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ADDITIONAL PICTURES FROM THE
PANAMA CANAL  HOLIDAY CRUISE


A 14-day Christmas Holiday Adventure Aboard Holland America's Flagship, Rotterdam Cruising The Panama Canal
and Visiting the Western and Southern Caribbean Ports



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Half Moon Cay, one of the most beautiful of the Bahamans Islands is about 100 miles southeast of Nassau.  Formerly it was Little San Salvador Island. It is a now private island leased to Holland America by the Bahamian government.


All the facilities and activities one would expect are here on Half Moon Cay.  There is a wide variety of watersports, bar service, massage, tram transport, nature walks. and cabanas.

 
Puerto Limon is Costa Rica's main port,
sending bananas and other agricultural
products to the rest of the world.


A brilliant green lizard suns himself along the Touruguero Canals, a jungle waterway a few miles from Puerto Limon.



The Tortuguero is a bird watchers
paradise.  Spider monkeys, iguanas,
crocodiles and sloths also inhabit
the jungle around the canals.


A typical business/residence/boat landing on the canal.



Look hard enough and you will see the
face of a three-toed sloth.


One of the Del Monte Banana Plantations near Puerto Limon.  The cables are for hauling the ripened banana bunches to the washing and sorting sheds.






Rotterdam's Explorer Lounge is a large
comfortable room with conversational
seating arrangements, live music and a bar.









The Rotterdam's Ocean Bar is another popular after-dinner lounge.



There's a live orchid plant on each
and every table in the Lido Restaurant.


In the Crows' Nest Bar you will find this 17th Century Dutch bow canon.



Times Square is located in the Atrium
on the Lower Promenade Deck.


These are some of the life-size replicas of the famous Chinese Terra Cota statues which Holland America has aboard the Rotterdam.




Joel, is one of the most personable and popular member of the Rotterdam's service staff.  He is in charge of the Java Cafe, where you can get great cappuccino and good conversation throughout the whole day.




Java Cafe


The shows were spectacular on the Rotterdam. The resident performers and musicians were the best of any cruise we've been on.



Our waiter brings the flaming desert.
Actually it's just sparklers.



The top of the Atrium statuary viewed from the Upper Promenade Deck.


Entering the Panama Canal at
the Gatun Locks just after dawn.


One of the "mule" locomotives which help keep the ship centered in the canal.




In the San Blas Islands the colorful Cuna Indian women gather about the boat landing to sell their molas which are panels of hand stitched reverse applique using several layers of cloth. The origin of the mola is uncertain.












TRIP REPORTS,
PHOTO ESSAYS
and
TRAVEL PAGES


The ROTTERDAM
South America
and
Antarctica Cruise



Pictures of
ANTARCTICA
in Slide Format



The ROTTERDAM
Mediterranean Cruise



The
Sailing Ship
S/V POLYNESIA
cruising the
Leeward Islands



The ROTTERDAM
Panama Canal Cruise



PUERTO VALLARTA
Pictures



The NOORDAM
Mediterranian Cruise
2000


The RYNDAM
Mexican Riviera
Cruise


The M/V NOORDAM
Caribbean Cruise


The
SCHOONER LEGACY
cruising the
ABC Islands


M/V AMAZING GRACE
Sailing From
Trinidad to Tahiti


The
AMAZING GRACE
in the Caribbean
A Trip Report


HMS SURPRISE
The Maritime Museum
of San Diego



The PANAMA CANAL
Pictures



The Pictures from
TAHITI, BORA BORA
and MOOREA



HILL AFB
Historic Military
Aircraft Pictures



JAMMERLINKS
A Resource Page
For Windjammer
Sailing Fans



The
LAS VEGAS Pictures



The HEBER CREEPER


The GOLDEN SPIKE
Historic Site



FORTOGDEN
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OTHER

WEB PAGES


NAUTICAL TERMS
Used in
COMMON EXPRESSIONS



THE WIT AND
WISDOM OF
STEVEN WRIGHT



THE MYSTERY of
THE MARY CELESTE



The BATTLE of
THE SAINTES



TRASHY SIGNS,
SLOGANS & OFFICE MOTTOS



YOU MIGHT BE
a REDNECK If...




The DANCING
BABIES' DISCO




FORTOGDEN
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Curacao has one of the most colorful harbors in the Caribbean.  Cruise ships dock in Willemstad right under the Queen Juliana bridge.


A view of Willemstad from the Queen Juliana bridge.



Downtown Oranjestad, Aruba




The Celebrity Cruise Lines, Infinity was also at the Oranjestad dock.  The late afternoon shadows accentuated the sculpted lines of the ship.




Here's a two things to see and do when you are in Key West.





When we returned to Fort Lauderdale, we were the first ship in Port Everglades harbor just after dawn.  Right behind us came the magnificent Queen Elizabeth 2.  She has been sold and will become a floating Hotel in Dubai after her final voyage for Cunard in November 2008.



Go to the Rotterdam Holiday Cruise Trip Report  

Go to the Rotterdam Holiday Cruise Slide Presentation  




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