With cruise ship season fast approaching, Daniel and I are researching and booking additional tours and excursions for this February’s cruise. We book a cruise every year in February to celebrate our anniversary; it’s so nice to have this tropical vacation to look forward to throughout the year and a respite from our rainy Northern California winters. For those of you living in colder places, please don’t make fun of me.
Last year we traveled on Royal Caribbean’s mega ship, the Allure of the Seas, which was amazing! This year, we decided to book a smaller, more intimate ship: the Vision of the Seas. We booked this cruise specifically because we liked the itinerary with five stops and we booked it while we were on our last cruise to receive some onboard credit perks. Our upcoming trip begins in Puerto Rico, we spend one day at sea, then Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, St Maarten, and St Thomas. How’s that for an action packed cruise?
We booked this cruise specifically so that Daniel could do some diving in a wide variety of Caribbean locations while he works on obtaining his advanced open water dive certification. Vision offers only one excursion for scuba diving and that’s near the end of the vacation, so we’ve been searching out other opportunities. We’ve decided to fly to San Juan two days early for a day of sightseeing on land and a day of water excursions.
Even though it’s a little out of the way, we decided to book a dive/snorkeling tour to Culebra Island, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico. This also means we are renting a car in Puerto Rico. Hooray, Costco! $120 bucks for two days in a car in Puerto Rico, money well spent, we think. We will see how the Puerto Rican diving style meshes with our own. If anyone has any advice – let us know in the comments below!
The second day we plan to spend in and around Old San Juan, exploring the castles and cobblestone city center. We also booked a Flytographer session for some cool travel photos in San Juan. We’ve had lots of luck with this company in the past. You can see some of our previous photo here.
As Daniel continues to research scuba diving advancement through PADI, we are trying to find appropriate travel luggage for dive gear and sorting out additional dives at our other stops. Currently we have booked with Roger’s Scuba Shack in Barbados for some wreck diving. Bonus: they allow snorkelers along with the divers, so I can tag along too. Roger has been very communicative and has made the booking process very easy. We can’t wait to do this excursion with him!
That’s all we’ve got so far, but we’re having a blast researching and looking at all the different options. Have you been to any of these islands? Any must see or do suggestions? Leave us a comment below and don’t forget to share, like, and follow our blog for more adventures!