Caribbean Cruise

 I booked a Caribbean cruise a few months ago as my boy's happyyouarefuckingoldnow30thbirthday gift (I know, I'm an awesome girlfriend), and last Monday was finally the day for departure! Whoooopodoo!
 
 
For you who haven't been on American cruises, it's not really the same as old dear Viking and Silja Line back home in Scandinavia. Nononon. This is something way different. American cruises is all about, basically just about, to eat as much food you can for x amount of days. Yeah, because they are always all inclusive. I've been on 3 different cruises in America and they all have had at least 1 buffe (breakfast lunch dinner) , 1 fine dining ala carte order-from-a-menu place (breakfast lunch dinner) and 1 24h snack bar and all of those all are INCLUSIVE. Do you know what that mean? Yep... 10 000 calories per day here we go.
 
So, great! I booked a 6 days "Eastern Caribbean" cruise for us (because 7+ days just means more time for more weight damage to happen) with Royal Caribbean leaving from Miami and I really looked forward to have a vacation where I had to do NOTHING. No couchsurfing in weird places, or travelling in buses and having no idea where and when to get of, no trying to communicate in language I don't know, nothing uncomfortable. Just get off and on the cruise. That's it. And eat.
 
This is how I pictured myself the whooole cruise. Looking like a brat who stole Barbies clothes and pretending being a rich bitch Russian housewife. Nothing to do with my normal travel style involving backpacks and dirty clothes.
 
BUT the day before departure, when I had a thought about hmmm let's check the schedule. Are we going to St Thomas or St Marteen first? Then I see "Day 5: Puerto Rico". End of story. That's it. Wait what, where does it say what time we arrive back to MIAMI? When do we depart from Puerto Rico? I can't see. Excuse me I don't understand. Boyfriend, can you check this for me. You think we are getting back to Miami even if it doesn't fucking say that anywhere?!!! I don't think so anymore..... Call and ask call and ask!
 
Sooo... Yeah. I read it right, there is no departure from Puerto Rico and there is no arrival to Miami. Haha omfgggg. I never even had a thought about the cruise could possible be a ONE WAY cruise. Wtf is even that haha, who gets on a few days cruise without returning to the same port you departed from!?! WHAT IS THAT?! I never heard of that and I didn't think I had booked that (well, it did not say anywhere it was a one way cruise, but it never either said I would return to Miami)!!! No but seriously, not to be cocky or anything, but I'm a pro planer. I read through everything 5 times before I press the pay sign and I make sure of everything is right before I decide for something. If I DID NOT understand this was a one way cruise, I bet 80% of the cruise guests didn't know it either. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry when I 24 hours before cruise departure found out that in the end of the week we will actually be stranded on an island with no return back to Miami (but I talked to a couple who realised this when the boat already left Miami haha omg that's worst...). That was NOT my plan. At least we are probably fat enough by then that we can float back to Miami.
 
Ciao Miami, see you not again.
 
Well, luckily flight tickets from Puerto Rico to Miami wasn't that bad, 2 nights there will be okay since we only been on the island for a few hours 1 year ago, so let's make the best out of it! And theeeen, after booking non refundable flight tickets and start searching for hotels we found out everything is basically booked out in the whole city for the dates. And hotels for 200$/night or HOSTEL for 50$/night in a dorm (wtf kind of price is that) is not what we want. Damn it!!!! Luckily we found an Airbnb for okay price so well, we wouldn't have to sleep on the street at least.
 
And this little rat was included in the Airbnb place! Aaaaaaaaaw!!! I know, she looks high asf.
 
Well anyway, the cruise in itself was amazing. The cruise ship was built in Finland (yeah we Finns are good for something!) 2001 or something, but redecorated and updated 2016 so everything looked amazing. Super service, super food, super entertaining (which is also included daily, like stand up comedy shows, game shows, music and yeah a lot more which all were over my expectations!), super luxurious, super clean and yeah it's just super in general. I really recommend everyone to do go and do a cruise in the Caribbean (or west coast down to Mexico which also is super great!) once in their lifetime, it's really a great, easy and comfortable way of traveling.
 
Million pics of my just to prove I was on a cruise.
 
And ofc a cheesy pic of my companion.
 
There was one time I wanted to throw my monkey to the shark and tried to kill him with my middle finger. Except from that we handled being around each other 24/7 pretty good.
 
 
But what I wanted to write a few words about was the Dutch/French island St Marteen we visited the 3rd day on our cruise. We rented a ATV and drew around the whole island which is split in a Dutch and a French side. A true Caribbean paradise with the bluest water you'll ever see and that hot nice sun we all love. But. But but but.. I've seen with my own eyes in Miami how the hurricanes that swept by 5 months ago destroyed a lot. I've seen pictures what it did to the Caribbean islands, but to see it with my own eyes made my heart cry. To see how real the reality is and to actually see soso many smashed cars just on the side of the roads, hundreds of destroyed yachts on land and still in the ocean, all the empty destroyed homes and hotels. It felt like a dead ghost island. I wish I could tell everyone to go on vacation to these islands, to help to support the economic there so they could get back to the paradise it really is, but I can't recommend it to anyone because I know how incredibly sad I felt to see all this.
 
 
I didn't take any pictures of anything of the sadness I saw (which I regret now. But I felt like I didn't wanna capture the bad, just the beauty) so I can't show you what I saw, and putting words on it can't make anyone understand how it really is. But really, it's destroyed. We talked to a local girl and she said a lot of people are still without jobs and the whole situation there is really sad. And it's 5 months ago this happened! It looks like it was 1 week ago! I can't even imagine how it looked liked the day after the hurricane.. There's also a big contrast between the Dutch and French side of the island, France have clearly not supported the build up as much at all as The Netherlands have. Which is also sad to see.
 
 
We also stoped at the island St Thomas, but we only walked around the touristy part of the town which ofc was pretty good cleaned up from the storm so I can't say how the island have recovered from the hurricane. And staying two days in San Juan in Puerto Rico in the end of our trip gave us an idea of how it had hit there with still a lot of destroyed and closed apartments, hotels and stores. It's just funny how we all see these sad things on the news and internet all over the world, we feel sorry and sad for what it is, but we actually don't and even can't understand how real it is before we witness it ourselves. At least not me. I don't even read or watch the news, because the energy of it makes me sad and the fact I can't do anything about it makes me more sad. The world is what it is, it is sad.
 
 
 
Buuut, except from that all, this first trip of the year which didn't start out so good haha was over all a super super vacation. Can't have asked for more. Except for better ice cream on the cruise. But everything happens for a reason right. Better ice cream would mean 2 extra kg, sooo.
 
 Best picture from the whole cruise. 

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