A couple of months ago I went on my very first cruise with Celebrity Cruises. It was nothing short of an amazing experience. When I decide to do cruising again with another cruise line, it’s going to be hard to beat Celebrity’s exceptional service. The staff were always so friendly, the entertainment during the evenings was incredible, our room was always well cleaned, and the food was the best food I had in a long time. We started in San Juan, Puerto Rico and then looped back around San Juan again after the 7 day journey.
I didn’t spend much time in Puerto Rico but I did get a glimpse of Old San Juan which I found to be very quaint and the locals are super friendly. There’s lots of shops and restaurants along the cobblestoned streets. Old San Juan reminds me of old European city quarters because of how narrow the cobblestone streets are as well as the similarities in architecture.
Our first port of call on the cruise was St. Croix – the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The rain forest here has long vines that fall from towering trees. The main industry here is rhum. I spent my afternoon relaxing at the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort and swimming at the beach.
When coming into Fort de France I felt like I was entering the Italian Riviera. Martinique is territory owned by France so this is where the European influence comes from. Rhum is yet again this island’s main industry. I visited a rhum plantation and tried probably 15 different samples of rhum of various flavours and spices.
Dominica is a small country with many tropical perennial flowers on the islands. What I really like about this island is the view of Scott’s Head – where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean sea.
St. Kitts (USVI) is home to Brimstone National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a hill top overlooking the sea. The views are incredible from up here. I spent about an hour walking around all the different viewing spots. St. Kitt’s is also famous for their notorious monkeys. Don’t leave any of your belongings or drinks unattended. They get drunk pretty quickly!
St. Thomas (USVI) has the most baby blue water beach I’ve ever visited in the Caribbean – Coki Beach. The water was very warm here and Coki Beach also has an amazing snorkel spot. Some say that it is comparable to the great barrier reef in Australia. Coral World is right next to the beach where you can visit some intriguing species at their ocean park. I saw a turtle the size of a car in one of their aquariums.