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Panoramic Views of St. Kitts from Timothy Hill

Loved our photo stop at the Timothy Hill Overlook on St. Kitts. The tour aboard Nature Paradise was the perfect way to see some of the best of the island in a short period of time!#WordyExplorers #cruise #CruiseVacation #caribbean #CircleCaribbean #ILoveThis #PrincessCruises #PrincessCruiseLines #EmeraldPrincess #SaintKittsAndNevis #SaintKitts #StKitts #TimothyHill #TimothyHillOverlook #ScenicView #PanoramicView #viewpoint #NatureParadise




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Imagine Distilling Rum on St. Kitts in Early 1680s

We came to Wingfield Estate in St. Kitts a few years ago, but enjoyed our quick little encore visit. (The coconut rum and cokes served afterwards by our guide/driver were a nice bonus!)#WordyExplorers #caribbean #CaribbeanIslands #CaribbeanCruise #CircleCaribbean #CircleCaribbeanCruise #SaintKittsAndNevis #SaintKitts #StKitts #OldRoadTown #RomneyManor #WingfieldEstate #RumDistillery #NatureParadise #EmeraldPrincess #ILoveThis #PrincessCruises #PrincessCruiseLine #history




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Remnants from the Kalinagos on St. Kitts

A benefit of the island tour was making stops at some off the beaten path locations on St. Kitts - like the site of the petroglyphs left by the Kalinagos (or Caribs) before the island was settled by Europeans.#WordyExplorers #caribbean #SaintKittsAndNevis #StKittsAndNevis #SaintKitts #StKitts #kalinagos #caribs #petroglyphs #RockCarvings #NatureParadise #IslandTour #CaribbeanCruise #ILoveThis #PrincessCruises #PrincessCruiseLine #EmeraldPrincess #cruise #CruiseVacation #OffTheBeatenPath




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St. Kitts Port Day: Deciding What To Do

Our stop earlier this year at St. Kitts' Basseterre Cruise Port was our third to the island. During our first time at the port, we rented a car to explore on our own. When we returned, we strolled through the port area and other sites within walking distance. We had no plans for our most recent visit, but when strolling around the port area we met Moses who encouraged us to consider a ride aboard Nature Paradise. After exploring some more, we decided to take him up on his offer. More to come!#WordyExplorers #caribbean #CaribbeanCruise #CircleCaribbean #CircleCaribbeanCruise #princess #EmeraldPrincess #PrincessCruises #PrincessCruiseLine #ILoveThis #StKitts #SaintKitts #StKittsAndNevis #StKittsNevis #SaintChristopher #StChristopher #NatureParadise




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Goin' Manatee Viewing in Palm Beach County, Florida

Just a week after returning home from Asia, we hit the skies to visit friends in the Ft. Lauderdale area before boarding a Circle Caribbean cruise. Since it was still manatee season, we made a trip to Manatee Lagoon. Unfortunately, the view of a roaming iguana was much better than the views of the manatees.#WordyExplorers #florida #FortLauderdale #FtLauderdale #PalmBeachCounty #WestPalmBeach #LakeWorthLagoon #ManateeLagoon #manatee #manatees #ManateeViewing #ManateeLove #FloridaManatee #SeaCow #iguana




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What's Going on at Bali's Kuta Beach?

Before heading for the airport, we took a quick walk to see the beach nearest our hotel in Bali - definitely a beach to return to next time!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #bali #Kuta #Legian #Seminyak #KutaBeach #beach #BeachDay #sand #swim #swimming #surf #surfing #SurfBoard #SurfLessons #ADayAtTheBeach #DayAtTheBeach #cruise #CruiseVacation #ncl #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianCruiseLine #NCLJewel #NorwegianJewel




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Snorkeling in the Clear Blue Waters Surrounding Bali

It wasn't just swimming with manta rays - we also snorkeled in two additional spots known for clear water, colorful coral and tropical fish. Fortunately the waters were much calmer so we both donned our masks and fins and enjoyed the beautiful scenery below. Thanks to Lembongan Water Sport for this video.#WordyExplorers #indonesia #bali #IndianOcean #NusaPenida #NusaLembongan #swim #snorkel #snorkeling #TropicalFish #ColorfulCoral #coral #LoveTheOcean #LembonganWaterSport #cruise #CruiseVacation #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx #NorwegianJewel #NCLjewel #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianCruiseLine #ncl




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Gracefully Moving Through the Indian Ocean

We reserved an all-day snorkel tour for our one full-day in Bali. We had high hopes of swimming with manta rays, however the waters were quite rough in the bay where they hang out. Scott did get in the water, but I opted to stay on the boat and watch from above. Thankfully, we were able to get this video from our guide!Fun fact: When comparing brain size to body size, the brains of manta rays are larger than any other marine animal.#WordyExplorers #indonesia #bali #IndianOcean #MantaBay #NusaPenida #swim #snorkel #snorkeling #LoveTheOcean #MantaRay #MantaRays #SwimWithMantaRays #LembonganWaterSport #cruise #CruiseVacation #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx #NorwegianJewel #NCLjewel #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianCruiseLine #ncl




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Enjoying Music, Dinner and Sunset on Seminyak Beach

Before leaving home, we read so many recommendations for music, dinner and sunset on Seminyak Beach. On the return drive from our ATV excursion, we had our driver drop us off at Seminyak Beach so we could check it out for ourselves. We were a little late to enjoy the full scene of the setting sun, but had a delightful dinner with music and drinks sitting on the famous beach bean bags. #WordyExplorers #indonesia #bali #seminyak #SeminyakBeach #beach #TarisBali #sunset #dinner #DinnerWithAView #music #LiveMusic #DinnerAndMusic #AdultBeverage #AdultBeverages #cruise #CruiseVacation




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Wander Through a Traditional Balinese Village and Temple

We were amazed by the architecture at the traditional Balinese village and temple located on the grounds of the quad biking track at Pertiwi Adventure!#WordyExplorers #AsianAdventure #AdventureTravel #adventure #indonesia #bali #BaliIndonesia #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx #PertiwiAdventure #quad #atv #temple #BalineseVillage #cruise #CruiseVacation #architecture




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From Dry and Paved to Wet and Muddy: All in Fun on an ATV

Our afternoon ATV ride had us surrounded with the beautiful landscape of Bali. We lucked out with a small group - just two quads plus a guide. We started our journey on dry land and were soon crossing rivers, splashing mud, passing rice fields, temples and waterfalls ... even crossing through a dark cave. The only thing that stopped us was when our companions crashed into a tree!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #bali #ubud #atv #QuadBike #AllTerrainVehicle #tandem #AdventureTravel #adventure #jungle #village #countryside #cruise #CruiseVacation #ncl #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianJewel #NCLJewel #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx




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Follow the Leader on a Bali ATV Adventure

So much fun getting muddy on our ATV ride during our first afternoon adventure in Bali!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #bali #ubud #atv #QuadBike #AllTerrainVehicle #tandem #AdventureTravel #adventure #jungle #village #countryside #cruise #CruiseVacation #ncl #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianJewel #NCLJewel #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx




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Strolling Around Kuta and Legian Areas of Bali

Before the start of our afternoon excursion, we spent a couple hours strolling around the areas of Bali near our hotel. Found a couple of temples, the site of the Bali Bombing Memorial and did a little shopping, too!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #bali #kuta #legian #seminyak #temple #temples #PuraDalemKahyangan #PuraDalemPenataran #JinLegian #LegianStreet #BaliBombingMemorial #cruise #CruiseVacation #ncl #NCLJewel #NorwegianJewel #NorwegianCruiseLine




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Soak in the Views on a Drive to Lombok's Countryside

Kiki, our driver with Jonny Tour Guide, made our round trip drive between Indonesia's Lembar Port and Tetebatu quite enjoyable. We drove from city to country and back again soaking in the views of the beautiful Mount Rinjani as well as some unique architecture. #WordyExplorers #AsianAdventure #indonesia #lombok #LembarPort #tetebatu #MountRinjani #MyRinjani #RinjaniVolcano #volcano #panorama #architecture #temples #RoadTrip #JonnyTourGuide #TetebatuWalkingTour #cruise #CruiseVacation #DayTrip #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx




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Soothing Sounds of Lombok's Durian Indah Waterfall

From the soothing sound of the rushing water to the scene that unfolded as we approached the larger waterfall, we enjoyed our stop at the Durian Indah Waterfall. #WordyExplorers #indonesia #lombok #tetebatu #TetebatuWalkingTour #JonnyTourGuide #WalkingTour #hiking #hike #TetebatuWaterfall #DurianIndahWaterfall #waterfall #cascade #CliffJumping #cruise #CruiseVacation #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianCruiseLine #ncl #NCLjewel #NorwegianJewel




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Hiking Through the Jungle to Durian Indah Waterfall

The only real "hike" that we did during our Tetebatu Walking Tour with Jonny Tour Guide took us to Durian Indah Waterfall. It wasn't a long hike, but it was a rather steep descent. It was our last stop of the day so we took the opportunity to get a photo of Kiki, our driver and our two guides, Eddi and Yan!#WordyExplorers #AsianAdventure #indonesia #lombok #tetebatu #DurianIndahWaterfall #waterfall #waterfalls #junglr #CliffJumping #CliffJump #JonnyTourGuide #TetebatuWalkingTour #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx #ncl #nclJewel #NorwegianJewel #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianCruises




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Many Attempts at Close-ups of Fast Moving Black Monkeys

We hiked (or really walked) a short distance to the Monkey Forest in Mount Rinjani National Park. After standing mesmerized watching the black monkeys run on the limbs and hop from branch to branch or tree to tree, it was time to try to get some close-ups (but not very good ones) of the monkeys!#WordyExplorers #cruise #CruiseVacation #indonesia #lombok #tetebatu #JonnyTourGuide #TetebatuWalkingTour #MountRinjaniNationalPark #MonkeyForest #BlackMonkey #BlackMonkeys #ncl #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianCruises #nclJewel #NorwegianJewel #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx #IndependentTour #DayTrip




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Stand Mesmerized as Black Monkeys Jump From Tree to Tree

I'll admit it ... I am obsessed with monkeys! (I always thought I would have a pet monkey.)During our day trip with Jonny Tour Guide in Lombok, we made a visit to what is known as the Monkey Forest in the Mount Rinjani National Park. These black monkeys were so fast (and cute) as they jumped from tree to tree!#WordyExplorers #cruise #CruiseVacation #indonesia #lombok #JonnyTourGuide #TetebatuWalkingTour #MountRinjaniNationalPark #MonkeyForest #BlackMonkey #BlackMonkeys #ncl #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianCruises #nclJewel #NorwegianJewel #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx #IndependentTour #DayTrip




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Tasty and Delightful Lunch at Warung Monkey Forest

Our tour with Jonny Tour Guide in Lombok included lunch at Warung Monkey Forest, a cafe near the "Monkey Forest". The entire meal was delicious - starting with the smoothies, then our main course and even a little dessert. #WordyExplorers #cruise #CruiseVacation #indonesia #lombok #tetebatu #JonnyTourGuide #TetebatuWalkingTour #WarungMonkeyForest #EatLocal #DineLocal #MonkeyForest #lunch #smoothie #ncl #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianCruises #nclJewel #NorwegianJewel #ShoreExcursion #ShoreEx #IndependentTour #DayTrip




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Helping with Rice Planting at Tetebatu Rice Fields

During our walking tour through the rice paddies of Tetebatu, it was interesting to see the daily life of the locals as they worked together to plant rice. Scott jumped at the opportunity to help out with the planting (even if only for a short period of time)!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #lombok #PortOfLembar #tetebatu #TetebatuRiceTerraces #RiceTerraces #RicePaddy #RiceFields #PaddyFields #JonnyTourGuide #WalkingTour #TetebatuWalkingTour #culture #LocalCulture #DailyLife #cruise #CruiseVacation #NorwegianJewel #nclJewel #ncl #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianCruises




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Lombok's Countryside: The Rice Fields of Tetebatu

We weren't really sure what we were in for when we booked our six hour walking tour on Lombok with Jonny Tour Guide. We quickly learned that the locals were amazingly nice and willing to answer any question (just listen). We were surprised at how beautiful (in their own way) the rice fields actually were!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #lombok #PortOfLembar #LembarPort #LembarCruisePort #JonnyTourGuide #WalkingTour #countryside #Tetebatu #RicePlantation #RiceField #RicePaddy #LocalLife #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianCruises #ncl #NorwegianJewel #NCLjewel #cruise #CruiseVacation




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Get Caffeinated Before Walking Tour of Tetebatu!

Are you a coffee drinker?Although we aren't big coffee drinkers in the morning, we do love sweet afternoon coffee treats. But ... we didn't want to miss out on the coffee made from freshly roasted coffee beans at the start of our walking tour in Lombok. (Coffee is better when made with love by the entire family!)What's your favorite way to drink your coffee?#WordyExplorers #indonesia #Lombok #LembarPort #PortOfLembar #LembarCruisePort #JonnyTourGuide #tetebatu #WalkingTour #TetebatuVillage #coffee #plantation #CoffeePlantation #Cruise #CruiseVacation #NorwegianJewel #NCLjewel #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianCruiseLine




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Experience Nature on the Island of Lombok

Always fun to arrive at a port where you truly feel welcome. Check out these musicians and dancers who performed for all of us on the Norwegian Jewel as we disembarked on Lombok!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #lombok #lembar #welcome #WelcomeToLombok #dance #music #drums #island #IndonesianIslands #cruise #CruiseVacation #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianCruiseLine #ncl #NorwegianJewel #NCLjewel




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Tranquility Surrounding Indonesia's Lembar Harbor

We've been on quite a few cruises (over 40 together). When the price is right, we love staying in staterooms with a balcony. We did just that on our recent cruise through parts of southeast Asia. It's views like this one in Lombok, Indonesia that reinforce why we enjoy balcony cabins!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #lombok #PortOfLembar #cruise #CruiseVacation #balcony #stateroom #BalconyStateroom #BalconyCabin #RoomWithAView #ncl #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianJewel #nclJewel #mountains #islands




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Batavia Marina: Unexpected Gem in Heart of Old Jakarta

Our last stop during our port day in Jakarta was an unplanned one - but the perfect way to end our stay. Since we had gone all day without eating, our guide Ira Lathief thought we might enjoy a snack or some ice cream. She surprised us with a stop at Batavia Marina. The ice cream was delicious, and we capped off our day on the outside deck with views of Jakarta Old Town and Jakarta Bay.#WordyExplorers #IraLathief #TourGuide #PrivateGuide #PrivateTourGuide #JakartaTourGuide #indonesia #jakarta #JakartaIndonesia #BataviaMarina #BataviaSundaKelapaMarina #JakartaOldTown #JakartaBay #OldCityOfJakarta #KotaTuaJakarta #SundaKelapa #KotaTua #cruise #CruiseVacation #NorwegianJewel #NCLjewel #NorwegianCruises




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Step Back in Time at Jakarta's Sunda Kelapa

After seeing many of Jakarta's more popular tourist sites, we stepped back in time at the city's old port (before returning to our cruise ship docked at the new port). Loved seeing the rustic schooners at Sunda Kelapa Harbour - hard to believe that there are still sailboats doing business here. If we ever return, I'd love to take a ride in one of the old boats for a tour of the area - just need to make sure that the boat looks safe and sturdy!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #jakarta #SundaKelapa #SundaKelapaHarbour #OldHarbour #rustic #RusticCharm #StepBackInTime #CiliwungRiver #schooners #sailboats #FishermansWharf #history #historical #IraLathief #TourGuide #PrivateTourGuide #cruise #CruiseVacation #NorwegianJewel #NCLJewel




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Fun Times Getting Around Jakarta in a Tuk-Tuk

We finally got to ride in a Tuk-Tuk! (Since visiting Asia back in 2012, we've wanted to ride in one of these 3-wheeled vehicles, and we finally got our chance in Jakarta. A special thank you to our tour guide Ira Lathief for making it possible!)#WordyExplorers #asia #indonesia #jakarta #JakartaIndonesia #IraLaThief #TourGuide #PrivateTourGuide #PrivateGuide #cruise #CruiseVacation #ncl #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianJewel #NCLJewel #tuktuk #bajaj #transportation #AutoRickshaw




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Visiting the Highlights of Jakarta with Ira Lathief

We packed in a lot of the tourist sites and more during our day in Jakarta spent with our private guide Ira Lathief. From Monas Tower (the National Monument) to the Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta Cathedral across the street and then off to Fatahillah Square in Old Town (Kota Tua). What a fabulous day!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #jakarta #history #monas #MonasTower #NationalMonument #mosque #IstiqlalMosque #JakartaCathedral #cathedral #FatahillahSquare #OldTown #KotaTua #IraLathief #TourGuide #PrivateGuide #cruise #CruiseVacation #NorwegianJewel #NCLjewel




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Master Puppeteer in Action at Wayang Studio

Watching the puppeteers in action was an amazing experience. We got to see a shadow play, learn a little about the creation of puppets from Aldy and watch his amazing skill at maneuvering a wooden puppet. Thanks to our guide, Ira Lathief, Aldy even personalized the show with each of our names included the storyline!#WordyExplorers #indonesia #jakarta #IraLathief #WalkingTour #PrivateTour #GuidedTour #KotaTua #FatahillahSquare #WayangMuseum #WayangStudio #wayang #puppet #puppets #PuppetShow #UNESCO #art #culture #cruise #CruiseVacation #ncl #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianJewel #nclJewel




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Come Eye to Eye With Thousands of Puppets

With just one day in Jakarta, we didn't have time to visit the puppet museum, but we did squeeze in a puppet show at Wayang Studio. Even in the studio, there are more puppets than you can count. I can't even imagine what we might have seen in the museum!Fun fact: The Wayang Puppet Museum is recognized on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. (Being honest, it's a list I didn't even know existed!)#WordyExplorers #indonesia #jakarta #IraLathief #WalkingTour #PrivateTour #GuidedTour #KotaTua #FatahillahSquare #WayangMuseum #WayangStudio #wayang #puppet #puppets #PuppetShow #UNESCO #art #culture #cruise #CruiseVacation #ncl #NorwegianCruiseLine #NorwegianCruises #NorwegianJewel #nclJewel




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