Flying to the USA and cruising to the Eastern Caribbean, part 2.

For part 1, click here.

Around 12 o’clock I had reserved our taxi and then left for our ship. Fortunately I did this well in time because it turned out not to be that simple. After calling for 5 hours and 5 taxi centers, someone finally showed up. The hotel manager was furious and really did everything to make us feel at home, even though he couldn’t help himself. Again proof that helpfulness is very important here in the US.

Oh dear … a cruise ship is big …

Ten minutes later we arrive in the harbor of Fort Lauderdale where I can take a first look at the ship from afar. And I am going so far … so big … so incredibly high …

I feel the blood flowing out of my face and I think “I don’t dare anymore, I won’t go … this is going to sink …”.
Titanic conditions are rushing through my mind but I am recovering and keeping myself tough even though Lia sees that I feel very “small” for a while. The taxi driver drops us off and takes us to an assistant who will guide us to the ship. Here again, friendliness is an asset, the heap of papers is quickly sorted out and we are actually in our cabin faster than we expected. Again with the assistance everything goes much smoother. Having a limitation also has its advantages 😉.

Wow what a service!

Our first impression of “our” Celebrity Equinox is one of “wow” … So beautiful, so neat and clean, such a chic interior … This is a bit more than “the love boat” on TV in the past 🙂. Our cabin is also quite spacious, we have a door that opens automatically with the help of a button, our bathroom door is wider than the normal doors in other huts, reasonably spacious bathroom and walk-in shower. There is a railing on every wall of the bathroom, and it turned out that this is necessary 😉. Again a very spacious bed, something later appears to be typically American, we learn later later.
Each cabin also receives a “personal assistant”.
If we have questions, or there is a problem, we can contact him at any time. And later this also really works. The service is huge!
The whole ship is very accessible, there is carpet almost everywhere, which is sometimes difficult to drive over (manually), but doors open automatically in all public places, even in the indoor swimming pool and sauna you are a hoist and you become without any effort in and out of the water.

It is also striking how many people with disabilities cruise. Apparently just because it all runs so easily and smoothly here, and also … the friendliness of the staff is unbeatable!

Our great excursion-assistents Mario and Luigi! 😉

Plenty of options.

After two days at sea, we also met the people who are responsible for the excursions on land. Again super helpful and always willing to learn. We agree with them on what is possible for me and what I want to see / do, and they personally explore the possibilities.

Day 1: Saint Thomas: We choose the “Easy Tour” because this island is quite mountainous. The taxi is waiting for us outside, and the tour on the island is beautiful with a stopover on the mountain top with a visit to the Banana Daiquiri Shop.

Day 2: Saint Kitts: Here too we opt for the “Easy Tour”. We get a lot of explanation and drive around the entire island. Cool! The visit to Caribelle’s batik shop is really worth it!

Day 3: Barbados: Here I take up the challenge to go with the Tiami Five Star Catamaran to spot turtles and enter the Atlantic Ocean. This will be an experience you’ll never forget! The fact that I cannot swim and that it is a very difficult “step” on that (wobbling) catamaran is no problem for these people. They really give me the experience of my life!

Day 4: Dominica: We are recommended the adapted tour around Dominica and through the rainforest and this is another highlight! The walk in the rainforest can only be done for me a little, but I am welcomed with a pineapple-rum drink!

Day 5: Sint Maarten: visit to the butterfly garden and Marigot. I think the butterfly garden is spectacular, although it is not accessible for wider wheelchairs because of the rather narrow paths. After the tour in Marigot we are dropped off at the port in Sint Maarten and on the terrace of the “Greenhouse” I eat the tastiest crab ever at a bargain price!

All these islands are really dream islands … and I already know … this whole trip is unforgettable!

We then have two more days in the sea in which we really don’t get bored, there is so much to do on the ship, and then we have to take the taxi back to the airport and fly home.

An unforgettable experience!

A cruise is effectively the most adapted way to travel, although you have to take someone with you who can assist you if necessary. The staff is super friendly and helpful, but you cannot expect constant help from them.
It is not a cheap way of traveling. I paid for everything (taxi to and from airport, flights, hotel with breakfast, 10 days cruise all in, 5 island visits) 3200 €, but it was worth every euro for me!

Wanna see photos?

Look and drool 🙂 in my photo gallery no. 3! 🙂

Links to and from …

Hotel Hyatt Regency Pier 66 : http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/hyatt-regency-pier-sixty-six.nl.html
Celebrity Equinox virtuele tour : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDC30kCborM
Saint Thomas Montain Top : http://www.tripadvisor.nl/Attraction_Review-g147404-d147722-Reviews-Moun…
Saint Kitts : http://www.tripadvisor.nl/Tourism-g147374-St_Kitts_St_Kitts_and_Nevis-Va…
Caribelle’s batikwinkeltje : http://www.tripadvisor.nl/ShowUserReviews-g147375-d2645837-r157854647-Ca…
Barbados : http://www.tripadvisor.nl/Attraction_Review-g147263-d278956-Reviews-Tiam…
Dominica : http://www.tripadvisor.nl/Tourism-g147281-Dominica-Vacations.html
Sint Maarten : http://www.tripadvisor.nl/Tourism-g1606588-Sint_Maarten_St_Maarten_St_Ma…
Vlindertuin Sint Maarten : http://www.thebutterflyfarm.com/
Greenhouse : http://www.tripadvisor.nl/Restaurant_Review-g147347-d1046546-Reviews-The…

71 Comments

  1. It’s perfect time to make a few plans for the long run and it is
    time to be happy. I’ve read this put up and
    if I may just I want to counsel you few interesting things or advice.
    Maybe you could write subsequent articles regarding this article.
    I desire to read more issues about it!

  2. Howdy, There’s no doubt that your web site may be having internet browser compatibility problems.
    Whenever I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks
    fine however, if opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues.
    I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Besides that, excellent website!

  3. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your
    site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed
    account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access
    consistently fast.

  4. Hi there, I found your site by the use of Google at the same time as searching for a related subject,
    your website came up, it seems to be great. I have bookmarked it in my
    google bookmarks.
    Hello there, just turned into alert to your blog through
    Google, and located that it’s truly informative.
    I’m going to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you happen to continue this in future.

    Numerous people will probably be benefited from your
    writing. Cheers!

  5. Whats up this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors
    or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a
    blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance
    from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  6. Undeniably imagine that which you stated.
    Your favourite reason seemed to be on the net the easiest thing to bear in mind of.
    I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time
    as other folks think about issues that they just do not understand about.
    You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole
    thing with no need side-effects , other folks can take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  7. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this site.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance” between usability and
    appearance. I must say you’ve done a very good job with this.
    Also, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Chrome.
    Exceptional Blog!

  8. Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time selecting
    between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  9. Excellent items from you, man. I have remember your stuff prior to and you’re simply too
    excellent. I actually like what you have got
    right here, really like what you are stating and the way in which in which you say
    it. You’re making it enjoyable and you continue
    to take care of to stay it wise. I can’t wait to learn far more from you.
    This is actually a terrific website.

  10. Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason seemed
    to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they plainly don’t know about.

    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  11. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience
    with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new
    updates.

  12. Heya great blog! Does running a blog like this require a massive amount work?
    I have absolutely no understanding of computer programming
    but I was hoping to start my own blog in the near future.
    Anyhow, should you have any ideas or tips for new blog owners please share.

    I know this is off topic however I just needed to ask. Thank you!

  13. First off I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to
    ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how
    you center yourself and clear your mind prior to
    writing. I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts
    out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out
    how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Appreciate it!

    • Nadine

      Hello,
      Thank you for this feedback! For me, writing has been one of my greatest hobbies for years. I write what I think and from my own feeling. Unfortunately I can’t give you any more tips. Good luck with it!

  14. Superb website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any user
    discussion forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
    I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get feedback from
    other knowledgeable people that share the same interest.
    If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Kudos!

  15. Just want to say your article is as astounding. The clearness in your post is just great and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject.
    Fine with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep
    up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  16. You’re so cool! I don’t believe I’ve read through a single thing like this before.
    So wonderful to find another person with unique
    thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up.
    This site is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with
    a little originality!

  17. Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous
    to and you’re just extremely great. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what
    you are stating and the way in which you
    say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart.
    I can not wait to read far more from you.
    This is really a wonderful site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to Top