Serenade of the Seas Southern Caribbean Cruise, April-May 2006

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This cruise was a little different from our expectations.  We had looked forward to a family vacation followed by a few days in the Med (at the end of May when the Voyager returned to Europe).  However, in March, we discovered that we were expecting and with the baby due at the end of July the cruise line would not let us embark.  Instead the family travelled and took along some friends to fill our places.  The pictures below are highlights from their cruise.


The Serenade of the Seas

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Maiden Voyage: 01 August 2003
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


Cruise Highlights (28 April - 10 May 2006)

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This was a 10 night cruise around the Southern Caribbean, a longer version of our December cruise, before the Serenade repositioned for the hurricane season.  Ports of call included:

    1) San Juan, Puerto Rico
    2) Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI
    3) Phillipsburg, St. Maarten
    4) St John's, Antigua
    5) Castries, St Lucia
    6) Bridgetown, Barbados
    7) Willemstad, Curacao
    8) Oranjestad, Aruba

Cindi, Kate, Vera, Karen & Val at Paradise Point
(Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas)
Val & John on the 99 Steps, a staircase built in the 1700s.  There are actually 103 steps, all made of ballast bricks from Danish ships.  They lead Government Hill, above Charlotte Amalie. Located at the highest point on  Government Hill, Skytsborg Tower (also known as Blackbeard's Castle), was built in 1679 by the Danes as a watchtower for the harbour of Charlotte Amalie.
The Brig Unicorn, a 140 ft replica of a 19th century Brig with 6,000 sq ft of sail.  The ship starred in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film.  (Castries, St. Lucia)
A selection of group photos - featuring Val, John, Kate, Cindi, Vera, Karen, Don, Dan & their waiters


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