Cloudy Ocean Sunset
Well, it wasn’t all that cloudy…in fact, most of the sky was clear. But a line of small clouds near the horizon added to a neat sunset as we cruised along in a big boat in the Caribbean.
Cloudy Evening in Nassau Harbor
Having stopped at the city of Nassau in the Bahamas on two separate cruises, I would say that it is overall my least favorite destination. I’m sure my impression would have improved if we had gone off on a nice excursion or gone outside of the city itself, such as to the nearby Atlantis resort…maybe next time! But I am a fan of lighthouses, so I did like the little white Nassau Harbor Lighthouse that we passed as we left the port to head into the open ocean.
Farewell to Manhattan
A cruise out of New York City is a great way to see some of the waterfront sites from a somewhat elevated vantage point. On our way down to the Bahamas on this cruise a few years ago, we had some great weather to catch views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Lower Manhattan. We also had some nice views as we returned at the end of the trip, but we weren’t nearly as excited about seeing the city again…we definitely would have preferred to see more sandy beaches and tropical waters!
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
The capital and largest city of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie is a bustling port town of about 19,000 people. We visited the city on our honeymoon cruise, but did not really explore much outside of the busy downtown area. This view of the city and its harbor was taken on the docks at the base of our cruise ship. Upwards of 1.4 million cruise passengers visit this port of call annually, and I believe two other ships were in port on this day.
Disney Wonder in the Morn
Although it’s not necessarily easy to get up early on a cruise vacation, I’d definitely suggest doing so at least once to watch the sun rise over the horizon. In addition to watching the sunrise, it’s also quite relaxing to walk around the open air decks of the ship with hardly another person around. This cruise, aboard the Disney Wonder, was my first ocean cruise, and we all had a great time. I think this was the only morning I woke up early, and it was the last morning on the ocean before the end of our trip, so I’m glad I forced myself to get out of bed!
Grand Turk from Above
I cannot recall how tall our cruise ship was (although I believe about 11 stories), but while it was docked at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos, I’m pretty sure it was the tallest structure on the island. As we departed the island for our next destination in a Bahamas cruise, we enjoyed some great views of the island and its bright blue surrounding waters.
Ellis Island – Gateway to America
From Annie Moore, an Irish girl who arrived in the United States in 1892, to a Norwegian by the name of Arne Peterssen who arrived in 1954, millions of immigrants passed through Ellis Island to begin their lives anew in America. In fact, it is estimated that 12 million immigrants passed through this building (or an earlier form of it) between the first and last people noted above. The island now hosts a museum managed by the National Park Service, and while I haven’t yet visited, I did get a chance to view the island as we passed by on our cruise ship heading out of New York Harbor.