Cuban missile crisis: a review of the cruise to the Caribbean from Miami
Aeroflot launched new flights from Moscow to Miami on 1 St November 2012. Well I got the tickets at a relatively cheap price 21000 Tr. Outside it was summer, but his thoughts were far away in autumn. Where to go? What is the sea to choose? And what interesting is waiting in one or the other side? With the word Miami, in the brain immediately drawn Islands in the Caribbean sea and the white ship. Just remember, some sort of cruise and how long ago it was. Why not make a fourth cruise? The more I begged with us. And if you combine our desires and wishes an honest company, then why not?
The problem is that not everyone has American visa. But since the tickets were refundable with a penalty of$ 25, then all quickly agreed and the result was a company of eight people. Visa was not five. The tickets were purchased and remained a mere trifle to get a visa. Than actually and was engaged. Why the confidence in obtaining a visa was almost one hundred percent. And so it happened, got everything. It remains to sketch out a route to buy a cruise and wait for November.
Wait. Long time since I flew out "Ball", and was glad of it. Because you can reach it from the other end of Moscow, it is easier to fly out of "Grandfather" in Europe, and from there to arrive at a "Ball". The total stretch of road is 70 km, presented a black hole with unpredictable consequences. Moreover, the departure was at 11.50 a day. It would be better in three nights. Began to think about how to get to the port. There were two options. (Preferably, you can warm things leave) and train ( less convenient, with suitcases on the subway, but full of confidence that we get). Defeated laziness. Decided on the machine and everything just worked out.
So we are in the Duty Free area. All gathered and of course decided to celebrate. Was drunk bottle Henesi and it really helped to pass the time before landing.
Almost last, went aboard and wandered around the cabin in search of places where you can go, the road is not close (13 hours). The plane was half-empty, with cabin layout is 2-4-2, to be able to sleep on four seats, not all of course, but possible. Aeroflot proved to be quite a decent serednjachki and the maintenance and feeding. Very decent entertainment system. A lot of movies in Russian and other languages, as well as audio and games. All would have made, if not a joint on the way back.
When landing in Moscow, all planted in the open field. According to the captain, the terminal D where we had to go to the airport was very busy and could not accept. Drove the bus and drove to the terminal. This despite the fact that the plane had three babies(1 month) where warm clothes were in the Luggage. People did not even know that they have to go down an icy iron ladder into the open field, but we are at Home. And in front of us was terminal D, where there was a bunch of empty sleeves. The problem was in the fact that just nobody clean and on the tarmac was solid ice.
And then another hour waiting for the baggage ( the explanation was that the Luggage may not get to the terminal! Apparently he's from the Miami coming, and we are naive to think that the Luggage arrived with us) And many of the Luggage were revealed. Ripped off locks and twisted plastic rope. After the presentation of claims, the answer was simple: It's in Miami-the goats are all torn. Of our company was opened just one bag and at first glance nothing is missing. On the lost Luggage rack is required to write a claim immediately, but who remembers what was in that suitcase. Accordingly, after they claim was not accepted. And one man from the flight suit was gone. Next was getting the Luggage from Havana, they waited half an hour with the same consequences. Apparently in the Caribbean what is the craze with their Luggage.
And so we are on the final approach of Miami international. The sun outside the window, and +26. The fit followed by the camera which is somewhere on the nose of the aircraft and displayed on the screens located in front of the chairs. Safely passed border and customs house. Unlike the airport, our Luggage had already rolled on the conveyor, it only remains to remove and go to the taxi rank.
Any difficulties have not caused, and the road to the hotel, it was booked all the way from Moscow. There we were supposed to spend the night. This hotel was chosen for its location ( downtown, almost in the port) and free Shuttle to the ship. But our cruise started tomorrow in the four days on Board had to be before. We have successfully settled and decided to go through downtown, along with dinner. The night, long flights, time difference, not really wellbeing. First caught McDonald's, there and gone. Then just a little walk and sleep.
Open your eyes, and around all too dark. Surprising, the first rise in the Western hemisphere, always early. At 4 in the morning and you're up, continue to lie makes no sense, if you can't sleep. While his wife makes no successful attempts to Dospat, tripod under one arm and with the camera to see the sunrise. Warm, quiet and deserted. It is a pleasure to walk along the promenade. The homeless sleep on the benches, covered themselves and covering their junk with a film in case of rain. Beauty! Walked around for a couple of hours and went to the side of the hotel, it would be necessary to have Breakfast.
Rising to his floor ( the Elevator is old with iron-barred door and inside the Elevator, which opened and closed the door. They did not open and he worked from 8 am to 23), I found in the corridor all its own. People were discussing first impressions, as well as what to do next. This hotel was the included Breakfast, but it began at 8 o'clock, and the yard is only 6. Decided to go out and find your own Breakfast. Transfer to the port went 12 hours and had to this time to come back. That settled the matter. Half of our company it was the first morning on American soil.
Little worked this early. But we were lucky. When you exit the hotel, on a street corner was some kind of cafe, 5 seats. There we had Breakfast. Cheerful and went hood aimlessly. And our eyes gazed in the direction of pharmacy. You had to buy anticatabolic tablets. If someone will be is unknown, but I want to play it. The more that Americans have a great pharmacology, but as well, and everything else. All interesting, even to me, haven't been here. And of course we absorbed, absorbed, pharmacy. Formation (in Russian- pharmacy) in the United States is a dangerous mix of pharmacy and Auchan. On this occasion, Ilf and Petrov in his book "one-Storey America" is very well said :
Here it is necessary to explain what constitutes a small American town and what kind of pharmacy, where you can dine. This story might be called: "Pharmacist without mysticism, or the Mystery of American pharmacy". When a major American businessmen in pursuit of profit, have turned their attention to the pharmacy business, the first thing they are interested in, what are you doing behind their partitions pharmacists. That they are there, knotted together important person, rubbed with a pestle in their thick porcelain cups? Medication? Well, how many there are of these drugs? Fifty, a hundred, well a hundred and twenty, finally! One hundred twenty-antipyretics, stimulants or pain medications! Why make them artisanal in pharmacies? They need to produce on a mass scale in factories. Because drugs are now made in factories, the patient has not become easier – the drugs not cheaper. But the pharmacists lost their income. He was caught by pharmacy manufacturers. To increase their income fooled pharmacists began to sell ice cream, cold water, small fancy goods, toys, cigarettes, kitchen utensils – in short, had a ball.
And the present-day American pharmacy is a large bar with a high counter and revolving Grand piano stools before it. Behind the counter scurrying around red guys shifted to one side in white pussy or Flirty, curly a few years ahead of the maiden similar to another that has just come into Vogue movie star. Sometimes they resemble Kay Francis, sometimes Greta Garbo, before they all looked like Gloria Swanson. Girls churning the cream, start up of Nickel-plated taps noisy jet Seltzer water, roasting chickens and with a ring toss into a glass of ice cubes. In new York, survived one pharmacy where the pharmacist personally manufactures medicinal drugs. Oh, it's a wonderful place, shrouded in medical mystery! In proof that there really prepare medications manually, the owner of the pharmacy put in the window a pile of old yellowed prescriptions. It looks like the den of a medieval alchemist. Even scary to enter! Whether it is an ordinary pharmacy. It is possible to eat, buy a pocket watch or clock, a pot or a toy, you can buy or rent the book ......" - end of quote.
Here in this place and we hung for about two hours. To gather the people together, it's hopeless. They absorbed America, with its products and service. And there were many and unknown. In a beautiful package, not known destination. And since our group was mostly women, the group itself became a risk that bish a group of no return from the store. But the more everyone wanted to get on the ship and with a sick soul, but light footed, we went back to the hotel to pack and get into the bus. Ahead of us was waiting for a ship. With a slight excitement we went to meet him.
Beautiful-and-and-and-and . Tears already flowed ....... from the fact that I'm not there. ...
A unique island. First, this is the smallest island territory belonging to two different States. One part of the island belong to France and the Netherlands. And secondly, the island has one of the most dangerous airports in the world. The international airport Princess Juliana (Princess Juliana International Airport) — currently it is considered the busiest airport in the Caribbean. The runway there is quite short (only 2180 meters), so the band starts behind the beach (Maho) and planes fly over resting on the beach at a height of 10-20 meters. This beach me and was interested.
Our liner is suitable to the quays of the island. We see them sitting in the restaurant for Breakfast. This time our neighbours at "the Park" was another 4 ships. And one of the world's largest cruise liner "Oasis of the seas", the cruise company Royal Caribbean. Another unique opportunity to see him. In fact, these cruise ships are two and they are twins. And never leave the Caribbean.
That came from the ship. Went to look for the car. It turned out that they have several routes. You can choose any and the driver will take. All the routes were roundabout. We chose a route that Maho beach was almost at the end of the route. Was going to stay on it. Honestly, I did not want to drive around the island and wanted to the beach, but still cherished the hope that on this island we will be able to see something amazing. But no luck. In addition to Maho beach to watch nothing more and only for me. No one but me wanted to stay here because of its ...
U.S. virgin Islands. The biggest of three Islands: St. Thomas, St. John, Santa Cruz. The main island of the archipelago — St. Thomas.
Virgin Islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. In 1625 on the Islands settled British and French colonists engaged in agriculture. Then the Islands were successively owned England, Spain, France and the order of Malta. In 1666 the island of St. Thomas took over Denmark, and soon seized the island of St. John, and in 1733 Denmark bought from France the island of Santa Cruz. The Danes tried to establish in St. Thomas plantation economy, but it was not successful due to low soil fertility, and the island became one of the centers of trade in rum and slaves. The port of the island of St. Thomas became a base of pirates. The island of Santa Cruz had more fertile land, and after moving to Denmark, there was founded some 200 sugar plantations. However, by the beginning of XX century, sugar production in Santa Cruz declined and the Islands of the Danish West Indies were in 1917 sold to USA for $ 25 million. Us virgin Islands (AVO) is the only jurisdiction in the world where persons who are not U.S. citizens shall have the right to establish tax-exempt businesses under the flag of USA.
And so we return to the USA. Therefore, in the morning, before going ashore need to pass the border. That is, to fill in the immigration card and get a stamp in the passport. All we are back in the States. It is now possible to shore. The crisis in me finally emerged and I even didn't want to hear about what would go on a tour of the island. Only the beach and sea. And the beaches on this island a great variety. Well, where to go? While all studied the map of the island, on a large stand, decided ...
It's time to go home. Returned to port on the same bus. On this island there is one feature. All the cars with the left wheel and road is on the right. It's funny like that.
Near the port there is a cable car to the mountain, which offers a nice view of the harbour. The cable car went only three, the rest shopping. The view from the top is really good, but there was a feeling that I already saw on some other island in past times. They are very similar these Islands. One word - crisis.
Sailing at sunset, dinner, sleep and two days at sea. Soon we will be in Miami, and it has its own program.
FL – Miami, NAT.Park Everglades, Fort Lauderdale.
Before departure to Moscow four full days, we flew on the fifth day in the evening. Plan these days was not easy. Actually, I wanted to see two places. The first is NAT.the Everglades, of course not all, but at least a small part of it. And the second is to ride on a boat "Jungle Queen" on the canals of Fort Lauderdale. Therefore, even from Moscow was booked the Hilton for$ 70 for the room at the beginning of Davie. Overlooking the drawbridge and the Bay. The place is very suited for our trips in the Everglades, and "Jungle Queen" at all, you could walk. Left to drive to rent cantors and take the car. From the port of Miami to rent the offices there is a free Shuttle, which we got. The queue for cars was large and had to spend one and a half or two hours for everything. The plan was the following. The first and third days of shopping before the stores close. The second and fourth of the Everglades and "Jungle Queen". The fifth desire. Each decided for himself what to do that day, before leaving for the airport. The flight was late, at 21.00.
And so we took the car and went towards shopping. Place shopping long ago, and have been uploaded to the Garmin. Navigators have their own, purchased in Los Angeles, and this helps to save on the rent. And the rental Navigator is $ 15 per day. One machine we had a minivan Toyota Sienna (8 seats), and the second Chrysler 200 (normal sedan). As it turned out, was the right choice. Both cars were Packed to the brim with suitcases and space was not in any car. The shopping, writing is nothing special, it's just necessary to survive. I occasionally lurked on fudkorte, snacking probably five times, just ...
Next day in shopping, moving from one Mall to another, as well as save on fudkortah. The day passed and the glory of God. Tomorrow we have a trip on the Jungle Queen Riverboat. This vessel is double-decked, these vessels traveled on the Mississippi during Mark TWAIN. Of course the ship is not old, but in this style. She runs through the canals of Fort Lauderdale and the guide tells the history of this place and shows the famous Villa of the people. Also tells of their value. Decided early on not to get up and get there for 11 hours departure. Departures occur every two hours, and at 17 o'clock departure by three hours with a barbecue.
On the ship there were about 20. The tour lasted two hours, and in the middle of the road was a stop in a small Park. There was a cage with monkeys, birds and other animals. On the branches sat a fairly large iguana. It was also shown in the show with the crocodiles. After that, came back. All as always good, we liked it. The rest of the day was spent in trips to Apple stores. Well, the day before departure was dedicated levies, packaging, small trips and at the end of the delivery car and transfer to the free Shuttle to the airport. Ahead of the 10 and a half hours of the flight(the way back is shorter) and landing in the port of Sheremetyevo. With all the ensuing consequences, about which I wrote in the beginning.
".....this is our homeland, son!" - from a joke. ...
You as always is super !!! And if not a secret, it's you tour has been fully all-inclusive, or you can come and cruise are already in place bought? And if not secret, how much did this piece of happiness? ...
Tickets( 21тр single), cruise (2100$ for two), two car rental ($350 for 8 people) all paid for from Moscow. Already in America paid check on the machines in the NAT.(20$ c) machinery, tour to Safari Park (also about 20$ per person), as well as a night Parking lot ( 15$ c machines), food ( not counted). Everything else is optional. ...
Thanks for the info. It seems to be nemalye first sight of money, but if you look how much is included in the cruise, I understand that it's worth it. I hope you get there. ...
If you take a closer look, America is not so expensive. Not much more expensive than other countries. Here, for example, had tickets to Los Angeles for 15тр, in my opinion still is. And what's shopping!!! All women is appreciated. ...