Caribbean on The Voyager of the Seas 2000

By Danielle Alcorn, Age 9
and Steve Alcorn, Age 44

For Spring Break 2000, we took a cruise on the Royal Caribbean Voyager of
the Seas, the largest cruise ship afloat. It’s 1/3 bigger than an
aircraft carrier!

We drove to Miami to catch the ship. When we saw it, we couldn’t
believe how huge the Voyager Of The Seas was. Our cabin was beautiful,
and the public areas were even nicer.

Our first stop was Labadee, Haiti. Dad and I went snorkeling on a
coral reef with FISH (so obviously mom didn’t go – she’s afraid of
them). She sat on the beach and read. It was my first ocean snorkeling
trip. We went WAY out there.

Stop two was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We all went on an hour tour of
Brimmer Hall Plantation, where they grow bananas, sugar cane and lots of
other crops. Then we climbed up Dunn River Falls. Awesome. Mom got a
little concerned (she was convinced she was going to die) half way up,
but Dad and I climbed all the way.

Our last stop Mexico. We landed in Cozumel and took a ferry to Playa
del Carmen, then a bus to the Mayan ruins at Tulum. The Mayans believed
that if you were different you were special: one king had six fingers,
red hair, was seven feet tall and lived to be 84 years old. It was HOT
at Tulum. Afterward we went to Xel-Ha to go cool down. Uh oh… more
fish, so Mom stayed hot.

In addition to the ports, we spent several days at sea, but it
wasn’t boring at all. The kids program on the ship was great: Age 3-5
were Aquanauts, 6-8 were Explorers (that’s where I went, even though I
just turned 9), and 9-12 where Voyagers. The last day we even had a
talent show.

The people on the ship were really nice, especially our cabin
steward. He made me different animals out of towels: a dog, swan, monkey
and an elephant.

Well that wraps up my vacation. It was a GREAT trip.

Danielle

Boarding the Voyager of the
Seas, March 12, 2000.
Cabin 1284 showing bar and
living room.
Reverse view of living room, bar
and dressing area.
Bedroom.
Living room and bedroom with
double balcony in rear.
Balcony, showing the terminal in
Miami.
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
dining room.
The roman themed pool, for the
adults.
And the main pools.
The obligatory “King of the
World” shot.
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
room..
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
balcony.
I could only fit half the ship
in this picture from Labadee.
That buoy must be very securely
anchored.
Fisherman near La Amiga island
at Labadee, where we went on Danielle’s first ocean snorkeling trip.
Approaching La Amiga.
Danielle’s first ocean
snorkeling trip.
About 200 yards off La Amiga,
with Haiti in the distance.
Above the coral reef. She did
great.
After snorkeling.
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
night.
Smile, mon.
Touring Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
One of the tractor-drawn jitneys
at the Brimmer Hall Plantation.
Carrying bananas.
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
pieces.
Bread animals.
Egg penguins.
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
swamp.
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
Dog.
Swan.
Elephant.
Monkey on Danielle’s Adventure
Ocean Kid’s Club Pillowcase.
Is this what they mean by
“semi-formal”?
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