Posted March 25th, 2011, 04:34 PM
Well hello again folks - here I am to add a few more notes to this story. Our second port of call was the beautiful island of St. Kitts. MARVELOUS!!!
No time errors - friendly and very experienced tour guides. Rose and Jim's Taxi service - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I cannot say enough good or nice things about this couple. They truly love what they do and are professionals. There were so many stops with lots of interesting photo ops. There was so much to see - a very interesting tour - not just the "tourist stops". Jim was the driver of our van and he provided a detailed and interesting history of the island, the people, and his life with lovely wife Rose. Jim is a native of St. Kitts and we were privileged to see his childhood home and hear such wonderful stories of growing up there. He and Rose have led a blessed life full of their own adventures. They will tailor a tour to your requests. We had a lovely lunch and spent even more time with both of them. I truly feel as if we have made new friends and look forward to going back to this island if for no other reason than to see these fine people once again. This was a great value for our money in more ways than one. If you are going to St. Kitts and want to have a great tour - look up Rose and Jim's Taxi.
Next stop - St. Maarten and Joyce Prince Tours - once again a time mix-up - not acceptable.
Tour operators know we are all told to stay on SHIPS TIME - think I'll leave it at that. The tour itself was enjoyable. We had been to the island several years previously and looked forward to revisiting a few places. These islands are very beautiful and we always enjoy being able to see God's handiwork. One is able to lose oneself in the simpleness of life and glory of nature - such a blessing. We rode around the island, stopped at numerous plaes for excellent pictures, sampled plenty of "punch" and shopped. Went to a lovely linen shop where I was able to purchase just what I had been looking for (plus a few extra items) at a very reasonable price. Call me a happy camper!
This brings us to February 5th - a great sea day. Today was perhaps one of the most meaningful days of the cruise for me. (and a few others I'm sure) Today I had the honor of officiating a wedding vow renewal ceremony for Gary and Karen Parker. Tom & Denise opened their aft balcony to us for the ceremony and celebration. Such a joy to help a couple reaffirm vows made over 40 years ago. A committment between two people to love and cherish each other all the days of their lives - promises made before God and friends while standing with the sea breezes blowing and salt spray in the air. Life is good!
Sunday was another sea day and we enjoyed just being with friends and lounging around. The weather is holding up just fine. It is hard to believe that the first half of this cruise is nearly over. Later tonight it will be time to say good bye to some of our dear friends - new and old. Oh how we will miss you next week and wish you were staying with us. Perhaps next time.