LAPTOPS IN THE SAND

Cruising

Our first cruise was a day cruise to and from Fort Lauderdale to Port Lucaya Grand Bahamas Island on the Scandinavian Dawn on separate days.  We had to stay in a hotel on Grand Bahamas Island.  The trip was partially funded by the Bahamian and Florida Tourist Bureaus.  It wetted our appetites for cruises.  Our first cruise was out of Port Canaveral Florida on the Mariner of the Seas of the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.  It was part of the Voyager class of cruise ships, which represents the highest public space-per-guest ratio in the cruise market.  It was the newest of the Voyager class at that time.  It some, but not much adjustment to sail on smaller subsequent cruises.  The Voyager class sails to deep water ports whereas the smaller ships can tie up in more shallow harbors.  On the Brilliance of the Seas, we were tended to some of the smaller ports.

S.V. Yankee Clipper

This was actually my first cruise.  It is a Marconi rig schooner.  I sailed from Fort de France Martinique to Guadeloupe, Iles des Saintes, Monserrate and back to Martinique.   It was a working cruise.

Port of Departure: Fort de France Martinique

Built in 1927, CRESSIDA, was one of the only armor plated private yachts in the world.  Confiscated during World War II as a war prize, she was later acquired by the Vanderbilts and renamed PIONEER.  Racing off Newport Beach, California, PIONEER was considered one of the fastest tall ships on the west coast.  In 1965, she joined the Windjammer fleet and was christened YANKEE CLIPPER.

Berths: 64
Crew: 30
Length: 197 Ft
Beam: 30 Ft
Draft: 17 Ft

Mariner of the Seas

CLASS Voyager

Port of Departure: Port Canaveral Florida

Ship Facts

Maiden Voyage: November 16, 2003
Passenger Capacity: 3,114
Godmother: Jean Driscoll
Gross Tonnage: 138,000
Length: 1020'
Max Beam: 157.5'
Draft: 29'
Cruising Speed: 22 knots


Ship Highlights

Ice-skating rink
Rock-climbing wall
In-line skating
Royal Promenade (open 24 hours)
Johnny Rockets® '50s-style restaurant
Portofino Italian Restaurant
Café Promenade
Ben & Jerry's® ice cream
Vintages wine bar
Boleros Latin-theme lounge
Themed bars and lounges
Casino RoyaleSM
Golf simulators
9-hole miniature golf course
Adventure Ocean® youth facilities, including teen-only areas, Fuel and Living Room
Day Spa and Fitness Center
Full-size basketball court

 

Grandeur of the Seas

 

CLASS Vision

Port of Departure: Baltimore Maryland

Ship Facts

Maiden Voyage: December 14, 1996
Passenger Capacity: 2,446
Godmother: Aviva Ofer
Gross Tonnage: 74,000
Length: 916'
Beam: 106'
Draft: 25'
Cruising Speed: 22 knots

Ship Highlights



Rock-climbing wall
Casino RoyaleSM
Themed bars and lounges
Eight bars and lounges
Stunning Centrum, an open atrium featuring shopping and more
Outdoor pool
Indoor/outdoor pool in a Solarium with a sliding roof
Adventure Ocean® youth facilities
Day Spa and Fitness Center

 

Brilliance of the Seas
Seas CLASS Radiance

Port of Departure: Barcelona Spain

 

Maiden Voyage: July 19, 2002
Passenger Capacity: 2,501
Godmother: Marilyn Ofer
Gross Tonnage: 90,090
Length: 962' Beam: 105.6'
Draft: 26.7'
Cruising Speed: 25 knots

Ship Highlights



Rock-climbing wall
Portofino Italian Restaurant
Chops Grill
Seaview Café
Latté-tudes,SM a specialty coffee house featuring Seattle's Best Coffee®
Themed bars and lounges
Casino RoyaleSM
Indian Raj-themed Solarium
The Colony Club, a unique British colonial-style lounge with self-leveling pool tables
Indoor/outdoor country club with golf simulator
Adventure Ocean® youth facilities
Day Spa and Fitness Center
Sports court with basketball/volleyball court

 

Monarch of the Seas
Seas CLASS Sovereign

Port of Departure: Port Canaveral

 

Maiden Voyage: November 17, 1991
Passenger Capacity: 2,744
Godmother: Lauren Bacall
Gross Tonnage: 73,941
Length: 880' Beam: 106'
Draft: 25'
Cruising Speed: 19 knots

Ship Highlights



Rock-climbing wall
Jade sushi bar and Asian-fusion restaurant
Latté-tudesSM coffee house featuring Seattle's Best Coffee®
Ben & Jerry's® ice cream
Casino RoyaleSM
Themed bars and lounges, including Boleros Latin lounge 2 outdoor pools
2 whirlpools
Adventure Ocean® youth facilities, including teen-only areas, Fuel and Living Room
Day Spa and Fitness Center
Open-air basketball court

 

Carnival Dream
Dream CLASS

 

Maiden Voyage: September 21, 2009
Passenger Capacity: 3,652
Godmother: Marcia Gay Harden
Gross Tonnage: 130,000
Length: 1004' Beam: 122'
Draft: 27'
Cruising Speed: 22.5 knots

Ship Highlights



ENCORE (Main Show Lounge)
THE GATHERING (Lido Restaurant)

  • Pizzeria
  • Burrito Station
  • Pasta Station
  • Mongolian Wok
  • Indian Tandoor
  • Taste of Nations
  • New York Style Deli
  • Dessert Station
  • Grill
SCARLET RESTAURANT
CRIMSON RESTAURANT
THE CHEF'S ART
JACKPOT CASINO
BURGUNDY
CALIENTE (Dance Club)
OCEAN PLAZA (Piazza)
THE LANAI
RENDEVOUS (Lounge Club)
THE SONG (Live Music)
PLAZA CAFE (Patisserie)
DREAM BAR
SAM'S (Piano Bar)
THE PAGE TURNER (Library)
THE CHAMBERS (Conference Room)
CLOUD 9 SPA
FUNHUB (Internet Stations)
WASABI (Sushi Bar)
DREAM STREET (Upper/Lower Promenade)
PLAZA BAR
WATERPARK WITH MULTIPLE SLIDES
CITY SPORTS PARK
  • Jogging Track
  • Basketball Court
  • Volleyball Court

 

Caribbean Princess
Grand CLASS

 

Maiden Voyage: April 3, 2004
Passenger Capacity: 3,100
Godmother: Jill Whelan
Gross Tonnage: 130,000
Length: 952' Beam: 118'
Draft: 26.2'
Cruising Speed: 22.0 knots

Ship Highlights



Princess Theater (Main Show Lounge)
Sabatini's ( Restaurant)

  • The Sanctuary
  • The Piazza
  • Movies under the Stars
  • Lotus Spa and Fitness
  • Wheelhouse Bar
  • Churchill Lounge
  • Crooner Bar
  • Palm Dining Room
  • Coral Dining Room
  • Island Dining Room
  • Crown Grill

 

Sapphire Princess
Gem CLASS

 

Maiden Voyage: May 16. 2004
Passenger Capacity: 2,670
Godmother: Nancy Murkowski
Gross Tonnage: 166,000
Length: 950' Beam: 121'
Draft: 26.0'
Cruising Speed: 22.0 knots

Ship Highlights



Princess Theater (Main Show Lounge)
Sabatini's ( Restaurant)

  • The Sanctuary
  • The Sabatini's
  • Movies under the Stars
  • Lotus Spa and Fitness
  • Wheelhouse Bar
  • Churchill Lounge
  • Club Fusion
  • Grand Casino
  • International Dining Room
  • Neptune's Reef Pool
  • Crooner Bar
  • Pacific Moon Dining Room
  • Santa Fe Dining Room
  • Savoy Dining Room
  • Vivladi Dinig Room
  • Wake View Bar
  • Wheelhouse Bar
  • Wedding Chapel
  • Youth Teen Center
  • Skywalkers Nightclub

 

Freedom of the Seas
Freedom CLASS

 

Maiden Voyage: June 4,2006
Passenger Capacity: 3,634
Godmother: Katherine Louise Calder
Gross Tonnage: 154,407
Length: 1112' Beam: 126.64'
Draft: 28.0'
Cruising Speed: 21.6 knots

Ship Highlights



  • Broadway Theater
  • Portofino Italian Restaurant
  • Crops Grille Steakhouse
  • Jade Sushi
  • Sorrento's Pizza
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
  • Windjammer Cafe
  • Leonardo's Dining Room
  • Isaac's Dining Room
  • Galileo's Dining Room
  • Casino Royale
  • Cafe Promenade
  • Britto's art Store
  • Park West Art Gallery
  • Sky Bar
  • Schooner's Bar
  • Connoisseur Club
  • Bolero's Latin Bar
  • Champagne Bar
  • Viking Crown Lounge
  • Plaza Bar
  • Vintages Wine Bar
  • Bull & Bear Pub
  • 4 Pools
  • 6 Whirlpools
  • Vitality Spa
  • Flowrider Surf Simulator
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Full Sized Basketball Court
  • Full Sized Boxing Ring
  • Dreamworks Experience

 

Serenade of the Seas
Radiance CLASS

 

Maiden Voyage: August 1, 2003
Passenger Capacity: 2,490
Godmother: Whoopi Goldberg
Gross Tonnage: 90,090
Length: 962' Beam: 131'
Draft: 28.0'
Cruising Speed: 25 knots

Ship Highlights



  • Broadway Theater
  • Giovanni's Italian Restaurant
  • Crops Grille Steakhouse
  • Izumi Asian-fusion Restaurant
  • Rita's Cantina
  • Windjammer Cafe
  • Reflections Dining Room
  • Casino Royale
  • Park West Art Gallery
  • Sky Bar
  • Schooner's Bar
  • Connoisseur Club
  • Vintages Wine Bar
  • Bull & Bear Pub
  • 3 Pools
  • Vitality Spa
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Full Sized Basketball Court

 

Pride of America
Norwegian America Line CLASS

 

Maiden Voyage: 2005
Passenger Capacity: 2186
Godmother: Elaine Chao
Gross Tonnage: 80,439
Length: 920' Beam: 106'
Draft: 26.2'
Cruising Speed: 22.2 knots

Ship Highlights



  • Hollywood Theater
  • Dolce Gelato
  • Moderno Churrascarla Restaurant
  • Sushi Bar
  • Teppangaki Restaurant
  • Cagney's Steakhouse
  • Jefferson's Bistro
  • La Cucina
  • Aloha Cafe/li>
  • Cadillac Diner
  • Key West Bar & Grill
  • Liberty Main Dining Room
  • Skyline Main Dining Room
  • Oasis Pool
  • South Beach Pool
  • 3 Bars

 

Empress of the Seas
Sovereign CLASS

 

Maiden Voyage: June 25, 1990 as Nordic Empress
Passenger Capacity: 1840
Godmother: Gloria Estefan
Gross Tonnage: 48,563'
Length: 689' Beam: 100.72'
Draft: 23.29'
Cruising Speed: 19.5 knots

Ship Highlights



  • Royal Theater
  • Starlight DiningRoom
  • Windjammer Cafe
  • Chops Grille
  • Chef's Table
  • Cafe Royal
  • SchoonerBar
  • Viking Lounge
  • Centrium
  • Rock Climing Wall
  • Pool
  • Outdoor HDTV
  • Boleros
  • Casino Royal

 

Oasis of the Seas
Oasis CLASS

 

Maiden Voyage: December 5, 2009
Passenger Capacity: 6,296
Godmothers: Gloria Estefan, Michelle Kwan, Dara Torres, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Shawn Johnson, Jane Seymour and Daisy Fuentes.
Gross Tonnage: 225,282
Length: 1,865' Beam: 154'
Draft: 30.6'
Cruising Speed: 22.6 knots

Ship Highlights



  • Opal Theater
  • Giovanni's Italian Restaurant
  • Crops Grille Steakhouse
  • Izumi Asian-fusion Restaurant
  • Silk Restaurant
  • American Icon Restaurant
  • Windjammer Cafe
  • 150 Central Park Restuarant
  • Jamie;s Italian Restaurant
  • Wonderland Restaurant
  • Hook's Seafood
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Park Cafe
  • Samba Grill
  • Coastal Kitchen
  • Mini Bites
  • Dog House
  • The Cafe@Two70
  • Cafe Promendae
  • Solarium Bistro
  • Sorrento's Pizza
  • Vitality Cafe
  • El Loco Fresh
  • Casino Royale
  • Park West Art Gallery
  • Sky Bar
  • Schooner's Bar
  • Diamond Club
  • Vintages Wine Bar
  • Bull & Bear Pub
  • 3 Pools
  • Vitality Spa
  • 43 foot Rock Climbing Wall
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Full Sized Basketball Court
  • Flowrider
  • Zipline
  • Ice Rink
  • Aquatheater

 

Majesty of the Seas
Sovereign CLASS

 

Maiden Voyage: April 4, 1992
Passenger Capacity: 2744
Godmother: Queen Sonja of Norway
Gross Tonnage: 73,941
Length: 880' Beam: 106'
Draft: 28'
Cruising Speed: 22 knots

Ship Highlights



  • Chorus Line Lounge
  • Starlight DiningRoom
  • Moonlight DiningRoom
  • Windjammer Cafe
  • Chef's Table
  • SchoonerBar
  • Centrium
  • Rock Climing Wall
  • 2 Pool
  • 4 Hot Tubs
  • Boleros
  • Casino Royal
  • Sorrento's Pizza
  • Johnny'a Rockets

 

RMS Titanic

Port of Departure: Southampton England

Nationality: British
Owners: White Star Line
Builders: Harland and Wolff yards in Belfast, Ireland
Captain: Edward John Smith
Port of registry: Liverpool, England
Laid down: March 31, 1909
Launched: May 31, 1911
Christened: Not christened
Maiden voyage: April 10, 1912
Fate: Hit an iceberg at 11:40 PM on April 14, 1912. Sank on April 15, 1912, at 2:20 a.m.; wreck discovered in 1985 by Robert Ballard.

Gross Tonnage: 46,328 GRT
Displacement: 52,310 Long Tons
Length: 882 foot 9 inches (269 m)
Beam: 92 foot 6 inches (28 m)
Draught: 34 foot 7 inches (10.5 m)
Power: 24 double-ended and 5 single-ended Scotch boilers at 215 psi.  Two four cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engines each producing 16,000 hp (12 MW) for outer two propellers.  One low-pressure (about 7 psi absolute) steam turbine producing 18,000 hp (13.5 MW) for the center propeller.  Total 50,000 hp (37 MW)
Propulsion: Two bronze triple-blade side propellers.  One bronze quadruple-blade central propeller.
Speed: 23 knots (42.5 km/h) (26.4 mph)
Number of Passengers (Maiden Voyage): 1912 - Total 2,208

First Class: 324
Second Class: 285
Third Class: 708
Crew: 891
Passengers and crew who survived: 712
Passengers and crew who were lost: 1,496

 

MARINER OF THE SEAS 2005


Mariner of the Seas
St Thomas Mariner of the Seas
  1. Port Canaveral FL
  2. Nassau Bahamas
  3. Day at Sea
  4. Charlotte Amalie Saint Thomas
  5. Philipsburg Sint Maarten
  6. Day at Sea
  7. Day at Sea
  8. Port Canaveral FL
Phillipsburg Sint Marrten
Saint Thomas
Phillipsburg Sint Maarten
 
St Thomas Hotel 1829 Promanadeck 5 Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Plantains
ST Thomas Hotel 1829
Promenade Deck 5
Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Plantains

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GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS 2007


Grandeur of the Seas
  1. Baltimore Maryland
  2. Day at Sea
  3. Kings Wharf Bermuda
  4. Kings Wharf Bermuda
  5. Day at Sea
  6. Baltimore Maryland
Mangrove Bay Road
Businessman Grilling on Deck 11 Transit Boat Ride from Royal Dockyards to St. George
Businessman on his way from work
Grilling on Deck 11
Transit boat from Royal Dockyards to St. George
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BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS 2008


Brilliance of the Seas

 

Brilliance

This was a 12 day cruise out of Barcelona Spain.  We spent two days in Barcelona prior to boarding Brilliance.  I highly recommend El Cordobes restaurant with flamenco dancers and all you can eat paella.   My favorites island were Santorini Greek and Capri Italy.   We took an excursion from every port except Livorno Italy because we both had been to Florence before this trip.

  1. Barcelona Spain
  2. Villefranche France
  3. Livorno Italy
  4. Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy
  5. Day at Sea
  6. Mykonos Greece
  7. Kusadasi (Ephesus) Turkey
  8. Santorini Greece
  9. Athens (Piraeus)Greece
  10. Day at Sea
  11. Naples (Capri) Italy
  12. Day at Sea
  13. Barcelona Spain

El Cordobes Dancers
El Cordobes Dancers
El Cordobes

El Cordobes Paella (Sangria not shown)
El Cordobes Paella
Santorini Brilliance at Santorini Anchorless (Controlled by PODs and GPS lock)
Santorini

Capri
Capri
Saint Paul
Villefranche
Roma
Saint Paul près de Villefranche
Villefranche France
Roma from Villa Borghese
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MONARCH OF THE SEAS 2010


Monarch of the Seas
  1. Port Canaveral Florida
  2. Coco Cay Bahamans
  3. Nassau Bahamas
  4. Port Canaveral Florida

 

 

Monarch of the Seas from Coco Cay Atlantis Hotel Certified Hair Braiders
Monarch of the Seas from Coco Cay
Atlantis Hotel
Certified Hair Braiders
 
Paradise Island Marina Rainbow Ship's Band
Paradise Island Marina
Rainbow at Sea
Ship's Band
Surrounded by the gentle, translucent waters of the Bahamas chain lies the secluded island of Coco Cay®. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay® is a wonderland of adventure reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests. There are number water/beach activities available. We decided to snorkel. Marine life was somewhat sparse compared to other dive/snorkel sites; however I did see a sting ray. Lunch, including barbecued ribs was served on the beach.
Coco Cay Beach Coco Cay Straw Market Coco Cay Straw Market II
Coco Cay Beach
Coco Cay Straw Market
Coco Cay Straw Market I
Coco Cay Ribs Coco Cay Buildings Sting Ray
Coco Cay ribs
Coco Cay Building
Sting Ray while snorkeling

MONARCH OF THE SEAS 2011

  1. Port Canaveral Florida
  2. Coco Cay Bahamans
  3. Nassau Bahamas
  4. Port Canaveral Florida

Monarch of the Seas
Monarch of the Seas from Coco Cay Monarch Pool 2011 Monarch Elevator
Monarch of the Seas from Coco Cay
Monarch Pool
Monarch Glass Elevator
 
Breakfast2011 Shrimp Mahi Mahi Tempura 2011 Traveller's Rest Dinner
Breakfast in the Windjammer
Shrimp Mahi Mahi Onboard for Dinner
Snapper with Peas & Rice at Traveller's Rest

In 2011, we returned to the Monarch of the Seas to visit my cousin who is retired in Nassau.  This time we took one of the RCL booked excursion where we learned a great deal about the Bahamian Islands.  We also ate at Traveller’s Rest, frequented by the locals and celebrities and  attended at Juckanoo festival.

Queen's Staircase
Coconut Tree Coco Cay
Cable Beach
Queen's Staircase
Coco Cay Coconut Tree
Cable Beach from Bob Marley's
Nassau from Atlantis Hotel
Juckanoo Parade
Bob Marley's Bar
Nassau from Atlantis Hotel
Juckanoo
View from Bob Marley's Bar

CARNIVAL DREAM 2012

  1. Port Canaveral Florida
  2. Day at Sea
  3. Cozumel Mexico
  4. Belize Mexico
  5. Day at Sea Roatan Cancelled
  6. Costa Maya Mexico
  7. Day at Sea
  8. Port Canaveral Florida
  9.  

Carnival Dream at Cozumel
Fun Shops
Looking Down the Elevators
Carnival Dream at Cozumel
Fun Shops
Looking Down the Elevators
 
Head 1
Head 2 wirh tub
Ravens vs Patriots
Head #1
Head 2 with Tub
Ravens vs Patriots
Dream Pool with Water Slide The Lido
Our Stateroom
Carnival Dream Pool with Water Slide
The Gathering Lido Self Service Restaurant
Our Stateroom
Sushi Bar Jerk Pork Loin
Broiled Grouper
Sushi Bar
Jerk Pork Loin
Broiled Grouper

Royal Caribbean/Carnival Comparison

The Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas is comparable in size to Carnival’s Dream.  The Mariner is 16 feet longer with fewer passengers.   On the positive side for the Carnival Dream, the Dream had a 22 foot wide outdoor HDTV.   We had an Ocean view stateroom with two heads (bathrooms).  One had a sink, shower and toilet.  The other had a sink and tub.   Royal Caribbean has a 28 inch diameter toothpaste tube for a shower.  

There were more places to eat on the Dream and food was abundant.  The Mariner had a shopping mall along the centerline and an ice skating rink.  On all of our Royal Caribbean cruises, we wanted to take the food and hotel staff members home with us.  We did not have that feeling with Carnival. I attribute this to the anonymous gratuity policy on Carnival.

The biggest different between the two was that there was a lot of profanity among the Carnival passengers and the Carnival passengers seem more uptight.  Carnival does promote itself as a fun cruise line and I guess that this comes with the package.

 

COZUMEL

Yes Chef
Carnival Dream in Cozumel Three Amigos
 
Dream 35
Carnival Dream from Cozumel
Three Amigos Restaurant in Cozumel
 
BELIZE
Bacab Jungle Bamboo Bridge Bacab Eco Jungle Belize River Bacab Eco Junglel Bike Trail
Bacab Eco Jungle Bamboo Bridge
Bacab Eco Jungle Belize River
Bacab Eco Jungle Bike Trail
Bacab Eco Jungle Mahagony Tree Bacab Eco Jungle Pool Bacab Eco Jungle Iguana
Bacab Eco Jungle Mahogany Tree
Bacab Eco Jungle Pool
Bacab Eco Jungle Iguana
Howler Monkey Belize City Harbor Belizean Lunch
Bacab Eco Jungle Howler Monkey
Belize City Monkey
Belizean Lunch at Bacab Eco Jungle
COSTA MAYA
Carnival Dream at Costa Maya Coast Maya Coast Line Mayan Village Ruins
Carnival Dream at Costa Maya
Costa Maya Coast Line
Mayan Village Ruins
Chacchoben Temple Chacchoben Temple 8 Chacchoben Temple 14
Chacchoben Temple
Chacchoben Temple
Chacchoben Temple

Caribbean Princess November 2012

  1. Fort Lauderdal,l Florida
  2. Princess Cay
  3. Day at Sea
  4. Caracao
  5. Aruba
  6. Day at Sea
  7. Day at Sea
  8. Fort Lauderdal,l Florida

Royal Caribbean/Caribbean Princess Comparison


The Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas is comparable in size to the Caribbean Princess.  The Brilliance is 10 feet longer with 600 fewer passengers.   The Caribbean Princess is two years newer than the Brilliance.   On the positive side for the Caribbean Princess, the Princess had a 250 square foot outdoor HDTV.  The Princess has a larger shower whereas Royal Caribbean has a 28 inch diameter toothpaste tube for a shower.  


The Atrium on the Princess appears to be smaller with only three decks.   If I recall, the food on the Brilliance was lacking.  This could have been the result of the truckers strike in Europe in 2008.  Under the leadership of  award winning Executive Chef Antonio Cereda on the Princess, the food was excellent. Princess appears to sail into more exotic ports than Royal Caribbean.  Royal Caribbean sails larger ships which require tendering.  One of the features that impressed me about the Caribbean Princess was after a hot day on the islands, when I returned to the ship, the staff had ice cold towels on which to sponge off  waiting for me before I entered the gangway.   The Princess also broadcast reruns of the TV show The Love Boat in the staterooms.   I will sail again on either  Princess Cruise Lines or Royal Caribbean Lines.  I will need to make another Royal Caribbean cruise for a more up-to-date comparison.  I spoke to some of the Royal Caribbean passengers and they said that they prefer RCL because there is more to do on the ships.


In any case, the Caribbean Princess did not have the profanity and uptight passengers that I experience on the Carnival Dream.

 

Sapphire Princess October-November 2013

 

Sapphire Princess at Moorea

This was a 28 day cruise.   We crossed the International Date Line twice which is why the itinerary shows 31 days.  We also crossed the Equator and became card carrying "Shellbacks".  With 18 days at sea, we expected to get bored but with the Scholarship@Sea seminars and other full schedule activities, it never happened.

  1. Los Angeles California
  2. Day at Sea
  3. Day at Sea
  4. Day at Sea
  5. Day at Sea
  6. Hilo Hawaii
  7. Honolulu Hawaii
  8. Kauai Hawaii
  9. Maui Hawaii
  10. Day at Sea
  11. Day at Sea
  12. Day at Sea
  13. Day at Sea
  14. Day at Sea-Cross the International Date Line
  15. Day at Sea
  16. Apai Western Samoa
  17. Pago Pago American Samoa
  18. Day at Sea-Cross the International Date Line
  19. Day at Sea
  20. Day at Sea
  21. Bora Bora French Polynesia
  22. Moorea/Tahiti French Polynesia
  23. Tahiti French Polynesia
  24. Day at Sea
  25. Day at Sea
  26. Day at Sea
  27. Day at Sea
  28. Day at Sea
  29. Day at Sea
  30. Day at Sea
  31. Day at Sea
  32. Los Angeles California

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Freedom of the Seas January 2014

 

Freedom of the Seas

After a cruise on the Carnival Dream, Caribbean Princess and Sapphire Princess, it was good to be back home again.  What made it even better was that the cruise was free using MyCruise Rewards.  We had to pay for the gratituies and excursions.  What a great way to get back to RCL by sailing on the Freedom of the Seas.

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    It is good to be back home again

    It is good to be back home again

    1. Port Canaveral Florida
    2. Cococay Bahamas
    3. Day at Sea
    4. San Juan Puerto Rico
    5. Philipsburg Sint Maarten
    6. Day at Sea
    7. Day at Sea
    8. Port Canaveral Florida

    FREEDOM OF THE SEAS
    Promenade 1
    This is your Captain speaking
    Promenade 3
    Promendae 1
    This is your Captain speaking
    Promendae 3
    Isaac's Diningroom Second Serving of Lobster
    Shower Stall Measurements
    Isaac's Diningroom
    Second Serving of Lobster
    Shower Stall Measurements
    Ice Skating Show Flowrider 2
    Deck 11 Whirlpool
    Ice Skating Show
    Flowrider
    Deck 11 Whirlpool overhanging the ocean
      Arcadia Theater  
    Arcadia Theather Panoramic
    San Juan Puerto Rico
    Bicycle Tour Santurce
    Bicycle Tour 14
    Bicycle Tour 11
    Bicycle Tour Santurce
    Bicycle Tour 14
    Bicycle Tour 11
    Calle Luna 2
    Calle San Francisco
    Old San Juan
    Calle Luna
    Calle San Francisco
    Old San Juan
    Fort El Morro
    Santurce Market 2
    San Juan Harbor 4
    Fort El Morro
    Santurce Market
    San Juan Harbor
    Sint Maarten
    Philipsburg Harbor Marigot Harbor
    Guavaberry Stand
    Philipsburg Harbor
    Marigot Harbor
    Guavaberry Stand
    Marigot Marche Rosemary's Seafood and Creole Cuisine
    Creole Mahi Mahi at Rosemary's Creole
    Marigot Marche
    Rosemary's Seafood and Creole Cuisine
    Creole Mahi Mahi at Rosemary's Seafood
    Overlookiing Indigo Bay Palm Bay Beach Club 4
    Palm Beaxh Sint Maarten
    Overlooking Indigo Bay
    Palm Bay Beach Club
    Palm Beach at Sint Maarten
    Panoramic 6 Cruise ships at Sint Maarten Palm Beach Panoramic
    Palm Beach Panoramic 2
    Panoramic 6 Cruise Ships at Sint Maarten
    Palm Bay Beach Club
    Palm Beach Panoramic 2

    Freedom of the Seas February 2015

    This was our second cruise on Freedom of the Seas. Freedom had just returned from dry dock. A new feature added during dry dock was the Sabor Restaurant.

    Freedom at Georgetown

    1. Port Canaveral Florida
    2. Cococay Bahamas
    3. Day at Sea
    4. Falmouth Jamaica
    5. Georgetown Grand Cayman Island
    6. Cozumel Mexico
    7. Day at Sea
    8. Port Canaveral Florida

     

    FREEDOM OF THE SEAS SHIPBOARD
    Leonardo's
    Promenade 2015
    Windjammer
    Leonardo's
    Promenade 2015
    Windjammer
    Stateroom 3202 Men's Head
    Superbowl in Studio B
    Stateroom
    Men's Head
    Superbowl in Studio B

    FREEDOM OF THE SEAS FOOD
    Sunday Mojo Pork Chops Monday Night
    Tuesday Pork Scalapini
    Sunday- Mojo Pork Chops
    Monday Night - I don't remember
    Tuesday - Pork Scalapini
    Wednesay-Tiger Shrimp Thursday - Lobster and Shrimp
    Sabor
    Wednesday - Tiger Shrimp
    Thursday - Lobster Tail and Shrimp
    Friday - Sabor
    Saturday- New York Strip Steak Saturday - Key Lime Pie
    Breakfast at Leonardo's
    Saturday - New York Strip Steak
    Saturday - Key Lime Pie
    Breakfast at Leonardo's

    FREEDOM OF THE SEAS SABOR
    Chicken & Roasted Corn Empananda Guacamole on Tortilla Chips
    Japaneno Garlic Shrimp
    Chicken & Roasted Corn Empanada
    Guacamole on Tortilla Chips
    Jalapeno-Garlic Shrimp
    Oaxacan Ceviche of Red Snapper Tres Quesos
    Sabor Dessert Tray
    Oaxacan Ceviche of Red Snapper
    Tres Quesos
    Sabor Dessert Tray
    COCOCAY BAHAMAS
    CocoCay Dock CocoCay Tee Shirt Shop
    Freedom of the Seas from CocoCay
    CocoCay Dock
    CocoCay Tee Shirt Shop
    Freedom of the Seas from CocoCay
    Kayaking at CocoCay Kayaking Group
    Kayaking at CocoCay 3
    Kayaking at CocoCay
    Kayaking Group
    Kayaking Island Stop

    FALMOUTH JAMAICA

    We tied up in Falmouth Jamaica.  Right off of the pier is a market place.  We took a van from Falmouth to Prospect Plantation. Prospect Plantation  It was a 90 minute trip that took us along the northern coast of Jamaica.  Along the way, we saw many children in uniform leaving school.

    The reason for going to Prospect Plantation was to attend the Flavors of Jamaica cooking class.

    Before the class began, we took a tour of the plantation and garden.

    Backing into the pier Freedom at Falmouth Jamaica
    Jamaican Handbags for Sale
    Backing into the Falmouth Pier
    Freedom of the Seas at Falmouth Jamaica
    Jamaican Handbags for Sale
    The Great House from the Garden Prospect Great House Garden
    Inside of the Great House
    The Great House from the Garden
    Great House Garden
    Inside of the Great House
    Overlooking the Caribbean Sea
    Charcoal Grill Overlooking the Caribbean Sea
    Jerk Chicken Callaloo
    Overlooking the Caribbean Sea
    Charcoal Grill Overlooking the Caribbean Sea
    Jerk Chicken, Callaloo, Coconut Shrimp, Festival

    GEORGETOWN GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND

    The last time that I was on Grand Cayman Island when I was evacuated during Hurricane Island in 1980.  At that time Georgetown only had a few shops.  See Dream 28.  Now it is a thriving town supported by  banking and the tourist industry.  When I was there, Grand Cayman's claim to fame was the  Bob Soto Dive Shop and Holiday Inn on Seven Mile Beach.  Seven Mile Beach is now loaded with hotels.  I rented a moped and rode from Georgetown to the East End on the left side of the road.  I had my first conch and Turtle Florentine on Grand Cayman Island. 

    My wife does not dive so we took a snorkel trip off of the Westin Beach Resort. The photographs in Dream 28 were taken with a Nikonos II whereas the photographs taken on this trip were with disposable underwater camera.

    It’s hard to imagine that the Cayman Islands, a prosperous nation built on the success of its international tourism and finance industries, laid the foundation of its vibrant economy only 30 years ago.    Grand Cayman History

    Georgetown Seven Mile Beach
    Coral 1
    Georgetown GCI
    Seven Mile Beach
    Coral
    Coral 2 Dive Boat
    USS Kittiwake
    Coral
    Dive Boat
    USS Kittiwake AR13

    COZUMEL MEXICO

    This was our second trip to Cozumel.  The highlight of this trip was the Salsa, Salsa Margarita cooking class.     Day 9 and our last island before the two day back to the States. I am writing this three months after the end of our ship. Some of the memories are running together. "Columbus spotted Antigua, named it and then ignored it. The native Caribs were so determined to keep the colonists at bay, that it took well over a hundred years for any kind of settlement to take shape. The first group of English settlers arrived in 1632, the plan was to grown tobacco. One day a man named Sir Christopher Codington decided that sugar might be a better way to go. So successful were his efforts that sugar mills started popping up all over the island, and Antigua became a thriving sugar-making machine. A century later in 1784, yet another man changed the island's destiny. Admiral Horatio Nelson's mission was to establish the British naval base in the Caribbean. Nelson's Dockyard became home to the illustrious British fleet, and is now one of the biggest attractions in the Caribbean. " Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Cruise Compass Tuesday April 5, 2016. With sugar plantations can massive slavery. By 1678, half of Antigua's population was African slaves. Although slavery was abolished in 1834, Antigua's sugar productions remained an economic mainstay until the 1960s when it was replaced by tourism. Many of the slaves once emancipated returned to the plantations because there were no other alternatives. A good source of information is Micheners's Caribbean. I was reading it for the second on the cruise. It gives a good perspective on the slave history. We also stopped at Shirley Heights a complex named after Sir Thomas Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands. From Shirley Heights, I could see Montserrat. I had been to Montserrat before the Soufriere Hills volcano erupted in 1995 The last stop on the last island was Nelson' Dockyard It illustrated the power of the colonists at that time. .. This brought closure to a cruise that I viewed from a historical perspective.. On the way back to the ship our tour guide said that if we came to visit her, she would serve funji Antiguan Fungi Day 9 and our last island before the two day back to the States. I am writing this three months after the end of our ship. Some of the memories are running together. "Columbus spotted Antigua, named it and then ignored it. The native Caribs were so determined to keep the colonists at bay, that it took well over a hundred years for any kind of settlement to take shape. The first group of English settlers arrived in 1632, the plan was to grown tobacco. One day a man named Sir Christopher Codington decided that sugar might be a better way to go. So successful were his efforts that sugar mills started popping up all over the island, and Antigua became a thriving sugar-making machine. A century later in 1784, yet another man changed the island's destiny. Admiral Horatio Nelson's mission was to establish the British naval base in the Caribbean. Nelson's Dockyard became home to the illustrious British fleet, and is now one of the biggest attractions in the Caribbean. " Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Cruise Compass Tuesday April 5, 2016. With sugar plantations can massive slavery. By 1678, half of Antigua's population was African slaves. Although slavery was abolished in 1834, Antigua's sugar productions remained an economic mainstay until the 1960s when it was replaced by tourism. Many of the slaves once emancipated returned to the plantations because there were no other alternatives. A good source of information is Micheners's Caribbean. I was reading it for the second on the cruise. It gives a good perspective on the slave history. We also stopped at Shirley Heights a complex named after Sir Thomas Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands. From Shirley Heights, I could see Montserrat. I had been to Montserrat before the Soufriere Hills volcano erupted in 1995 The last stop on the last island was Nelson' Dockyard It illustrated the power of the colonists at that time. .. This brought closure to a cruise that I viewed from a historical perspective.. On the way back to the ship our tour guide said that if we came to visit her, she would serve funji Antiguan Fungi http://userpages.umbc.edu/~jchris1/fungi.php?parent=Antigua  If you would like a recipe, go to this site.  Salsa Recipes    Since my return, I have made Oaxacan Guacamole at home.  There is something special about making your own salsa.
    The class was held at the Hotel Cozumel and Resort.  Hotel Cozumel  It was a lot of fun.   For proprietary reasons, you will not see photographs of recognizable faces or people dancing.  This was also my second Salsa dance class.    The previous one was on last year's Freedom of the Seas cruise.    I made my debut at Boleros.    A friend later said, "You have the moves but are not following the steps".   I need another cruise for another lesson.

    Burro Art Hotel Cozumel
    Salsa
    Burro Art
    Hotel Cozumel & Resort
    Salsa
    Ingredients No Alcohol
    Salsa, Salsa, Margarita
    Ingrdients
    Some Non Drinkers at This Table
    Salsa, Salsa, Margarita Cooking Class

    Serenade of the Seas April 2016

    Our last two cruises were on Freedom of the Seas.  We had to adjust to a smaller ship.  At first, it was disappointing but later we found it to be more intimate.  We were constantly meeting friends that we have previously met.  This was our first balcony compliments of Royal Caribbean Cruise points; there were no additional costs.

    Serenade of the Seas in Saint Lucia

    1. Fort Lauderdale Florida
    2. Day at Sea
    3. Day at Sea
    4. Oranjestad, Aruba
    5. Kralendijk,Bonaire
    6. St. George's Grenada
    7. Bridgetown, Barbados
    8. Castries, St Lucia
    9. St John's Antigua
    10. Day at Sea
    11. Day at Sea
    12. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    SERENADE OF THE SEAS SHIPBOARD
    Our Statement
    The Atrium
    Morning View
    Our Stateroom
    Atrium
    Morning view from our bed
    Fitness Center Pool with HDTV
    Jogging Track
    Fitness Center
    Pool with HDTV
    Jogging Track

    SERENADE OF THE SEAS FOOD
    Monday- Marinated Pork Chops Tuesday-Vignole Salad
    Tuesday-Duck
    Monday-Marinated Pork Chops
    Monday Night - I don't remember
    Tuesday - Pork Scalapini
    Thursday-Kenshi Jena at IguanaJoe's Thursday-Arancini
    Thursday-Tiger Shrimp
    Thursday- Kenshi Jena at Iguana Joe's
    Thursday - Lobster Tail and Shrimp
    Thursday-Tiger Shrimp
    Thursday-Cobbler with Ice Cream Friday-Steak Diane
    Sunday-Chicken Cordon Bleu
    Thursday-Cobbler with Ice Cream
    Friday-Steak Diane
    Sunday - Chicken Cordon Bleu
    Sunday- Crabcake with corn 2nd Monday-Baked Cheese Canneloni
    Sunday-Chicken Cordon Bleu
    Sunday-Crabcake with corn
    2nd Monday- Baked Cheese Canneloni
    2nd Monday- Smoked Salmon Carnaccio
    Sunday- Crabcake with corn
    2nd Wednesday- Giant Apple Pie
    2nd Wednesday-Lobster
    Sunday-Crabcake with corn
    2nd Wednesday -Giant Apple Pie
    2nd Wednesday-Lobster
    Rita's Cantina Rita's Nachos
    2nd Thursday - Rita's Fajitas
    Rita's Cantina
    2nd Thursday - Rita's Nachos
    2nd Thursday - Rita's Fajitas

    Orangestad Aruba

    This was our second trip to Aruba.  We had taken a our of the island on a previous trip.  We walked around Orangestad and stopped by Iguana Joe's for Kenshi Jena.   I was wearing an Iguana Joe's T-Shirt so the manager jokingly told me to get back to work.   The highlight of this trip was the sunset cruise on a catamaran with island music.   I was cloudy, so we did not get any photogenic sunsets.

  • Royal Plaza Mall
    Blue Horse on LG Smith Road
    The View from Iguana Joe's
    Royal Plaza Mall
    Blue Horse on LG Smith Road
    The View from Iguana Joe's
     
    View from Sunset Catamaran 8 The View from Sunset Catamaran 10 The View from Sunset Catamaran 10
    The View from Sunset Catamaran 8
    The View from Sunset Catamaran 10
    The View from Sunset Catamaran 12

    KRALENDIJK BONAIRE

    Bonaire is one of the premier diving sites in the world.    My wife can't dive but we do snorkel together.    She said that Bonaire was absolutely the best snorkel site to which she has ever been.   "It was the best".  So, when you say Bonaire, you say SCUBA/snorkel.    What made it even better was our dive operator and our dive master,  Gea.   We sailed aboard the Sea Cow which was an old restored Venezuelan fruit boat.

    After our dives, we went back to the ship for lunch and then toured Kralendijk.    It is a small town of a little of three thousand people and diving is  their economy   We stopped for ice cream at Gio's.    Gio's has a variety of interesting flavors.   Gio's Ice Cream

    Sea Cow Snorkel Boat Puerto Rican Butterfly Parrotfish
    Sea Cow Snorkel Boat
    Puerto Rican Butterfly
    Parrotfish
     
    Julio A. Abraham Blvd
    Gio Ice Cream 2
    Gio's Ice Cream 1
    Julio A. Abraham Blvd
    Gio's Outside Sign
    Gio's Ice Cream Choices
     

    St. George's Grenada

    Grenada is also known as the "Island of Spice" because of the production of nutmeg and mace of which it is one of the world's largest exporters.  Its size is 344 square kilometres (133 sq mi), with an estimated population of 110,000. Its capital is St. George's.   We tied up at the Melville Street Cruise Terminal across the Esplanade Shopping Mall and downtown St. George's.  Granby Street was loaded with activity and in front of the mall, we were met by a gospel group singing.  One lady decided to help my wife walk across the street.  I was skeptical and kept my eye on her.  No problem, she was just friendly and welcoming us to her country. We took a tour through the city to the mountains to Fort George, Clarke's Court Rum Distillery and ended up at Grand Anse Beach.   We did not get into the water but I did have a Mackerel sandwich prepared by one of the local stands at the beach.   I met a young man at the beach and his mother cooked the Mackerel for me.

    St. George's Harbor
    Granby St St. George's Grenade
    Hillsborough St St. Geoge's Grenada
    St. Geoge's Harbor
    Granby St St. George's Grenada
    Hillsborough St St. George's Grenada
     
    Preparing a Kingfish Sandwich for me
    Grand Anse Beach
    Grand Anse Craft & Spice Market
    Preparing a Kingfish sandwich for me at the beach
     

    Bridgetown Barbados

    Musical and joyous, Barbados is a vibrant cultural mix of island warmth and English heritage.   Fifty years after independence, Bajans uphold many traditions that help define its personality--sophisticated, yet never stuffy in Bridgetown, discover 400 years of history along streets lined with both stately colonial buildings and colorful wooden homes.

    Having said that, the ship tied up a taxi ride from Bridgetown.   We had booked an excursion on a tour bus.   What we saw of Bridgetown was through the window of a tour bus.   We did not get to interact with the people of Bridgetown as we did in Grenada.   However, what we did see was a beautiful tropical paradise.

    Bridgetown
    Bridgetown 2
    View from inside of the tour bus
    Bridgetown from inside of the tour bus
    Bridgetown from inside of the tour bus 2
    View from inside of the bus
     
    Orchid World
    Bathsheba Beach
    Bathsheba Beach Town
    Orchid World
    Bathsheba Beach
    Bathsheba Town
     

    Castries St. Lucia

    When we woke up in the morning of day 8 of our cruise, this is what we saw.     What a beautiful view from our window.   align="center"View from our stateroom in Castries  

    It got even better as we toured the island.

    The volcanic island of Saint Lucia is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie at 950 metres (3,120 feet) above sea level.   Two other mountains, the Pitons form the island's most famous landmark.  They are located between Soufrière and Choiseul, Saint Luciaon the western side of the island.  Saint Lucia is also one of the few islands in the world that boasts a drive-in volcano.

    Our tour took us through Sulphur Springs, the world's only drive through volcano, a roadside spice shop and bakery, a fishing village, Anse La Rey, the rainforest, Diamond Botanical Gardens, and a creole lunch at Villa Des Pitons  overlooking Soulfriere Bay and the Pitons.

    Castries
    Marigot Bay
    Roadside Spice Shop
    Castries
    Marigot Bay
    Roadside Spice Shop
     
    Anse La Rey 10
    Anse La Rey 6
    Anse La Rey 9
    Anse La Rey 10
    Anse LaRey 6
    Anse La Rey 9
     
    Diamond Botanical Gardens 8
    Daimond Botanical Gardens Waterfalls
    Daimond Botanical Gardens 19
    Diamond Botanical Gardens Amaryllis
    Diamond Botanical GardensWaterfalls
    Diamond Botanical Gardens White Petunia

    St. John's Antigua

    Day 9 and our last island before the two day back to the States.   I am writing this  three months after the end of our ship.    Some of the memories are running together.
    "Columbus spotted Antigua, named it and then ignored it.   The native Caribs  were so determined to keep the colonists at bay, that it took well over a hundred years for any kind  of settlement to take shape.    The first group of English settlers arrived in 1632, the plan was to grown tobacco.   One day a man named Sir Christopher Codington decided that sugar might be a better way to go.    So successful were his efforts that sugar mills started popping up all over the island, and Antigua became a thriving sugar-making machine.    A century later in 1784, yet another man changed the island's destiny.   Admiral Horatio Nelson's mission was to establish the British naval base in the Caribbean.   Nelson's Dockyard became home to the illustrious British fleet, and is now one of the biggest attractions in the Caribbean. "
    Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Cruise Compass Tuesday April 5, 2016.

    With sugar plantations can massive slavery.   By 1678, half of Antigua's population was African slaves.   Although slavery was abolished in 1834, Antigua's sugar productions remained an economic mainstay until the 1960s when it was replaced by tourism.    Many of the slaves once emancipated returned to the plantations because there were no other alternatives.    A good source of information is Micheners's Caribbean.  I was reading it for the second on the cruise.    It gives a good perspective on the slave history.    We also stopped at Shirley Heights a complex named after Sir Thomas Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands.   From Shirley Heights, I could see Montserrat.    I had been to Montserrat before  the Soufriere Hills volcano erupted in 1995  The last stop on the last island was Nelson' Dockyard  It illustrated the power of the colonists at that time.     This brought closure to a cruise that I viewed from a historical perspective.   On the way back to the ship our tour guide said that if we came to visit her, she would serve Antigua Funji

    Saint John's Dress Shop
    St John's Harbor Shops
    Steel Drum Welcome
    Saint John's Dress Shop
    Saint John's Harbor Shops
    Steel Drum Welcome
     
    View of Montserrat from Shirley Heights
    Nelson's Dockyard IV
    Nelson's Dockyard VI
    View of Montserrat from Shirley Heights
    Nelson's Dockyard IV
    Nelson's Dockyard VI
     

    Pride of America June 2017

    After we stopped comparing the Pride of America, to Royal Caribbean, we were able to enjoy the ship.  There is a spirit of Aloha onboard.  Everyone, crew and passengers would greet each other with Aloha and Mahalo.  There was Hawaiian music playing and Hawaiian Art on the bulkheads.  It was peaceful and quiet. None of the passengers were uptight.  Complementary dining was slow and the meals were not cruise ship quality.  I was told my one of the food services officers that the galley and dining rooms were unstaffed by over 100 people.  So I will give them a break. We only ate in the dinning rooms twice.  However East Meets West was excellent but it was difficult getting reservations.  We had scheduled a bicycle excursionn down the Haleakala Volcano.   The bicycle ride required closed toe shoes of which my wife does not own.  One of the staff members lent a pair of closed toe shoes to my wife.

    Pride of America at Anchor in Kona

    1. Honolulu, Oahu
    2. Kahului, Maui
    3. Hilo, Hawaii
    4. Kona,Hawaii
    5. Nawiliwili Kauai
    6. Honolulu,Oahu

     

     

    Grand Staircase
    Aloha Cafe
    Our Stateroom
    Grand Staircase
    Aloha Cafe
    Our Stateroom
     
    Skyline Restaurant
    P ofAm at Nawiliwili
    BBq Cookout on deck 11
    Skyline Restaurant
    Pride of America in Nawiliwili
    BBQ Cookout on Deck 11
    Hawaiian Dancers
    Coconut Man
    Meatloaf
    Hawaiian Dancers onboard
    Coconut Man
    Meatloaf

    Go to  Dream 61 for the Hawaiian Islands visited

    Empress of the Seas September 2017

     

    Empress of the Seas is the smallest ship in the RCL fleet with the biggest heart.  Lunch set the tone for the cruise to La Habana. We had paella, Cuban Pork Loin, and fried plantains.  After 13 cruises and with the exception of Pride of America, we decided to try MyTime dining.  We made friends and scheduled same time same table with our new friends for dinner. After a number of cruises, cruise food begins to taste alike.  Not with Empresss,  it was excellent.  We changed our excursions package because the Malecon and Finca Viagia (Hemingways' home) were inexcessible due to Hurricane Irma damage.   This turned out to be to our adantage as we went on the Best of Havama excursion at a reduced price.  With two different tour guides, we heard two different perspectives on Cuba.

    After our return to the U.S., I did some research on pre Castro Cuba. That is Batista/Mafia/corrupt businesses and Castro/Che Guevara.  Signs of the revolution are all over the place and in their art. It was an eye opening experience.

    Empress of the Seas in Havana

    1. Tampa Florida
    2. Day at Sea
    3. Havana Cuba
    4. Havana Cuba
    5. Day at Sea
    6. Tampa Florida

     

     

    Emrpess of the  Seas - Our Stateroom
    RCL-Paella, Pork Loin, shrimp RCL - French Onion Soup
    Empress of the Seas - Our Stateroom
    Empress of the Seas- Paella, Pork Loin, Shrimp
    Empress of the Seas - French Onion Soup
     
    Empress of the Seas - Beef Tenderloin
    Empress of the Seas - New York Strip Steak
    Empress of the Seas - Onion Tart
    Empress of the Seas - Beef Tenderloin
    Empress of the Seas - New York Strip Steak
    Empress of the Seas - Onion Tart
    Emrpess of the Seas - Lobstor Tails
    Emrpess of the Seas - Hamburger
    Deck 10 in the morning
    Empress of the Seas - Lobster Tails
    Empress of the Seas - Hamburger
    Deck 10 in the morning
    100th Vovage Celebration Cake
    100th Vovage Celebration Cake
    Emrpress of the Seas Elevators
    100th Voyage Celebration
    100th Voyage Celebration Cake
    Emrpess of the Seas Elevators
    Empress of the Seas Gym
    Empress of the Seas Gym 2
    Last Night onboard
    Empress of the Seas - Gym
    Empress of the Seas - Gym2
    Empress of the Seas - Last Night Onboard

     SLIDE SHOW

    Serenade of the Seas April 2018

    This was our second cruise on Serenade of the Seas.  After sailing on Freedom of the Seas twice, Serenade seemed like a small ship.  However, our cruise prior to Serenade was on Empress of the Seas, the smallest ship in the RCL fleet.   This brought Serenade back to what we were familiar.   This was a 16 night Transatlanitc cruise to Northern Europe. This was not a flipflop cruise.

    1. Fort Lauderdale Florida
    2. Day at Sea
    3. Day at Sea
    4. Day at Sea
    5. Day at Sea
    6. Day at Sea
    7. Day at Sea
    8. Ponta Delgada Azores
    9. Day at Sea
    10. Day at Sea
    11. Cork Ireland
    12. Day at Sea
    13. Paris (Le Havre) France
    14. Bruges Belgium
    15. Amsterdam Netherlands
    16. Day at Sea
    17. Copenhagen Denmark
    18. Hotel in Copenhagen Denmark

    But first, what did I eat?

    SERENADE OF THE SEAS FOOD
    First Friday French Onion Soup First Friday Horseradish Salmon
    First Satuday Beef Tenderloin
    First Friday French Onion Soup
    First Friday Horseradish Salmon
    First Saturday Beef Tenderloin
    First Saturday Strawberry Chocolate Cake
    First Saturday Grits at Sea
    First Sunday Fillet Migon at Chops
    First Saturday Strawberry Chocolate Cake
    First Saturday Grits at Sea
    First Sunday Fillet Migon at Chops Grille
    First Sunday Crabcake Chipotle at Chops Grille
    First Sunday Lobster Bisque at Chops Grille
    First Monday Crabcake
    First Sunday Crab Cake Chipotle at Chops Grille
    First Sunday Lobster Bisque at Chops Grille
    First Monday Crabcake
    First Monday Slow Roasted Center Cut Pork Loin
     First Tuesday Apple Dressing Mashed Sweet Potato
    First Tuesday Crispy Coconut Shrimp
    First Monday Slow Roasted Center Cut Pork Loin
    First Tuesday Apple Dressing Mashed Sweet Potato
    First Tuesday Crispy Coconut Shrimp
    First Tuesday Roasted Turkey
    First Wednesday Artisan Cheese Plate
    First Wednesday Charcuterie
    First Tuesday Roasted Turkey
    First Wednesday Artisan Cheese Plate
    First Wednesday Charcuterie
    First Wednesday Seared Australian Bass
    First Thursday Apple Coffee Crumble
    First Thursday Crabcake with pickled mango
    First Wednesday Seared Australian Bass
    First Thursday Apple Coffee Crumble
    First Thursday Crabcake with pickled mango
    First Thursday Marge's Chicken Kiev
    First Thursday Shrimp Ravioli with lobster sauce
    2n Friday Chocolate Pot de Creme
    First Thursday Marge's Chicken Kiev
    First Thursday Shrimp Ravioli with Lobster Sauce
    2nd Friday Chocolate de Creme
    2nd Friday Veal Saltimbocca
    2nd Saturday Beef Bourguignon
    2nd Saturday Caesar Salad
    2nd Friday Veal Saltimbocca
    2nd Saturday Beef Bourguignon
    2nd Saturday Ceasar Salad
    2nd Saturday Trifle
    2nd Sunday Beef Tenderloin
    2nd Satruday French Onion Soup
    2nd Saturday Trifle
    2nd Sunday Beef Tenderloin
    2nd Sunday Salad
    2nd Sunday Shrimp Appetizer
    2nd Monday Grilled BBQ Baby Back Ribs
    2nd Sunday Salad
    2nd Sunday Shrimp Appetizer
    2nd Monday Grilled BBQ Baby Back Ribs
    2nd Monday French Onion Soup
    2nd Monday Key Lime Slice
    2nd Tuesday Caesar Salad
    2nd Monday French Onion Soup
    2nd Monday Key Lime Slice
    2nd Tuesday Ceasar Salad
    2nd Tuesday Garlic Tiger Shrimp
    2nd Tuesday Giant Apple Pie
    2nd Tuesday Salmon Tartare
    2nd Tuesday Garlic Tiger Shrimp
    2nd Tuesday Giant Apple Pie
    2nd Tuesday Salmon Tartare
    2nd Wednesday Chicken Cog Au Vin, Beef Bourguinon
    2nd Thursday Cream of Asparagus Soup
    2nd Thursday Fried Willd Mushrooms
    2nd Wednesday Chicken Cog Aun Vin, Beef Bourguinon
    2nd Thursday Cream of Asparagus Soup
    2nd Thursday Fried Wild Mushrooms
    3rd Friday Broiled LobsterTail
    3rd Tomato Soup
    3rd Saturday Apple pie Ala Mode
    3rd Friday Broiled Lobster Tail
    3rd Roasted Tomato Soup
    3rd Saturday Apple Pie Ala Mode
    3rd Saturday Shrimp Cocktail
    3rd Saturday Greek Salad
    3rd Saturday Roast Beef Tenderloin
    3rd Saturday Shrimp Cocktail
    3rd Saturday Greek Salad
    3rd Saturday Road Beef Tenderloin

     

    SERENADE OF THE SEAS SHIPBOARD

    Our Statement Welcome Aboard Cake
    Chops Grille
    Our Stateroom
    Welcome Aboard Cake
    Chops Grille
    Church Service
    Shower
    Solarium
    Church Service
    Shower
    Solarium
    Officer's Cooking Contest 5 Meter Waves
    Atrium
    Officer's Cooking Contest
    5 Meter Waves
    Atrium
    North Atlantic Moon Gym
    Windjammer
    North Atlantic Moon
    Gym
    Windjammer Cafe

    Ponta Degada Azores

    Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel Island, is the capital of the Azores archipelago of Portugal.  The striking, 3-arched city gates and the Gothic-style Church of St. Sebastian are near the harbor.  The Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope houses a revered image of Christ.  The Carlos Machado Museum offers diverse artifacts of Azorean culture.  The city is a gateway to the crater lakes of Sete Cidades, to the northwest.  Ponta Delgada Azores was our first port after 7 days at sea.  Our statement attendant was from Brazil and told us to try a Portugese dessert, Pasteis de Nata.  We tried it and brought one back to the ship for her.

    Coffee with Pasteis de Nata
    Church of St Sebastin
    Av Joao Bosco Mota Amard
    Coffee with Pasteis de Nata
    Church of San Sebastin
    Chops Grille
    Largo Visc
    Largo da Matriz
    Largo Vic, Bensaude 2
    Largo Visc Bensaude
    Largo da Matriz
    Largo Visc Bensaude 2
    Ponta Degada 6
    Ponta Delgada 3
    Ponta Delgada 4
    Ponta Delgada 6
    Ponta Delgada 3
    Ponta Delgada 4

     

    Cobh Ireland

    After two more days at sea, we arrive at Cobh Ireland.  Cobh is the port city of Cork.   We went through some rough seas outside of Cobh with 5 meter waves.  Cobh , known from 1849 until 1920 as Queenstown, is a tourist seaport town on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland.   Cobh is on the south side of Great Island in  Cork Harbour  and is home to Ireland's only dedicated cruise terminal.  Tourism in the area draws on the maritime and emigration legacy of the town.  It was associated with the RMS Titanic, which was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  We tied up just outside of the Titanic Museaum but did not attend because we had seen the Titanic Museum in Orlando Florida.  I do have to comment on the how friendly the people are

    Annie Moore Statue
    Harbour Row
    Inside St. Benendicts
    Annie Moore Statue
    Harbour Row Cobh Ireland
    Inside St. Benedicts
    Inside St. Benedicts 3
    Irish Coffee at Rob Roys
    Pease Square Cobh Ireland
    Inside St. Benedicts 3
    Irish Coffe at Rob Roy's
    Pease Square Cobh Ireland
    Street behind St. Benedicts Titanic Sign
    View from St. Benedicts
    Street behind St Benedicts
    Titanic Sign
    View from St. Benedicts

     

    Paris France

    After two more days at sea, we arrived at LeHavre France.  Le Havre is the second largest port in France behind Marseille.  It is situated on the right bank of the estuary of the river Seine on the Channel southwest of the Pays de Caux.  We did not visit LeHavre but rather took a two and one half bus ride to Paris.  Unfortunately for us, the A/C did not work on the second deck of the bus. It was a long ride with a bus tour of Ville de Paris ending at the boat for our lunch cruise down the river Seine.

    Our Bus
    Avenue de la Bourdonnais 3
    Avenue dela Tour Eiffel
    Our Bus
    Avenue de la Bourdonnais 3
    Bourdonnais de la Tour Eiffel
    Bourdonnais del Tour Eiffel Pastries Burgman in France
    Eiffel Towr & Statue of Liberty fromSeine River Boat
    Bourdonnais de le Tour Eiffel Pastries
    Burgman in France
    Eiffel Tower & Statue from Seine River Boat
    Eiffel Tower & Statue of Liberty from Seine Riber Boat a Lelouvre from Seine River Boat
    Notre Dame from Seine River Boat
    Eiffel Tower from Seine River Boat
    Le Louvre
    Notre Dame from Seine River Boat
    Seine River Boat Lunch Seine River Boat Raspberry Dessert
    The Seine River
    Seine River Boat Lunch
    Seine River Boat Raspberry Dessert
    The Seine River

    Bruge Belgium

    The next day after Paris, we were in Bruge Belgium.   It was a pleasant surprise because I did not know what to expect except for Belgium Waffles which I did try.  My only other experience in Belgium was the train station in Brussels.  We tied up in Zeebruge which was a 20 minute bus ride to Bruge.   There was a huge traffic jam on our return trip which held up the ship's departure.  It pays to book excursions through the ship otherwise, the ship had no obligation to wait for us.   Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North.  Bruges has a significant economic importance, thanks to its port, and was once one of the world's chief commercial cities.  Bruges is well known as the seat of the College of Europe, a university institute for European studies.

    Boudewijnkanaal Bruge to Zeebruge 1
    Bruge Canal 8866
    Boudewijnkanaal Bruge to Zeebruge
    Boudewijnkanaal Bruge to Zeebruge
    Bruge Canal
    Boudewijnkanaal Bruge to Zeebrugel
    Bruge Canal Boat Ride 1
    Bruge Canal Boat Ride 12
    Markt Bruge 2
    Bruge Canal Boat Ride
    Bruge Canal Boat Ride
    Markt Bruge
    Belgium Waffle
    Our Lady of Bruge
    Panoramic of Markt
    Belgium Waffle
    Our Lady of Bruge
    Panoramic of Markt
    Walplein Square Zeus, Leda, Promthus
    Belgium Cookies
    Walplein Sqare
    Zues, Leda, Promethus, and Pegasus visit Bruge
    Belgium Cookies
    Belgium Cookies through the window Belgium Beers
    Belgium Pastires through The Window
    Belgium Cookies through The Window
    Belgium Beers
    Belgium Pastries through The Window

    Amsterdam Nederlands

    When you say Amsterdam, you are saying bicycles and more bicycles.   When you walk across the street, look both ways.  Look for cars, look for people and look for bicycles.  They don't stop and they are moving fast.  There are 881,000 bicycles in Amsterdam.  That is four times the number or cars.  

    Amsterdam is both the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world and, with an urban area population of over 1.1 million people, it is also the most bicycle-friendly city with over a million people in the world.  In Amsterdam, over 60% of trips are made by bike in the inner city and 40% of trips are made by bike overall in the greater city area.

    Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has more than one hundred kilometers of grachten (canals)), about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges.  The three main canals (Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht), dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel.   Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings. The 17th-century canal ring area, including the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Jordaan, were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, contributing to Amsterdam's fame as the "Venice of the North".


    First-time visitors to Amsterdam or its coffeeshops may be confused by the terms used for different establishments. An important thing to remember is that a licensed seller of cannabis products is always referred to as a coffeeshop.
    Furthermore, a koffiehuis (coffee house) differs from a café, which is a casual restaurant or bar. If you're still confused, just look for a green and white sticker in the window, a license which designates the establishment as a coffeeshop.

    Amsterdam Bicycles Bicycles Galore 2
    Bicycles Galore 3
    Amsterdam Bicycles
    Bicycle Galore 2
    Bicycles Galore 3
    Bicycles Galore 4
    Bicycles Galore
    Bicyles in front of train station
    Bicyles Galore 4
    Bicycles Galore
    Bicycles in front of Train Station
    Amsterdam Coffee Shop Cannabis Lollipops
    Another Head Shop
    Amsterdam Coffee Shop
    Cannabis Lollipops
    Another Head Shop
    Another Head Shop 2
    1 Euro for Toilet
    Amsetl Canal
    Another Head Shop 2
    1 Euro for Toilet
    Amstel Canal
    Kaaskelder Cheese Shop Approaching Amsterdam Train Station 2
    Damstraat Cheese Shop
    Kaaskelder Cheese Shop
    Approching Train Station 2
    Damstraat Cheese Shop
    Anne Frank's House 3 Dutch Apple Pie
    Pringracht Canal 2
    Anne Frank's House Amsterdam 3
    Dutch Apple Pie
    Pringracht Canal 2
    Lunch Cafe Studio 2a Lunch Cafe Studio 2b
    Lunch Cafe Studion2c
    Lunch Cafe Studio 2a
    Lunch Cafe Studio 2b
    Lunch Cafe Studio 2c

    Copenhagen Denmark

    Copenhagen  København and most populous city of Denmark.  The city has a population of 775,033 (as of January 2018), of whom 613,288 live in the  Municipality of Copenhagen It forms the core of the wider Copenhagen urban area  (population 1.3 million (as of January 2018) and the Copenhagen metropolitan area (population approx. 2 million). Copenhagen is situated on the eastern coast of the island of  Zealand; another small portion of the city is located on Amager, and is separated from Malmö  , Sweden, by the strait of  Øresund

     Øresund  Bridge connects the two cities by rail and road.
    Originally a  Viking fishing village established in the 10th century in the vicinity of what is now  Gammel, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. Beginning in the 17th century it consolidated its position as a regional centre of power with its institutions, defenses and armed forces. 

     

    Copenhagen was our last port.   We took a bus tour of the city and stopped at a couple of tourist sites.  We spent the night in a Danish designed hotel in Kastrup Denmark.  Kastrup is a small residential section outside of Copenhagen.  It was Sunday and most of ths shops were closed except for the Supermarked.  We just walked around. We watched "Property Brothers" in Danish because there was nothing else to do and we were tired.  There was public transportation to Stroget, the shopping street.  It would have taken mutilpe trains and transfers.  I am normally adventerous but I was not comfortable with a language unlike any that I have heard before and different currency.  I did not know when the trains would stop running.   All I wanted was an openfaced sandwich, a Smørrebrød.   The next day, we went to the airport.   While we were there, there must have been some sort of security threat as an armed SWAT team went through their tactical formations.   Three hours before our flight time, we were allowed to go to the second deck only to be surprised by a huge shopping mall with many upscale stores

     

    Amallienborg Palace 3 Amalienborg Palace 4
    Amalienborg Palace 6
    Amalienborg Palace 3
    Amalienborg Palace 4
    Amalienborg Palace 6
    Amalienborg Palace Guard 2
    Amalenborg Palace Frederick V
    Amalienborg Palace Guard 3
    Amalienborg Palace Guard 2
    Amalienborg Palace Frederick V
    Amalienborg Palace Guard 3
    Langeline Lystbadehavs Badelaven Copenhagen
    Copenhagen Mermaid 4
    Magasin du Nord
    Langeline Lystbadehavs Badelavin Copenhagen
    Copenhagen Mermaid
    Magasin du Nord
    Opera House Stroget 1
    Stroget 3
    Opera House
    Stroget 1
    Stroget 3
    Stroget 4 Tourist Fart Bus 2
    Quality Airport Hotel Dan Entrance
    Stroget 4
    Tourist Fart Bus 2
    Quality Airport Hotel Dan Entrance
    Quality Airport Hotel Lobby Quailty Airport Hotel Bedroom
    Property Bothers 1
    Quality Airport Hotel Lobby
    Quality Airport Hotel Bedroom
    Property Brothers 1
    Property Brothers 2 Scences around Kastrup Denmark 1
    Scenes around Kastrup Denmark 2
    Property Brothers 2
    Scenes around Kastrup Denmark 1
    Scenes around Kastrup Denmark 2
    Cafe Le Perr Cafe Le Perr Royal Beer with Fries
    Salmon and Avocado Open Face Sandwich (Smorrebrod)
    Cafe Le Perr
    Cafe Le Perr Royal Beer with Fries
    Salmon and Avocado Open Face Sandwich (Smorrebrod)
    Copenhagen Airport 11 Copenhagen Airport 14
    Copenhagen Airport 12
    Copenhagen Airport 11
    Copenhagen 14
    Copenhagen 12
    Copenhagen Airport Security 1
    Copenhagen Airport Security 2
    Lunch at Copenhagen Airport
    Copenhagen Airport Security 1
    Copenhagen Airport Security 2
    Danish Sandwich for Lunch at the Airport

    Oasis of the Seas February 2019

     

    1. Port Canaveral Florida
    2. Nassau Bahamas
    3. Day at Sea
    4. Charlotte Amalie ST. Thomas
    5. Philipsburg Sint Maarten
    6. Day at Sea
    7. Day at Sea
    8. Port Canaveral Florida

    This was our third cruise to Nassau Bahamas, Saint Thomas USVI, and Phillipsburg Sint Maartens.    We chose this cruise for the ship, Oasis of the Seas.   Oasis is 1185 feet long, beam 154 feet and 16 passenger decks.    I don't think that we saw all of the ship or restaurants.   With over 6000 passengers, they weren't noticeably  except at the elevators or jewelry sale.  

    On the first day,  we went through a storm and it rained on the Boardwalk and Central Park.   The ship gave us complimentary umbrellas.   We strolled through Central Park in the rain.   On our relaxing nights, we sat on a bench in Central Park and listened to live violin concerts.

    This was our third trip to Nassau.    We walked from the ship across Paradise Island bridge to Margaritaville for a Jimmy Buffet Tee shirt.   I get 3 credits toward a degree Advanced Retirement Arts for every Margaritaville tee shirt.  Retirement Arts

    On the way back, we stopped at award winning McKenzie's Fresh Fish and Conch.   It is located in Potters Cay.

    On Saint Thomas, we took a boat from the ship to Charlotte Amalie Harbor.   On the way, we sailed past Villa Olga where I took an underwater photography class in 1981.

    Phillipsburg Sint Maartens was the highlight of the islands.    We took a 3 hour bicycle tour riding on the streets and through the tourists at the boardwalk.    Mid way, we stopped at the beach for rum punch.

    I would sail on Oasis again with a different itinerary.

    Oasis of the Seas Panoramic

    But first, what did I eat?

    OASIS OF THE SEAS FOOD
    Sunday Paella Birthday Cake
    Bratwurst with Sauerkraut
    Sunday - Paella
    Birthday Cake
    Bratwurst with Sauerkraut
    Seafood Linguini Cherries Jubilee
    Salmon Tartare
    Monday -Seafood Linguini
    Tuesday - Cherries Jubilee
    Tuesday - Salmon Tartare
    Steak Diane
    Another Birthday Cake
    Wild Mushrooms Mascarpone Risotto
    Tuesday - Steak Diane
    Another Birthday Cake delivered to our room
    Wednesday -Wild Mushrooms Mascarpone Risotto
    Apple Pie Ala Mode Ahi Tuna
    Maryland Crab Cake NOT
    Wednesda y -Apple Pie Ala Mode
    Thursday - Ahi Tuna
    Thursday - Maryland Crab Cake NOT
    Thursday Trifle
    Making Caesar Salad
    Caesar Salad
    Thursday - Trifle
    150 Central Park-Making Caesar Salad
    150 Central Park Caesar Salad
    Lobster Thermidor Pan Seared Halibut Fried Cheese Cake
    150 Central Parl Lobster Thermidor
    150 Central Park Pan Seared Halibut
    150 Central Park Fried Cheese Cake
    Saturday Morning Breakfast
    Saturday Roasted Turkey
    Saturday Lunch at Park Avenue Cafe
    Saturday Morning Breakfast in the Diamond Lounge
    Saturday Roasted Turkey
    Saturday Lunch at Park Avenue Cafe

    OASIS OF THE SEAS SHIPBOARD
    Deck 12 Passageway
    Our Stateroom
    Jogging Deck V
    Deck 12 Passagway
    Our Stateroom
    Jogging Deck 5
    Diamond Club Entrance
    Park West Gallery
    Inside Diamond Club
    Diamond Club Entrance
    Park West Gallery
    Inside Diamond Club
    Central Park I
    Central Park II
    Central Park at Night
    Central Park I
    Central Park II
    Central Park at Night
    Central Park III
    Aqua Theater III
    Aqua Theater I
    Central Parl
    Aqua Theater
    Aqua Theater Intro
    30 Foot Bell Rock Climbing Wall
    Deck 16 Pool
    Diver beginning of dive
    30 Foot Bell Rock Climbing Wall
    Deck 16 Pool
    Diver at the beginning of dive
    Dreamworks Parade II Dreamworks Parade III Dreamworks Parade V
    Dreamworks Parade II
    Dreamwork Parade III
    Dreamworks Parade V
    Promenade
    Zumba Class III
    Prmenade
    Ice Skating Show III
    Zumba Class III
    Tropical Theater Show Flowrider Solarium II
    Tropical Theater Show
    Flowrider
    Solarium II
    150 Park Avenue Entrance Inside Park Avenue I Inside Park Avenue II
    150 Park Avenue Entrance
    Inside Park Avenue I
    Inside Park Avenue II
    Jewelry Sale III Jewelry Sale IV Zipline IV
    Jewelry Sale III
    Jewelry Sale IV
    Zipline

    Nassau Bahamas

     

    Oasis of the Seas in Nassau
    1st Place Conch Salad Competition
    Bay Street Nassau
    Oasas of the Seas in Nassau
    1st Place Conch Salad Competition
    Bay Street Nassau
     
    Boats from Paradise Island Bridge
    Conch Fritter Potters Cay
    Boats from Paradise Island Bridge
    Fresh Conch
    "McKenzie's Fresh Seafood and Conch" Conch Fritters
     
    Margarittaville Paradise Island
    Nassau Police
    Paradise Island Marina
    Margaritaville Paradise Island
    Nassau Police
    Paradise Island Marina
     
    Potter's Cay I
    Paradise Island
    Potter's Cay Market
    Potter's Cay
    Paradise Island
    Paradise Island Marina

    Saint Thomas USVI

    Charlotte Amalie Harbor
    Cay Bay Charlotte Amailie
    Charlotte Amalie Dancer III
    Charlotte Amalie Harbor
    Cay Bay Charlotte Amalie
    Charlotte Amalie Dancer III
     
    Charlotte Amalie Dancer II
    Charlotte Amalie Dancer on Stilts II
    Charlotte Amalie Saxophone Player
    Charlottel Amalie Dancer II
    Charlotte Amalie Dancer on Stilts
    Charlotte Amalie Saxophone Player
     
    Donnigens Gade Charlotte Amalie
    A.H. Riise Mall Charlotte Amalie
    Main Street Charlotte Amalie
    Donnigens Gade Charlotte Amalie
    A.H. Riise Mall
    Main Street Charlotte Amalie
     
    Pulling into Charlotte Amalie Veterans Drive Charlotte Drive
    Water Taxi
    Pulling into Charlotte Amalie
    Veterans Drive Charlotte Amalie
    Water Taxi
    Husbnad's Day Care
    Leaving Charlotte Amalie from our Stateroom
    Havensight Point Charlotte Amalie
    Husband's Day Care
    Leaving Charlotte Amalie View from Our Stateroom
    Havensight Point Charlotte Amalie

    Philipsburg Sint Maarten

    Pulling into Sint Maarten
    Cruise Port Sint Maarten
    Oasis of the Seas Cruise Port
    Pulling into Philipsburg Sint Maarten
    Cruise Port Philipsburg Sint Maarten
    Oasis of the Seas Cruise Philipsburg Sint Maarten
     
    Bicycle at Philipsburg Sint Maarten
    Bicycles at Philipsburg Sint Maarten III
    Bicycle Ride at Philipsburg Sint Maarten Boardwalk II
    Bicycle Ride at Philipsburg Sint Maarten II
    Bicycle Ride at Philipsburg Sint Maarten III
    Bicycle Ride at Philipsburg Boardwalk II
     
    Bicycle Ride at Philipsburg Boardwalk III
    Bicycle Ride Tour Guides
    Bicycle Ride at Phillipsburg Boardwalk
    Bicycle Ride at Philipsburg Boardwalk III
    Bicycle Ride Tour Guides
    Bicycle Ride at Philipsburg Boardwalk
     
    Phillipsburg Beach
    Sint Maarten Front Street
    Sint Maarten Festival Village
    Philipsburg Beach
    Philipsburg Front Street
    Philipsburg Festival Village
    Philipsburg Salt Pond
    Stop for Rum Punch II
    Stop for Rum Punch Market II
    Philipsburg Salt Pond
    Stop for Rum Punch III
    Stop for Rum Punch Market II
    Stop for Rum Punch Market
    Rum Punch
    The Spice Shack
    Stop forRumPunch Market
    RumPunch
    The Spice Shack

    Majesty of the Seas May 2019

     

    We had booked Majesty of the Seas previously but the cruise was cancelled due to hurricane Irma.   This was our second cruise to Cuba. We had booked an excursion to Henningway's House on our first cruise.  We booked the Hemmingway House on this cruise but it was cancelled due to renovations so we booked The Art and Dance of Havana featuring Lizt Alfonso.  This too was cancelled at the last minute so we booked the Culture of Havana.  Our tour guide was fantastic.  This tour included lunch at La Floridita.   We got a little bit of the Hemmingway experience. Lunch consisted of lobster and daquiri's.  We ended the first day with Salsa dancing at Cafe Taberna which was a lot of fun.  One the second day, we walked along Calle Obispo which was very lively and interesting.

    On the way to La Habana, we stopped at Key West for snorkeling.  This was our first cruise that stopped at Key West although we had been there eight times.  We used to camp at Sugarloaf Key, MM17

    Majesty of the Seas in Havana

    The Food Section
    Monday Shrimp Cocktail Monday Braised Beef Monday Pie Ala Mode
    Monday - Shrimp Cocktail
    Monday - Braised Beef
    Tuesday - Pie Ala Mode
    Tuesday Beef Carpaccio
    Tuesday 50 Year Anniversay Cake
    Tuesday Seafood Linguini
    Tuesday - Beef Carpaccio
    Tuesday 50 Year Anniversary Cake
    Tuesday - Seafood Linguini
    Wednesday French Onion Soup Wednesday Chicken Marsala Pear Blueberry Cobbler
    Wednesday - French Onion Wild Mushroom Soup
    Wednesday - Chicken Marsala
    Wednesday - Pear Blueberry Cobbler
    Thursday Galician White Bean soup Chcicken Vaca Frita Thursday Tres Leches Cake
    Thursday - Galician White Bean soup
    Thursday - Chicken Vaca Frita
    Thursday - Tres Leches Cake
    Friday Shellfish Broth Broiled Lobster Tail Friday Cherries Jubilee
    Friday - Shellfish Broth
    Friday - Broiled Lobster Tail
    Friday - Cherries Jubilee

    Around the Ship

    Our Stateroom Majesty of the Seas Bow First Morning Exercise
    Our Stateroom
    Majjesty of the Seas Bow
    First Morning Exercise
    Deck 11
    Elevator Bank
    Shower
    Deck 11
    Elevator Bank
    Shower
    Chorus line Theater
    Centrium
    Windjammer
    Chrous Line Theater
    Centrium
    Windjammer
    Diamond Club
    View from Diamond Club
    Diamond Club Horderves
    Diamond Club
    View from Diamond Club
    Diamond Club Horderves
    Centrium Music Poster
    Cruise Cake
    Diamond Club Free Margarita
    Centrium Music Poster
    RCL 50 Year Anniversary Cake
    Diamond Club Free Margarita

    Key West

    Front Street Statues Conch Train
    Front Street Statues
    Front Street Statues
    Conch Train
    Front Street Statues II
    Inside Shellman
    Staghorn Coral Christmas Tree
    Inside Shellman I
    Inside Shellman
    Staghorn Coral Christmas Tree
    Inside Shellman
    Majesty of the Seas in Key West
    Sloppy Joe's
    Majesty of the Seas in Key West
    Mallory Square
    Sloppy Joe's
    Sailing into Key West
    Full Sail
    Majesty of the Seas from Fury Catarmaran
    Sailing into Key West
    Full Sail
    Majesty of the Seas from Fury Catarmaran
    Snorkel Scene I
    Snorkel Scene II
    Snorkel Scene III
    Snorkel Scene I
    Snorkel Scene II
    Snorkel Scene III

    Havana
    1947 Chevy
    1952 Mercury
    1952 Chevy
    1947 Chevy
    1953 Mercury
    1952 Chevy
    1953 Cadillac
    1953 Chevy
    1955 Chevy
    1953 Cadillac
    1953 Chevy
    1955 Chevy
    1955 Chevy Original Straight 6
    1956 Chevy
    1956 Buick
    1955 Chevy Original Straight 6
    1956 Chevy
    1956 Buick
    1958 Chevy Impala
    1959 Buick
    1958 Dodge
    1958 Chevy Impala
    1959 Buicl
    1958 Dodge
    American Embassy Amo a Jesus
    Behind the Cigar Store
    American Embassy
    Am a Jesus
    Behind the Cigar StoreI
    Behind the Cigar Store III
    Behind the Cigar Store II
    Behind the Cigar Store IV
    Behind the Cigar Store III
    Behind the Cigar Store II
    Behind the Cigar Store IV
    Behind the Cigar Store V
    Hupmanin Cigar Store
    Hupmanin Cigar Store
    Behind the Cigar Store V
    Hupmanin Cigar Store
    Hupmanin Cigar Store
    Fusterlandia I Fusterlandia III
    Fusterlandia II
    Fusterlandia I
    Fusterlandia III
    Fusterlanda II
    Fusterlandia IV
    Coconuts at Fusterlandia
    Callejon de Hamel V
    Fusterlandia IV
    Coconuts at Fusterlandia
    Callejon De Hamel V
    CAllejon de Hamel III
    Callejon de Hamel IV
    Calleon De Hamel I
    Callejon de Hamel III
    Callejon de Hamel IV
    Callejonde Hamel I
    Callejon de Hamel VI
    La Floridita Outside View
    La Floridita Outside View II
    Calle de Hamel VI
    La Floridita Outside View
    La Floridita Outside View II
    Inside La Floridita
    Our Table La Floridita
    Our Table La Floridita
    Inside La Floridita
    Our Table La Floridita
    Our Table La Floridita II
    Lunch at La Floridita Tapas Lunch at La Floridita  Sopa
    Lunch at La Floridita  Lobster
    Lunch at La Floridita Tapas
    Lunch at La Floridita Sopa
    Lunch at La Floridita Lobster
    Lunch at La Floridita Hemmingway Daiquiri Lunch at La Floridita Helado
    Musicians at La Floridita
    Lunch a La Floridita Hemmingway Daiquiri
    Lunch at La Floridita Helado
    Musicians at La Floridita
    Calle Obispo Calle Obispo II
    Calle Pobispo III
    Calle Obispo I
    Calle Obispo II
    Calle Obispo III
    Calle Obispo IV
    Calle Obispo V
    Calle Obispo VI
    Calle Obispo IV
    Calle Obispo V
    Calle Obispo VI
    Calle Obispo VII Calle Obispo IX
    Calle Obispo VIII
    Calle Obispo VII
    Calle Obispo IX
    Calle Obispo VIII
    La Calle Mercaderes La Havana
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana III
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana II
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana III
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana II
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana IV
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana V
    Calle Mercaderes LaHavana VI
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana IV
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana V
    Calle Mercaderes La Havana VI
    Calle San Ignacio I Calle San Ignacio II
    Calle San Ignacio III
    Calle San Ignacio I
    Calle San Ignacio II
    Calle San Ignacio III
    Christ of Havana Havana Harbor
    Classic Cars
    Christ of Havana
    Havana Harbor
    Calssic Cards
    Cafe Taberna Outside View
    Cafe Taberna Mojito
    Cafe Taberna Tapas
    Cafe Taberna Outside View
    Friday - Broiled Lobster Tail
    Cafe Tabera Tapas
    Inside Cafe Taberna I
    Inside Cafe Taberna II
    Inside Cafe Taberna III
    Inside Cafe Taberna I
    Inside Cafe Taberna II
    Inside Cafe Taberna III
    Inside Cafe Taberna IV
    Inside Cafe Taberna V
    Inside Cafe Taberna VI
    Inside Cafe Taberna IV
    Inside Cafe Taberna V
    Inside Cafe Taberna VI

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