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Golden Princess Southern Caribbean Cruise Review
Part Eight - Grenada
Welcome to the eighth segment of our Golden Princess
Southern Caribbean cruise review. In this article we will review our third
Picture of Golden Princess in Grenada at port
Upon Golden Princess' arrival in Grenada, the weather threatened rain. We
thought that we would adventure about and explore the area around the port
again. When leaving the ship, you must pass through a building which
maintains security and houses some shops.
Once outside, the drizzle started so we thought that we would take a taxi to
see some of the sites. Nine of our group piled into a brand new mini van
that had enough room to maintain our comfort for duration of our tour.
It was depressing to see the remains of the devastation that Hurricane Ivan
wreaked on the island in 2004. Many homes and businesses have not been
restored yet. Even in the valleys on our way to the rain forests the
destruction could be seen. One village visible from high above would not
have been seem before the hurricane because the palm trees created a blanket
of cover. Ivan broke most - if not all - of the palm tree tops off opening
the view of the village.
The Grenada rain forest area was interesting for us to see. Appropriately,
it rained lightly off and on. We saw monkeys sitting in the trees in the
wild which for us was extremely unusual and entertaining.
Our driver took us to the waterfall where locals would jump from a cliff
into the water below the waterfall. The walk from the road down to the
viewing area was extremely muggy but gave the atmosphere of being in the
We saw trees that were hundreds of years old that Ivan thankfully spared.
Our driver was obviously expert at his craft - navigating the narrow winding
roads up and down the mountainside through the rainforest. We stopped at the
now dormant volcano which has become a placid lake.
Our last stop on our island tour of Grenada was at an old fort which had a
commanding view of the waterfront (and the prison).
Another pair from our group took an island tour from the ship's excursions.
We crossed paths a number of times throughout our island explorations.
This was a very interesting stop for all of us as our adult 'kids' had never
witnessed anything like the destruction that Hurricane Ivan had caused. And
to blend that devastation with the renewal which the rain forest depicts was
something to behold in one small area.
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