On board the Carnival Liberty and looking out at the Port of Miami
Let the fun begin!
First meal of many
Sister act 1
Sis & bro
Sister act 2
Miami skyline. (We haven't left yet.)
Other cruise ships in port
A whale of a tail
Miami's Freedom Tower
This is another Carnival ship
Making a splash
Dancin' to the music - Lido Deck
Guess we needed a little push to get going
Towel sculpture #1
Passing by Cuba ... the forbidden isle
Viewing art works
noonday prayer on a Sunday at sea
Just in case. Also note the ship is registered in Panama, but probably goes there rarely if ever.
... let's hope they work
The ship was built in Italy. The captain was Italian also.
Are we there yet?
Headed for our first "Cruise Elegant" dinner (of two)
Towel sculpture #2
Monday morning never looked so good
Off the ship in Cozumel
View of Cozumel island, Mexico
That's our ship
Group on the road with a tour van
Agave ... source of tequila
Some homes along the beach road
At a black coral factory and store. Sample of the coral hangs at right. It can be highly polished.
Oldest church on the island, in El Cedral
A different way to travel
El Cedral street scene
A Mayan historic structure
Re-boarding our van
At Paradise Beach
On the beach
Parrots and a keg ... all we need are pirates
Party of three
You don't say? (Actually the parrot was not much for conversation)
Driving into San Miguel town
Name that bar
Ordering Mexican food ... in Mexico!
This is the place
... with complimentary margaritas
Oh no ... they have McDonald's here too!
San Miguel street scene (from restaurant balcony)
Looking west toward Mexican mainland
Statue honoring Mayan families
Flag of Mexico at cruise terminal ... flanked by Carnival's flags
as evening falls
Moon over Mexico
Towel sculpture #3
life is good
Making masks for Mardi Gras party
Towel sculpture #4
Mardi Gras night!
with Todd, the Liberty's cruise director
dance, dance, dance
Arriving at Ocho Rios, Jamaica
World famous Dunn's River Falls
Up hill, looking back to the sea
A park guide urges tourists on to climb the falls
The falls, with no climbers in sight
The beach at Dunn's River
Where the falls meet the beach
St. John's group in African attire for dinner Wednesday night
(most of us, anyway)
Towel sculpture #5
Arriving Grand Cayman. Transfer to shore by tender.
Approaching George Town, Cayman Islands
Chickens roam the streets on Grand Cayman
Boatswain's Beach Adventure Park & Turtle Farm
They raise turtles, which can be seen and held at various ages
Some turtles are eventually released - some are raised for food
Park guide shows visitors around
A bigger turtle
... and a much smaller one (less than a week old)
Colorful plants, too
Lagoon at the park. Swimming & snorkeling available.
An endangered blue iguana. Species is native to the Caymans.
An agouti - a local squirrel-like rodent related to guinea pigs
The aviary at the adventure park. Some small birds will come and eat out of visitors' hands.
A dove is hidden in the bush.
In George Town, a statue called Aspiration, depicting two women mounting stairs, one young and one older, is a tribute to the work and struggles of the women of Cayman and to the future generations of women.
An interesting trimmed tree in downtown George Town.
To shop, or not to shop ... that is the question.
Where we are
The tender returns to the Liberty. Our last port call ... another day at sea and then we're back in Miami.
Towel sculpture #6
Towel sculpture #7