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Our Lovely Liberty cruise (with pics) 8/9/14

Jamman

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Ryan is building his own rock pile.....



His is seven rocks high. Will he have some good luck?



Our jeeps are parked right on the beach....



Ryan under the bridge....



Here is a very short "baby" bridge video.....

The "baby" bridge

Our group is under the bridge.....



Ryan on top of the "baby" bridge.....



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We are on the move yet again…..



Approaching the Chapel of Alto Vista…..



The Captain explains the long history of the Chapel…..



The Chapel of Alto Vista…..





The original cross on top of the steeple…..



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Jamman

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Inside the Chapel of Alto Vista.....





This was supposed to be our next stop, but because we were running a little late, we just did a drive by of the California lighthouse.....







We are now driving along the south coast.....



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We are now heading to the beach. Here are a few shots along the way…..









A small beach with some great snorkeling. They provided the equipment…..





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We were here about an hour. The water was beautiful, and there were plenty of fish to seen. It's a shame I didn't think to bring my water camera along! After getting in the water, Ryan realized that he had his phone in his pocket. So much for the lucky rocks! Well, at least I had insurance on it. Here are our jeeps parked at the top of the beach.....



The tour is now over and we are now heading back to the ship. Ryan and I highly recommend this tour. We had a great time....



We are running really late. The tour was supposed to be over around 5pm, and it was now almost 6:30 when we got back to the ship. We are supposed to meet friends for dinner at 6:30! No problem. I gave our friends a call letting them know we would be late, and then took the fastest shower of my life. We were back off the ship at 7pm, and got these shots of the sunset as we headed to the taxi stand.....







We have made it to the El Gaucho Restaurant.....



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Jamman

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A family picture in front of the El Gaucho Restaurant…..



I did have the El Gaucho steak, really, really good, but pricy…..



For two hours, we had a wonderful dinner with our friends from New Jersey, who were in Aruba for a two week vacation. Here’s a group shot…..



All too soon it was time to head back to the ship. We said our goodbyes, and then we caught a taxi for the five minute ride back. We were back at the cruise terminal by 9:15pm, in plenty of time to meet the 9:30pm boarding time.

Ryan and the Carnival Liberty…..



Ryan in the terminal…..



A family picture in the terminal…..



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Jamman

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Once on board, we went right back to our cabins, as we were very tired from the day, and the huge meal that we had just had. We watched our night time sail away from our very dark "secret" deck.....









Once we were out to sea, we all turned in for the night. Tonight's towel animal.....



We received our invitation for the Captain's Diamond Member Cocktail Party.....



Coming up next: From one beautiful island to the next. Our day in Curacao.
 
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Jamman

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Welcome to Curacao!!!



We were up at 6:30am, in plenty of time to take some sunrise pictures, and watch us arrive in Curacao. The sun is rising in the east…..







Land Ho! There’s Curacao on the horizon…..



We are following Pullmantur’s Monarch into Willemstad, Curacao. You will remember her as the former Monarch of the Seas…..



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The Monarch is docking right in downtown Willemstad. That's the Queen Juliana Bridge in the background.....







Here is where the Carnival Liberty will be docking.....







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We have officially arrived! Here are some views as taken from our not so "secret" deck.....







So, here are our plans for today. I was craving a beach day, but Patti and Ryan did not, so they booked the Willemstad Trolley Train tour, and I booked the Beach Fun by Boat tour. They would be getting off the ship at 8am, and I would be getting off the ship at 10am. So I went up to Emile's for a nice omelet breakfast, and then went to check emails from home. In the meantime, Patti and Ryan have left the ship.....



The Willemstad Trolley Train tour sign.....



This is a stock photo of the Trolley Train.....



Excursion Description

Experience the beauty and history of Curacao on this enchanting 40 minute trolley train ride.

Beginning at Fort Amsterdam, you'll ride past the Floating Market and on to the former residential neighborhood of Scharloo and the famous "wedding cake house".

Stop at the Pietermaai Cathedral for an inside visit.

Ride past many interesting sights, including the Mikve Israel Emmanuel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, Queen Wilhelmina Park, and Waterfort Arches.

Finally, you will visit Fort Amsterdam, built in 1635 to guard the vital entrance to the harbor from enemy ships.

At the end of the excursion, you may return by taxi to your ship or stay in town independently.

If you opt to stay in town, you will be responsible for your return to the ship, which is a short walking distance.

NOTE: Your 15 minute transportation to and from the trolley train is by local taxi and is included in the tour price. The cathedral may be closed on certain occasions.

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Jamman

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The Willemstad Trolley Train…..





Ryan on the Trolley Train…..



The Trolley Train tour guide…..



Crossing the Queen Juliana Bridge gives a great view of the Carnival Liberty, and Pullmantur’s Monarch…..





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Jamman

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A couple of views of the pontoon bridge.....





Various views taken during the Trolley Train tour.....









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Jamman

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The Floating Market…..



The Monarch is docked in downtown Willemstad…..



More views from the Trolley Tour…..







A Curacao bench. That slogan seem familiar?



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Jamman

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At this point the Trolley Tour ended, so Patti and Ryan continued their tour on foot. Here's Ryan posing with the HUGE Curacao sign.....





We will come back to Patti and Ryan's walking tour a little bit later, but now it's time for me to debark, and catch the boat to the beach.....



A couple of views of the Carnival Liberty docked in Curacao.....





Beach Fun by Boat

Excursion Overview

Enjoy a boat ride along Curacao's coastline and enjoy the beautiful Seaquarium beach.

Excursion Description

Your relaxing time at the Beach begins with a scenic boat trip when you are picked up at the ship dock.

You will cruise to the Seaquarium dock. As you travel along Curacao's coastline, you will have a view of Curacao's notable monuments and beautiful beaches.

Upon arrival, you will be taken to Seaquarium beach area where you may simply relax on your complementary beach chair as you sip your complementary beverage.

Take a swim, a walk, or just sit beneath the shade of a coconut tree.

A bar and restaurant are located on the beach for your convenience.

NOTE: A swimsuit, towel, water shoes, and sunscreen are recommended. Snorkel equipment can be rented on the boat.

Boarding the Pelican Express for the trip to the beach.....



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Jamman

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Aboard the Pelican Express…..



Views of the Carnival Liberty as we sail to the beach…..











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