The Love Quack

Cruising to the Caribbean

With J.J. Kwashnak and Russ Minton

2011, 2013


NOT, JJ and Russ have found a new adventure - cruising. Travel with a nice room, that goes places, instead of you going places room to room.  The trio have been on two cruises together now to various ports of call in the Caribbean

Life Ring

Onboard they found entertainment - Larry in the Piano Bar gave his own unique, spirited interpretation of music.

Larry

Drinks were plenty to be found.

Drinks

And there was relaxing on the cabin's balcony.

On the Balcony

First Port of Call was in Freeport, the Bahamas.

 

Bahamas Sign

Freeport was developed as a duty free port, so the cruise ships come in apleanty. Unfortunately there is little there near the ship, and if you're not into shopping, there's even less going on. One of the gems is a small botanical garden called the Garden of the Groves.

Garden of the Groves

Wallace and Georgette Groves helped found and develop Freeport and developed the gardens.  A beautiful collection of tropical plants and animals give lush backgrounds to photos and weddings. A labyrinth sits in the middle of it though it's easy to escape the maze when there are no walls. Rather one follows a contemplative journey as the traveler follows the pathway in silent meditation.

Garden of the Groves 2

NOT even found some of the local natives to say Hi to.

Groves Ducks

The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau - located on a different island. The seat of the national government is a bit understated by American standards.

Nassau 1

As in numerous places in the Caribbean, pink is a very common color. Including Government House in Parliament Square.

Nassau 2

Here is the Nassau Public Library and Museum - one of the oldest existing buildings in the city.

 Nassau Museum

The Queen's Staircase, which is also referred to as the 66 steps, is located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex in Nassau. Hewn out of solid limestone rock by slaves between 1793 and 1794, the steps were later named in honor of Queen Victoria, who reigned in Britain for 64 years from 1837 to 1901. There are only 65 steps visible because the pathway that leads to the steps was paved and the bottom step is buried under the asphalt

 Stairs 1

The stairs are steep and covered in tourists. You have to run a gauntlet of vendors at the bottom to get to them, but they are beautiful surrounded by sheer cliffs.

 Stairs from the bottom

This just made NOT giggle, even if it is a public health sign.

Wrap your ting


The Cayman Islands are known for their beaches, banks and stingrays.

Cayman Islands

Cayman Stingray Fountain

Cayman Island Museum

Viva Mexico! - It's Cozumel - which is the port and not much more. Unfortunately.

Cozumel Sign

Shark Bite

 


On the ship, every night while you are at dinner, the bed is turned down, the room prepared and a towel animal is prepared for you upon your return. NOT checked out some of the towelgami creatures:

Towel Seal Towel Dog
Towel Stingray Towel Bear
Towel Ape  

Elephant Towel Dog
Towel Bear Towel Frog
Towel Ostrich Towel HeartThe last night always ends with a heart.


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Photos courtesy of J.J. Kwashnak
Last Updated 2014