S: SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE - 2011
FC: SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE 3/13 THRU 3/19/2011
1: ITINERARY SATURDAY, MARCH 12TH Panama City, Panama taking cab to Colon where ship was docked and staying at Ramada Inn SUNDAY, MARCH 13TH At Sea on Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Sea MONDAY, MARCH 14TH Cartagena, Columbia TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH Santa Marta, Columbia WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH Willemstad, Curacao THURSDAY, MARCH 17TH Oranjestad, Aruba FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH Kralendijk, Bonaire SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH At Sea SUNDAY, MARCH 20TH Colon to Panama City to Miami to DFW
3: Let the Journey Begin Colon, Panama
5: Arrived in Panama City to take a cab to Colon where our ship was docked/ | We found upon arriving, that part of our luggage had been lost by the airline!!! UGH!!!
6: Cartagena Columbia | Another Day In Paradise
7: We took a bus tour to see the sights in Cartagena. This included the Ft. of San Felipe de Barajas, the Inquisition Palace, and the Church of San Pedro Claver
8: fort of san felipe de barajas
9: Plans for the fort began in 1639 and fort was completed in 1789 | fort was to protect city from pirate invasion
10: "Laughter is an instant vacation." | cHURCH OF sAN pEDRO cLAVER IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF FATHER CLAVER WHO CHRISTIANIZED ANDCARED FOR OVER 300,000 SLAVES | REMAINS OF FATHER CLAVER
11: MEMORIES | DOOR AT RIGHT SHOWS A DOOR KNOCKER WHICH IS QUITE HIGH TO KEEP THOSE ON HORSEBACK FROM HAVING TO DISMOUNT WHEN CALLING. | SUN DIAL ON OUTSIDE OF CHURCH WHICH IS STILL QUITE ACCURATE
12: INQUISITION PALACE | OUCH!
13: WAS USED DURING PERIOD OF INQUSITION IN SPAIN. MANY ITEMS OF TORTURE ARE SHOWN.
14: "Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." | SIDEWALK ARTIST AT PIERNO GALLO MALL
16: BON VOYAGE AND ON TO SANTA MARTA
19: SANTA MARTA
20: Cathedral Church of Santa Marta built in 1529. Simon Bolivar was interred here but was later exhumed and placed elsewhere.
22: Don Joaquim Mier y Benitze home where Simon Bolivar spent his last few days
24: "A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." Robert Orben
26: 2nd floor of the Bank of the Republic with pre-Columbian artifacts and small collections of gold
29: FORMAL NIGHT
32: We still have not received our lost luggage which included all of Larry's clothes! | Curacao A beautiful part of the ABC islands with a strong Dutch influence. We opted to take the bus tour through the city and to see the beautiful coastline.
33: The lost luggage contained my makeup, night clothes, and protein drinks. It also contained all of Larry's clothes with the exception of our formalwear (Thank Goodness)
34: The main vegetation is cactii due to the soil; however, the overall effect is quite lovely. The church steeple above is the West Point Church. The cemetery is above ground due to the water level of the island.
35: There are several varieties of cactii in this area, one of which is shown below. Slaves were many in number at one time and the above slave hut is one of the few left standing. The roof is constructed of cow dung and corn stalks.
36: BOKA NATIONAL PARK
38: Jan Kock salt flat with flamingos
39: The Jan Kock estate which is now the home of Nena Sanchez who is famous for her brilliant Dutch artwork, Our guide, Barbara, was quite animated about it all. Mr. Kock's estate included salt flats with gorgeous flamingos.
40: A view of West Point Church along with the beautiful white sandy beaches and blue, blue water. Found some doggy friends who were more interested in me than the view
42: Ending the day with new friends, Frank and Lucy Yester and luscious food.
43: Our cabin boy is quite the artist with napkins and towels.
45: IN ARUBA Taking a boat to the Explorer Sub, we see a para-sailor
46: This excursion took us on the Explorer Sub to see underwater fish and the ruins of a German freighter which was sunk during WW II.
47: The name of the freighter was the Antilles | The Germans threatened to take the freighter and | the captain got his crew together and blew the ship up | These pictures are of what is left of the ship underwater
48: The California Lighthouse named after the California battle ship which was sunk prior to the completion of the lighthouse. Lovely views from this lighthouse.
49: Casibari Rock | Formations
51: Area of the Natural Bridge. The rocks are what people bring, leave, and | make wishes for the future. It is now outlawed due to the rock buildup | The Baby Natural Bridge is in the background - the larger one collapsed in 2005 | Another vrew of the Baby Natural Bridge.
55: The final leg of our trip is Bonaire and we finally got our luggage the 5th day of our cruise. I did save all receipts and American sent us a check for the entire amt. spent as well as a $200 voucher. What a mess!
57: OUR OWN
58: Bonaire has every kind of cactii known to man. The birds love them for both food and drink.
59: The salt flats are also abundant. They are filled with beautiful flamingos. The wooden bird shown is the island's idea of a weather vane.
60: WASHINGTON SLAGBAAI | NATIONAL PARK
61: ONE OF THE BLDGS ON THE PROPERTY HAD | A ROOM DEDICATED TO THE WORLD'S | CLEVER CACTII FENCE | TIMELINE
62: ANOTHER WALL OF INFORMATION | A SNAKE CACTUS AND LIME KILN
63: NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION AND THE ABOVE SHOWS HOW THAT INVENTION WORKED YEARS AGO
66: This brings our tour of Bonaire to an end and it's time to go back to the ship
68: Above is our dining room wait staff | Above is our dining room waitstaff and they were great!! On the left are friends from Vancouver, Sheryl Stewart & Robert Peebles
72: And this brings to an end our Southern Caribbean cruise. Although it started on a bad note with the loss of our luggage, it was wonderful being together and seeing things we had not seen before.