Originally published in September 2009. For more about my Caribbean Cruise Adventure, check out my Caribbean page!
September 26: St. Kitts–The loveliest surprise of the week!
This is the ONLY place we went that rivals St. John in beauty and seclusion! It’s the smallest of the islands we went to–35,000 people, and 50,000 “green velvet” MONKEYS! They monkeys have a greenish tint to their fur!
St. Kitts and Nevis, its neighboring island, are an independent country to themselves. They won independence from England in the 1980s, and they’re just now starting to develop a lot of the country for tourism purposes. It was “discovered” by Columbus in 1493 (Kitt is a nickname for Christopher), and from the 1600s until as recently as 2005, their main export was sugarcane. It’s not profitable to grow sugar anymore, so they’ve hopped on the tourism bandwagon. And thank goodness they have! It’s wonderful here, and I can’t wait to go back.
Our cab driver was great. He told us all kinds of facts about St. Kitts and Nevis, and he took us to a place where you can look down and see the Atlantic water to the left and the Caribbean to the right. It’s amazing how much rougher the Atlantic is! It’s beautiful–all of it!
We went to Cockleshell Beach, a place that was only accessible by boat until just two years ago! It’s truly a pure place. The sand was a mix of white and black, and while it was hot, it was soft sand. I took tons of pictures from St. Kitts alone! The water was clear, and it was almost the same blue/green as St. John. The mountains were gorgeous, the palm trees were a wonderful contrast to the blue sky–please, please go visit St. Kitts! The beach filled up quickly by that afternoon, but it was still nice even with so many more people around.
We went back to the ship quite reluctantly, but not without a picture with our new favorite country’s flag!
The last dinner on the ship was really nice! Sanjay and Jose, our waiters, were so great the whole week. Sanjay is an obvious perfectionist–he was so funny getting everything just so! You can tell it bothers him not to make everything perfect. He really made the whole experience a lot of fun. He’d actually been Andy and Cathy’s waiter on a previous cruise, so he was a familiar face for them! The whole waitstaff sang for us one last time, too. They look like they have so much fun!
After dinner and the big finale show it was nearly midnight, but Sara and I stayed up talking until much later. I am so very thankful it worked out for her to come with me. She’s wonderful! We had such a blast, and we plan to travel together some more soon!
So that was our cruise! The day traveling back from San Juan was pretty long and exhausting, but it was good to come home to D.C. I LOVE flying into the DCA airport at night! It’s really a spectacular sight with the lights on all the monuments.
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