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Saturday
Feb092013

Celebrity Eclipse 2013

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Finally back on terra firma, after an amazing 14 day adventure and several more ports, including Antigua, St Lucia,  Barbados, Granada, Aruba and Curacao.  This itinerary has been lots of fun for us because we got the opportunity to visit several islands we have never been to before.  Below is a photo journey through these islands, along with some scenes from around the ship.

 

 

 

 

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The infinity pool at the Sheraton in Ft Lauderdale

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Just onboard, waiting for the rooms to be released. - now in official vacation mode.

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Bow to the Banana King!

 

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This ship has some very cool art on board

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Coming back to port in St Thomas after spending the day in Tortola 

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Swimming with Dolphins

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Getting launched by Hippo - the big male dolphin

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Day two was St Maartin. The gargantuan Oasis of the Seas is here - along with 6 other boats. 

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Today we rented a jeep with our friends and took a lap around the island.

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Colleen, with our cruise buddy's Robyn and Doug from Alberta

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I got to check an item off my bucket list today. Maho beach is the one in St Maartin where the runway is right on the beach. This is the place where the fools (yes - you can count me in with that group) stand on the beach while jets take off and land right overhead. Aparently once a day, a KLM 747 comes in and it literally blows people off the beach and into the water. I did not get to experience that - no do I think I want to… This was just a regular jet and it was crazy enough.

 

Jet takes off on Maho Beach

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Pano of Maho Beach 

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Then we headed over to Orient beach on the other side of the island for a little sun.

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Then back to the boat.  The port was crowded with 5 ships, including the Oasis in that day.

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but nothing a cocktail on the lawn couldn't fix…..

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Next stop = Antigua - and a island tour from our great driver, Charles. 

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Today there was only one ship next door. A Costa that had come from Paris. So that's what one of those looks like, when its not on its side…. (too soon?)

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We ended up at an absolutely picture postcard beach called Vally Church. Crystal clear aquamarine water, nice locals, good shopping and ice cold El Presedente beer.

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Back on board again - The Martini bar on deck 5 has an ice surface. Each night I would build a snow man.

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This was my first attempt.

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The second one was a little better….

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Then I discovered a small martini glass makes an excellent mold.

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The stairs to the atrium

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the wine collection in the main dining room

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the 'mixology' bar. Here they served amazing cocktail creations with dry ice and exotic fruits

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Art instillation on deck 5. - there is definitely a bit of a ice / snow theme running through the ship.

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I call this the 'melty' bench

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Next port - St Lucia.

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this beach, although beautiful to look at, was not as nice. Black sand and steep drop off into the water. 

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This was where one of the seasons of the Bachelor was filmed. Apparently an $1800 a night hotel that overlooks the Pitons

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The Pitons

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Also in St Lucia at Marigo Bay

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Several nice yachts here including the 2 Ladies - available for charter - for a mere $245,000 per week.

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This Catamaran made me laugh. - how exactly do you sail from Durango Colorado to St Lucia?

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The wine lounge on board - Cellar Masters - has an extensive tasting system. Here you can try an 2008 Opus One for $49 a glass.

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This also made me laugh.  The sinks sport a Mercedes Benz logo in the overflow drain.

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More 'ice' themed art from the Martini Bar Area

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Day 7 in Barbados on another picturesque beach with beautiful water.

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Pano at the beach

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Colleen got a wild hair and decided to get braids - 

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Meanwhile, I took the opportunity to build a sandcastle. - not my best work, but good building sand here.  There was a nice German guy here who apparently was a sand engineer… each time I would dump out a corner turret her would critique it and comment 'more water next time' or 'still too dry'

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The Library on board

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The atrium tree

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Next stop was Grenada - many of the buildings here were devastated by hurricane Ivan eight years ago - and still have not been repaired.

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Pano of Grenada

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This guy followed us as soon as we got off off the ship - but then ended up being very cool. He have us a waling tour of the island with an extensive history.

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The port in Grenada

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After a day at see we shot across the bottom of the caribbean and made it to Aruba. - I loved this sign. Be careful where you park…. you never know...

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The beach in front of the Riu hotel in Aruba

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Walking along the boardwalk there were several of these very cool shade trees

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This was the floating 'draw' bridge in the port in Curacao. It's just starting to open to let a boat go by. When that cruise ship behind leaves, it will swing completely sideways to allow it to pass.

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One last port bar and a chance to try the local special, a frozen Mojito

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Very refreshing on a sweltering day.

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Back aboard again for two more sea days home

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Another chance to practice my snow man making skills at the Martini bar. 

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Colleen with her new best-ie Robyn

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The obligatory towel animal for the last night home.

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Thats all folks! - 

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