B. J. and I love to cruise. Our most recent cruise was the tenth one in our cruising career. We hope to do many more. We have cruised Alaska’s Inside Passage from Seward, AK to Vancouver, BC, and the Hawaiian Islands and our cruising adventures includes a river cruise on the Rhine River in Germany.
However, we have fallen deeply in love with cruising, perhaps the most popular cruising territory in the world, the blue, beautiful and romantic Caribbean Sea.
Our traveling goal is to visit all the fifty states and all U. S. Territories. On a previous cruise, we sailed to the U. S. Virgin Islands and visited the U. S. Territory St. Thomas.
Our most recent Caribbean cruise took us to the U. S. Territory Puerto Rico where we spent a day eating the local cuisine and visiting the adorable sights and scenes of this lovely and quixotic Caribbean paradise.
After an exciting day of touring the charming isle, we returned to our adorable luxury liner, the Westerdam, docked in the fascinating San Juan Harbor. B. J. and I were anxious to get to our stateroom, get a shower, slip into some comfortable clothes and head for the buffet on the Lido Deck to dig into some fundelicious chow.
Conversely, as we were scanned onto the liner, we were met by a crewman holding a sign that read in big letters: “Cookout and Big Deck Party Tonight on the Lido Deck—BBQ”
That announcement changed our dinner plans. We continued eagerly along the handsomely carpeted corridor to our berth. Inside, we hastily stripped and hit the shower. Following the refreshing bath, we donned clothes we thought suitable for a deck party under a full Caribbean moon in the delightful San Juan harbor.
We exited our room and in lively zest headed aft toward the big Lido Deck. As we neared the “party deck,” we got a whiff of meat sizzling on the grill and heard sprightly music and laughter. The party had started.
Hand-in-hand, we strode onto the deck and found a nice table near the grill, the band, and the swimming pool—an ideal location for the deck party.
The Caribbean moon was bathing the harbor in a brilliant incandescence. The sea was calm but the radiant moonbeams reflected dazzlingly off the mirror-like surface. The harbor was illuminated by thousands of lights along the shore; it was beautiful! No more perfect setting could be found for a deck party.
A balmy breeze drifted gently over the deck as the music and the fragrance of the barbequing food caught us up in the Caribbean charisma.
The party people were psyched up for a shindig and ready to go. Some were scantily dressed while others wore more modest attire. The music picked up tempo and the dancers hit the deck. A Caribbean deck party was coming down in San Juan Harbor on the deck of the Westerdam. B. J. and I were whisked away into the magic of the moment.
Absorbed by the merrymaking, we swung over by the ship’s rail to take in the captivating scene both on and off the boat; it was spellbinding.
Finally, the bouquet of the sizzling meats overrode the festivity and a line of hungry fun-lovers began to form beside the buffet. There was a lot of happy camaraderie.
Of course, as you might expect, B. J. and I, being close to the grill, were among the first to grab a couple of the big plates and get in line. There were steaks, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and a multitude of trimmings on the bountiful buffet in San Juan Harbor. As the band played on, we helped our plates, returned to our cozy table, kicked back, dug in and soaked up the food and atmosphere of the rousing revelry.
Later that night while the lovers strolled the promenade deck under the glowing moon, the Westerdam would slip out of San Juan Harbor on its way to another sensational destination in the Caribbean, St. Maarten.