Between February 17th and 28th we visited Florida 4 days, followed by a 7 day cruise through the eastern Caribbean.
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale (#1) on the 17th and from there we drove just south of Miami (#2) where we stayed for the next 4 nights
From our base in South Miami we visited the Everglades (#3); Key Largo (#4) and Naples (#5)
On the 21st we returned to Fort Lauderdale, dropped off our car and boarded the Nieuw Amsterdam (#1) at Port Everglades for a 4:00 PM departure
The next day was at Sea
On our third day we arrived at Grand Turk Island (#6). The site was limited to a beach, many shops and a pool. The excitement came in the form of a health emergency; a passenger fell ill and needed to be taken to the hospital. The result was a 4 hour delay in the departure time, which corresponded to a delay in arrival at our next port of call, San Juan (#7). This in turn meant that the excursion we planned had to be cancelled.
The following day we arrived in San Juan. As our excursion had to be cancelled, we ended up walking up to the Fort. This turned out to be quite a happy surprise.
The following morning we arrived in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Here our excursion was a road trip on what can be best described as three-wheel motorcycles, however they did have a body. They were reminiscent of the old three-wheel BMW from the 1950's / 60's except there was no top (more like a convertible).
The sixth day was at sea; the seventh we arrived at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. Here I took a bicycle tour of the island, which lasted just about 2 hours.
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on the 28th at 7:00 AM. and disembarked around 9:30 and then took ground transportation to the airport.