It was cloudy and rainy on St. John, but we toured anyway…after all, it was the site of our honeymoon

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY FOUR – Day four in our quest for sunshine, and still hardly a ray in sight. In fact, anchored just outside Cruz Bay on the picturesque island of St. John, we awoke to rain showers, which have continued on and off throughout the day. Still, it is the tropics, and rain is a daily occurrence most of the year. Plus, a little rain wasn’t going to keep us from revisiting …

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Azamara Quest: This poolside BBQ was missing the Texas fixins’ but good nonetheless

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY THREE – We are now 700 miles from Miami. As we continue on toward St. John, we can’t seem to escape the clouds. A gray overcast with temps in the 60s has been the order of the day so far. Hopefully we’ll encounter sunnier conditions once we arrive in the islands. On board, the disposition of the ship’s crew seems to always be sunny. Everyone we’ve encountered greets you with …

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Day two on the Azamara Quest: A quiet day at sea

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY TWO – This is the first of two “at sea” days as we head to our first port of call, St. John in the Virgin Islands. Last night we experienced a lot of motion as the ship navigated stout waves and wind. By daylight it had moderated somewhat, but best to keep the Dramamine close by. As we get acquainted with our new home for the next 12 days, one …

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A new guest writer, Gerry Barker, begins his Caribbean cruise on the Azamara Quest

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY ONE – It’s the first day of our 12-night “Virgin Islands and Frenchmen Voyage” to the West Indies on Azamara Quest, departing from the Port of Miami. This voyage is our first on Azamara, and my wife and I have been eagerly anticipating cruising on a scale that is both smaller and “up.” The Quest and her sister ship, Journey, comprise the whole Azamara fleet, part of the Royal Caribbean …

Read moreA new guest writer, Gerry Barker, begins his Caribbean cruise on the Azamara Quest

Gerry Barker’s Bio

The first thing to know about me is my name. It is spelled like “Jerry” but pronounced “Gary.” No, my parents don’t know why. I even blogged about it – “Gerry Pronounced Gary,” if you want to know more. The second thing would be I am a life-long journalist. My career has taken me through The Austin American-Statesman, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the Tampa Tribune and The Palm Beach …

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