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31 August 2016 @ 09:32 pm
Allure of the Seas Day 4  
Today has been an amazing. But before that. AudeS, JokerForever, RollerTroller ACTipton I saw all your replies even for previous days. Nice to see you guys here.
Joker yes all the days have been very nice. Yes exploring a huge ship like this is part of the fun for sure. It's so peaceful to sit on that deck and watch the ocean roll by.
AudeS. The storms aren't bad. It rains for a few minutes then gets sunny then rains again. Typical here. But today was a perfect day on the island. This is a HUGE ship and you'll see that soon enough in the next photos. Walkie Talkies have been a lot of fun for nerds like us. Once we got a private channel they've been great. Yes it's great being lazy for sure. We get enough exercise on the excursions on the islands.

RollerTroller thanks for the info. I LOVE those kinds of stats and info. I did not know it was the deepest trench in the Atlantic. Then I'm happy we went over it.

Actiption, funny I am the same way. I agree with the reason. When I travel it's new and I want to see everything so I do lots more running around.

OK so sunrise was super early this morning. 6:05am so I got up around 5:45am and amazingly I wasn't tired. Tomorrow sunrise is at 5:57am. I hope I wake up before that. I don't know why it's rising earlier and earlier each day. So got up to watch the sun rise and we could see land in the distance. We were surrounded by brown boobies. My gosh it was great. I got so many photos and videos of them. I got some crappy photos of them catching flying fish too. Here's one of my nicer photos.

I wish I could pet their white tummies. We docked in St. Maarten and our tour guide met us as we were walking out of the dock to the main road. She took us first to a salt lake and it was great. We saw lovely green iguanas and many shore birds. The frigates were my faves and I finally got some nice photos of some males.

Such shinny black feathers and his bright red pouch.

We stopped at a neat observation area. It was a like a blinds and this lake was full mostly White Cheeked Pintails. We stopped by a neighborhood and some random road sides and I got a pearly eyed thrasher. The bright eye makes them look mean. I like these birds a lot. We stopped by another little lake and I picked up a new lifer for me. A shore bird called Whimbrel. Not that exciting looking but new bird I've never ever seen so that's always a great thing. We stopped and had a snake of banana break and herbal tea. Then we headed to the entrance of the butterfly garden where I picked up another lifer. This one was cool. A Green THroated Carib. It's a neat metallic hummingbird. They had a feeder and he landed in the tree. Also so lots more bananaquits, Lesser Antillean Bull Finch and Black Faced grassquit. I saw some neat new lizards too. I can't remember what they are called but will have to email my guide for the info.
So all in all it was a great day. Here are a few more photos. I uploaded six today but took tons more. It's very hard sometimes picking just a few photos for these quick entries I make as so many good ones were taken.

Male black faced grassquit.

Green throated carib.

Canon at Ft. Louis St. Maarten. This fort was very nice. We enjoyed climbing up it though it was a bit of a tricky climb. I'm so glad we got those hiking boots. They came in super handy.

Our massive ship docked. We took this from the other side of the pay in St. Maarten. So lovely. It's crazy the shp is nearly as long as that mountian. It is a floating city.
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actipton80actipton80 on September 1st, 2016 10:25 am (UTC)
That hummingbird is cute. He looks funny from that angle.

That water in the last picture is so pretty.
Desthagirion on September 2nd, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
He was. Yeah it's the best photo I took of him. All the others were back lit and he was all black.
I know. I love the water in St. Maarten.
kabuldurkabuldur on September 1st, 2016 10:35 am (UTC)
Sorry I have not kept up with your posting until now. Check your other holiday posts for my replies! Thanks for putting them up; it's great for me to have an 'armchair' holiday!

Cool that you were surrounded by brown boobies at dawn! Yeah, weird that you are getting up earlier and earlier, but good, too.

Love the black and red combination of colours of the male frigate birds. It must have been very cool to have seen so many iguanas and shore birds at the salt lake. It's cool to see so many new birds for the first time in your life...and iguanas. Love the green throated carib and the metallic hummingbird sounds very pretty and special, too.

Nice view from the top of the hill and in your last photo that huge ship blends in! In your last photo I love the hill behind it and the cactii in front.

Edited at 2016-09-01 10:36 am (UTC)
Desthagirion on September 2nd, 2016 10:59 pm (UTC)
That's ok. Nice to see you comment. I'll look at the others when I can. I have limited time on the ship and the connection is so bad here.

The sun seems to be rising normally again. It's funny. I loved all the brown boobies. Such neat an different birds.

This day was cool. So many neat animals on this islands. I really had a lot of fun. I enjoy the iguanas. I'm happy to have seen a new humming bird too.

Those cacti were everywhere. This island is a neat mix of tropical plant and arid plants so I loved that.
kabuldurkabuldur on September 4th, 2016 11:23 am (UTC)
I knew you wouldn't be able to look for my other replies until you got home.

Cool that you got so see another kind of humingbird. Mrs Cleverhands says she was a hummingbird-like bids in her garden recently, but that's not possible, so we think it must have been some kind of honey eater.
rollertrollerrollertroller on September 2nd, 2016 03:34 pm (UTC)
Now that is one huge ship! None of the cruise ships I've been on were that large. I enjoy the photos of the birds, the one with the frigate bird is my favourite, and I like the canon.
I'm also glad you enjoy the stats and info from my last comment.

Edited at 2016-09-02 03:35 pm (UTC)
Desthagirion on September 2nd, 2016 11:00 pm (UTC)
It was the largest in the world until the new one Harmony of the Seas came out this year. But it's only bigger by like two feet or something. The frigate was cool. That canon is at a French Fort. I'll post all the pics when I get home and I think you'll like some of them.
Yes I don't have time to look things up while I am here so that was nice you helped me out with that.
jokerforeverjokerforever on September 4th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
it was amazing to see that brown booby and frigates in flight in the photos, I wish I could have seen that. The canon looks nice too and wow that ship is huge, might as well be a city
Desthagirion on September 5th, 2016 11:54 am (UTC)
It was. I loved birding on this island. So many cool bird. I love the canons. Got to see several on this trip. Just so cool. That's what I say. I call it a floating city. One time we did a behind the scenes tour on it. They do have a street for the crew and drive little golf carts. It is a city for sure.