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Re: Dave's digital postcards from Paradise Islands on Marella Explorer

PostPosted: 29 Dec 2018 23:34
by Dave
We've got some time in Barbados tomorrow before setting off at 2pm for the airport. Weather permitting, we'll spend the morning at the beach. :-)

On a slightly different note... we decided not to use the ship's lifts on this cruise at all. Our cabin is on deck 10 and the gangway has always been on deck 3, so it's been a challenge! Anyway, my watch tells me I've climbed 295 floors so far this week - climbing Snowdon in October gave 263 floors. :-)

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Dave's digital postcards from Paradise Islands on Marella Explorer

PostPosted: 30 Dec 2018 12:00
by Gillzajoker
WOW! :D

Re: Dave's digital postcards from Paradise Islands on Marella Explorer

PostPosted: 30 Dec 2018 12:57
by Camela
We have a rule, no lifts if it's 2 decks otherwise we have a choice. Well done for being so single-minded but you pair are very fit!!

Re: Dave's digital postcards from Paradise Islands on Marella Explorer

PostPosted: 30 Dec 2018 21:23
by Dave
All's well that ends well. :-)

Bad weather overnight meant that we arrived in Barbados 90 minutes late. That meant that we were unlikely to have enough time to go to 'our' beach - Pirate's Cove, which is just over a mile's walk from the cruise terminal.

But then we had some good news. Our flight was delayed by a couple of hours. Woo hoo! :-)

So we had plenty of time to go to the beach and our week ended perfectly - with sunbathing, a cold beer, swimming and even a bit of snorkelling. :-)

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One of the many things we like about Marella's 7-night Caribbean cruises is that they provide a full seven days on board. We embarked and disembarked at 4pm. :-)

We're now waiting to board our flight home...

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PostPosted: 30 Dec 2018 23:47
by judgegeoff
What a great but unexpected end to your Christmas Caribbean cruise. Have a safe journey home Dave and Fred. :thumbup:

Dave's digital postcards from Paradise Islands on Marella Explorer

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2018 13:06
by Dave
Thanks Geoff :)

The final photo... dawn breaking as we flew over Cornwall:

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The sky was beautiful at 30,000ft. Below was a thick blanket of cloud!

In the post when we got home was confirmation from TUI that we've been allocated our first choice of cabin for next year's cruise on Marella Explorer 2. :D

Dave's digital postcards from Paradise Islands on Marella Explorer

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2018 16:32
by Gillzajoker
Safe journey back, and Happy New Year! :D

Re: Dave's digital postcards from Paradise Islands on Marella Explorer

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2018 16:42
by Seamouse
Lovely beach pictures. We enjoyed Tortola, when we were there. I also liked Aruba, which was one of the places we visited on our first cruise. Sounds like you had a great Christmas break, and you have another to look forward to for next year.