A Travellerspoint blog

January 2013

Re-visit to Harrison's Cave

From the unhelpful Maasdam

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We got room service again, and I tried to make a sandwich out of my over easy eggs and some of the yolk squished out on my shirt. So I had to change shirts. I washed out the one I had on.
room service tray

room service tray

Bridgetown harbor from our room

Bridgetown harbor from our room


The excursion today was Harrison's Cave
Harrison Cave ticket

Harrison Cave ticket


We went to Harrison's Cave in 1996 when we came to Barbados, but since then when we have been here, the caves have been closed and being renovated. We went down to the tour about a hour early. Normally there is a shuttle from where the boats dock to the port building where we had to take the excursion. But not this time. Silversea is parked across from us and THEY have a shuttle, but we don't. I guess HAL is too cheap to pay for the shuttle. I was so slow that it was good that we started out early. Had I known that I could have used the scooter and they would keep it for me while I went on the tour, it would have made my life a lot easier. We walked and I had to stop about four times - twice while we were next to the ship as they let us off forward and the forward end was the farthermost away from the port building. It also was sprinkling, so when we stopped, we stopped under the old sugar loading silos. I got up to the port building and one of the guards there suggested that I ask the HAL excursion lady for a wheelchair back to the ship after the excursion. But she said absolutely NOT, that the Maasdam had no wheelchairs for any such thing.
Bajans directing people to tours

Bajans directing people to tours


I asked the girl who was herding the buses for us if I could get in first. And she said yes. A man came up with one of those walkers that you can sit on - he was complaining because the front desk had said that there was a shuttle. A guy came with a scooter and they had a scooter-enabled bus there for him. When I got on the bus, it was the second bus and I sat in front but the seat was right over the wheel and there was no foot room whatever. The man with the walker sat on the other side and he made his wife sit on the short leg room side. When we were all loaded, the driver came on with the walker and put it in front of the door.
Walker in front of the bus

Walker in front of the bus


The driver/guide was Peter. The bus went very fast so I was glad to take photos out the front. The guide talked very fast too.
Port entrance/exit

Port entrance/exit


exit from port

exit from port

Palm Tree

Palm Tree

Taxis lined up

Taxis lined up

Pelican craft center

Pelican craft center

Pelican craft center

Pelican craft center

Kenington Oval (cricket stadium)

Kenington Oval (cricket stadium)

Cricket statue

Cricket statue

Minibus stop

Minibus stop

Route bus- Minibus

Route bus- Minibus

Chattel House

Chattel House

Scooter driving on the left

Scooter driving on the left

Chattal Houses

Chattal Houses


When we got to Harrison's Cave, we had to walk in and wait for our tickets.
Logo in the floor

Logo in the floor

Entrance

Entrance

Ticket

Ticket

ticket to Harrison's Cave

ticket to Harrison's Cave


Then we went down in an outside glass elevator and we saw a movie about Barbados. Then we were loaded into a white electric tram.
Elevator locator

Elevator locator


Outside glass elevators

Outside glass elevators


Police car from the elevator

Police car from the elevator


When we were here in 1996, there were none of the buildings that there are now
Buildings at Harrison's Cave from the elevator

Buildings at Harrison's Cave from the elevator


Map of the caves

Map of the caves


and no outside elevator. We had blue electric train/trams
Old blue tram from 1996

Old blue tram from 1996


and we had to wear hard hats.
Bob's picture of me taking a picture of stalactite in 1996

Bob's picture of me taking a picture of stalactite in 1996


No hard hats this time. My camera lens and my glasses immediately fogged up.
camera lens fogged up

camera lens fogged up


I had to keep wiping them off. Also the camera had a hard time focusing as the caves were basically dark.
Stalactites in Harrison's Cave.

Stalactites in Harrison's Cave.

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I did get some good photos though. The caves themselves were much as I remembered.
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I asked the driver if he had been there long and he said since 1995. He remembered the hard hats.

When we got back on the bus, Bob took the seat by the side of the bus leaving me the aisle. The man with the walker went to sleep -he had the advantage of an 'arm' on the aisle because there was a jump seat in the aisle. I had a really hard time staying in my seat as the driver swung the bus around curves and I think it would have been better if I had put the jump seat down. But the man was asleep on it and I couldn't put it down without waking him.
Snow on the Mountain bush

Snow on the Mountain bush

sugar cane next to the road

sugar cane next to the road

Sugar cane along the roadside

Sugar cane along the roadside

bus stop

bus stop


We got back to the ship, and I sat in the shop area while Bob went back to the ship and got my scooter.
Shops at the terminal

Shops at the terminal

Pirate outside a shop

Pirate outside a shop


As he was coming to get me with it, the skies opened up and rained. He sheltered under the sugar silos. Inside the building the rain was deafening - almost as loud as gunfire - I think they had a tin roof. One of the shop girls said that she would have gotten me a wheelchair if I needed one. I looked at the Best of Barbados shop for a shirt for Bob but the only ones they had were flowery. When he arrived with the scooter, we started back for the ship and suddenly I saw a man's shop with some batik shirts, so I went in and bought one. Then we went back to the ship. The ramp was quite slippery with rain - I knew the scooter would not be able to get me up the ramp, so I walked and one of the HAL guys brought the scooter up. We went back to the room and saw that the steward had given us a towel elephant.
Towel elephant

Towel elephant


We went up the buffet.
Sitting in the Lido waiting for Bob to get me food

Sitting in the Lido waiting for Bob to get me food


We both had a grilled cheese sandwich
Grilled cheese

Grilled cheese

Bread pudding

Bread pudding


and bread pudding because that was the easiest to get. The line for ice cream is always way too long. Bob took a nap while I sent an email to the Bonaire snorkeling people that he wouldn't be coming. Then I saw that the excursions desk would open at 4, so I got onto my scooter (which I had recharged already) and went down there - I had picked an excursion for Grenada that was a 7 hour tour and I didn't think Bob would want to do that. So I turned it in and got a 3 hour tour of the rainforest instead. I also turned in the 4x4 excursion in Bonaire. Next, I went down to the infirmary and got Bob some Claritin. As I came up to the cabin, I noticed that everyone seemed to be really dressed up but I thought that the dress for tonight was just casual. I did put on a long dress. Then when we got to the dining room, we saw that it was formal night, so Bob went back and changed. We ate with some Canadians that we had eaten with before, and a couple from Pennsylvania that we had also eaten with before - he has celiac disease and some Alzheimer's I think. I had the shrimp cocktail
Shrimp cocktail

Shrimp cocktail


and the cheese and tortellini soup, and Bob had the cold fruit soup. He refused to have the surf and turf and had the anytime salmon. I had the surf and turf.
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Then we both had the hot fudge sundae for dessert.
Rainbow over Barbados as we leave

Rainbow over Barbados as we leave

Posted by greatgrandmaR 07:15 Archived in Barbados Tagged harrisons_cave Comments (0)