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Caribbean Liars Island

On August 29, 2012, we woke up and we were in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  It’s great to wake up and you’re in a whole new city and you didn’t have to do anything to get there – that’s why cruises are so cool. (That and the unlimited food of course!)

Ivan, Lil Dave and I rushed to the port in Dubrovnik.  We’ve been here before, so we wanted to go on a boat going to see the Elephanti Islands.  Ivan booked it through Adriana Cavtat and a few minutes later we were off on a boat with about 50 people on it.

Our first stop was Kolocep where we stopped for 30 minutes.  We walked around.

The boat started going to the next destination which was Sipan.  The boat only stopped here for a short time. 

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We walked around and enjoyed the sun. 

It was lunch time once we got back on the boat. 

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We got lots of fish and coleslaw (seconds and even more if we wanted).  The red wine and juice were all free as well.  We were shown how to eat a fish without the use of utensils.  The bones of the fish were thrown into the water for the birds to scoop up. 

The boat stopped at our last stop which was Lopud.  There was a beach here.  Ivan, Lil Dave and I relaxed on lounge chairs by the water. 

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Ivan and I each got a Somersby Pear Cider which is so very tasty.  We read our books while chilling out.

It was back on the boat and awhile later we were back in Dubrovnik.  We then got back on board the boat.

Lil Dave went to go find his monkey friends on the ship.

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It’s awesome having a balcony for the views and of course the lovely sunsets.

Later, we went to see the new Hasbro Game Show.  The games were really fun (like putting in basketballs to play Connect Four), but the main prize was just a big package of, yup you guessed it, Hasbro games.

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It’s not going to make me want to play – but a lot of people seemed to want to play….I guess they are desperate for a free board game!!

For dinner, we went back to the first table we had with the British couple, Latin/French couple and the Scottish couple.  At least they were all friendly and chatty (well, the Scottish were a bit quiet) – also we were all about the same age.

I started off with penne with artichokes  while Ivan got the salmon cheesecake.  Ivan got the Indian vegetarian for his main course while I got the Louisiana catfish.  It was a tasty meal.  We left diner to check out the Liars Club.

The Liars Club features three of the entertainment hosts.  We’ve seen this before on other Carnival cruise ships and it’s always funny.  We were happy to see that Calvyn was part of it.  He’s so hilarious that he could be a stand-up comedian.  The host of the show was a girl named Amy who’s 6 feet 3 inches tall so her nickname is 6-3.  Amy is the assistant cruise director.  Amy says a weird word and the three must give a definition of the word and the audience gets to decide who we think is telling the truth.  One is actually telling the right definition while the other two are lying.

Each host had a funny story.  Taylor was the beauty queen.  She would always say I’m Taylor and I’m a Beauty Queen.. each time she would say how she was in the beauty contest for Ms. Spam or Ms. Pork and tell a story related to beauty or beauty contests.

Calvyn would always give a long story about his past like getting bullied in school or working in Wendy’s. 

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He was definitely the funniest.  He puts on an act that he’s depressed.  At the end of the story, he would say thank you.  6-3 would then look confused and say Calvyn you didn’t tell us what the word means.  He’d say Oh, and then say a really short definition like a Middle Eastern leg warmer.  It was hilarious.  I would love to hear Calvyn tell jokes all day. 

The third girl was Stephanie who was the least funniest.  Her story was that she would talk about a guy she met (usually a French guy) and how the word related to sexual situations.  Only some of her stories were funny.

We wanted to check out the Mind Magic which features a good magician named Rakesh that we’ve seen before on another Carnival cruise ship.  The Mind Magic show was in the Limelight Comedy Club which is way too big to see a magician – we prefer smaller, more intimate venues.  It was already packed, so we left.

Later on, we went to the Lido deck (right by the pool) for the Red Frog’s Caribbean Party.  There was fun party music playing.  The entertainment hosts and Butch the cruise director were handing out things to people.  I wanted some so I started dancing.  I got glow sticks, beads and a whistle.  I wanted a funny straw hat, but they were only giving out only a few.  Ivan wasn’t dancing since he would rather dance to house music.

Ivan and I jumped into the jacuzzi and enjoyed the hot bubbly water.

Ivan and I stopped to get some ice cream which is open all the time.  Ivan thought it would be funny if I put my head under it and put ice cream directly into my mouth.  I was trying to find out a good way to do this since it would be a weird angle.  Luckily, there were two girls there and I asked them to pour it in my mouth which they thought was hilarious. 

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It was fun, but messy!  I’m sure the girls tried it after we got our ice cream.. and their parents came back.  The kids would say We just saw a woman do it.  They would probably say Suuure that’s what you saw and wouldn’t believe them.

We headed back to the room to get some rest.

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Swimming Tapas

On July 10, 2012, I woke up late at 2:30 pm…well, late to some people but not if you miss party animal like I am and don’t go to bed before 5am! .Lil Dave and Ivan were already up.  Everybody had lunch at the hotel before heading out.

We got a taxi to another part of San Antonio at Playa Es Pouet Beach.  We were going to rent a boat for a few hours with Star Boats.  We saw these boats yesterday during our speed boat tour, and thought ‘oo that looks like fun!’

Ivan, Noelle and Charisse went to get wine and food at the store so we could have a mini-party on board the boat.

They came back and then we boarded the boat.  

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Ivan was the capitan even wearing the pirate hat that I got at Elrow.  Our first stop was a cave. 

Ivan wanted to check out Cala Bassa beach, so we drove there.  I put the anchor down into the sand.  We swam to the beach from our boat.  It was a lovely beach.  Ivan was told that it’s the best beach in Ibiza. 

Noelle was making buildings from the Las Vegas Strip out of sand like the Luxor and Wynn. 

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Everybody went swimming and relaxed on the beach.  Ivan buried Noelle in the sand and gave her pointy boobs. 

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We swam back to the boat.

Ivan steered our boat towards Café Mambo for the sunset.  He parked our boat in front of Café Mambo. 

Ivan, Noelle and I swam in the water.  There was a big boat next to us filled with 10 British guys.  One of them started talking to me while I was in the water.  He wanted the single girls on the boat to come over.  I said you should go over there and talk to them. 

The Scottish guy was named Shan who used to be a footballer. 

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Later, we saw the famous sunset while drinking rose wine.  We listened to Afrojack for a short time.  We drove back to the Playa Es Pouet Beach and returned the boat at 9:40 pm. 

We had a great time on the boat and the beach.

We walked to San Antonio Centre.  We were thinking about going to the restaurant El Quijote.  It was too expensive though and the servers weren’t very friendly….It seemed like all the food there was double what other places charge.

Instead, we ended up at our favorite El Rincon de Pepe

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We all shared lots of tapas like baby squid, Russian salad, mussels with salsa, fried rayfish, anchovies, fish croquettes, jamon iberica and sardines.  I tried jamon for the first time and it was very tasty.

It was time to head back to the hotel.  Ivan thought it would be a good idea for us to relax and not party – so we were in bed about 1:30 am…which is early for us!

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Sunset Space

I woke up at noon on July 8, 2012.  Ivan and Lil Dave were both up already.  Ivan, Lil Dave, Charisse, Noelle and I had breakfast at 12:15 pm at our hotel Sol Bahia Apartamentos.  My scrambled eggs were runny.

It was an overcast day.  Ivan was told that if you walk 5 minutes to the right of the hotel (facing the bay) you’ll reach a beautiful beach.  We started walking on the rocks.  It was definitely a lot farther than 5 minutes.  It turned out to be 20 minutes away.  We did have lovely views walking there though.

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The beach was lovely with beautiful aquamarine waters.

We had lunch at the restaurant on the beach.  Ivan and I shared fresh salmon and tuna.  The tuna was very meaty and tasty!  Lil Dave got a banana salad.

The sun had come out and the sky had cleared.  Hurray!  Ivan and I love sunny blue skies.  We sat down on the beach. 

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We brought the inner tubes that we got from Elrow last night.  They were perfect as a pillow.  Ivan, Noelle and I took a short nap.  Charisse went to nap under the shade.

We swam around in the water.  It was so hot out that you HAD to jump in the water to cool off. 

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I love chilling and swimming at the beach.  We saw lots of girls with no tops on, some of them shouldn’t have gone topless though – especially the big pregnant lady. 

We started walking back on the road towards the hotel at 4:30 pm.  This way was a lot quicker.  Maybe this was the way that the guy thought was 5 minutes away.

Ivan has been having problems with his ears – they’re both filled with ear wax.  He hasn’t been able to hear very well.  Ivan and Noelle went to get stuff at the pharmacy.  Noelle was there to speak in Spanish if needed.

We all got showered and dressed for the boat party.

We rushed over to Lineker’s to meet for the Garlands boat party.  We got our free drink at the bar while watching the Federer vs. Murray Wimbledon match.  Ivan and I were hoping that Murray would win.  We left before the match finished.

A big group of about 150 people boarded the Garlands boat.  We sailed out at 6:20 pm.  The boat was advertised as having games, but we didn’t play any.  I would have liked to play something fun like a cool drinking game.  But, the boat was filled with mostly British people and the Brits don’t need any assistance in getting drunk. 

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We danced to funk house music and drank Strawberry-Lime cider. 

The sunset turned out quite nice.

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The boat arrived back at 9:45 pm.  The bus was leaving at 9:45 pm goin to Space.. but we figured it would be a few minutes late since all the boats arrived late.  We grabbed sandwiches at a store nearby and rushed to the bus.

We made it just in time.  The bus was full and left at 10:05 pm headed to Space.  The Garlands boat party included free entrance to the event We Love Space at the nightclub Space.  I understand why they call it Space since it’s quite spacious. 

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Our favorite room was the lounge one with the red lights and the buddha on the wall. 

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We had fun dancing to hard trance in the main room – Hot Chip were on.  You could feel the bass go through your body. 

One of the coolest things about Space is that the roof is mesh in some of the rooms, so you can see and hear the airplanes fly above the club. 

We left the club around 3:30 am and went in search for food.  We found a good pizza place down the street called Pizza Piadina.  Ivan and I each had a slice of mushroom pizza – it was really good.  We got a taxi back to the hotel at 4 am.

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