A cruise is a very special experience. It is the
most relaxing vacation I have ever been on, it's simply impossible to be
stressed on board a cruiseship. In this case we cruised the Caribbean, and
we visited Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, Antigua and
The cruise was such a nice experience, that at the
moment I'm planning to take another next year, this time through the
Panama Canal, it has always fascinated me.
If you feel tempted to take a cruise I can highly
recommend Scandinavian Cruise Center in Copenhagen, the are very helpful
to find the cruise that suits you (www.cruise.dk).
Since I only have been on one cruise, I can't comment on other
companies of course, but the one we sailed with were really good. It is
called Celebrity Cruises (www.celebrity-cruises.com).
Here is a link to a description of the ship and comments about the company
Photo 1 shows the state room and photo 2 a plan of
the ship. Our state room was on the 9th deck (of 11) almost in the stern.
We had a panoramic window and our own balcony.
The safety precautions were very high, this was 2
month after september 11. Each passenger
got a plasticcard at arrival, then a picture was
taken, and every time you left or arrived to the ship, the card was read
in a terminal, and the safety officers could see the picture. If you for
some reason had a wrong card you were not allowed to embark or disembark.
The card were also used as key to the state room and as mean of paying on
board the ship. The ship was cash-free, a good safety measure against weak
Key, embark/disembark and pay card
The first stop on the cruise was St. Croix (photo 1
below), it seemed a bit on the dead side, but I take it was because we
arrived on a Sunday. No matter what cruiseline you're travelling with, the
ships are impressive, here our ship the GTS Infinity, GTS meaning Gas
Turbine Ship. A little trivia about the ship and the amount
of food consumed during a cruise -
It was very special to visit the old Danish islands
of St. Croix and St. Thomas and still see road signs in Danish (photo 2
below). Denmark sold the the three islands of St. Croix, St. John and St.
Thomas to USA in 1917 for 25 million dollars. Not the smartest thing to
do, and I bet that every Minister of Finances and Taxes have banged their
heads against the table ever since.
Since the islands is situated in the same area,
regarding nature they are quite similar, but I found a difference in the
conditions of life. The most wealthy islands with the best infrastructure
was the ones governed by USA. The poorest was the ones either governed or
previous governed by the British, except for Barbados they are doing
The pictures here are from St. Lucia,
Barbados and St. Thomas.
As the end a couple of photos more from the ship,
here from the main restaurant in two storeys with seats for 1170 guests.
Photo 2 is from the grand buffet the last evening on board.