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2011 – Caribbean Cruise

In the spring of 2011 we decided to take another cruise. This was a ‘Southern Caribbean’ itinerary on NCL’s ‘Norwegian Dawn.

We flew from London to Miami, and stayed a night at the Holiday Inn – Port of Miami from where we could see the cruise ships.

Tolfalas - view from the Holiday Inn - Port of Miami

View from the Holiday Inn – Port of Miami

Next morning we boarded the Norwegian Dawn and in the afternoon we sailed away from Miami.

Tolfalas - Sailing away from Miami

Sailing away from Miami

Our stateroom – 10726 – was a mirror image of the room we occupied on our 2007 ‘Norwegian Dawn’ cruise.

Tolfalas - Norwegian Dawn State Room 10726

Norwegian Dawn State Room 10726

After a couple of days at sea our first port of call was Samana in the Dominican Republic.

Tolfalas - Samana - Dominican Republic

Samana – Dominican Republic

The Norwegian Dawn was anchored offshore.

Tolfalas - Norwegian Dawn anchored off Samana

Norwegian Dawn anchored off Samana

I also made a new friend haar haar!

Pirate in Samana - Dominican Republic

Pirate in Samana – Dominican Republic

From the Dominican Republic we sailed to Tortola in the US Virgin Islands

Tolfalas - Roadtown Tortola

Roadtown Tortola

And enjoyed a ‘Painkiller’ in Pusser’s Bar, Roadtown.

Pusser’s serve their painkillers in enamel mugs.

The ship’s crest by by shoulder is HMS Ocean, on which my father served during the second world war.

Tolfalas - Pusser's Bar - Roadtown, Tortola

Pusser’s Bar – Roadtown, Tortola

From Tortola we sailed to Antigua. We’d visited Antigua about ten years previously and were unimpressed.

I have been quoted as suggesting that the island’s principal crop is rusty cars, as there seemd to be one in every field.

I was most amused when I spotted a rusty ship on our approach to St John’s harbour.

Tolfalas - Welcome to Antigua

Welcome to Antigua

There were a couple of cruise ships already docked at St John’s.

Tolfalas - St John's Harbour Antigua

St John’s Harbour Antigua

The ships loom over the tourist shopping area.

Tolfalas - St John's Antigua

St John’s Antigua

From Antigua we sailed to Barbados, our penultimate port of call.

We visited the Mount Gay rum distillery, where I made another friend.

Tolfalas - at Mount Gay Rum distillery - Barbados

at Mount Gay Rum distillery – Barbados

Then to the Banks Brewery

Tolfalas - at Banks Brewery, Barbados

at Banks Brewery, Barbados

And finally to a beach bar for a final rum punch.

Tolfalas - Barbados Beach Bar

Barbados Beach Bar

Our final port of call was Basseterre, St Kitts.

Tolfalas - Basseterre, St Kitts

Basseterre, St Kitts

We toured the island, including the Brimstone Hill fort

Tolfalas - Brimstone Hill Fort - St Kitts

Brimstone Hill Fort – St Kitts

And saw some exotic local flora… a bottle tree!

Tolfalas - Bottle Tree, St Kitts

Bottle Tree, St Kitts

…and saw the point where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean.

On the journey back to Miami we had some unexpected excitement – a patient had to be ‘medevac’d’ to Puerto Rico.

Tolfalas - Caribbean Medevac

Caribbean Medevac

And the ship celebrated the Royal Wedding

Tolfalas - Royal Wedding on the Norwegian Dawn

Royal Wedding on the Norwegian Dawn

I personally liked the ship’s work ethic:

Tolfalas - Checking emails

Checking emails

And we met lots of towel animals during our trip.

Tolfalas - Towel Animals

Towel Animals