|Yep, Like a kid!|
We arrived a couple of days early because we wanted to visit the Kennedy Space Center before our cruise. We rented a car and drove about 30 minutes to the visitor center. There we visited the Atlantis Shuttle Exhibit, watched the IMAX show about the International Space Station and took a bus tour throughout the launch area; ending up with a visit to the Apollo/Saturn exhibit. The entire visit was awesome and emotional; evoking tears of memories and pride in the USA at every turn. We definitely want to come back!
|Us and Our Shipmates: Randy and Mary Ann|
We spent two nights on Cocoa Beach meeting up with cousins Randy and Mary Ann on the second night. They were on the same ship and celebrating their wedding anniversary. Next morning we headed for the port. Randy and Mary Ann are Platinum Members of Carnival so they got expedited boarding. We are not, so we expected an hour before we go on board. NOT. The lines moved incredibly fast and within 15 minutes we were on board and heading for Guy’s Burgers. There we met up with Randy and Mary Ann and enjoyed the sail-away festivities.
We then wandered the streets of Nassau,
visiting the Parliament and walking by hundreds of shops. The best thing about the shops was the air conditioning blasting out the doors. We stopped at Conch Fritters to have a couple of Bahamian beers in honor of our friend Trae and to use their WiFi. Then we moved on to a little local bar right on the waterfront. There we linked up with three crazy guys from our ship: Chris, Brett and John. We traded stories, drinks and jokes with them for a couple hours and then made our way back to the Liberty…a little worse for the wear but happy happy happy!
It was Mona’s birthday and she chose to celebrate on the Champagne Catamaran excursion from Carnival because it took us to St. John’s AND it had champagne! The excursion started with a twenty minute bus ride to the other side of the island where we took off our sandals and boarded the catamaran. Our crew was Micky, Michael and Alex the captain.
|My “Jaws Pic”. I was snorkeling and happened to look up as
the crew was boating Mona back to the Catamaran.
Next up was San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was our third visit to the island and this time we were determined to try mofongo; a local speciality made of crushed fried plantains molded into a cup shape and then stuffed with the meat of your choice. We made our way to the Aji Dulce in Old Town and once there we chose mofongo with pork and mojitos. We both loved the new tastes and maybe, just maybe, the Mojitos might of helped make it taste even better.
|Mona with Jack’s Shack owners, Jack and Joan|
Grand Turk was our last port of call. Here, as with our last visit, we waded to the left of the pier for about a quarter mile till we came to Jack’s Shack. This little place has a volleyball net, a bar and tables and a grill which puts out some of the best jerk chicken we’ve ever had. We spent several hours here, talking to the owners, trading stories with other visitors and just enjoying the sun and breeze. There’s nothing fancy here, just quality relaxation!