Yesterday it was time to sleep again, because we were on our last sea day of our Caribbean cruise with AIDA on the return trip from Antigua to the Dominican Republic.
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The last day of the sea with nautical question time
After we were almost the last at breakfast, we grabbed our pool towels and made ourselves comfortable on the pool deck. There was no wind, so we went to the pool every 15 minutes to somehow endure it in the heat. In between, a nautical question time took place directly on the pool deck, i.e. everyone could get rid of their questions to our captain Falk Bleckert, who then answered them. There were some really exciting questions, such as:
– What has been his biggest challenge at sea so far?
– For how many weeks is the fuel sufficient?
– How does water treatment work on the ship?
– At what distance can you see an obstacle on the water (e.g. a small fishing boat)?
– What skills must a captain have?
The Farewell Party at the end of the trip
In the evening we went to dinner for the last time. The AIDA crew had come up with something very nice here: a farewell cake with the dates of the trip. After that we went to the pool deck for the big Farewell party. On the ships of the AIDA fleet, guests are not only duly welcomed, but also duly farewelled. All the officers, including our captain, did not miss the time to come back to the pool deck on this last evening and toast all guests with a glass of sparkling wine. A nice end to the trip.
The port info of AIDA for La Romana
Beach day at Playa Blanca in Punta Cana
The next morning we left the ship at about 11 a.m. With two other couples we travelled with a pre-booked transfer shuttle via Dominicanplus to Punta Cana, because from here tonight our plane goes back to Europe. Since it is still a good 8 hours, we had thought about whether we would make a small detour to a beach, which is close to the airport. Our transfer agency Dominicanplus has suggested that they take us directly from the ship to Playa Blanca, store our luggage in the meantime and then pick up again in the evening to take us to the airport. Playa Blanca is a public beach where you can use the loungers and chairs free of charge. Bringing your own food and drinks (except water) is unfortunately forbidden; these must be purchased at the nearby restaurant.
After enjoying the Caribbean sun for a few more hours, we took a shower on the beach, moved to the beach and were taken by our shuttle to the airport in Punta Cana on time. The flight from Punta Cana to Paris passed in the truest sense of the word as if in flight… Movies watched, slept a lot, eaten … and schwupps we were already in dreary, cold and rainy Paris. With the airline Hop we went two hours later to Frankfurt, where we landed in the early afternoon. Hello Germany!
These were 15 great days in the Caribbean with lots of new impressions, great diving experiences and unforgettable moments 🙂
All travelogues from our AIDA Cruise (Caribbean Sea)If you read the list of islands that AIDA is heading for on the route Caribbean Islands, you might think it was a dream for a moment: Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua. To reach eleven islands in 14 days is already a house number. But that was also the reason for us to choose this route. A cruise is predestined to get to know the Caribbean with its thousands of dream islands in a relaxed way. Here you can find all travel reports of our 14-day Caribbean cruise with AIDAdiva.
Day 01 Dominican Republic: Punta Cana – Short stopover before our cruise
Day 02 Dominican Republic: AIDAdiva – Our 14-Day Cruise in the Caribbean Sea
Day 03 Day at Sea
Day 04 Aruba: ABC Islands – Diving at the Renaissance Plane Wreck
Day 04 Aruba: Oranjestad – Tourist Attractions & Things to Do by your own
Day 05 Curaçao: Curacao – Island Tour, Attractions & the best Photo spots
Day 05 Curaçao: Ocean Encounters Curacao – Diving with Dolphins
Day 06 Bonaire: ABC Islands – Diving in Bonaire National Marine Park
Day 06 Bonaire: Kralendijk – Travel Guide & Things to Do
Day 07 Day at Sea
Day 08 Grenada: Diving on the wreck of the cargo ship Veronica L.
Day 08 Grenada: Molinere Bay – Diving at the Underwater Sculpture Park
Day 08 Grenada: Saint George’s – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots
Day 09 St. Vincent: Kingstown & Hiking La Soufriére Volcano
Day 10 Barbados: Wreck diving in Carlisle Bay Marine Park
Day 10 Barbados: Snorkeling with turtles in Carlisle Bay
Day 11 St. Lucia: Diving in the Caribbean with Scuba Steve’s Diving
Day 12 Dominica: Dolphins, Whale-Watching & the capital Roseau
Day 13 Guadeloupe: An island tour & the town of Pointe-a-Pietre
Day 14 Antigua: St. John’s, Nelson’s Dockyard & Fort Berkeley
Day 15 Day at Sea
Day 16 Dominican Republic: Punta Cana – Relax one day on the Beach