Thursday was our last port day with a stop in Aruba. With the ship due to arrive around 8:00 am and our excursion meeting at 8:30 am, we start our day at 7:00 am.
While Jeri gets ready and pretty, Tim goes up to the buffet and gets a big breakfast. Then we eat in our room.
Because we’re (thankfully) not getting on the water this time, we don’t have to coat ourselves with sunscreen. This tour is in an air-conditioned bus.
Our first stop was the California Lighthouse on the north side of the island. We paid $5 each to climb to the top of the lighthouse.
Here we are at the top of lighthouse. It was very windy!
Our next stop was where we were shuttled by boat to the vessel that had underwater windows.
Here we are waiting at a dock for the boat to shuttle us out to the wreck area.
Here we are heading out to the shipwreck. Our friend, Maria, is sitting next to Jeri.
Donato and Maria who were our dinner table partners for the first two nights were on the same tour. Here’s a picture of us in the sightseeing vessel, sitting below deck.
Here we saw the sunken remains of the German ship, Antilla. Our guide told us its history. We saw lots of fish, some scuba divers, some snorkelers, as well as the ship. Unfortunately the pictures don’t have much detail.
We also noticed the living barnacles on our ship.
After our viewing, we transferred back to the boat that took us back to land and the bus. Just above Jeri’s right shoulder is a boat which they use for pirate shows. And to the left of that you can see the California Lighthouse which was our first stop of the day.
Back on the bus, we traveled to the Natural Bridge. Due to erosion, the bridge collapsed in 2005. So we saw its remains and the “baby bridge.”
Because we were now on the north coast which is the windward side of the island, the waves crashed pretty hard on the rocks.
Our final stop on the bus was the Casibari rock formation. We climbed to the top of the formation. We could see our cruise ship.
There were some tall cacti in the area.
We were back on the ship around 1:30 pm or so. We went straight up to the buffet for another yummy lunch with a variety of salads plus a grilled tofu and vegetable dish and a pastry that had kale and mushrooms.
We finished with Black Forest Cake and Apple Crumble Cake.
We went to our room to rest. However because they were painting the outer hull of the ship and because we were on deck 1 (people were exiting and entering the ship on deck 0), we had paint smell in our room. So we ended up reading and resting in the library.
Here’s a picture of an empty Renoir Restaurant during the day. (Our evening dining was in the Monet Restaurant.)
When the ship pulled out of port, we went up top to see Aruba for one last time.
Then we walked another mile on the jogging track. Tim got a quick shower before supper.
Although we weren’t sure if we’d like the vegetarian entree when we ordered it, we were pleasantly surprised. It was Corn, Chili, Quinoa Baked Tomato with potato jalapeño croqueta, cheese sauce, and leek hash.
Jeri’s dessert was cheesecake with strawberry sauce. Tim had the Carnival Melting Chocolate Cake again.
Dancing in the dining room.
That evening we caught three comedy shows at 7:30, 9:30, and 10:30. The first two were PG and had very clean language. We loved Jeff Jena’s show at 7:30. He’s on Dry Bar Comedy. Here’s a photo with him.
So we decided to check out his adult-only show. The material was funny. We only wished that he hadn’t sprinkled used the f-word for emphasis instead of the word “very”.
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