It was another wonderful SinglesCruise.com sailing, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on the beautiful Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas. This ship is something special – truly extraordinary. The shows were exceptional and the ship includes distinctive venues such as a rock climbing wall, FlowRider® surf simulator and ice skating shows – all signature features on many Royal Caribbean ships!
On this trip, we traveled to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Royal Caribbean’s private island in Labadee, Haiti. With two days at sea, our 120 singles took advantage of plenty of ship activities, sunbathing on the deck and getting to know each before we docked in St. Maarten.
We enjoyed the beach tour to Orient Bay in St. Maarten with crystal clear blue water, and many loved Maho Beach, otherwise known as the “Airport Beach.” If you are not familiar with the Airport Beach on the Dutch side of the island, it is famous for its close proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport. Airplanes fly in extremely low over the beach, making a thunderous noise and kicking up extremely high winds. Not exactly made looking for a serene getaway, but it is a fun, unique hangout!
There were a lot of other fun things to see and do in St. Maarten, including getting great deals on jewelry from all the shops at the port.
Reaching St. Kitts was spectacular. Its green, grassy mountains bring the city alive. There were many souvenir shops available at the port, and great restaurants available to sit outside and watch the monkeys scattering throughout the crowds. Yes, we said monkeys!
San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a bustling city where old and new come together. Our visit provided our singles the chance to tour Old San Juan with cobblestone streets, wrought iron balconies and interesting architecture. San Juan is a working city and all the residents are actually spending their lunch hours at the sidewalk cafes – it’s truly authentic. They are very proud of their city and that gives San Juan character and charm. Shopping is enhanced with local artists’ work at the outdoor market – this port of call is a true gem.
Ah, more time to relax: We docked in Labadee, Haiti, to chill out on a sandy beach with the ocean breeze and palm trees shading those who chose to stay out of the sun. Lunch was provided by Royal Caribbean and the drinks were flowing.
Our last day at sea was filled with activities, packing and saying goodbye to all the wonderful friends we met on the cruise.
Don’t forget we are going on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of Seas this Halloween – she’s like the mother of the Independence of the Seas! Hope to see you there.
Until next time!
Your SinglesCruise Voyage Hosts,
Doni and Kevin