Cruise Day 8- Barbados, November 8th

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Cruise Day 8, Barbados, November 8th

Today we docked in Bridgetown, Barbados. This was our 3rd time to this island. Kevin & I honeymooned here back in 1998 and we stopped here on our first cruise in 2008. I knew which beach we wanted to head to, Lobster Alive. It’s only about 5 minutes from the ship and has a small restaurant with bathrooms and a quiet section of beach. We enjoyed our time here during our last cruise.
Barbados-Explorer of the Seas

We took our time getting ready and even went to the MDR for a laid back breakfast. We got off the ship about 9:30 and saw it was overcast. After getting into the taxi and waiting for it to fill up, we saw how dark the sky was and second guessed if we should've gotten off the ship. By the time the driver headed out, it started down pouring. When we got to Lobster Alive, we hung out for a little while on their covered porch hoping the rain would stop. It did so we went & set up our blanket on the beach.

The view of Lobster Alive from the beach

The water was AMAZING!! By far the clearest we have seen this trip yet. It was as warm as bathwater. There were gentle waves (and I say waves but more like gently rolling water) and you could go out up to your shoulders and have no worries about undertow. Plus, you could still see your feet clear as day!
The littles weren't thrilled to have been stopped from playing for pictures lol

3 of the kids playing in the water

Unfortunately we never saw the sun while sitting on the beach. I still got photos that show how beautiful the water was but if the sun had been out, you could’ve seen an even deeper shade of aqua. 

These 2 can be such hams when the camera comes out!

We had told our driver to come back around 2. About 1:30 it was getting dark again so we started gathering our stuff just as it started raining. Our driver showed up shortly after, so we sadly headed back to the ship which was a good thing considering it continued to rain off & on the rest of our time in port. The time we were on the beach was the only time all day it didn't rain so we were fortunate in our timing. In all our stops to the islands over the years, I think this is the first time we've been about rained out. Then again, a warm rainy day in the Caribbean is better than a cold sunny day back home, so I’m not complaining!! ;)

Me! :)

We had a leisure time of getting ready for dinner this late afternoon since we were back on ship so early. It’s hard to believe we are half way through vacation! I am trying not to think where we will be next Saturday. It’s funny, SO many people are asking if Ava & Olivia are twins. I am about ready to just start saying yes instead of explaining that they are just similar size and our twins are much older. I bet I could pay for another cruise if I got a dollar for every person who has asked us that this last week!

After dinner tonight, we met a few friends in the lounge that overlooks the pool deck. The kid’s teen clubs don’t start back up until 8:30pm, so we recently started a routine that the older kids hang out with the littles for a bit after dinner so we can have some down time. As my friend and I left the lounge, I saw the captain was also there so we stopped by to talk to him. He is very funny & quite personable. He relayed to us how he was sleeping when the rogue wave hit and how his staff notified him that a life boat was laying on deck 4. He was quite confused when they woke him he said. I had asked him in all his years as a captain if he had ever experienced a rogue wave before and he said never!! Pretty crazy!!

Tonights towel animal we found on one of the kids beds

Since tomorrow (Sunday) is a sea day, the kids wanted to stay out late with the teen club so we are letting them. We've met several of the kids & their parents and it is a well-run program with a leader who organizes activities. Shoot, I don’t think I've been up later than 9:30 on this cruise yet and am in bed before they all return to their room! I’m glad though they are having a blast! We are looking forward to a laid back day at sea tomorrow. Estimated temps will be around 90 with sun, yay!!!

All photos can be clicked on to enlarge. The photos I am sharing are a combination of ones I took as well as my kids and husband on a variety of cameras and iPhones, hence the varying quality.


  1. I followed a link from CC to your blog. I'm greatly enjoying your review. We had many friends on this trip, and were hoping to do it ourselves, but ended up on Grandeur 10 days later.

    I was also a homeschooling mama. My boys are in their 20s now and mostly moved out. The one left at home is getting married this year, so he's not here for much longer either. The days seem endless, but the years fly by.

  2. Thanks so much Kelly for stopping by! I wonder if anyone that you know on this trip are people we know. There were a lot of people I've cruised with in the past who were also on this sailing plus we got to make a bunch of new friends as well! :)

    How great you also homeschooled and understand this wonderful journey! And you are so right, the days are long but the years are short that's for sure! ;)


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