We started the cruise with our own little dance:
After seeing "Where the Hell is Matt? on YouTube, we decided to perform our version of Matt's "silly dance." We called it, "Where the Heck are Kitt and Karen?"
This being my first cruise, I wasn't sure what to expect. To my relief, our room was bigger than expected and very well organized.I was a little worried about seasickness but had no problems. In fact, I found the movement of the ship soothing and slept very well.
The other thing I learned is that it is a LONG way down to the sea from the 14th deck to the ocean! Whoa!
Also, there's a lot to do and see on the ship. There were classes like towel folding and fruit sculpture. And, there were contests -- our favorite was the Men's World Belly Flop Competition.
And, of course, there's food - lots of food - and it's available almost 24 hours a day.There were nightly shows on ship. Hard to believe, but we had a "Dancing on Ice" show! The ice rink was small and we were seated close to the rink, so we got a close-up view of the skaters as they did their spins and dances.
My favorite show by far was ballroom dance. Professional dancers performed ballroom dances just like those you'd see on Dancing with the Stars.
Our first island stop was St. Thomas and we chose to go shopping. I've never seen so much jewelry in all my life. Since items are duty-free, I guess you could save up to a 25%. Kitt and I saw a $64,000 Rolex watch!
Back to the ship. There were 200 of us who booked our cruise through Stardust Dance Productions and I would highly recommend Stardust. In the morning there were three or four dance workshops with levels from beginning to advanced. Private lessons could also be arranged with the instructors but cost extra. One of the instructors from New York, Joseph (Joey) Smith, trained for several years with Louis Van Amstel, (Dancing with the Stars). Here he is . . .
|Kitt in her zipline gear|
I think it's neat that St. Kitts people refer to themselves as Kittians or Kittitians and that there is a 98% literacy rate.
Another thing got checked off the bucket list--ziplining 250 above the rainforest.
Our guides, Mel Gibson (the good one) and Jack Sparrow were quite entertaining. Jack bought a green coconut from a vendor on site, cut it open and drank the "coconut water." We thought it looked like clear slime--Ewwwww! Jack explained that drinking coconut water was good for men and that it made his girlfriend very happy.
It was difficult to understand Mel and Jack when they talked among themselves. Their speech was rapid and it didn't sound like English. We learned that it was Jamaican Patois.
|Patois for "Don't pick the limes!"|
|Our first formal night. I'm wearing the $12 dress from Second Debut Consignment Store in St. Louis Park, MN|
A lesson with Dipendra at Cinema Ballroom in St. Paul, MN
I never got to see Aruba, but Kitt told me it was desert-like with great beaches.
|A cactus fence in Aruba|