Al and Marsha's Journal
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Vancouver to Miami - January 10, 2011
Here we are again, starting out on a new
adventure. We had become very enamored of the cruising life after our
Unlike many of our flights to reach a holiday
destination, this one was totally uneventful, but very long. Altogether it takes
We asked for Dallas as the intermediate site
because we wanted to avoid any weather problems if we could. As it turned out
We decided in the morning that we would have
breakfast and head for the ship. The hotel was only a five minute drive from the
The routine at the ship was a little different
than our experience in Barcelona but that was likely to have been because we got
As before, as our baggage had been taken out
of our hands as soon as we got out of the shuttle, and would not be in our room for
We went up to the buffet for a little lunch
and found it jam packed with early arrivers. We eventually found a table and
The lounge at the
entrance to the Grand Dining Room - the set of chairs and sofas at the left
near the cabinets
This is Regatta reflected in an office building window next to the dock. Weird, but it's my journal!
Supplies on the dock waiting to be loaded. This is mostly beer.
When we arrived at our stateroom on the "Concierge Level" (la di da!!) we were
greeted with some goodies,
If you have not been cruising, you will not have experienced the
wonderful and humiliating exercise which happens
Do these folks look happy? How about the guy under the arrow? NOT!
Our first day was
an "at sea day", meaning that we spent the first night, all of the first day,
and the second night at sea. It was a very
A quick look at
the itinerary above will reveal that the journey to George Town, Grand Cayman
involves a loop around Cuba, and
differs substantially from the last one we were on in the Mediterranean in that,
with a couple of exceptions the places we
The exercise deck - thirteen laps = one mile.... someone told me that.
The crew having a putting contest with passengers.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Regatta at anchor at George Town........
This dolphin and others in captivity for the entertainment of tourists...... Sigh!!!
Here are the tourists waiting their turn to go into the pool and KISS the dolphin!
The Great Sea Explorers
And off they go! Plus me.... I soon remembered why snorkeling doesn't work
well for me. My beard doesn't
Cathy, Charlie, Tom and Lori (front row) went on a different excursion in Belize.
They took a fast river boat like the
The main wildlife on this excursion was the variety of birds. Here the guide is
pointing out on guide sheets
Marsha and I went off on our own with a different guide to take a ride on tubes
on a river through underground
After the zip lining we walked a short distance to pick up our life jackets and
tubes, and then hiked for about a half
Kathy had pre-arranged for all of us to go on a daylong excursion on
a boat up the coast and into a river
The craft market on the pier - actually had some good looking stuff
The boat we were to spend several hours on
We ran up the coast for almost one and one half hours and turned into the
estuary of a large river on the
Fish drying on the docks
Brown Pelicans are ubiquitous
After a fairly short stop at the hotel in Livingstone for a bathroom break and
to stretch our legs we continued
We rounded a bend in the river and quite suddenly several dugout canoes operated
by young boys and girls
Behind the canoes in this picture is a large field of water lilies just beginning to bloom.
We stopped briefly at this store (this is the tourist part mentioned earlier)
perched on the river side and got
Our next stop was a school, also on the riverbank, where we met the kids and
handed out school supplies
Little kids are adorable wherever they are!
This is their classroom. These people live a simple life on the river, fishing
for a living, and seemingly from
As we walked along what appeared to be the main street, suddenly one of the
guides directed us into this
These kinds of tourist activated local "show" always make me uncomfortable.
Having the "natives" perform
The young lady looking at the drawing on the wall inside the Live Music bar is
looking at a depiction of the
Over the years travelling with Marsha she has never been reluctant to get up and
join in to whatever dance,
and the new.
Our boat trip back to the ship seemed longer than the morning trip up the coast,
but that was probably
The next morning we arrived at Roatan at the usual 8:00 am, just as we finished our breakfast.
NOT COMPLETED.... MORE TO COME
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