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Viking Sea Cruise – Day Two – Puerto Rico




A Room With A View

My Penthouse Veranda stateroom was on the starboard side which gave me the best views of the ocean in Puerto Rico. I sat down on my balcony to enjoy a coffee and the sun rising above San Juan and noticed a cruise ship in the distance. I love watching ships come alongside, so I was thrilled to see three other cruise ships entering the port, all from the comfort of my stateroom.

Disney Wonder sailing into San Juan
View of San Juan Port from Viking Sea 5011.

It was time for breakfast and to see the ship in daylight.

Viking Sea in San Juan
Taking in the Viking Sea with the beautiful San Juan back drop.

 

Deck seating area on Viking Sea
Walking to breakfast on the Viking Sea

 

Viking Sea Main Pool
The main pool onboard Viking Sea

Time For An Adventure

After a quick tour of the ship we headed out for our horse riding trip. There was no queuing to disembark the ship and we were offered chilled bottles of water to take with us as we left.

We took a mini bus to Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park located in Luquillo. Our driver gave us an entertaining guided tour during the 20 minute journey. However I had met a lovely lady named Julia, who works onboard the Viking Sea. We didn’t stop talking for the entire journey, so I missed the commentary, but made a great friend.

Everyone in the group was matched to a horse depending on their experience. Horse riding is second nature to me, so I was matched with Vulcan for the ride.

Horseriding in Carabali Rainforest Park Puerto Rico
Not quite Lady Godiva

It was a blazing hot day, so we took it easy and just walked. We stopped to rest and cool off by the river.

Horseriding in Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park
Time to cool off
Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park
I could have stayed there all day

 

Flavia Gray at Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park San Juan
With my new friends. Our guide, Jonathan and Julia from Viking.

It was a fantastic experience and the guys that took us out were great fun and really looked after us. We rode back to the farm, grabbed a beer and returned to the ship.

Thank goodness we were on a Viking Cruises shore excursion as we arrived back dead on 4.30, which was the all aboard time. That was cutting it fine. Had we been delayed though, the ship would have waited for us, unlike if we were doing the trip on our own.

Sailaway

Five o’clock was time for muster drill, so I had just enough time for a much needed shower. Being a 930 passenger ship, the drill took no time at all and we were soon sipping cocktails and watching the sunset.

View of San Juan sunset from Viking Sea
The sun setting on San Juan
Sunset and waves crashing against Castillo San Felipe del Morro
The waves crashing against the rocks of Old San Juan Fort – Castillo San Felipe del Morro
The dramatic San Juan coastline
The dramatic San Juan coastline

Our group met in the Explorers Lounge for a pre-dinner drink. Viking’s ocean cruise ships all have an Explorers theme encapsulated in their interior design.

Viking Sea Explorers Lounge Star Constellations
The Explorers Lounge with maps of star constellations framing the room
The Explorers Lounge Bar with star constellation mirror
The Explorers Lounge Bar with star constellation mirror
Ladies in the the Explorers Lounge Viking Sea
Meeting in the Explorers Lounge for a pre-dinner cocktail

For our first night, we decided to have dinner in the main dining room.

Smoked Sturgeon and Sevruga Caviar Viking Sea
Smoked Sturgeon and Sevruga Caviar
Oriental Style Scallops and Lobster on Viking Sea
Oriental Style Scallops and Lobster

After dinner we headed to the theatre for the Captains Welcome Aboard Speech.

Champagne on ice to welcome the guests onboard Viking Sea
Champagne on ice to welcome the guests onboard Viking Sea

There was not a spare seat in the house as Cruise Director Mark and the Viking Band kicked off proceedings with a wonderful rendition of Hello, Young Lovers.

The Captain was introduced to the stage and from the outset he was very funny. There was a lighthearted approach to introducing the rest of the senior management team as they walked onto the stage to the music of Pirates of the Caribbean.

By this time the travelling, jet lag and horseriding had made me feel extremely tired. So it was time for bed to be ready for more exciting adventures tomorrow.

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