Today the Horizon is going to be in Curacao. We woke around 6 and had coffee in the Lido before heading to the main dining room when it opened at 7am.
I like that the port day menu has different offerings than the brunch menu and had the broken egg sandwich among other sides.
We decided to forgo the beach today since our day is so short. We were going to go off and see if they sold island tours at the pier. Sister T hadn’t slept well so she decided to stay onboard and I got off about 8:15 or so.
There was an area where many tours hawked their island tours with drop off at beach. I chose the guy with the open air bus plus the cheapest price $20.
It was supposed to be 2 hour tour then people who wanted to stay at the beach would have 2 hours there. If you didn’t they would drop you at the ship or downtown after the tour. Well they took so long gathering people (and we only ended up with 11 for a full size bus) that there wasn’t enough time for the people to stay at the Mambo beach. Two people wanted to and the driver said he wouldn’t come back for only two so they ended up taking a taxi back to the ship.
We passed by Rif Fort which is now a shopping plaza with museum. It was built in 1828.
Next we passed the waking bridge named Queen Emma.
We passed the love lock sculptures.
I guess the first one was so popular they added a second. The bus drove across the Queen Juliana bridge and I got this picture of the ship and town.
There are some interesting sculptures in the downtown area but it was hard to get good pictures from the bus. This is the freedom monument.
The first part of the tour was good; the second half was boring (here is where the rich people live). The I love Curacao sign is a great photo opp.
It had the most beautiful view.
The open air bus was great for taking pictures BUT it was hot and my clothes were soaked by the time it was over.
What really irked me was the driver accommodating the requests of two different couples that ended up wasting our time. The first was someone who wanted to stop at an ATM so they could get cash to pay for the tour. We stop at one on the way back and then they don’t want to use it because it dispenses the local currency; not USD. What were they expecting? Another couple loaned them money to pay for the tour.
The second couple wanted to buy a lock for the love lock sculpture and we had to stop at a hardware store. Annoying!
Afternoon and Evening Aboard
Finally got back onboard around 1 pm and had lunch in the lido. Decided to get a deli sandwich and had the special — muenster cheese, spinach and caramelized onions grilled cheese along with their potato salad and salted chocolate cookie.
Pretty good! I didn’t get a picture of the chocolate ice cream cone that followed. 🙂
I was ready for a nap then. Unfortunately we were woken by the phone and by the time I got there the calling party had hung up and didn’t leave a message.
Tonight was our second formal night so we dressed up. I had a ginger ale in the atrium bar area while waiting for the dining room to open. I wasn’t feeling seasick, just a bit dehydrated from sweating all day. Saw the menu for the Halloween drink specials.
Dinner was excellent tonight. It was elegant night two.
We both started with a crab cake.
Sister T had clam chowder while I had the four seasons salad. Then for entrees I had the filet mignon and Sister T had the strip steak.
We both enjoyed them. For dessert she got the tropical fruit plate.
My choice was the grand Marnier soufflé.
It was very good tonight. Afterwards I went to the casino to play my credit. After losing my $30 (it took me probably 45 minutes) I went to the alchemy bar for a drink.
I think it’s the purple sunset but not sure. Then it was off to the cabin to watch a little TV before bed. This prince charming was waiting for me.