Travel With Bradley

Antigua – our final stop on this amazing 12 night cruise

Christopher Columbus “discovered” Antigua back

in 1493.  Sugar cane became the dominant force, with the first sugar plantation established in 1674.  

Antigua is our final port of call.  This 12 night cruise itinerary included a Caribbean Island port of call everyday.  Tomorrow will be our only “at sea” day as the Captain will be busy sailing back to San Juan.

The town of St. John’s is busy as we are sharing this port with both the Crown Princess (Princess Cruise Lines) and the Anthem of the Seas (Royal Caribbean).  There is also a tall ship docked across for us.

 

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Some of our passengers are enjoying a 6 hour Catamaran Excursion which will take them around the island.

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I walked into a jewelry store and I must have looked as though I had money to burn.  The salesperson proudly showed me and placed on my wrist a $140,000 USD bracelet (not my style…) with a matching $400,000 necklace that he thought I should purchase for “someone special” at home.  I’m still thinking about how many sets I’ll bring home… he offered to give me a “deal”!

There are many creative named shops around town.

We’ve certainly have enjoyed an amazing cruise.  Its the very professional and extra friendly personal on board that have elevated our experience on the Celebrity Summit.  The ships Captain started sailing this ship when it was introduced back in 2001 and its obvious that he is highly respected by the staff on board.  Everyone has gone out of their way to make sure our cruise experience was an excellent one.

So many of the staff recognize my passengers and they call me “Mr. Bradley” as I stroll around the ship.

I’m finding my passengers are preferring these longer length cruises because they are much more relaxing – you certainly feel as though you have been away for a substantial length of time.  

We will never again see the Celebrity Summit like it is now.  After this cruise it sails a short 5 day itinerary and then the Celebrity Summit will be dry-docked in the Bahamas and will undergo a $55 Million dollar refurb – during the 45 refurbishment days approx 2000 workers will transform this cruise ship.  I’ll be anxious to see the results!  I wish them all the best with this challenging endeavor.  

During tomorrows Sea Day I probably won’t have access to WIFI so you won’t hear from me.  

I remember my Dad today.  This would have been his birthday – he loved sailing on cruise ships and had been to this port of Antigua a number of  times with the entire family.  Its dress up night on the Summit tonight so they are serving lobster in the dining room – that was always Dad’s favourite and he’d finish off his meal with a caramel or chocolate sundae – the bigger the better!  Miss you Dad!

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I’d like to thank my amazing passengers for joining me on this winter getaway.  We all agree that we escaped the worst of this Canadian winter – snow, record cold temps and freezing rain.  We’ll do our very best to bring some Caribbean weather home with us.

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