14 day Caribbean Cruise

Constellation
Constellation
St. Thomas
St. Thomas
Curacao
Curacao
Grenada
Grenada
Grenada
Grenada
Tobago
Tobago
St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Barbados
Barbados
Beach in Barbados
Beach in Barbados
St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Leaving Grenada
Leaving Grenada
Leaving Curacao
Leaving Curacao
Leaving Antigua
Leaving Antigua
Islander
Islander
Harbor in Antgua
Harbor in Antgua
St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Curacao
Curacao
Harbor
Harbor
St. Thomas from ship
St. Thomas from ship
St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Tobago
Tobago
Tobago
Tobago
Aruba
Aruba
St. Thomas
St. Thomas
Aruba
Aruba
Small Church, Aruba
Small Church, Aruba
Lighthouse, Aruba
Lighthouse, Aruba
Fort Rif, Curacao
Fort Rif, Curacao
Leaving Miami
Leaving Miami
Grenada
Grenada
Barbados
Barbados
Grenada at waterfall
Grenada at waterfall
Leaving Curacao
Leaving Curacao
Ship docked
Ship docked
Cacti in Aruba
Cacti in Aruba
Aruba
Aruba
Walk along seafront, Barbados
Walk along seafront, Barbados
Barbados
Barbados
Curacao
Curacao
One of the many in Aruba!
One of the many in Aruba!

Below is a brief overview of my most recent Caribbean cruise experience.

We set sail on the Celebrity Constellation on December 4th for a 14 night cruise to the Caribbean. Our destination, eight of the most popular islands.

Our first stop was St. Thomas; one of the US Virgin Islands. Both the US and British Virgin Islands have a multitude of little islands doted everywhere, pristine waters to swim in, wonderful harbors, and lush mountain vistas you can view from your ship. These islands aren't as immediately visibly poor as some of the Caribbean. We took a cab and did the island tour but it was a rainy day. I got a couple of reasonable photos when the sun came out, taken from the highest point of the island looking down to the ocean. All the Virgin Islands I have seen are lovely and well worth a visit.

Antigua was our next port of call and again we took a cab around the island. This island is very poor and it isn't always a pleasant trip. Depending on your driver, you will be told about the religions (hundreds ) the history, the prison (our driver was a little too knowledgeable about that particular establishment )! Again, it was somewhat rainy but in between the showers, I got the odd shot. I wouldn't return to Antigua by choice because of the pressure on you to buy things at every single opportunity and the sadness of the poverty.

After our tour in St. Lucia, we took a swim when the sun broke through. The water was just right; nice and refreshing. St. Lucia again is very beautiful but poor. I managed to get quite a few photos from the dock. The Pitons, Waterfall and Gardens are the main attractions, as well as the lovely beaches and active Volcano ~ however, if you don't like the smell of Sulphur, this is not recommended for a visit.

The next morning, our ship docked in Barbados. We went through historic Bridgetown and along the seafront. Its quite lovely and well-maintained. We visited friends who have live there for six months of each year. As such, we didn't get to see much of the island, but it is lush and mountainous and I am told it is very beautiful. The people seem very friendly, but there is still quite a bit of the high-pressure sales as soon as you leave the ship. We went swimming at a local beach where, like all of the islands, you pay for your deckchair and umbrella (and there will be folk selling their ware coming up to you whilst you try to rest ). Like all Caribbean Islands, the coastline is spectacular.

Grenada ( the Spice island ) is my favorite! What a beautiful island. We took a typical island tour. One of the stops is a shack that sells spices and educates you on the various spices grown there. We made our purchases and came back to the ship smelling exotic, wearing the garlands we had purchased from the locals ~ who make them from the colorful spice pods . The island undulates with lush vegetation, mountain peaks and breathtaking views of valleys, with a magnificent coastline. I will definitely return!

Tobago was scary! I wandered into the immediate town (from where our ship docked ) and was accosted by a mad woman who said she would "chop me into little pieces!" She was visibly drugged, as were many other of the dubious characters hanging around the port. As with all of the islands, you'll find that being a tourist (especially from a cruise ship ) means constant bartering for your attention; whether it be to take a tour or to buy something - the islanders are jaded and think we are all millionaires who deserve to be ripped off if we don't want to buy. It's a sad fact that they have become ruthlessly aggressive. As such, I didn't go any further in this island and so only saw a minuscule part of it.

Aruba is Dutch. Its okay if you want nice beaches and casinos. Other than that, it is an island full of Cacti and Geckos! We visited the small Church and the Lighthouse, the Rock Formation and the coastline.. that's about it. The rest of the time we dragged ourselves around yet another shopping center where jewelry, watches and other luxuries all call out your name... and, like all the Islands you visit on your cruise, if you dare to show the slightest interest in anything, you will have a sales representative as an attachment for the rest of the trip (they are very persistent). We left with our sales assistant walking rapidly by our side ...If you don't like high pressure sales, you won't like the Caribbean.

Curacao is a breath of fresh air. Its also Dutch and is quite lovely. You arrive at the Dock and walk through an old Fort to get into the town center. Everything is immaculate and colorful. I was very impressed. It's quite lovely. The open bus tour took us over the suspension bridge and around the rather lovely island. I would definitely go back; there is none of the poverty, smells or filth of some of the other islands. I may even relocate!

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Comments 25 comments

Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Up and awesome!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Fay, have you been to the Caribbean?


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Sharon Douglas 5 years ago from GA, United States

Nice very nice and being a Caribbean girl myself, I enjoyed seeing those pics of fond memories.

Thanks for sharing!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sharon, which Island are you from? Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked the pics! :-) Helen


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Stunning photographs, Helen. Very enjoyable. Would like to know more about the cruise ship as I'm debating whether to take a cruise or not. So much publicity lately has been unfavorable. But it looks so inviting.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

very nice, would love to be there right about now


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi PegCole17 - take a look at my latest hub "Caribbean Cruising, the good, the bad and the ugly"! You have to take the good with the bad. Its got progressively more obnoxious at times to see the dichotomy of the greed (of certain passengers) on board ship - and the excessive poverty and filth in the islands. There are many pluses so if you go prepared, you will be warned. There is a lot of high-pressure both on and off the ship to get you to buy stuff, if you can hold firm and resist, and see beyond, then go for it. Not sure which cruise line is best. Some say Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Disney - I've been with most and they are virtually the same - my last cruise was on the Celebrity Constellation, I didn't enjoy the ship much. I prefer the Norwegian lines and thoroughly enjoyed all the Costa ships I've been on. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by, :-) Helen

Hi Fossillady, I am living in Florida and its a balmy 80 degrees today. But there is nothing quite like the light in the Caribbean and the color of the water. It is special, thanks for stopping by, :-) Helen


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Great photography!

Flag up!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks dallas93444 - nice to meet you! :-) Helen


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan

Looks like a beautiful place! I would love to go there someday.


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Rose, it is, but if you decide to cruise, be sure to read my other hub called Caribbean cruising, the good, the bad and the ugly! It'll give you some insights and help you in your decisions. Thanks for your comments! Helen


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Oh that sun and sea and sky. Wonderful.


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi chpubish, well it around 80 degrees here in Florida this week - and the sea is lovely ~ so I guess I'm spoiled. I actually look forward to cold spells! :-) Helen


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I enjoyed looking at your photos – they were beautiful. I’ve never been to the Caribbean, so it’s great to see photos of the islands. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit them one day.


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi AliciaC, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and hope you get to go to the islands one day! Thanks for commenting, :-) Helen


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point2make 5 years ago

Another great hub thanks for the photo tour I enjoyed it.


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you for your comment point2make and glad you enjoyed the photos! :-) Helen


GermanDelight 5 years ago

I also enjoyed your genuine photos,I assume you took them yourself.I would love to be on a tropic Island right now!

I went on a cruise in the Bahamas 2 years ago. It was beautiful, your pictures brought back great memories.


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi GermanDelight ~ thank you for your comments. Yes, all the photos were taken by me on our last cruise in December 2010. The Bahamian Islands are lovely - glad I brought back sunny memories :-) Helen


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice hub you have here.I enjoyed it alot cos i love the nature of environment which you used in the videos


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi crystolite, I am glad you enjoyed the hub... (No videos), just photos, thanks!


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Str8up Hookups 5 years ago

Great hub!

Beautiful pics!

Thanks for sharing!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Str8up Hookups, thank you for your kind comments - I'm glad you enjoyed the photos! :-) Helen


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Great Hub! I would love to be there.


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Katrinasui - I hope you get there one day! Thanks for your comment. :-) Helen

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