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Review: Carnival Valor sailing of September 29, 2013 (part four)

Inside of Harrison's Cave, Barbados
Inside of Harrison's Cave, Barbados
Stephen Mencik

Carnival Valor saling of September 29, 2013

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Continued from part three.

Carnival Valor docked in St. Thomas
Stephen Mencik

Wednesday's port of call was Bridgetown, Barbados. We arranged in advance to tour with Glory Tours as we had on the previous two trips to Barbados. Our tour was just the two of us and a guide. We decided that we would go to some places that we had never visited before, plus a return visit to Harrison's Cave. We had visited the cave on our first stop in Barbados, but it was closed for redevelopment on our second stop. There is a very nice tour through the cave, mostly in trams, though there are a few stops where you can get out and walk around. We saw that they also have some walking/wading tours through the cave, and we may try that the next time we get back to Barbados. In addition the the cave, there are gardens outside that are worth taking the time to stop and look at.

Our second stop was Hunte's Gardens. While walking around these beautiful gardens, we met the owner, Anthony Hunte, who gave us some of the history of the gardens, and what he was working on in expanding. Flower lovers could spend the better part of the day here and not see everything.

Our third stop was St. Nicholas Abbey. This is a former sugar cane plantation, but now is primarily a tourist destination. The plantation house is open for tours, as are the garden areas. They still produce rum at the Abbey, and tastings are provided as part of the tour.

In addition to these stops, we drove around to some of the scenic areas of the island, such as Bathsheba beach. After that it was back to the ship. We retrieved our tablets and went back into the port shop area to get some souvenirs and check our email using the free WiFi at one of the bars.

The entertainment that night on the ship was Manny Zuniga, Jr. He put on one of the most amazing juggling acts that I have ever witnessed. If you ever see him as the entertainment and are tempted to skip the show because you aren't into juggling, don't skip it. You'll be amazed at his talents.

Next stop was St. Lucia, which will be covered in part five.