Caribbean Cruise!

We took a cruise to the Caribbean with Eric's family at Christmas

Train at the Orlando AirportOur room on the ship


Playing games with Kenny to amuse him at dinnerSanta Claus arrives on the ship


Getting a present from SantaKenny ripping open a present


Playing with his new toysKenny playing with Eric's Rubiks Cube


PLaying with Uncle KevinA woman won the belly-flop contest


Arriving in AntiguaOur taxi driver on the ride to Nelsons Dockyard was very talkative


The bridgeKenny playing shuffleboard


Kenny plays more shuffleboardFirst time Kenny has clapped at the appropriate time, at a show


At the spray park on LabadeeWalking through the craft market at Labadee


The waiters at dinner would often do a little "show" - walking around with clapping, and maybe singing.Kenny and I, getting some exercise on the 4th floor deck, which was usually pretty quiet.


The Cruise Comix doing a juggling show... and some bubble magic


...more bubble magic...still more bubble magic


On the plane. It went pretty well with Kenny - luckily we were able to take some breaks to walk up and down the aisle.The plane had an upswept wingspan. Later I read in the airline magazine that it's an innovation that saves fuel.


There was a beautiful train between terminals at the Orlando AirportWe spend the night in Orlando, to not have to do all the travel in one day


Our first view of the cruise ship, Mariner of the Seas - what a monster!Our room - small but well designed


The space shuttle launch site is visible from the cruise dock, through our binoculars


The "Royal Promenade", in the middle of the cruise ship, is like a little mini street, with shops and restaurants.Grandpa has a new diet plan - sit next to Kenny, who will easily eat half your food, especially if it's fruit.


At the lifeboat session. Kenny didn't want to put his lifejacket onThe workout room ("ShipShape center"). I got a mini workout most days. I also really learned to appreciate having a TV in our workout area at home.


The pool area


Dinner with Kenny. He did pretty well with the stretched out formal dinners, but still - for a 2 year old, sitting for one and a half or two hours is no fun!Kenny generally enjoyed his food, though.


First stop - BahamasDoing a lifeboat drill


Ours was the biggest around!The Queens Staircase in Nassau


At Fort Fincastle




Interesting tree at a local church




A conch-shell wallHair braiding was a big business at all the stops we made. I didn't think it looked too attractive


View of the pool deck area on the shipThe rock climbing wall on the ship


The basketball court was usually pretty busy


Putt-putt golf course. The time that we played it was so windy, the balls would fly away.Inline skating course


There's a mini-skating rink on the ship, and there was an actual ice show. Kenny was completely absorbed.


On Christmas Day, Santa came to the shipThere was quite a crowd, waiting for presents


Kenny getting a present from SantaLooking out the balcony


Kenny scored big with the presents from grandparents and Uncle Kevin/Aunt Petra and Uncle Brian.


Ken got a noise-reduction headset from Brian


A food-garnishing demonstrationThe belly-flop competition


In-line skating


Eric at a ribbon folding class with me.At a formal dinner


Cute towel sculpturesArriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico


As we get off the boat, this lady is just about to tell me to not take photos


We ended up taking a one and a half hour bus tour to El Junque rainforest, which was a bad idea. I wanted to see it because I worked there many years ago, but we really should have just walked around old San Juan instead. This church is at the bottom of the road that led up into the rain forest research station where I worked, next to the grocery store we went to all the time.


Old paths leading to rain shelters


An ant path along the trailAt the top of the observation tower




We did a really quick walk around old San Juan when we came back. This is the fortress of El Morro. It was great, but we meant to go to the other fortress (Castillo de San Cristobal).




It's a steep drop-off here - pretty scary!




Taking a picture of myself through a little slit in the wall, at a little isolated sentry station


Really regretting not seeing more of old San Juan!