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The 150 Year Cruise

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S: "The 125-Year Cruise": Celebrating Two (50th!) Birthdays and a Silver Anniversary

FC: "The 125-Year Cruise": Celebrating Two (50th!) Birthdays and a Silver Anniversary

1: Happy birthday and congratulations, Mom and Dad!

2: Hangin' out in the Schooner Bar, waiting for our luggage and playing O'Shaw...

3: Even though the living quarters seemed a bit tight in the kids' room... | ...we had no trouble sleeping (especially after a few Washington Apples)! | feeling a little seasick already, Pat? | zzzzzzz

4: And after a stinkin' muster drill, we were finally able to go have some fun!

5: 13th deck + wind gusts = mulligans for all!

6: We were trying to get a picture of Pat asleep with his mouth open...but he woke up a second too soon!

7: Are we in Curacao yet?

8: F | Fancy night #1! Cocktail hour in the Schooner Bar ...and we are celebrating in style!

9: Our waiters, Monty & Noel, congratulate the Shanes on 25 years | (Noel approves of the kiss!)

10: Our first port day

11: The origin of the name Curacao is debated. One theory is that a group of Portuguese sailors landed for the first time in Curacao and were cured from scurvy, probably after eating fruit with vitamin C. The island became known as Ilha da Curacao (Island of Healing). Another explanation is that it is derived from the Portuguese word for heart (coracao), referring to the island as a center of trade. | Curacao

12: Snorkeling off the coast of Kontiki Beach

14: Oh thank God: some SHADE!

16: One happy island!

17: Aruba is renowned for its white, sandy beaches on the western and southern coasts of the island. Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism, as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather. | Aruba

18: (he prefers it in the aft) | Pat approves of the drink selection

20: Hmm, what will we order? | Back at the Schooner Bar! | ...who wants a Frozen Lemonade? | me!

21: Rock Lobster! | Contrary to popular belief - we are NOT related

22: Heeeey Macarena! | Doing the Macarena with Noel in the dining room

23: Samir, our assistant waiter | Madam, would you like to try a corn muffin or a Savory Bite?

24: Wilderness at its best..

25: Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world's second-largest boiling lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, and is home to many rare plant, animal, and bird species. | Dominica

26: Ready for canyoning!

28: Group shot!

29: hold on tight, Pat!

30: T | Umm, Chris? If I fall, you're catching me, right?

31: Trekking through the rainforest...

32: after 2 hours of canyoning, we returned back to Extreme Dominica's home base for some lunch | cool house!

33: a tropical tree house!

34: sunset back on the boat...

36: Lobster night! | Pat's new Broadway headshot? | Mary and K on their third lobster tails (Chris is appalled)

37: Never trust the red-napkin- in-your-pocket trick... | ...It on | ...it only gets you in trouble.

38: Hello, US Virgin Islands!

39: Sometimes referred to as "America's Paradise," the island of St. Thomas remains one of the most sought after destinations in the world. From the white sand beaches to the green hills and rainforests, there is sure to be something to please everyone. St. Thomas is the most developed and most cosmopolitan of the U.S. Virgin Islands. | St. Thomas

40: 8:30 am - Arrival at St. Thomas Fishing boats ready for the day!

41: On land once again, we went to Sapphire Bay for a day of relaxation and more snorkeling. Pat was excited to hop in the water, but Mary (even after a successful snorkel trip in Dominica) was not so sure... | this way to the Snorkel Pics!

42: ooh! a sting ray

43: The Turtle Page! | Watch out! I'm coming up for air!

44: Oh Pat... | we always knew you were special

45: Our last night on the ship... Our waiters and chefs bid us goodbye and safe travels on our way home

46: Ok, one last round, before we go...

47: Anchors away!

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