"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

2019 Caribbean Cruise

Thanks for the warm welcome back to blogland.

In January of 2019 and again in 2020, we cruised the Caribbean!  That is not something I ever thought I would do, but when a friend invited us, we decided to give it a try.  Since I was in the planning stages the last two years, and I'm obviously NOT this year, I'm reliving some memories, and dreaming of the day I might cruise again.

This is most of our group of 10.

We met up for breakfast most mornings, disembarked the ship together, and then met again for dinner.  There were no expectations of where we needed to be or when, or with whom.  It was the perfect arrangement.

As you might imagine, I took hundreds of photos, but I'll only share a few.  I was fascinated by everything!  I was up before sunrise most mornings, and watched us sail into port.  And quite often, I was able to witness the Pilot onboarding.  With the exception of the Bahamas, the other islands were mountainous, which surprised me.  I'm accustomed to the sandy barrier islands of the east coast of the US.  The waters really were the amazingly beautiful turquoise colors that you see on postcards.  

Oh the sights, the colors, the plants, the people, the food, and just the cruise life itself.  The rest of our group were all seasoned cruisers, and were entertained by my amazement of everything.  Hubby and I took a tour of most of the islands.  Some, including Tortola, had been devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017.  But since tourism is so important to the islands, they bounce back pretty quickly.  Especially the port area where we docked.  I guess the ship companies pay to get that area   back quickly.  I was amazed by all the high-end jewelry shops.  I expected more local crafts and experiences.  

Even the steel drum band that met us on the dock at Antigua was probably staged and paid for my the shipping company, but I loved it!!

This little dude, however, was probably not sponsored by the ship!  Iguanas are much larger than I expected.  

After our 10 days on the ship, we made our annual visits to family and friends in Florida before we returned home.  I'm really missing them this year.  Maybe next year!

My next post should be about some of the new projects I'm starting this year.  There certainly are plenty to choose from online.  



  1. I've always wanted to cruise but hubby isn't a fan of water. Me, I'm a water baby and love new adventure and exploring. I can't wait to see what new stuff you'll be working on!

  2. Oh cruising isn’t my thing and more so now but pleased you enjoyed them and have wonderful memories....
    Oh I wonder what you’re going to be making ?

  3. What wonderful memories. It really is a beautiful part of the world. We enjoyed a similar cruise 7 years ago with our family. You have brought back a lot of lovely memories for me, too.
    I do hope you get the chance to head off again.

  4. I’ve never been on a cruise, but would love to go one day. Glad you got this chance!

  5. I cannot wait to cruise again. It’s such a luxury and the sights are gorgeous. Glad to hear that those ports are fairly well recovered after their devastation.

  6. I really enjoyed a cruise to the Bahamas in 2013 for my son’s wedding. DH didn’t go because he was getting radiation on his arm at the time (the one they finally had to amputate last year). It’s nice to go back and relive old memories, isn’t it?

  7. It's great to see you blogging again and to read your memories of this trip. Keep on sewing and keep on blogging! I'm looking forward to seeing what projects you are starting!


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