Keisha was a tall, solidly built young lady, and guided us out to our trucks. It was nice seeing all the 'bus' and taxi drivers dressed in 'uniform' of black pants and white shirts, although I felt sorry for the ladies wearing nylons (pantyhose)! There were 16 people, and two trucks that each held 8. We headed for the first truck, Rob suddenly wanted the other one, it was full, so we ended up being the last two on Keisha's truck (and we had been the last two to purchase the excursion too). We left the port terminal area, and this was the view as we drove away.
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The top railing is the jogging track, deck 12. The next level down, with the blueish glass is deck 11, where the pools, hot tubs, and the Windjammer Cafe is. Yes, it is the biggest cruise ship currently on the seas!
Jamaica is full of underground springs, and there was one large one next to the highway which caused considerable flooding frequently.
This is another old, important church. I think it's St. John's Anglican Church (although it could be St. James as that was the area we were in). Keisha, our very knowledgeable guide, told me that 7th Day Adventist is probably the most popular religion in Jamaica (which explains the vegetarianism), along with Baptists and Anglicans. There was a couple from Atlanta in our truck, and she said 7th Day is very popular in their area. Rob grew up near the provincial and federal headquarters of the Canadian 7th Day Adventist Church, but I don't think I know a single member.
We got back in the Land Rovers and headed through the citrus orchards. This is when the 'off roading' started. It wasn't as 'off road' as we would have liked, LOL, but it was scenic and out-doorsy and fun.
The guide had a hard time figuring out our waterproof camera; I had a hard time keeping my top up. LOL. The Dutch girl had a hard time understanding just about everything, and Rob had to help her out for her photo shoot.
These are the trucks we rode in, two rows of 4 seats on the edges faced inwards. We had seatbelts. LOL.
Then we saw this interesting sign:
We were shown a traditional Jamaican garden, complete with a sugar cane plant and Jamaica's national fruit which is cooked to be their national dish.
Some of the off roading:
THe drive back was a little scary---and it wasn't off-road! It was a very twisty, hilly road, bordered often by deep ravines....and their guardrails are about the equivalent of our parking curbs. And we were on the wrong side of the road, facing the wrong way. I was surprised to see (while we had been in rush hour) that most people wore seatbelts and didn't overload vehicles, but apparently speed and passing at questionable times is still an issue. You know when your 'native' drivers gasps and says "Now THAT was almost a situation!" that someone was truely being extreme, but most of the time it was just us gasping, LOL. I could see the speedometer, and we were travelling up to 70km/hour on these roads.
THese last three photos travel from the right edge of the port to the left edge.
After leaving port it was surprisingly rough, although the water didn't show it.
"Margharita Ville" is the place right in the center with a tube slide.
We were all aboard at 2:15, and the ship left awhile later. THe show this night was another production show; actually a magic show starring Drew Thomas and backed by the Royal Caribben Singers and Dancers. I think this ship is the only one that has 3 nights of productions shows. It was a neat show, but it started (for us) at 10:45pm. It was a little hard to stay awake!