Bear Voyage 2008

Day Five: Barbados

Today's port of call was Barbados. Its an unusual island in that it was created by tectonic plate action rather than volcanic activity, which created most of the other Caribbean islands. Another interesting feature is the extensive natural cave system which holds most of the island's drinking water supply.

We started the day by getting off the ship as soon as it docked and walking into the shopping mall located at the port. Among the usual tourist crap we found a liquor store with insanely cheap prices on name-brand booze. We bought several bottles including the Barbados' own Mount Gay rum. When we returned to the ship with our haul, we noticed the liquor table had not been set up yet. Normally when returning to the ship all alcohol must be checked in at the liquor table beyond security to be held until the end of the cruise; this is to increase sales at the on-ship bars. However with no liquor table, all we could do was to take our purchases back to our cabin. Score! :-) We still spent a lot at the ships bars anyways.

A couple of hours after our shopping trip we left the ship again to go on a tour of the previously mentioned caves. There were about 30 bears or so in our group. The caves were quite spectacular, and very damp! Most of the pics I took did not turn out well (too dark or blurry due to the movement of the tram). We passed by huge underground lakes and streams. A couple of times we stopped to walk around and take pictures.

Later that evening the bears had a private party in the pool at the day spa. DJ Sol was on hand to spin the tunes.

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