Pictures of our January 2005 Caribbean Cruise

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cruise05_1.jpg (78458 bytes) We left a day early on January 1, 2005 just in case of bad weather.  It was our first cruise, and we chose a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise with Holland America.  This picture is at Starbucks in the Cincinnati airport.  We flew to Ft. Lauderdale on Delta,
cruise05_2.jpg (79506 bytes) We stayed one night at Springhill Suites in Ft. Lauderdale,
cruise05_3.jpg (73753 bytes) Getting ready to leave Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale Sunday evening on the Oosterdam,
cruise05_4.jpg (77524 bytes) A view of Nassau, our first port of call.  In the distance you can see Paradise Island,
cruise05_5.jpg (79526 bytes) A view of the Oosterdam (on the right) from Nassau,
cruise05_6.jpg (80090 bytes) On our way to see the Marching Flamingos at the Ardastra Gardens in Nassau,
cruise05_7.jpg (79218 bytes) The Marching Flamingos.  They actually obey his commands!
cruise05_8.jpg (80687 bytes) We took the 'behind the scenes' tour of the kitchens on the Oosterdam,
cruise05_9.jpg (77811 bytes) More of the 'behind the scenes' tour.  Yo is learning how to fold napkins,
cruise05_10.jpg (74964 bytes) Our stateroom (they don't call them cabins).  We were upgraded to a suite for some reason so we had lots of space and a large verandah,
cruise05_11.jpg (79534 bytes) Yo is doing the vacuuming with Little Henry!  See his eyes?
cruise05_12.jpg (79245 bytes) One of the two 'formal' nights in the Vista Dining Room.  Both the food and service were excellent,
cruise05_13.jpg (75223 bytes) The presentation of the food was outstanding!
cruise05_14.jpg (81707 bytes) Our waiter Amsar (right), and our busboy Brilliant (left).  They really looked after us well,
cruise05_15.jpg (77914 bytes) Dave and Julia came all the way from England for the cruise.  This was taken in the Vista Lounge just before the nightly show,
cruise05_16.jpg (80801 bytes) Breakfast on the verandah.  Room service was complementary so we usually had breakfast in our suite,
cruise05_17.jpg (76107 bytes) Arriving in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, our second port of call.  St. Maarten is the Dutch part of the Island and is the southern half.  St. Martin is the French part and is the northern half,
cruise05_18.jpg (79329 bytes) Crossing from St. Maarten into St. Martin,
cruise05_19.jpg (78188 bytes) This is Marigot, the capital of St. Martin (Philipsburg is the capital of St. Maarten),
cruise05_20.jpg (80951 bytes) Looking north along Orient Beach in St. Martin,
cruise05_21.jpg (84106 bytes) Looking south along Orient Beach,
cruise05_22.jpg (79002 bytes) Snacking in the Lido Lounge.  Food is available 24/7.  Fortunately there was an excellent gym on the Oosterdam which we frequented most days,
cruise05_23.jpg (78712 bytes) Road Town, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands was our third port of call.  It was a beautiful Island with fewer tourists than the other ports of call,
cruise05_24.jpg (78594 bytes) Soper's Hole marina on the western end of Tortola,
cruise05_25.jpg (79875 bytes) Our tour bus on Tortola.  There were great views and very steep roads!
cruise05_26.jpg (77943 bytes) Our guide on the tour,
cruise05_27.jpg (81494 bytes) A view from Tortola,
cruise05_28.jpg (78108 bytes) A view of Virgin Gorda from Tortola,
cruise05_29.jpg (79346 bytes) The Oosterdam (front-left) and other cruise ships in Road Town,
cruise05_30.jpg (78080 bytes) Our last port of call was Half Moon Cay which is owned by Holland America.  It is between Eleuthera and Cat Island in the Bahamas,
cruise05_31.jpg (75901 bytes) We took the eco-tour of the lagoon at Half Moon Cay,
cruise05_32.jpg (85688 bytes) Yo found a Starfish!
cruise05_33.jpg (76488 bytes) A view of the Oosterdam from Half Moon Cay,
cruise05_34.jpg (84971 bytes) More of Half Moon Cay,
cruise05_35.jpg (80875 bytes) Heading towards the Beach,
cruise05_36.jpg (77782 bytes) The beach at Half Moon Cay,
cruise05_37.jpg (79748 bytes) Back in Ft. Lauderdale in the early morning on Sunday.  We flew to Cincinnati that day and arrived in Springboro at about 6:00pm,

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