Thursday, January 12, 2012

Adventure of the Seas Christmas Cruise [Day 4] - St. John's, Antigua

The next morning, we arrived in St. John's, Antigua!

We had never been there before, so this was all new for us!

Antigua



Antigua

Adventure of the Seas

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua

My dad took this picture, not realizing that photos of the bridge are prohibited -

The Bridge

Time to set up the gangway.

Docking the Vessel

St. John's, Antigua

Good-bye, trash!

Trash Boat

We got off the ship, found a taxi driver, and he pointed us towards three beaches. He was suggesting that we might want one beach since we're ladies and probably want showers, but we said that didn't matter - we just needed beach chairs. So he took us to Valley Church Beach.

Antigua

Valley Church Beach

Valley Church Beach

The water was very unique... a pretty light blue, but rather opaque.

Valley Church Beach

Once again, there were random showers. It made sunbathing rather unpleasant. I spent perhaps an hour curled up underneath my towel.

Valley Church Beach

The waves were big and the current was intense - probably because of the sporatic storms. There was also a big drop-off that you couldn't see because of the silt in the water. Mom was up to her knees, just feeling the water, and the current pulled her in!!!

Waves Strong To Pull You In

The waverunner guy kept coming back to my dad with prices for Rachel and I to rent. Finally, after his fourth trip, we agreed.

Antigua Waverunner

Antigua Waverunner

We started put-putting out and realized it only went 12 mph. No way were we riding that for an hour! We turned right around, and the guys were confused. "Go out! Your time isn't up! You just left!" "No - it doesn't go fast. We don't want to ride this." So, he put us on the other waverunner that had just been returned. Luckily, it went fast! So we were off!!!

Antigua Waverunner

They told us to come in to switch drivers, but when we started coming in, they started waving us back out, telling us we had to keep the waverunner. I think that they were nervous we'd demand our money back. So we just went really far out and switched out there like they had originally told us not to. It didn't last very long though because my legs aren't as long as Rachel's, so I was sliding around, depending on her for stability (before I had been stabilizing myself with the steering wheel, and Rachel had been balancing us with her legs).

The waves were really big, so we got a lot of air!

Tiger Rag at Valley Church Beach

Our cab driver didn't want us to pay when he dropped us off - he wanted to take us back to the ship so we could pay him then. On the ride over, he was very friendly. However, on the ride back, he was rather grumpy. He told Rachel and me if we were wet, we needed to sit on towels (we were wrapped in towels), and that we needed to dust our feet off (after we were already in the van). It was a long, awkward ride back.

We didn't take any pictures tonight because we looked at the pictures we had taken the two previous nights and were disgusted. I described earlier our terrible formal photos, but we also took pictures in our formal Clemson colors on the white background. I really wanted to take a picture of these pictures because they were so awful - they were comical! In two photos the lady included the white background... as well as a good two inches on each side of what was outside of the background. Still, she managed to cut off the top of my father's head. In the two photos that she didn't include what was outside of the white background, she completely cut off my father's head! If this is ever happening to you... TURN THE CAMERA AND TAKE A VERTICAL PICTURE!!!!!!! You would think a "professional" photographer would understand that.

Towel Animal

Towel Animal

NEXT: Day 5 - Dominica