You can climb waterfalls in Jamaica

The climb took us about 30 minutes. Something like this would probably not be available in the US because of liability issues (the rock can be slippery). However, the climb was relatively easy and took about 30 minutes. Definitely a lot of fun. You can read the detailed account here.

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Gorgeous beach in the Virgin Islands

The famous beach at Trunk Bay in St John (US Virgin Islands) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Amazingly blue water, great sand, and not too many people. The green surrounding landscape and all the small islands are just beautiful as you can probably tell from our video. We spent a lot of time snorkeling in the water, but it’s a great place to go if you just want to tan as well. Trunk Bay is just a short boat and bus ride away from St Thomas.

Flamingos can apparently be trained

We saw the “World Famous” Marching Flamingos at the zoo in the Bahamas. We were admiring how weird and cool the flamingos were, when they were all called in to perform in a show. It was fun watching them perform for the crowd, but my favorite part was just watching hang out. There were also other birds and animals at the Ardastra Gardens:

Gorgeous caves in Bermuda

The Crystal and Fantasy Caves are very beautiful. We had a great time exploring these caves in a guided tour. You can just do one of the caves if you like, but might as well see both since they are next to each other. We took a public bus, and walked to get there. You can read the detailed account here.

A walking tour of Labadee in Haiti

Labadee is a part of Haiti that is owned by Royal Caribbean. The area around Labadee is very green and lush. You can take a look at my walk around video above: I go from the cruise ship to the main beach on the left side, and then loop back to the cruise ship via the the second beach on the right side. (If you go there, you’ll understand what I mean by the left and right.) The beach area itself is quite nice; it’s definitely been engineered to accommodate a lot of cruise passengers. The beach on the right seemed to have better water if you want to go for a dip. You can read the detailed account here.

Zip line on a cruise ship

Royal Caribbean has outfitted some of its bigger ships with a zip line. The zip line is quite high: 9 decks high to be precise. It’s also about 80 feet long. It’s not the same as zip line for real where you have multiple legs, but as close as you’ll get on a cruise ship! You have to remember to have laced shoes with socks and your clothes can’t be wet. You can read the detailed account here.

Surfing on a cruise ship

Royal Caribbean has outfitted some of its bigger ships with simulated surfing machines. We used the FlowRider on the Oasis of the Seas (there are two aboard, one for surfing and the other for boogie boarding) and it was a lot of fun. It’s not the same as surfing for real, but as close as you’ll get on dry land (or a ship)! We’d never done this before so it was tricky. The water moves at 35 to 40 miles per hour. The surface under the water is a little bit padded, but there is a real chance of injury if you fall. You can read the detailed account here.

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