Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Alexander Von Humbolt

On a cruise you can choose to adventure off on your own at a port of call
or book an excursion through the cruise line.

Of course booking an excursion is recommended and comes
with the simplified payment of your ship charge account, 
assured return time (the boat won't leave without you if you are running late), 
and the decreased likelihood that you will be taken for ransom by hostile natives.
I'm not serious about the last one, but geesh they make you feel that way when *encouraging* you to book with them.

In Nassau we opted not to book any excursions, but in Freeport it was
decided that we would get off the cruise ship, walk across the harbor and
board a windjammer for a traditional sailing excursion.

 Freeport is a much less walking tourist friendly kind of place.
There were a lot of cargo ships hustling in and out while we were there.

As we walked around the harbor we passed another cruise ship from a smaller
line that focuses on the Bahamas.  

Apparently they do double duty because as we walked past it the 
bow was opened to drive out the cars that were being delivered to the island.

As we got closer it was noted that you could see completely through
from the bow to the stern.

You know you like it when I use nautical terms.

And then the Alexander Von Humboldt came into view.

Boy was she pretty.

Built in 1906 as a German training vessel she is an 
impressive sight with three masts and twenty-five sails

After being destined for the scrapyard Carnival's 10 year contract
put in place the means for a refurbishment and another adventure for her.

Miss Thing got situated and made herself right at home

and it wasn't long before Super Son convinced the crew to let him take the helm.

Not to be outdone Miss Thing was quick to take her turn.

Then we went to tour the galley

where Super Son found this

and promised to never leave until he had learned them all.

Never having been sailing before I was surprised at how slow it seemed.

But it was an amazing chance to slow down and enjoy the pace and
 experience first hand what is really a part of history.

And there is something very beautiful in that.


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