We took a cruise to the Caribbean with Eric's family at Christmas
|Train at the Orlando Airport
|Our room on the ship
|Playing games with Kenny to amuse him at dinner
|Santa Claus arrives on the ship
|Getting a present from Santa
|Kenny ripping open a present
|Playing with his new toys
|Kenny playing with Eric's Rubiks Cube
|PLaying with Uncle Kevin
|A woman won the belly-flop contest
|Arriving in Antigua
|Our taxi driver on the ride to Nelsons Dockyard was very talkative
|Kenny playing shuffleboard
|Kenny plays more shuffleboard
|First time Kenny has clapped at the appropriate time, at a show
|At the spray park on Labadee
|Walking 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 Airport
|We 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 on
|The 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 - Bahamas
|Doing 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 wall
|Hair 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 ship
|The 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 ship
|There was quite a crowd, waiting for presents
|Kenny getting a present from Santa
|Looking 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 demonstration
|The belly-flop competition
|Eric at a ribbon folding class with me.
|At a formal dinner
|Cute towel sculptures
|Arriving 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 trail
|At 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!
|We arrived in Antiga
|The ship churned up a lot of sediment as it anchored
|Taking a taxi to Nelsons Dockyard
|Random street scenes along the way
|This building was build out of a stone called (appropriately enough) greenstone
|Kenny had fun walking on the old anchors
|There were dozens of very expensive looking yachts at Nelsons Dockyard
|Trail leading to Fort Berkley. We had printed out a geocache located here, but unfortunately forgot to bring it.
|Huge aloe bushes
|Around Fort Berkley
|Lots of this kind of rock formation around
|The rock that they used weathered poorly - this is it, exposed to the elements
|...and this is inside.
|Climbing on cannons
|Some goats resting in the shade
|Kenny at a photo op
|On the way back on board the ship
|The "bridge" of the ship
|Hanging out at the pool
|Kenny enjoyed shuffleboard
|Hanging out on the railings
|On St. Maarten
|After walking around for a bit, we took a water taxi back to the ship
|There were some divers next to the ship, inspecting the hull
|Waiting for a show to begin. They had some very fancy curtains for the theater
|On St. Lucia. This was a very impressive crane that was helping with the loading
|We took a taxi to Pigeon Island on St. Lucia. It's an historical park, with old ruined forts and hills to climb - perfect place to be with Kenny.
|Kenny climbing some more cannons
|Once we got to the top of the hill, carrying Kenny, we sat in what little shade there was
|The taxi driver gave Kenny the little orange spaceman that he's carrying here.
|On the taxi ride back - this was an unfinished mall
|Took a walk around town later on, and went into some of the local shops. It makes you realize just how good we have it here in terms of shopping - everything you could want, a convenient drive away. The local shops (we went to one grocery store, and one variety store) had junky goods, but not even inexpensive.
|Kenny slept in a pack n play in our room
|On the helicopter landing pad. Kenny fell down here and skinned his knee - here, unlike other areas on the ship, the surface was rough.
|The midnight dessert buffet
|The dining room where we ate
|There was a playtime, sponsored by Fisher Price with exclusively Fisher Price toys. It was only okay.
|Kenny gets more presents - trucks!
|A kids circus, on the Royal Promenade
|Kenny enjoyed his strawberry ice cream
|Watching the ice show AGAIN!
|On the penninsula of Labadee - off Haiti, and the (leased) property of Royal Caribbean. This is the boat that took us ashore
|A beach wheelchair
|Playing at the spray park
|Goods from crafts vendors nearby. They were nothing if not persistent, but Royal Caribbean must have had some rules on where they could go, because they were only in the crafts market. They also had to be uniformed.