Eastern Caribbean - April 2005

This was a 7 day Eastern cruise aboard Holland America's Zuiderdam.

We arrived in Ft Lauderdale the night before our cruise and stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66.  The following are some of the "little boats" around the area.


This one is the "Queen M".  Number 37 on Power and Motoryacht's World's 100 largest yacht's list.  238 feet.






This is Excellence III.  Number 25 on Power and Motoryacht's America's 100 largest yachts list.  187 feet.





And a really BIG boat, err ship.  The Caribbean Princess.  





Celebrity Century waits to unload her guests and take on some more for another week.





Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas before she was lengthened by 73 feet in May/June 2005.


And behind her, our ship for the week.  The Zuiderdam.






Wide shot of Port Everglades.






The Battered Bull.

 Number 43 on Power and Motoryacht's America's 100 largest yachts list.  170 feet.





The view up the canal (looking west) across from Pier 66.





Looking East along Pier 66.






A few more of the yacht's at Pier 66.  The Hyatt in the background.






Our cabin for this cruise.






Looking into the cabin.






Looking from the Verandah in.





The Queen (Cunard's Queen Mary 2) approaching St Thomas with us in the early morning.





Pilot boat fun.






Pilot getting ready to "hop" aboard.






As seen in the previous shot.  The Norwegian Crown.





First time we docked at the old sub base in St Thomas.  This is the channel going in.






A quick look to the right shows a pretty sunrise.





Downtown Charlotte Amalie.  (Where women go shopping for jewels and men get poor)





The booze barge getting ready for another day of partying.













Pulling in to our pier.





Another shot of the pier.   We ended up on the right side and Celebrity Century on the left.






To the far left is another channel coming into the sub base.










Century coming in.





The yacht Starfire.  178 feet.  She's winters in the Caribbean, summers in the Med.  Available for Charter.  Low rate is $190,000 per wk U.S.  How rate is $250,000 per wk.





The Windjammer Barefoot Cruises S.V. Legacy at Road Town, Tortola.





Downtown Road Town Tortola, B.V.I.

The capital of the B.V.I.





Panning left around the bay.





Further left.





A little more
















Another view of the S.V. Legacy.







A pretty lady standing in front of a couple of pretty ladies (Volendam, Zuiderdam).





Looking west from Tortola.





North and west.





A prison on one of those outer islands pictured above.  Don't remember which one.  Hmmm.  Beautiful, warm, sunny.  Kinda makes you want to go to jail.





More scenic shots that looked better when I took them.  :-)





The harbor as viewed from Above.  The Volendam is in the foreground with Zuiderdam behind her.






Looking down on Road Town






Horse race track on Tortola.






One of the bays





The track and bay.






Another beautiful bay on Tortola.





Some more of the coastline.





This is the end of our road trip to the end of the island opposite Road Town.  This is Soper's Hole marina.  Here, we boarded a boat for a sea view of Tortola.  Looking right.






Looking straight out.





Looking left.





Further left.





The bar/restaurant and shops in Soper's Hole.





Dingy parking.


I love this place.  It is the perfect little marina.





Leaving Soper's Hole.





Cave diving on one of the islands just off Road Town.





A sea view of the Zuiderdam.


Our cabin was in line with the funnels in this shot and above the lifeboats.






Just above and right of the window with no balcony.





Another shot of the HAL ladies.





Atlantis hotel and casino as we enter Nassau harbor.





The ships that were already there when we arrived.






Another view of Atlantis.





Entering the harbor.




We're headed for the hole to the left.


Ships left to right: Seven Seas Mariner, Disney Wonder, Norwegian Dawn, Carnival Fantasy.





Snapper coming to assist of needed.  Our mighty Zuiderdam needed no help this day.





The Baroness passes by.  She';s a 121 foot charter yacht.  Low rate $50,000 U.S. per wk, high rate $53,000 U.S. per wk.






See how I knew the name?





They have a small fleet (at least 3 or 4) of these wild police boats with triple outboard power.





We were turning around to back into our spot and I could swear this ship was going to hit us.




Very close.





Anyone want a car?





He made it.





If you can't offer tug services, go fishing.





Another shot of the police.






The Lady Jenn.  A 136 footer available for Charter.

Low rate: $75,000 U.S. per wk, High rate $85,000 U.S. per wk. 







The Mickey Mouse Ship.  :-)





A glimpse of the Norwegian Dawn.  A couple weeks after this picture, the ship was hit by a big wave and windows in the front of the ship were broken all the way up on deck 9 or 10.  60+ cabins flodded.  Quite a mess.