Passenger: Excuse me, but I noticed you have artwork from other countries, too. Captain: Yes, in fact, next to the swimming pool is a bronze sculpture of five leaping dolphins by a British artist, Susanna Holt. You might have noticed the collection of Japanese, Chinese and Indian artifacts in the glass cases.
Donita: This boat seems to have everything! Captain: I'm going to give you a little nautical lesson. A boat can be carried on a ship, but a ship cannot be carried on a boat. The two words do not mean the same. So, everybody, answer my question. Is this a ship or a boat? Passengers: A ship! Donita: Thank you for telling us that fact. I'll try to remember the difference, but But at my age, I might have to be reminded a few times. (grinning) Captain: If there are no more questions, please go enjoy some of the activities that are planned for today.
During dinner at their assigned table, Donita and Sandra learn that two of the table-mates have been on the ship before. In fact, Larry and Suzanne have taken seven previous trips! They are celebrating their anniversary on this trip and have ordered a cake for the eight of them to share. As they have been to the next port, everyone has lots of questions to ask.
Donita: Tell us about Roseau. Is there a lot to do in Dominica? Suzanne: It’s famous for its Mome Trois Piton tropical rainforest, rivers and waterfalls. There’s also a place called Boiling Lake which it really does! Donita: How does it boil? Suzanne: It’s fed by volcanic origins and other small fumaroles. Larry: It’s also one of the best dive sites in the world. Then there are several park reserves on the island. Suzanne: I liked the whale watching; it was breath-taking to see those magnificent creatures! Larry: We really loved seeing the crater lakes, waterfalls and... be sure you see the Emerald Pool! Suzanne: There is so much lush greenery around it, the reflection makes the water look like a shiny emerald. Sandra: What was your favorite thing you did there? Larry: I liked the tram ride. For 90 minutes we were 300 feet above the Breakfast River Gorge and the forest canopy. We could see the waterfalls and some of the birds. Suzanne: The colors of those birds; just fantastic! Our guide told us there were 172 species of birds including a few endangered species of parrots. Larry: The only thing I didn’t like was the cost. It was $119 dollars each for us to take the tram. Donita: But think of the wonderful memories you have; you can’t put a price on that! Suzanne: That’s what I told him, too! Larry: I agree, but everything on the island cost more than I anticipated. There sure weren’t any bargains. Suzanne: Larry’s right. We had this idea that people would live simply and cheaply there. The tourist trade is really great for their economy! Larry: Especially, when you consider that ships are bringing thousands of people to the islands every day! Our guide said there are about 20 ships that dock daily. Donita: Tell us some more about the island. Larry: All right. If you enjoy Botanical Gardens, Dominica has Jaco and Sisserou parrots living there. You can also take a hike to the top of Trafalgar Falls, and smell wonderful ginger plants and orchids. Sandra: That sounds like something I would like to see! Larry: Let me warn you, though, you have to pay $49 to get there. Suzanne: Oh, Larry! Larry: What? I’m just telling them they have to pay for the bus that takes them there. They can’t walk to the gardens. You can only hike after paying the driver. Donita: I glad you told us about the cost of both those places. That’s a lot of money! Suzanne: He’s right. This time we are just going to walk around the town. Larry: And maybe do a little shopping. Suzanne: But, Larry, that will cost money! (Laughing.) Larry: I know, I know. But we should buy a few tourist type gifts for people back home.