Tortola

Tortola and the rope course

Tortola

Tortola

Day 5, Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mom and I had both been to Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Since none of the excursions tempted us, we stayed on the ship and enjoyed sitting alone on the 17th deck forward hot spa while admiring the beautify vista of contrasting white sand and green mountains. Tortola is among a series of tortoise-looking islands.

Tortola Islands

Tortola Islands

While in port, the ship has all sorts of activities for those who stay onboard. I couldn’t talk mom into pampering herself with a relaxing massage or facial. She’s almost 90 and didn’t feel the need for the TLC. There was a Flash Mob Class, but I couldn’t see myself starting one of these. Nor did I have an interest in making an Origami Samurai hat. Of course, there were the usual game shows for those who enjoyed that type of activity. For me, it was pleasurable to kick off my sandals on the deck and read a good book.

In the afternoon, I walked the gangplank hovering 164 ft about the water. After doing Tree-Ump, this rope course was easy. The z-line was the width of the ship, not very long. For those who have never experienced this type of activity, it was scary and thrilling. I guess I just can’t feel scared when I’m tethered to the course; without the danger, even my fear of heights doesn’t kick in. I wish I had this bravado when facing other risky situations.

Rope course on the ship

Rope course on the ship

In the Manhattan Dining Room and were treated to a soulful love revue by the same group that performed After Midnight. I enjoyed their singing here more than the performance the other night because their single was clearer.

The Levity Entertainment Group was a bust. Comedy can be hard depending on the audience and tonight’s punchlines didn’t strike up much laughter. I felt sorry for the entertainers.

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Jane V. Blanchard

I am an award-winning author of the "Woman On Her Way" book series, writing about my travel adventures. For more information on the books, please visit janevblanchard.com. I started the "Woman On Her Way" travel blog in 2013 to share my experiences as I explored 13 countries with my husband, traveling by ship, foot, bike, bus, train, and plane. Dennis and I continue to make memories and hope you will enjoy following along.

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