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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.

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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.

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

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

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And the open bar didn’t hurt either.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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A view inside the factory.

Our last stop was the Hato Caves,

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

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All too soon our tour was over.

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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

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

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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

Pam,
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

Pam,
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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