By Danielle Alcorn, Age 9
|Boarding the Voyager of the
Seas, March 12, 2000.
|Cabin 1284 showing bar and
|Reverse view of living room, bar
and dressing area.
|Living room and bedroom with
double balcony in rear.
|Balcony, showing the terminal in
|Bathroom. There is also a spacious
Jacuzzi tub not visible.
|Danielle peeking through the
“wall” that separates the bedroom and living room.
|This is the three story high
“centrum” that run down the middle of the ship. It’s actually
more like ten stories high at either end. There are shops, restaurants,
bars and a casino on the lowest level of the middle section. The dining
rooms are at one end, and the showrooms at the other.
|The magnificent three-story
|The roman themed pool, for the
|And the main pools.|
|The obligatory “King of the
|Life boat drill. Yawn.|
|Yes, there really is a miniature golf course (and a real ice-skating rink) on this ship. It
was actually a great course, except that the wind made it a bit
challenging. Danielle won, fair and square.
|Pirate attack in the dining
|The concierge lounge was open to
guests in the suites. Danielle and I spent some time there, playing
games, and I worked on my novel there one day. There were complimentary
cocktails and hors d’oeuvres every evening.
|View of Labadee, Haiti from our
|I could only fit half the ship
in this picture from Labadee.
|That buoy must be very securely
|Fisherman near La Amiga island
at Labadee, where we went on Danielle’s first ocean snorkeling trip.
|Approaching La Amiga.|
|Danielle’s first ocean
|About 200 yards off La Amiga,
with Haiti in the distance.
|Above the coral reef. She did
|These tenders took us back from
Labadee to the ship. They seat several hundred people, but look how the
voyager dwarfs them.
|With the Captain, first formal
|Touring Ocho Rios, Jamaica.|
|One of the tractor-drawn jitneys
at the Brimmer Hall Plantation.
|This is the stalk of the banana
tree. See that section hanging by the fiber mesh? It just pulls apart to
form the mesh naturally. They use it for a wide variety of things,
including women’s hose!
|Cocoa beans. He made me suck on
one. They’re slimy! It’s a long way from there to chocolate.
|Climbing a coconut tree with a
hemp rope. It’s a common tourist scam to offer you a rope as a souvenir,
and then collect $5 for it. (“They’re $10 in the shop, but for
you…”) This stunt is particularly effective with kids. Needless
to say, we now own this useful household device.
|The arbor at the plantation. If
you can’t climb with it, you can always use the hemp rope as a garland.
|Yes, we really climbed 900 feet
of this waterfall at Dunn River.
|And it felt great.|
|The midnight buffet on Thursday.
We slept, Linda photographed it.
|Butter swan and vegetable chess
|We took a ferry from Cozumel to
Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan peninsula. Senor Frog’s is the first
place you pass as you get off. “Sorry We Are Open”.
|Our guide on the way to the
Mayan city of Tulum, or possibly Tulun. Tulum means “Wall”.
Tulun means “Swamp”.
|Looks more like a wall than a
|Find the iguana.|
|Tulum is the only city that the
Mayans built along the coast. Pity. It was a delightful breeze.
|And a great beach.|
|It was hot-hot-hot.|
|Swimming in the lagoon at Xel-Ha
(pronounced shell ha). After the heat of Tulum, it felt great.
|More Xel-Ha. This floating thing
had a spinning section you were supposed to walk across.
|Relaxing in a hammock at Xel-Ha.|
|Danielle’s act during the kid’s
talent show in Cleopatra’s Needle.
|Elias, our cabin steward, made
these wonderful towel animals for Danielle every evening. Here is his
|Monkey on Danielle’s Adventure
Ocean Kid’s Club Pillowcase.
|Is this what they mean by