten - a gem in the Caribbean Seas.
In case you filled your day at Virgin Gorda and didn't get any shopping in - don't worry, there is plenty of stands to hit up really close to the ship.
Now for the entertainment on the Enchantment of the Seas. Between all of us, we tried to hit all the shows in the Theatre. Some where good, some not so good. First night was a comedian named Jimmy Caroll. He was very good. We did miss the first formal night show. It was a production show and Bob/I had seen it. Next was the Juggler, Mike Price. Since we do not like jugglers, we were worried. He was the best ever. His laser show, juggling in the dark was awesome. To begin the 2011 we attended the LUDWIG show. A fabulous pianist but add comedy to it - it just didn't work for us. Sorry Ludwig.
One thing we LOVE on RCCL is the salad bar in the dining room (which also serves as a breakfast fruit/cereal/granola bar for breakfast. And of course the Dining room staff were excellent. Around the ship we enjoyed the sporting activities as well as activites put on by the staff.
And one highlight was going back stage with the entertainment staff. Very neat to see how they put these shows together with very limited space for set props and the cast themselves.
Of course, going from Caribbean waters to the open Atlantic in the winter weather gave some changes. Micah and Chelcy watch from the cabin window at the rough seas.
And I always enjoy heading by the pool and watching from the pool deck to the ocean below. I remember being on the ship before and the grate wasn't below the window. Hmmmmmm made me wonder if someone had fallen. Yikes
Having our son and his girlfriend with us on this cruise made it even more special. Our son will be graduating in May 2011 and will start the next step of his life. And traveling might be different for him. So we are so glad we spent this time with him before his next journey begins.
Thanks, as always, for visiting our blog and reading our adventures. I do hope you can use some of this information when you have visits at these same ports. Again, thanks for taking this journey with us.
(I have a video of the Dragon Coaster ride and the New Years Party on the Enchantment of the Seas but couldn't get it to download. May try again later so check back)