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SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE: Part 2, La Romana and Curacao

By Pam Asberry

Our second stop on our southern Caribbean cruise was the port city of La Romana, Dominican Republic.


My son and I decided to spend the day on the Bayahibe Beach Break, relaxing underneath the palm trees at the five-star BeLive resort.


Cloudy and gray, it wasn’t perfect beach weather.


But the palm trees provided great shelter from the intermittent rainfall.


And the open bar didn’t hurt either.


The next morning, our ship docked in Curacao. Curacao is a self-governing part of the Netherlands with a multi-cultural population with Duth, Papiamentu and English as official languages. It is also a major tourist destination boasting white beaches and beautiful waters.


Wanting to see as much of the island as possible in the short time we spent there, we opted for the ship-sponsored Discover Curacao Island Tour. Our first stop was the Curacao Museum, which features the works of well-known local contemporary artists along with objects representative of life in Curacao dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.


I’m glad I don’t have to do my writing on one of these.


Carillon dating from 1951.

From the museum, we ventured to Chobolobo, to see how the famous Blue Curacao liqueur is made and sample the wares.


Curacao liqueur comes in many flavors in addition to the traditional blue.


A view inside the factory.

Our last stop was the Hato Caves,


a dramatic collection of grottos filled with stalactites, stalagmites and crystal clear pools.


All too soon our tour was over.


Good-bye in many languages.

We had just enough time to stop at the local Starbucks for a spot of Wi-Fi and a souvenir mug


before heading back to the beautiful Carnival Freedom and a good night’s sleep before our final port day.


Come back next Friday and travel with us to our favorite port of the entire cruise, Aruba!

Mary Preston - March 21, 2014 - 3:58 am

Loving the pictures thank you. Having a drink while looking out at the ocean would be wonderful about now – or any time really.

Marilyn Baron - March 21, 2014 - 5:10 am

I love your travel posts and your lemons to lemonade attitude. It wasn’t good beach weather but the Palm trees protected us from the rain. And I think I recognize that typewriter. Aaargh!

Pam Asberry - March 21, 2014 - 8:22 am

You’ve got that right, Mary! I’m going on another cruise with a friend over spring break and it’s all I can do to wait!

Pam Asberry - March 21, 2014 - 8:23 am

I started to say “the worst day at the beach is better than the best day at work” but I didn’t want to come off sounding like I don’t like my job, Marilyn! HA!

Maxine - March 21, 2014 - 10:15 am

Pam, Love these posts and the pictures. Really makes me want to run away and take a cruise. It sounds like you had a fabulous time! Take my word for it, no, you don’t want to do much typing on those typewriters.

Sandra Elzie - March 21, 2014 - 10:59 am

Fantastic pictures. I want to get on the water!!!!! And I have one of those old typewriters…I don’t ever want to forget how I had to type up my first stories. (Handwritten and then transcribed since I didn’t want to retype and retype and retype pages when I added or deleted things)

See you next week!

Walt Mussell - March 21, 2014 - 11:02 am

Beaches and history, it sounds like a good trip.

Pam Asberry - March 21, 2014 - 12:14 pm

I learned to type on a typewriter like that, Maxine. It made me very happy to graduate to an IBM Selectric, LOL!

Pam Asberry - March 21, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Just this morning, I booked shore excursions for my spring break cruise, Sandy. 15 days!

Pam Asberry - March 21, 2014 - 12:16 pm

It was a great trip, Walt, arguably my favorite itinerary ever!

Sia Huff - March 21, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Sounds like a great time, Pam. Love the pictures and the relaxed atmosphere. I’m ready for some warm weather and sunshine. Thanks for sharing your cruise. Now I’m going back to see what I missed.

Pam Asberry - March 22, 2014 - 8:04 am

My pleasure, Sia! :-)

Susan Carlisle - March 22, 2014 - 10:14 am

You look like you were having too much fun. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Pam Asberry - March 22, 2014 - 10:16 am

They don’t call them “fun ships” for nothing, Susan! ;-)

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