Brilliance of the Seas Circle of the Caribbean Cruise, January 2003

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The Brilliance
of the Seas
Key West,
George Town
G. Cayman
Ochos Rios,

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The Brilliance of the Seas

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Click on the image to reveal further photographs of the ship & her passengers
Maiden Voyage: 19 July 2002
Passenger Capacity: 2,501
Gross Tonnage: 90,090
Length: 962'
Beam: 105.6'
Draft: 26.7'
Cruising Speed: 25 knots

Further detail can be obtained from: Royal Caribbean International & Meyer Werft Shipyard


Miami, Florida (12 January 2003)

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Greater Miami is an international crossroads of commerce, culture, sports, entertainment, transport and tourism. This cosmopolitan city boasts beaches, right next to one of the USA’s most vibrant urban centres.

Miami by day Miami at dusk


Key West, Florida (14 January 2003)

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Key West is probably the best-known small town on the planet. Though tiny enough it is rumored, to fit into New York's Central Park, Key West has managed, through its rich history, its remote location and its natural beauty to earn a notation in every national and international map.

Key West


Cozumel, Mexico (16 January 2003)

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Cozumel is made up of expanses of sandy or rocky beaches, quiet little coves, palm groves, scrubby jungle, lagoons and swamps, and a few low hills.  The Mayan ruins and snorkeling provide the island's attractions. 

The Mayan Ruins Gama, the Guide Zoë, Suzanne & Jack at Mr Sanchos Beach


George Town, Grand Cayman (17 January 2003)

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Cayman's beaches are renowned to be among the best in the world, in particular Seven Mile Beach. The abundance of fish, marine life and spectacular coral reefs which can be found in the surrounding waters make an ideal destination for diving enthusiasts. George Town, Grand Cayman's capital, of gingerbread-style buildings, is today one of the leading commercial centres in the Caribbean region.

George Town Seven Mile Beach


Ochos Rios, Jamaica (17 January 2003)

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Jamaica's physical attractions include jungle mountaintops, clear waterfalls, and unforgettable beaches.  Ochos Rios is a major cruise port, resort center, and the home of Dunn's River Falls, probably the most photographed spot in the nation.

Dolphin Cove Dunns River Falls comprise 600 feet of cascading water falls, which roll, wind and twist over and through the rocky terrain.


Oranjestad, Aruba (20 January 2003)

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Aruba's distinctive beauty lies in its countryside - full of rocky deserts, divi-divi trees, cactus jungles alive with the chattering of wild parakeets, secluded coves, and blue vistas with crashing waves.  Cooling trade winds, low humidity, and average temperature of 82°F (28°C) provide an ideal climate.

Oranjestad by day Oranjestad by night


Willemstad, Curaçao (21 January 2003)

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Curaçao, the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles, is geographically part of the Dutch Leeward Islands, also known as the Dutch Antilles. It is flat, rocky and fairly barren owing to its low rainfall. There are many excellent beaches.

The Queen Julianna Bridge (Background) is one of the highest bridges in the world. It is 185 feet above the sea level of St. Anna Bay, weighs 3,400 tons and has 4 traffic lanes. It took almost a decade to build this bridge, which was officially opened in 1974  Built in 1888, the Queen Emma Bridge (foreground) is known as the swinging old lady. The bridge consists of boats supported by 16 floating pontoons. It opens and closes by two powerful ship motors, a process which takes about two minutes.
Animal Encounters at the Curacao Sea Aquarium


Miami, Florida (24 January 2003)

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The Everglades National Park contains both temperate and tropical plant communities, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine environments. The park is known for its rich bird life and is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.

The Guide The Everglades A local resident


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