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Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise “Brilliance of the Seas”

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This was my first time cruising.  Glad I was able to find a good deal for Royal Caribbean International — it was for 7 nights and we got a balcony suite.  We decided to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico to take the “Brilliance of the Seas” ship because everyday the ship docked somewhere new except for one day at sea.  So we got a taste of different nearby islands such as : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}, Philipsburg {St. Maarten}, Basseterre {St. Kitts}, Pointe-a-Pitre {Guadeloupe}, Bridgetown {Barbados}, and then back to San Juan {Puerto Rico}, where we stayed for an extra 3 days. “Brilliance of the Seas” was a probably a mid-sized ship, which was kept really clean and everyone was very friendly.  I was worried about sea-sickness, but was ok for the duration of the trip. Every now and then you would feel the ship rock, but it was expected.

Evening entertainment was fun — some of the acts included “Happy Days” singer Bobby Avron, comedians Azeem and Jeff Bradley, “Brilliance of the Seas” singers and dancers, etc.  Activities on the ship that we tried included : rock climbing, billiards, table tennis, etc.  The food; hands down was spectacular — I’m pretty sure I gained a few pounds when I got back.  Some highlights of the evening dining at Minstrel included lobster tail, escargot, shrimp, cod fish, tiramisu, creme brulee, souffle, etc.  Breakfast and lunch was usually buffet at the Windjammer, but occasionally we’d go to the Seaview Cafe for some yummy chicken fingers or fish and chips.  Overall it was a great experience — it was nice spending part of the winter holidays in warm weather.  You don’t get much time to explore on each island, but at least you get a taste of what each island is like, so if you really enjoyed it, you could go back another time.  For my next trip, I’ll be headed to Goa, India soon for a Destination Wedding…so stay tuned for that blog post! Cheers!

Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Cruise : Royal Caribbean International

Travels : San Juan {Puerto Rico}

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After we finished our cruise with Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas”, we decided to stay 3 days in San Juan, Puerto Rico, since we had already taken the time to fly there in the first place.  The hotel we stayed at was called Casa Condado, which is in the tourist area of San Juan.  It wasn’t anything fancy, but for the price, it served its main purpose : it was a clean place to sleep and shower.  It was very conveniently located, just a few minutes walk from the beach.  There is a Walgreen’s close by in case you needed any drinks or randomness.  It was close to Ashford Avenue, which had some really nice ritzy stores.  We took a cab one day to the biggest Caribbean mall called Plaza Las Americas Shopping Centre.  Also stopped by the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.  Our hotel was also close to a bus stop which took us to Old San Juan for $0.75 USD each way. While in Old San Juan, we enjoyed some of the restaurants and did a little bit of shopping.  There were also two forts in Old San Juan : Castillo de San Cristobal and El Morro that are worth checking out.  On our last day, we took the bus, then the train to the Rio Piedras Market, where you’ll find fruits, vegetables and lots of bargains for clothing, shoes, etc. If we had stayed an extra day, we would’ve made a trip to see the rainforest called El Yunque — heard it was beautiful. Maybe next time…

Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]