S: The Underdahl's: Caribbean Cruise February 2011
BC: It's the memories that make the journey... not the miles...
FC: Eastern Caribbean Cruise February 20-27, 2011 The Underdahl's Dave, Nicky, Laken & Rhett
1: Our Winter Family Vacation: We first flew to Fort Lauderdale, Fl. to meet the cruise ship. We had a nice flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta, and then to Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, February 19th. We then boarded the cruise ship "ms Nieuw Amsterdam" on Sunday, February 20th. This ship was the newest ship of this cruise line and first set sail in 2010. | Holland America Cruise Line | Eatting Alligator! | Our first night there, we ate fried alligator! It really does taste like chicken, only very rubbery!
2: Rhett and Laken | Eattin'Gator! We sat on the deck and watched the boats sail by while we ate! Dave had the Shrimp, I had the crab sampler! Very messy!
3: Fort Lauderdale Florida | YUM! | February 19th, 2011
4: Our Cruise photo! We made it through security, showed our passports...and they STILL let us board! | 2/20/2011
5: February 20th, 2011 | The Lido deck!
6: Getting ready to set sail! | Laken...loving the ocean breeze! | Views from our ship while we were still docked. The Coast Guard escorted us out of the harbor at 5:00p.m. The Coast Guard ship even had someone manning the big machine gun they have in the front of their boat! | February 20th, 2011
7: Our State Room! nothing fancy for first time cruisers...just in case! | Life boats! | Allure of the Seas...the largest cruise ship... leaving just after us!
8: Monday was a full day at sea...Laken and Dave hit the hot-tub...I was in a conference...and Rhett...was just hanging out! | This is the life!
9: Caribbean | Monday, February 21,,2011
10: At Sea...Monday February 21, 2011 | Random shots!
11: LAND! | We made it to Grand Turk ! | Dave! What are you doing? | We arrived at Grand Turk on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
13: A great view of our ship. This was taken from the shores of Grand Turk. The ship pulled right up to a sea side dock and we disembarked for our day at Grand Turk.. | ms Nieuw Amsterdam
15: Grand Turk...
16: WHITE legs!
17: The beaches of Grand Turk were like walking in baby powder. The water was crystal clear and a beautiful turquoise color! We all snorkeled and saw lots of fish. One rather large fish (not a shark!) that scared me to shore! We also saw about 6 cuddle fish or some type of squid like fish. The white fish with long black dorsal fins loved to be fed and they would swim between your legs!
18: The beaches of Grand Turk | Laken
19: Laken & Rhett
20: Grand Turk
23: Snorkeling at Grand Turk | 2/22/2011
24: Please don't let | there be | SHARKS | in here!!!!!
25: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
26: Laken at Grand Turk
27: Soakin' up the sun on the beaches of Grand Turk!
28: Contestant 1 | Contestant 2 | Contestant 3 | Contestant 4 | DAVE! | The kids | were | embarrassed!
29: Dave and Margaritaville...it was a beer drinking contest that will go down in history on the island of Grand Turk! He had to guzzle a "Land Shark" beer...and he won! By a landslide! No contest! Shocker? I think not! | It's | right now! | DAVE! | February 22nd, 2011
30: We didn't want to leave Grand Turk! It was beautiful and relaxing! | We also had too many 's and LAND SHARKS!
31: Our towels were folded every time we left the room! We had elephants, gorillas, swans, monkeys, a lobster, and a dog.
32: After regretfully leaving Grand Turk, our ship sailed to the island of Puerto Rico. We arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning, February 23rd. We spent the day sight seeing, took a tour of the city (Old San Juan) and had drinks(yes again) at Senior` Frogs!
33: San Juan was found by Columbus in 1493! Rhett loved the old world history that came with visiting this island. We visited mostly the "Old" San Juan which at one time was walled off and the wall still remains. Part of the "slums" and heavy drug area that sits beyond the wall on a beautiful beach. | 16th Century fort built by the Spaniards.
34: San Juan, Puerto Rico
36: Time! | Senor` Frogs!
37: Old San Juan | Cobblestone streets... Laken thought that was really cool!
39: We toured the 16th century fort under Rhett's persistence. The weather was warm that day...80-85 degrees. Lots of steps in hot weather, but it was worth it! | One of the prisoners of that time was a captain accused of mutiny. He drew pictures of his ships on the wall while he was imprisoned. | Rhett and Laken, the ever serious historians!
40: We left San Juan after visiting the fort. From there we sailed over night to St. Maarten. | A view of Old San Juan from the top of the 16th century fort. | Wednesday February 23rd, 2011
41: Philipsburg, St. Maarten | Steven Speilberg's Yacht! | Thursday February 24th, 2011
42: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
43: Steven Speilberg's Yacht..again! | Thursday February 24th, 2011 | We had a cool drink at the Blue Bitch Bar... Rhett thought it was cool! St. Maarten was a very touristy place! LOTS of people and shops.
44: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
45: We left Philipsburg, St. Maarten to sail to Half Moon Cay. The "Allure of the Seas" was docked next to us and it was the length of 2 of the other cruise ships. It was HUGE! Friday, February 25th was a day at sea! RELAX! | These little guys were all over in St. Maarten.
46: Our favorite... Half Moon Cay!
47: Saturday February 26th, 2011 | Half Moon Cay
49: Smell good down there? | Ummm....you're not peeing in the water are you Rhett? | Cool? | Big or little? I'm talking about the fish!!!
52: & "Ya-man!" | Jamaican
56: Sting Ray Cay on the island of Half Moon Cay!
60: Going home... the last night on the ship and we had a spectacular sunset!
61: Saturday, February 26th, 2011
70: One of my favorite pictures...after riding horse on Half Moon Cay, Laken gave her camera to an elderly lady and asked her to take a picture of me and Laken...and this is what she took! She said "Yep, got it!" We thanked her and looked at it later! A great photo of Mother and Daughter! | ?
71: Now I know why they tell you to put your head between your knees on crash landings. You think you're going to kiss your ass good-bye. ~Terry Hanson We had a bumpy ride home! We flew over a very large thunderstorm system! We were rockn' & rolln'! | Flying home!