Steven Pinkert’s Extended Family Christmas Cruise
This past Christmas through New Years my extended family went on a Caribbean Cruise. We sailed on Celebrity for a 10 day cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. It was very nice as almost all of my family was able to attend.
Our ports of call included St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados, Dominica, and St. Maarten.
On the Equinox
We sailed on the Equinox. It is a new Celebrity ship carrying about 3000 passengers. Of note the breakfast and lunch buffets were excellent. Cabins were small as the newer Celebrity ships seem to have smaller cabins with less drawer and closet space. Here is a great picture of Sherma with our sons Keith and Ian.
On Barbados we rented Segways which were really fun as they were fast and the scenery was beautiful. It takes a little time to get comfortable on a Segway but after a lesson on safety you are ready.
In the photo above, from left to right are Steven Pinkert, Sarah Mancinelli (my niece), Sherma, Janet (my sister), Chuck (Janet’s boyfriend), MIchael Dropkin (my nephew) and my sons Ian and Keith. The two boys behind on the right are friends. I have other members not pictured as they didn’t do the Segway tour because over Christmas the availability of Segways was a bit limited.
Dominica is not to be confused with the Dominican Republic. Rather it is a small island near Guadeloupe and Martinique. It is extremely lush and with waterfalls and rich foliage. We decided to do an extreme “shore excursion” by a company named Extreme Dominica you can check out their website at www.extremedominica.com.
We went canyoning! This means that you are rappelling descending hundreds of feet on ropes with harnesses through waterfalls, streams and crystal clear pools – all of cold water of course. But wet suits and safety equipment are provided and mandatory. It is not for the faint of heart or those in lousy physical shape. Take a look at the video…
We had a great trip and in addition to all the fun, we spent quality time together.