2016 Florida and Caribbean

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.

Blog Entries:

  • The Extra Day

    The Extra Day

    Last night we returned from a cruise through the Eastern Caribbean.  This was our first sea cruise; we have been on a river cruise but it was a shorter duration and the ship was considerably smaller.  We sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam which can carry about 2100 passengers and a crew of about 900. In…

  • Disappointment … But

    Disappointment … But

    Our February trip to the Everglades started with a bit of a disappointment; there were few birds on the Anhinga Trail.  In past years when we visited there were thousands of birds.  What happened? We were told by a park ranger that the water levels were unusually high for this time of year due to…

  • Sunset at Flamingo

    Sunset at Flamingo

    I characterize this as an Essential Photograph: one of those shots that may be cliché but I enjoyed getting it.   While on a boat tour into Joe Kemp Channel off Flamingo, I stood on the deck facing the setting sun, I turned to see a flock of birds flying in from behind me.  I checked…