Four years ago we went on our very first cruise with Carnival Dream (to Caribbean) and were absolutely blown away!
This time around we wanted to be Royals for a week.
Destinations: Coco Cay, an Island owned by no other than Royal Caribbean, Puerto Rico and St Maarten Island.
The Coco Cay Day.
This 140 acre tropical paradise is reserved exclusively for cruise ship guests. Lots of hammocks around the island that was kind of different.
We got to the Island and our plan was to do our first time ever parasailing! Well, if you knew me you'd understand that even the thought of it was enough to give me an earthquake...but after having a discussion what we'd remember years later about this trip - my husband and I agreed to experience the thrill...
We found the parasailing station on the Island, paid for it and picked the time to do it. While we waited for our turn, suddenly, it got dark and began to rain. The girl at the kiosk announced our parasailing was cancelled. They saw some lightning in the sky, and for the safety matter it had to be stopped. I wasn't really sure whether I was more disappointed or happily relieved? Take a guess. Besides, it was painful already to pay $80 per person.
As my husband said: if anyone asks us about parasailing now we can say well, we agreed to do it and paid for it (never mind that it was refunded).
Hundreds of people lined up to be tendered beck to our ship. We kind of looked at all these people and figured there was no point to stand in the line for hours and get drenched. Plus, we just got there and hardly saw or did anything! We walked to the bar and got some cold beer and waited till the weather got happy...
We read in the flyers there was a nature trail walk for $65 per person. Not sure why you get charged that much to just walk using your own feet... I guess that's what the cruise lines do.
The rain stopped and we wanted to see what was around the island. Also the nature trail was free now, since the island got empty.
We started strolling down the trail. As we walked reading all the signs about different exotic trees and bushes (remember the $65 fee?) we found it interesting to learn that some of the tree leafs could cure certain diseases.
We were maybe about half way to the mid section of the forest when we noticed the trail was now divided into two directions. One of them seemed pretty long, and looking at the other one we could see the ocean. So we took the water view. After walking a few more feet, we came out of the forest to this fantastic white sand beach (Barefoot Beach) and a perfectly calm, clear blue water.
But that's not what literally took our breath away.
To be continued...
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