Royal Caribbean - Radiance of the Seas Cruise

March 19th - 27th, 2005

Saying goodbye to Elaine at the Airport
Jeff & Mandy on the airplane
Sunday March 20th
Joe enjoyed the pool at the Days Inn
George & Mercy came to the hotel & took us to the Port of Miami
On the Ship
Mandy headed right up to the bar.
And Joe right into the pool!
Beautiful sights of Miami Beach on our way out
The ship was beautiful.  The Centrum was open from the fourth floor (where our rooms where) up to the 11th floor!
Two elevators were open to the centrum and four were open to the outside for wonderful views. 
The Seaview cafe was open for eating snacks and meals.  They had wonderful strawberry cheesecake.
The main pool was where most people hung out during the "at sea" days.  There were plenty of chairs on the two main pool decks.
There were also two other pools - the Solarium pool had a retracting roof for hot or rainy days (of which we had none).  And there was a kid pool.
There were two pool bars for drinks.
The kid's pool had a water slide.  Joe spent most of our first at sea day in this pool.
Other things to do on the ship included rock climbing and mini-golf!
When we arrived on the ship (two hours earlier than our scheduled time), they had a beautiful buffet - just the beginning of a week of non-stop eating!
The whole wait staff sang for us on two different occasions.
Our waiter was great with the kids - he had a magic trick to show us almost every night.
Our Stateroom attendant was great at the towel animal making.
Labadee, Hispanola
Tuesday March 22nd, - Happy Birthday Joe!
Our first stop was Labadee, Hispanola - Royal Caribbean's private beaches.
Joe played at the aquapark while Patti Sue layed on a water mat.  Mandy, Jeff & Bill did some snorkeling.
This picture is acutally deceiving.  It looks like the people are floating close to the ship, but the ship is actually quite far away.  The ship is very big. 
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Wednesday March 23rd
Dunns River Falls & Shopping

Our Second stop was in Jamaica - Ocho Rios.  Bill & I walked around the town in the morning and then got the kids up to go to Dunns River Falls.  We really enjoyed the climb up the falls.
Bill is acutally in this picture inside the water fall.
Rock Climbing on the Ship
Joe climbing - look at the wonderful view as we were leaving Jamaica!
Jeff won a first place medal for the fastest climb - 24.94 seconds!  
Second place was way behind at 31.76 seconds!
Even Bill got to climb.
Again, Joe took advantage of the activities on the ship.
Did we mention the food?  The desserts were not only tasty, they were so pretty!
Jeff enjoyed the food.  This night, he finished up everyone's desserts.
On our last night, Jeff ordered three desserts just for himself - AND ATE THEM ALL!
We had a table for ten that we shared with the Allens from Colorado Springs.  Tom, Trina, Dan, Jeff & Emmie.  We really enjoyed getting to know them and hearing about their adventures each day.
The pool party had a caribbean theme and included line dancing, the congo line and, of course - More Food!
Georgetown, Cayman Islands
Thursday March 24th
There were eight ships in port at Georgetown.  Our captain said that he has never experienced that many ships in port at once.  They really did an amazing job tendering all of the people to the island.
We were able to arrange a Stingray City tour.  It was a little disconcerting whether or not we would be able to do the tour and make it back to the ship on time, but they took good care of us.
We all still think that this was the best excursion of the whole trip.  In this picture Joe is holding the Stingray.  They are about 5 to 6 feet wide! 
We also got to do some excellent snorkeling.
The first night's show was the best - Pianoman.  Lots of Elton John, Billy Joel & other popular favorites.
This guy had a lot of energy.
The Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers performed "Welcome to Our World".
Mosaic is a six member a capella group.  They were excellent.
There were also performances throughout the ship at various times.
Even our captain Kent Ringborn sang for us.  He was very good.  Not many ship captains can do that!
Cozumel, Mexico
Friday March 25th
We rented a jeep and some snorkel equipment.
Our first stop was to the Mayan ruins on Cozumel.
We had to do a geocache - this one was right by the ocean.
Did we mention the Food?
Formal Nights
Jeff Allen enjoyed posing with Mandy
Optix was the hangout for the 15-17 year old crowd
Goodbye Radiance of the Seas!
Miami Beach
George & Mercy picked us up at the ship in Miami and took us to a few of the Miami Beach beaches to enjoy one last swim in the ocean.  We also got a tour of some of the Miami neighborhoods and a beautiful church. 
Thanks guys!
14 Loads of Laundry!