Fancy Coffee Friday: The Cruise – Recaptured.

Now that I’ve been back in the frozen tundra (man, does that sound way too dramatic to anyone else?) of Wisconsin for a couple of weeks, it’s time to give a recap of my cruise to the Caribbean with the fine people of Bare Necessities.

Let me preface my recap with a statement:  I’ve noticed that with each successive trip I venture on, the number of times I take photos with all the camera gear I take, drops exponentially.

Charlie playing in the shells at Shell Beach, Gustavia, St. Barths.

Charlie playing in the shells at Shell Beach, Gustavia, St. Barths.

I took photos with my DSLR on two islands:  Guadeloupe and St. Maarten.  The rest of the time I carried my phone with me and took quickie snaps, mostly of Cedric and Charlie.  There is one phone of Mr. Muse and I aboard the cruise ship all dressed up for dinner one night (yes, even on a nude cruise) – so photographic evidence that we were actually on the cruise ship exists.  Now that I have that little bit of information out there, let’s get on with the rest of the story.

So, Sarah, tell us about the CRUISE!!!

Okay, okay!  The cruise was great.  The End.


Okay, the cruise.  So, for the average cruiser, I’m sure that this cruise ROCKED!  Seriously.

Cedric, contemplating life's mysteries as he gazes out to sea at Shell Beach, Gustavia, St. Barths.

Cedric, contemplating life’s mysteries as he gazes out to sea at Shell Beach, Gustavia, St. Barths.

Mr. Muse and I were “General Staff” for the cruise, our third year being members of the General Staff, and it was a great cruise.  That said, being part of the General Staff, when combined with the work ethic that Mr. Muse and I possess, means that we always feel “on”.  Is there something we should be doing?  Somewhere we should be?  Even the days we had “off”, we felt like we should still be working.

So, Sarah, what does that all mean?  It means we were tired.  It was a great cruise, but we were tired.

Now that I got the “we were tired” out of the way…  We had a great time.  Knowing that I’m pretty much a hermit if left to my own devices, Mr. Muse and I met a lot of really wonderful people that I hope we get to see again-and-again over the years.  We also got to revisit with people we’ve met on past cruises, George and John – if you’re reading this – I think the world of you both!

Island oasis number one was CocoCay in the Bahamas – the private island owned by the Royal Caribbean.  To be honest, if I had to pick between CocoCay and Half Moon Cay (owned by Carnival Corp) – Half Moon all the way!!  CocoCay was okay, but the beach was really rocky.  I also spent most of the day assisting or modeling for photo shoots.

Our second stop was the island of St. Barths, the yachters & celebrity playground.  As I was suffering from a pinched nerve in my hip and my wallet didn’t want to open THAT much, Mr. Muse and I spent most of our brief time on the island at Shell Beach and eating glace (ice cream) and sorbet.

Water Lily pond at Les Jardins de Valombreuse.

Water Lily pond at Les Jardins de Valombreuse.

Stop number three was the island of Guadeloupe.  Guadeloupe is a relatively new cruise port and I recommend taking excursions for now rather than venturing off on your own (unless you hire a cab).  We took a tour of the botanical garden, Les Jardins de Valombrouse and the distillery Domaine de Severin.  The garden was beautiful in spite of the overcast skies and that’s also where we met a wonderful couple, R & S, whom we got to know better throughout the rest of the cruise and who treated us to ice cream when we got back to Fort Lauderdale.  We also got to watch a lot of hummingbirds in the gardens and I was in heaven.

The distillery?  We thought we were getting a tour of the distillery… it was just a drop-off at the store and we could walk the “grounds” (a circuitous walk around the shop) if we chose.  Our tour guide was great, the grounds were interesting, but the rum?  “Rot Gut”.  Mr. Muse and I have had  much, much better rum.



Our fourth and final stop was the island of St. Maarten, where Mr. Muse and I have visited twice before.  I love St. Maarten, and I wrote about our time there and my being Captain Oblivious last week.

I still have a bunch of places to write reviews on at TripAdvisor, but at least all of my laundry has been washed AND put away since then!

Want to know more about a port?  Let me know!

About The Amusing Muse

Deep thinker whose mind operates at warped speed. Philosopher pondering the big (and little) things in life. Storyteller. Office Ninja. Model. Teller of bad jokes. User of big words.
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8 Responses to Fancy Coffee Friday: The Cruise – Recaptured.

  1. I must say Cedric looks familiar. I’m wondering of he’s been on any cruises up the Thames.

    • Hmm – Cedric DOES possess his own passport and gnomes can be secretive little beings, so it’s possible he’s been up the Thames without me. I’ll have to have a chat with him and let him know that I’m disappointed he didn’t think to ask me to go along with him.

  2. Tundra is dead on and not one bit dramatic. The cruise sounds fabulous and once again I have Gnome envy.

  3. John says:

    You know, in the back of my head, I have “retire as a pianist on a cruise ship” in my master plan . . . the “always on” thing, I’m not sure if I’d be able to work with that, because I certainly fear that I’d feel that way.

    Beautiful shots – as always. Though I’ve noticed that the number of places I bring my “good camera” to seems to be diminishing, rapidly.

    • I think it’s a curse to a certain point, that “always on” feeling. Then again, I just took a career assessment test for the first time in 29 years and the results left me cracking up, reading them to Mr. Muse and saying, “How do they KNOW ME SO WELL!?” One of those results was that I’m a “get shit done” kind of person, which is almost incongruous with my high motivation of only doing things if it benefits me – which, on the cruise – it does. But more on that test and the results later… in a post. 😉

      As for the camera – lugging around 10 pounds of gear gets old. The smartphone is so convenient… fits right in my pocket (and my wallet/wristlet/tiny satchel), plus the fact that I have clip-on lenses for my smartphone’s camera… and yeah. Hauling around all that gear is less appealing. The other side of that coin is – if I’m just enjoying being at a location when on vacation – I don’t really think about taking photos. I just want to enjoy being. Plus, I make memories that way. (Also, my inlaws are less likely to ask to see vacation photos when we can honestly say “we barely took any”.)

  4. Those pictures are fantastic, and this cruise sounds effing *awesome*. Also, tundra is a completely accurate — until a couple days ago, the ground here was frozen solid under entirely too much snow and ice. And that’s just DC, so I can’t imagine how frozen Wisconsin would be. Ehrmagherd.

    • We were frozen solid as well – now we go from “mostly frozen” in the morning when I head to the barn to “quagmire” by the time I get home. But, the smell of dirt makes me happy, so I won’t complain.

      The cruise? It WAS awesome – I encourage people to try a nude cruise at least once!

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