Snorkeling, Swinging, Shopping, Sailing - and the at-sea day

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Who on EARTH is that crazy goober tourist in that goober tourist hat to help keep the sun off her goober tourist sunburn?!?!?!

Aruba is inarguably beautiful.  I just found that this island wasn’t my “style”.  I enjoyed our day and glad we visited, it just wasn’t my favorite stop on the trip.  As you’ve read, I’m very much a “hike” “explore” “local flavor” kind of girl, which I discovered is pretty rare on a cruise.  Aruba is very much of a “lay on a beach, drink, shop, eat dinner, drink, go clubbing, drink” type of island.  It is, without a doubt, a party island.  If you want nice resorts and beautiful beaches, it’s the place for you.

 

This was our only snorkel trip, which was surprising because Dan and I are usually bottom’s up in the water every chance we get.  However, I’m SO GLAD we went into the jungles and forests of the islands we went to and did our snorkeling here.

I kept my pirate face while Dan cracks up
  The water surrounding Aruba was wonderful.  Upon arriving in Aruba, we did some shopping at a small local market that sold all the normal :stuff”.  We picked up our nativity, beads, yadda… as well as cheapo tourist corny Aruba hats because our noses and foreheads didn’t need any more sun.

 

Our Jolly Pirate “Swim, Sail, Snorkel, Swing” trip was a lot of fun.  The snorkeling was average but a lot of fun.  We stopped at a “reef” (which was really a few random pieces of coral and a few fish) for about a half an hour, then to a shipwreck for app. 15 minutes. (the sea was rough and LOTS of people went in early.)  We then went close to shore to swing from the rope.  The tour guides kept us entertained with their flips and tricks.  Notice in the pictures that one of the guides was doing flips with girls on his back!  The free included drinks were a bit watered down, but very refreshing.

 

After the Pirate Trip (which included a loud and fun “party-style” open air bus ride) we went to Iguana Joe’s restaurant and bar for a reasonably priced meal and drinks.

Sail!
  We tried to hit a couple bars, but due to a local holiday, were either closed or uninhabited.  There was an extremely nice local woman just packing up here stall where I bought a few hand-made crafts to take home to my students before we headed back for the ship shortly before “all-aboard”.

 

The next day was an “at-sea” day.  It was relaxing.  It’s nice to end the cruise with a sea day to get things organized and packed up.  There’s a lot of activities.  Dan and I won the Legend of the Seas International Baggo tournament and a coveted keychain for beating teams from Peru, England, and Brazil! J  Peru then challenged us to a game of soccer (okay okay, FOOTBALL). J  We couldn’t find a ball anywhere on the ship! Ha.  I cashed in my ShipShape dollars for a few things and purchased some ship momentos.

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Who on EARTH is that crazy goober …
Who on EARTH is that crazy goober…
I kept my pirate face while Dan cr…
I kept my pirate face while Dan c…
Sail!
Sail!
YAAAAHHHOOOOOOOOOOOO!
YAAAAHHHOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Wind power!
Wind power!
Our pirate ship
Our "pirate" ship
Okay, I couldnt do that.
Okay, I couldn't do that.
Sails go up. I was so happy we wen…
Sails go up. I was so happy we we…
Snorkelers
Snorkelers
Dan prepares to swing.
Dan prepares to swing.
Dan flies through the air seconds …
Dan flies through the air seconds…
Swing, Dan, Swing!
Swing, Dan, Swing!
Im ready to swing!
I'm ready to swing!
Preparing to swing!
Preparing to swing!
The ships crew flips and performs…
The ship's crew flips and perform…
yeah, theres two people flipping …
yeah, there's two people flipping…
Tandem rope swinging.
Tandem rope swinging.
Mom and Dad snorkel
Mom and Dad snorkel
Crazy pirates
Crazy pirates
Dan and I in our natural environme…
Dan and I in our natural environm…
He did fancy flips even with prett…
He did fancy flips even with pret…
Post-swing
Post-swing
Sunken Ship
Sunken Ship
Okay, there are these really neat,…
Okay, there are these really neat…
Sunken Ship and a pretty blue fish
Sunken Ship and a pretty blue fish
Sunken Ship
Sunken Ship
Sunken Ship
Sunken Ship
Sunken Ship
Sunken Ship
Sunken Ship
Sunken Ship
The ship.
The ship.
Near a beautiful little beach. Che…
Near a beautiful little beach. Ch…
Silly pirates
Silly pirates
The ships Solarium pool with RCI …
The ship's Solarium pool with RCI…
This little guy was on our bed one…
This little guy was on our bed on…
Bells!
Bells!
Dan enjoys the Aruba sunshine.
Dan enjoys the Aruba sunshine.
Ships main pool and me, wading.
Ship's main pool and me, wading.
Dan and I won the Legend Internati…
Dan and I won the Legend Internat…
What to do on a sea-day? Watch out…
What to do on a sea-day? Watch ou…
What to do on a sea-day? Learn a L…
What to do on a sea-day? Learn a …
What to do on a sea-day? Learn how…
What to do on a sea-day? Learn ho…
Downtown
Downtown
Dan enjoys his gourmet midnight ho…
Dan enjoys his gourmet midnight h…
I look sleepy.
I look sleepy.
Carnival-inspired decorations.
Carnival-inspired decorations.
Thats my boat...
"That's my boat..."
What to do on a sea-day? Learn to …
What to do on a sea-day? Learn to…
This is inside a hotel.
This is inside a hotel.
Inside a hotel downtown.
Inside a hotel downtown.
Will the piano guy in the Schooner…
Will the piano guy in the Schoone…
Artwork on the ship is beautiful
Artwork on the ship is beautiful
What to do on a sea day? Catch a q…
What to do on a sea day? Catch a …
What to do on a sea day? Rock clim…
What to do on a sea day? Rock cli…
What to do on a sea day? Drink a f…
What to do on a sea day? Drink a …
The pool in the solarium. Legend …
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