FC: CaribbeanCruise | December 2012 | Tommie and Sandye Vaughn Ruby Princess
1: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." St. Augustine
4: Princess Cays is an exclusive port of call and private beach on the southern portion of the Island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. One hundred miles long and only two miles wide, Eleuthera offers unspoiled beaches. Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres of beach and features over a half-mile of white sand shoreline.
6: "Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind." Seneca | Flag of the Bahamas | Anchored off Princess Cays Beach
7: Loading the Tender | Returning to the ship | Preventing scurvy. Eating fresh fruits. | Underway at sunset
8: Shipboard art work | Balcony to the sea | Moderate seas for two days
9: New hair style by "wind n' sea"
10: Leaving Princess Cays
11: OUR OWN | Passageway to staterooms | Our stateroom and balcony
12: The Piazza | Three decks high. Two glass elevators
13: Piazza's International Café | Skywalker Lounge Entrance | Skywalker Lounge Dance Floor | Skywalker Lounge | Sandye in the Vines Lounge | The Vines Wine Lounge | The Vines Lounge Wine Casks | Wheelhouse Lounge
14: "I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this - that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." Hilaire Belloc | Pool area | Internet Café | Future Cruise Booking | Art Gallery
15: The Piazza Chandelier
16: The Piazza | Entertainers
17: Glass and Mirror Art | LOUNGES
18: Horizon Court Buffet Café
19: "A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." Lao Tzu | Explorers Lounge
20: Stairwell | International Café | Art Work
21: Art Work | Casino | Two cents?!?!
22: Entertainer | Basketball - Handball Court | Miniature Golf | Kiddie Cars
23: Movies Under the Stars
26: Pools, and Pools, and Pools
27: and pools | Our balcony | Our balcony | Home sweet home
28: Spectacular show productions
29: The Theater and Showroom
30: The Harbor Pilot's Boat
31: St. Maarten. Settled by Arawak Indians who arrived from South America. The Carib Indians followed later and gave the Island the name Soualiga, or land of sugar. Located in the northeastern Caribbean, the land is divided 60/40 between the French (St. Martin) and Dutch (St. Maarten), although the Dutch side has a larger population. Philipsburg is the Dutch Capital of St. Maarten with colonial architecture, historic buildings, wonderful shopping and sun swept beaches.
32: "Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled." Mohammed
36: Ship's stern | St. Thomas. While the prehistoric Ciboney people from South America lived here as early as 1500 B.C., St. Thomas was established as a trading post by the Dutch West India Company in 1657. An unincorporated district, it is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is located in the eastern Caribbean, just east of Puerto Rico. It's 13 miles long by 4 miles wide.
38: Magens Bay | Yucca Plant Christmas Tree
39: Blackbeard's Castle
40: Pirates everywhere
41: Exploring the Castle grounds | .... including Rum making
42: Amber is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. | The Amber guard
43: A wall of Amber and shopping for Amber in the old wine cellar
44: "The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her." Marcelene Cox
46: "Is this about me?!?!
47: OUR OWN
48: Dinner table mates Vera and Jacob Helali from Los Angeles
49: Grand Turk. Taino Indians crossed over from Hispaliola between 500 and 800 A.D. followed by the Lucayan Indians between 1300 and 1500. Although Ponce de Leon discovered the Island in 1512, Spanish settlements began in 1766. Located about 675 miles southeast of Miami and 30 miles south of the Bahamas Grand Turk, just one of 40 Islands in the Turks and Caicos Island chain, sits at the eastern end.
50: Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962. When his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down near Grand Turk, it put the tiny island on everyone's radar. It was also a missile tracking station for U.S. Military in the 50's.
55: Sunday, Dec. 2 - Port Everglades, FL Monday, Dec. 3 - Princess Cays Tuesday, Dec. 4 - At sea Wednesday, Dec. 5 - St. Maarten Thursday, Dec. 6 - St. Thomas Friday, Dec. 7 - Grand Turk Saturday, Dec. 8 - At sea Sunday, Dec. 9 - Port Everglades, FL | Port Everglades to Princess Cays, Bahamas - 278 Nautical Miles Princess Cays, Bahamas to St. Maarten - 838 Nautical Miles St. Maarten to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - 136 Nautical Miles St. Thomas, USVI to Grand Turk & Caicos - 413 Nautical Miles Grand Turk & Caicos to Port Everglades - 584 Nautical Miles Total Nautical Miles Traveled - 2,249 | "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain