Pictures of our Jan 2006 Southern Caribbean Cruise

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We left a day early on January 1st, 2006 and stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale,
We had dinner here,
Drinks during dinner,
Our stateroom on the Holland America Volendam,
Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale.  We are about to leave for Aruba,
The ship docked behind the Volendam in Port Everglades,
The 'behind the scenes' tour of the kitchens on the Volendam,
Cooks on board!
A cooking demonstration in the Culinary Arts Center on board,
We discovered after boarding that this cruise had a jazz theme.  Every night two or three different bands were playing throughout the ship.  They even played sometimes during the midnight buffets in the Lido lounge,
Late night tea in the Lido lounge,
Early morning arrival at our first port of call Oranjestad, Aruba,
We took a tour of Aruba,
The tour stopped at an aloe factory,
Demonstrating  how the aloe is removed from the plant,
We also stopped at an interesting rock formation with great views from the top,
On the way up,
Our guide is directing traffic through the rocks!
The view from the top.  You can see the Volendam in the distance,
The Natural Bridge formation, which was a famous tourist attraction on Aruba, had collapsed six months before our arrival!
Fortunately there was another, although a little smaller, natural bridge,
Looking around Oranjestad,
The Volendam docked in Oranjestad,
It was a Dutch themed night on board the Volendam,
The dining room entrance,
Our second port of call was Willemstad, Curaçao,
We took a tour on Curaçao.  We are visiting a curaçao (it is a famous liquor) factory.  They were giving free samples!
A museum on Curaçao,
Part of the tour was a local dancing demonstration in here,
The dancers, and Yo,
On the way to visit Willemstad for some shopping,
More of Willemstad.  It was very much like being in Europe (except for the weather),
On the way back to the Volendam,
We departed Curaçao at midnight after they put on some fireworks especially for us,
Our third port of call was Roseau, Dominica,
We took a tour on Dominica.  These are the Trafalgar Falls,
The Emerald Pool,
A picture of Roseau from the Volendam,
Our fourth port of call was Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands,
A view of Charlotte Amalie from the Volendam,
We took a tour on the US Virgin Islands.  This is our guide,
In the distance you can see the Volendam,
Megan's Bay,
The crew on the Volendam is saying goodbye (even though we have two days left!),
The Lido restaurant where we would have our breakfast & lunch,
Our dining room waiter Arief,
They always have the Parade of the Baked Alaskas on the last night in the main dining room,
Our last port of call was Half Moon Cay.  Holland America owns this island,
Taking it easy on the beach on Half Moon Cay.  Yo is doing her knitting!
More of the beach.  Tomorrow we will be back in Ft. Lauderdale, then home...

This page was last updated on June 23, 2006