Royal Caribbean Cruise April 24, 2011 Part Five – Curacao & Barbados

Today I am going to cover the first two ports of RCCL cruise. The first stop was Curacao. It is really a beautiful Dutch settlement and one of my favorite stops on the Caribbean route. While I took several photos, most are no different than last time. Being lazy, I will direct you to the post of our previous cruise to see some of the sites of Curacao.

I will however post this one photo. Those from Boquete always seem to know how to show the rest of us up. While I was feeling a little tuckered out from the walking I had done to get across the long bridge to the see the rest of Willemstad, I see Chris looking chipper and ready to take on the world. He was zipping along with Ruby on one of those new fangled motorized Segway devices.

Maybe he looks so chipper because he knew he was going to be the star attraction in the evening’s juggling show.

Two days after Curacao, we arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados. This was the first time I had been to this island and I was looking forward to it. Disappointment! We arrived furring the middle of a major Cricket tournament and all shops were closed (with the exception of those at the port).

Lilliam and I walked down to downtown anyway and I will share the photos I did take.

We walked along the coastline. The weather was damp and threatened to rain on the entire walk. Luckily, it never did.

On our walk, with the exception of the shops at the port, this was the only location that wasn’t locked up. It was selling rum drinks. I guess it was to boost the spirits of those that were disappointed that the cricket tournament was on.

I must have take this photo because of the small cannons facing the coastline.

I have no idea why I took this photo. Maybe you should write a caption. Any caption should use the word cricket.

I did like this building for a photo. Made me feel younger and in good shape.

In this photo you will notice that the cars are driving on the opposite side of the road.

Being a tropical island, there is always beauty somewhere. Normally these shops would have been open for tourists, but did I mention there was a cricket tournament going on?

Lucky for me this lovely lady did agree to allow me to take her photo so I could remember I had been in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Now we are heading back to the ship.

We were not the only cruise ship in port. Here are three others.

This was the port where we added about three hundred passengers. Most had come in from Europe to take the Atlantic portion of the cruise to Spain.

I am sure that there are some that took the tours that may have been more impressed than I was with Barbados. For me, I did get my morning exercise, but I didn’t see a single cricket. Tell me. What is a cricket tournament? Does everyone bring their own pet cricket and see which one can chirp the loudest?

4 thoughts on “Royal Caribbean Cruise April 24, 2011 Part Five – Curacao & Barbados

  1. Don, the shops where not closed because of the cricket tournament but it was a national holiday (that is what our tour guide told us). I took the best of Barbados tour but there was not much to see…

  2. It was “Heroes’ Day.” Never mind that there were multiple cruise ships in the harbor and thousands of tourists with thousands of dollars to spend. Apparently the Caribbean islanders have business acumen similar to that of Panamanians.

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