Cruising the Caribbean October 21-30, 2007

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This is my first cruise! Rick and I and Patrick and Kathy are on our way to the Caribbean where the weather is hot! hot! hot! New camera, new clothes, lots of $$$, life is good!

We sailed from Ft. Lauderdale about the Carnival Miracle. Our cabin had a balcony – the only way to go! Lots of closet space for all those dresses and shoes! We packed way too much! Those early morning cups of coffee and late night cocktails, sitting on our deck chairs, watching the ocean waves gently rolling by…………..

Caribbean_Itinerary_October_2007.jpgThe Carnival MiracleThe Deck PlanView from our balconyOur cabinMonkey towel art in our cabin

After sailing for two days, we arrived at the beautiful island of St. Maarten. This was by far the best port on out trip! The people are gentle and friendly, the scenery is outstanding and the mood is charming. We enjoyed buttery croissants and delicious coffee on the French side, travelled uphill to Fort Louis, and spent a charismatic hour at the Butterfly Farm.
St. Maarten mapWelcome to St. MaartenPatrick and Kathy at the dockMorning Coffee on the french side of St. MaartenRick at Fort Louis RuinsRick and Kathy at the ruinsKathy and PatrickView of St. MaartenPatrick and KathySailboats in the BayLunch in a little bistroButterflies feasting on orangesMonarch butterflies matingHuge Owl butterflyButterfly in the sun

None of us liked St. Lucia and few of our fellow shipmates had anything favorable to say about the island. We did take a taxi to Marigot Bay – it was pretty but had a definite “cold” feeling.

St. Lucia MapBrenda and Rick at Gates to St. LuciaMarigot Bay

Last stop was St. Kitts. Such a pretty and friendly island. Food was really good and the local Caribe beer was excellent!
St. Kitts mapRick at gates to St. KittsTown CentreMonkey hiding in grassHurricane of 1989 leaves behind ruins of a hotelSt. Kitts in foreground / Nevis in background

We had our photos taken on the first formal night – what a lovely evening.
Brenda and RickPatrick and Kathy

We celebrated Rick’s 62nd birthday and Kathy’s 30th birthday at Nick and Nora’s Restaurant at the top of the ship. It was definitely one of the most beautiful restaurants I have even been to and the food and service were excellent!
The birthday cakePatrick and KathyOur surf and turf mealRick's fruit cupOn our last night aboard, we sat in our cabin at midnight and ate the rest of the birthday cake.
Looking forward to the next cruise!!!

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