Carribean Cruise Day 5 – Curacao

On Wednesday, our port of call is Curacao which is a Dutch territory. We dock at 10:00 and our excursion isn’t until 10:45…so we have a little bit of time. (By the way, Curacao is pronounced with the first “C” having a hard “C” sound like in “Cat” and the second “C” having an “S” sound like in “snake.”)

We again started at the gym.

Morning workout. Click photo for full size.

Then, instead of fruit, we get a heftier breakfast. We even got a made-to-order omelet! We will be snorkeling later in the day.

Made-to-order omelettes. Click photo for full size.

After coating ourselves with sunscreen, we’re ready! We disembark and meet our tour group. After boarding the open-air bus, our tour guide took us through parts of Curacao and explained its history.

We stopped at an old salt flat to see some flamingos.

Flamingos. Click photo for full size.

Eventually we arrived at Blue Bay which is part of a resort community.

On the beach at Curacao. Click photo for full size.

Here we got our snorkel gear and then headed out into the water. The water was still cool. By comparison, when we snorkeled at La Paz, Mexico, the water was warm.

The beach was picturesque. Clear blue water, palm trees, lounge chairs, warm temperatures…what more could you ask?

Seeing tropical fish with their variety of shapes and bright colors is always fun and amazing. Because Jeri’s mask couldn’t seal tight, she just used the mask to peer into the water to see the fish and coral.

Snorkel area at Blue Bay beach in Curacao. Click photo for full size.

Iguanas live on the island.

An iguana. Click photo for full size.

After we returned to the ship, we cleaned up and then grabbed a salad at the buffet. We also got another vegetarian enchilada; this one had kale and canolli beans…a little spicy, but yummy!

After our late lunch, we tried the water slide. Although you start slow, you keep gaining speed as you approach the bottom. Here’s Jeri at the top.

Jeri ready to try the water slide. Click photo for full size.

Here’s Tim hitting the bottom.

Tim at bottom of water slide. Click photo for full size.

Back in our room, we took showers and got cleaned up. We again leave the ship to walk around and shop.

Close to the ship is Rif Fort which was built by the Dutch. Inside now are various shops and restaurants.

Next to Rif Fort. Click photo for full size.

We saw gun holes and took pictures for Josiah who had already explained their function to Jeri. The openings are called arrow loops or arrowslits. The design made it easy to shoot out but hard for the enemy to shoot in.

Arrow Loop from the inside of Rif Fort. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a view from the outside. Notice the three slots.

Three arrow loops viewed from outside of Rif Fort. Click photo for full size.

Near the fort was the waterfront from which you could see the Queen Juliana bridge which is the highest bridge in the Carribean.

Queen Juliana bridge in Willemstad, Curacao. Click photo for full size.

We walked across the floating bridge (which you can see in the above picture) to the historic part of Williamstad.

In Willemstad, Curacao. Click photo for full size.

The sun was setting as we were ready to board the ship.

In Willemstad, Curacao near the Carnival Conquest. Click photo for full size.

For dinner, Jeri’s appetizer was a tomato and green bean salad. Tim had a regular salad.

Tomato and green bean salad. Click photo for full size.

We each had the Italian dish, penne noodles in a tomato sauce with eggplant, zucchini, olives, capers, and some mozzarella cheese.

Penne noodles in a tomato sauce with eggplant, zucchini, olives, capers, and some mozzarella cheese. Click photo for full size.

Our server gave us plenty of cooked broccoli!

Plenty of broccoli. Click photo for full size.

Dessert was Boston Cream Cake and Orange Almond Cake.

Boston Cream cake. Click photo for full size.
Orange almond cake. Click photo for full size.

Edge performed for our evening entertainment. He was funny and entertaining.

In the theatre. Click photo for full size.
Edge. Click photo for full size.
Edge performing with audience volunteers. Click photo for full size.

Pre-Carribean Cruise 2018
Carribean Cruise Day 1 – Leave Fort Lauderdale
Carribean Cruise Day 2 – At Sea
Carribean Cruise Day 3 – Grand Turk
Carribean Cruise Day 4 – At Sea
Carribean Cruise Day 5 – Curacao
Carribean Cruise Day 6 – Aruba
Carribean Cruise Day 7 – At Sea
Carribean Cruise Day 8 – At Sea
End of Carribean Cruise and Back in Fort Lauderdale
Carribean Cruise Photos