Flat Stanley Cruising Aruba

Hi, Flat Stanley here again with our first stop. We arrived at the island of Aruba after cruising for three full days at sea. Those three days were fun because we got to know the ship and meet lots of really nice people. But first let me tell you a little about me. I live…

FS Cruising

Hi, this is Flat Stanley. Mimi, Grampy, and I were recently on the Enchanted Princess cruise ship. Mimi says this cruise was to celebrate her and Grampy’s 40th wedding anniversary. I think that means they’ve been married a long time. We sailed from Ft. Lauderdale Florida around the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean for 10…

Bois Cotlette Estate, Dominica

Since we can only get off the boat on Dominica, on an excursion, we opt for the historical rather than the beachy stuff. The plantation Bois Cotlette; sometimes a sugar cane, coffee and rum estate halfway up a small mountain is a great choice. We learn that in the 16th century before there were any…

Willemstad, Curasao

Curasao is a nicer Caribbean island with a not so nicer past. Willamstad is very nice, upscale and if you don’t do any reading you might think that the entire island is prosperous! It’s not, with an unemployment rate of over 25% there are some serious issues here. But I like to think my tourist…

Four Hours to Nowhere

Covid has thrown us a curveball. Since we left Ft. Lauderdale two countries have restricted access to cruise ships, Grenada and Dominica. We can still go ashore but only with an excursion group, ugh. We prefer to just wander and explore new places but we are happy to follow the rules and glad we get…

On Track

Even though the jogging track is on deck 18 on the cruise ship (only the mini golf mini deck is higher) there are quite a few folks each time Kathy and I go there, except yesterday evening when there was only one other person. I went for a short walk after dinner to digest and…

Oranjestad, Aruba

Glad to be off the boat, this is a long stop (arrival at 7:00 am and departure around 9:30 tonight) so no need to hurry this morning. We are the only ship in port so the island is not overrun with camera-toting tourists. Carl and I enjoyed our walk along the southern edge of the…

Challenges

Another day at sea..ugh. You know that I don’t sit still well, I find it hard to just do nothing, but this is mandatory fun so I’ll have to find something to occupy my time today. Eat breakfast, walk, time in the hot tub, ok now its 1:00. Back in our room I/we try to…

Cruise Day Two – at sea

At sea today, we have the whole day to get oriented and figure out what there is to do while trapped on the ship. Watched the sun rise on our balcony with the coffee I found on deck 5, we are on deck 10. I know, I know, we should have ordered coffee the night…