The Ardastra Gardens & Zoo in Nassau, Bahamas is home to a group of talented Caribbean flamingos who march and pose at their trainer’s command. At this quaint and friendly zoo, you’ll also encounter rainbow lorikeets, black swans, and Madagascar lemurs, among other small animals.
We took a Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas, and on our shore day in Saint Maarten we visited some of the island’s must-see locales, including the iguana farm, the French/Dutch border, Orient Beach, and Maho Beach to watch the low-flying planes.
Here’s video of our excursion to Trunk Bay in St John while our Norwegian Getaway cruise was docked in St Thomas. The excursion involved a 45 minute boat ride followed by a short bus to get to the beach. The beach was absolutely beautiful and definitely worth visiting. Whether you just want to lay on the beach or go snorkeling, you should make your way to Trunk Bay if you get the chance.
A quick video tour of an indoor balcony room on the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean) and view of the gigantic ship from the outside in 4K video. You can read the detailed account here.
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.
Labadee in Haiti has the longest over-water zip line in the world: Dragon’s Breath Flight Line. It’s quite high, and you end up going quite fast. The zoom on my camera may obscure just exactly how high and long the zip line is, so here are the numbers: it is 2,600 feet long and 500 feet high. You end up reaching speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour! You can read the detailed account here.
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.
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.