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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Another trip to the Caribbean



We returned last week from our first Royal Caribbean Cruise.  It was nine days with some ports we have not been to before.  Unfortunately, on the last evening of the cruise I picked up what turned out to be a be pretty difficult to shake cold.  We went on this cruise because one of our friends had organized a largely RV group to go.   It was a group of 8 couples and proved to be a lot of fun.

We were onboard the Explorer of the Seas, which is an older ship by cruise ship standards which had some features we had not seen on the two cruise lines we have been on.  It had a huge atrium from deck four all the way to deck 12 that ran from the forward elevator shaft to the aft elevators.   Overlooking some of the problematic concerns I have with these from my Coast Guard life, it made it very easy to get around the ship quickly.  We left from Port Canaveral and traveled all the way south to the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. This meant a couple of days of sea time right away, which we find one of the best parts of a cruise.











Since we had just been in Aruba earlier this year, we did not spend much time ashore and enjoyed a quiet time aboard ship.








The end.

15 comments:

John Hedges said...

Just like your Coast Guard ships, right Chuck.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

We're leaving for a cruise on 3 January. It will be nice to have a room with just one other person instead of 21 other guys in a room the size of a VW bus.

Yep I miss the CG days (well, not all of them!). :cD

Bob said...

Looks like a pretty nice time. Too bad about picking up a cold though. Those darned people all around!

Judith Bell said...

I've never even heard of those B and C cities.

where's weaver said...

We have never been in a cruise, nor have I ever seen the inside of a ship. It is amazing! I never imagined it look like that. Thanks for taking us inside.

Bob and Jo said...

We keep thinking we might go on a cruise somwday.

Linda said...

So sorry to hear you picked up a cold, I hope you are feeling much better now. Love your photos. :)

Gail Houle said...

Looks like a nice cruise. A & C are 2 of our favorite islands. We'll have to visit Bonaire one of these days.

Wanderin' said...

Those cruise ships are just like being in a big city. We have done many cruises but especially liked the small ships over the big ones. The ABC islands are fantastic. We spent several days on each one instead of the cruise ship that time. Love the Caribbean!

Sue B said...

looks like it was a great vacation!!! thanks for sharing the photos!

Laura Skjenna said...

We've never been on a cruise, but you sure make it look tempting! It sounds like you had a grand ole time but too bad about the cold.

Sherry said...

Great pictures!! What a ship. Looks like a wonderful cruise. All that food just makes me such a glutton.

Rick Doyle said...

I've yet to go on a cruise ship but looking at your pictures of this ship I'm looking forward to our first one.

Linda said...

Happy New Year to you! Thank you so much for all the lovely photos you share...thanks to you I get to travel; no, not physically, but it feels like I do thanks to your photos. :)

Randy Warner said...

We've only been on one and that was to the Bahamas on our honeymoon. Looks like you had a great time!