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Cruisin w the Oldies - Cruisin to St Thomas (FINALLY!) [03:40] Little known fact Our ship, the Carnival Victory is the sister ship to the Carnival Triumph - that cruise ship that was hopelessly adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for days and days and had be be towed to Alabama while everyone had to eat onion sandwiches and poop in plastic bags because it had PROPULSION PROBLEMS. But, guess what - just a couple weeks before the Carnival Triumph fiasco - our ship, the Carnival Victory also had propulsion problems. We were scheduled to leave Puerto Rico at 10:PM on Sunday but because of aforementioned "propulsion problems" didn't depart till mid-morning on Monday. As such, our St. Thomas stay was cut very short. On the good side, the rest of our cruise was a lot of fun and we got to poop in ACTUAL flush toilets.

Cruisin w the Oldies - El Morro Castle - Old San Juan [06:09] While on our way to a Carnival Caribbean cruise, Nancy and I visited the El Morrow Castle (AKA Castillo San Felipe del Morro ) in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico . This is a very old Spanish fort - construction began in 1539. It was constructed here in order to protect the entrance to San Juan Bay from bad folks from the sea. During World War II, the US Army added a big old concrete bunker (which can be seen in this video) in order to protect the entrance to San Juan Bay from completely DIFFERENT bad folks from the sea. (Apparently, over the ages, a lot of bad folks from the sea have been interested in getting into San Juan Bay.)

Globe Trekker - Puerto Rico with Zay Harding [48:19]
Located at the heart of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is around 100 miles long by 30 miles wide, with a population of some 4 million. Part of the US Commonwealth, it's known as the "island of enchantment", boasting sun-kissed beaches, dramatic mountains, a rich colonial history, and great music. Starting his journey in Puerto Rico's vibrant capital, San Juan, host Zay Harding looks around the beautifully preserved old city, dating back to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. Sampling the local cuisine and the fabulous national drink, the piña colada, he salsas the night away before getting to meet the man who rolled the world's longest cigar. From San Juan, Zay heads east to El Yunque National Forest, one of the best preserved rainforests in the Caribbean. Home to over 240 species of trees, and a lot of rare wildlife, it's the last refuge of the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. Checking out the breeding project that aims to save these beautiful birds, Zay is reassured that the future of the species is in good hands. From El Yunque, Zay leaves the main island of Puerto Rico to catch a ferry to the small island of Vieques, which is blessed with a spectacular coastline. During WWII, the US military used the island as a weapons test site, and Zay discovers how the island's glorious beaches are now being decontaminated and opened to public access for the first time since the war. After enjoying a fabulous horse-ride along the coast of Vieques, Zay takes the ferry back to the ...

Cruisin w the Oldies - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico [06:44] Took a great cruise with friends on the Carnival Victory. The ship left out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. My wife and I arrived (from Michigan) one day early - before we hooked up with our friends on the ship - to wander aimlessly around Old San Juan... BTW, our ship left San Juan more than 10 hours late because of "propulsion problems". We didn't know it at the time, but this is the sister ship of the Carnival Triumph - the decidedly UN-triumphant (and poopy) ship recently left floating adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. (I think watching the floundering escapades of the Carnival Triumph is giving me PTSD! - or maybe PCSD [Post CRUISE Traumatic Stress Disorder]). Seriously; we had a great time and I would most definitely do it again (and maybe we will) because I see a good possibility of some "untriumphant" specials and sales coming up soon from Carnival.

Old San Juan [05:17]
Our day exploring Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 2013

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