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AOS 11-July-2004 Pictures

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Sglevy. Incredible photographs! You certainly have a skill for lining up the shots.

 

The AOS was our first cruise and your pictures brought a number of memories flooding back. Thanks for helping me relive the trip (everything but the hair braids!).

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Here is a quick summary of the beaches we did:

 

Aruba - Baby Beach - okay for snorkeling, very calm water for swimming, limited facilities, free to enter, about a 30 minute drive from the ship

 

Curacao - Seaquarium Beach - very pretty beach, not good for snorkeling, very calm water, facilities were good, $3 per person

 

St. Maarten - Dawn's Beach - very nice beach, too rough to snorkel, good swimming if you like some waves, good facilities, we enjoyed lunch at Mr. Busby's, free to enter

 

St. Thomas - Coki Beach - narrow beach, great for snorkeling and diving, we did our first scuba dives ever with Coki Beach Dive Club (highly recommended), facilities okay, free

 

We enjoyed each beach, but for different reasons. I recommend going to the beach first thing in the morning. If you want to shop or do some other excursion, leave that for the afternoon.

 

Sandy

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Just got my pictures posted from the Adventure trip. We did the Aruba itinerary. All four islands were great. We all loved this trip and RCI.

 

Here's the link: http://www.pbase.com/sglevy/cruise2004&page=1

 

Hope you like the pictures. Let me know what you think.

 

Sandy

 

Thanks for sharing your photos with us. These are absolutely the best photo's be far, that I have seen posted.

 

Can you tell me where you were in photo DSC_2484 ?? I'm putting on my swimsuit now and on my way.... thanks!

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Thanks for the generous comments. The beach in that picture runs right next to the main shopping street in Phillipsburg, St Maarten. It's very convenient from the ship. We actually didn't spend any time there. I just walked over to grab a few pictures because I saw the view of the ships while we were doing some shopping. It does look very inviting.

 

FYI, the other ship is the Golden Princess. It was docked next to us in San Juan, St Maarten and in St Thomas.

 

Sandy

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Sandy,

 

Absolutely great pictures. The one of the town in Curacao was spectacular. That needs to be sent into RCI for their magazine and/or their best photo contest.

 

We are on this ship, same itinerary Nov 28th. Can't wait. I have done all the these islands before and just love them!

 

Thanks for sharing your memories! :)

 

Cindy ;)

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Thanks. Maybe I should send it in. That shot was taken from the ship with a zoom lens. You didn't even need to leave deck 12 to catch the great scenery.

 

Sandy

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Hi:

I found your post and remember that a couple of days (maybe weeks ago:rolleyes: ) you ask for some nice places to go to dance in Puerto Rico.

 

Here are my recommendations:

1. Marriot Hotel is one of the best places (security, great atmosphere, and superb music). But keep in mind that because is one of the best places there is a lot of people, specially Friday niht.

2. Condado Plaza Hotel: also a great place, more "access control". Some times restricted to hotel guest only (because is very popular also).

3. Your own hotel (Old San Juan Wyndham) have a band in the lobby. It's not as great as the other places, but it's good.

 

Why I know this? Because I live in PR and have been there. My top choice: Marriot Hotel. Enjoy!!!:)

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Sandy, gorgeous pictures. I was on the cruise the same time you were. You took all the pictures I wanted to take, but never got around to it. Loved the one in the dining room with the chandelier. . .I loved that chandelier. . . .:D

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Hi:

I found your post and remember that a couple of days (maybe weeks ago:rolleyes: ) you ask for some nice places to go to dance in Puerto Rico.

 

Here are my recommendations:

1. Marriot Hotel is one of the best places (security, great atmosphere, and superb music). But keep in mind that because is one of the best places there is a lot of people, specially Friday niht.

2. Condado Plaza Hotel: also a great place, more "access control". Some times restricted to hotel guest only (because is very popular also).

3. Your own hotel (Old San Juan Wyndham) have a band in the lobby. It's not as great as the other places, but it's good.

 

Why I know this? Because I live in PR and have been there. My top choice: Marriot Hotel. Enjoy!!!:)

 

How sweet! Thank you for your recommendations.

 

The last time I was in San Juan we ate at Baru, restaurant in Old San Juan. Fun time, fun people and I now recall that some of the locals at the bar there told us about the Marriott being the best. Thanks for reminding me of that.

We are staying at the Wyndham El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde. It has a private beach and we really want beach time. But what I hear about that hotel is that it has so many bars and restaurants inside.

 

Thank you once again for the information! Love Puerto Rico!!

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Thanks. Maybe I should send it in. That shot was taken from the ship with a zoom lens. You didn't even need to leave deck 12 to catch the great scenery.

 

Sandy

 

Sglevy, what type of camera did you use, etc.? Wonderful pictures ...outstanding!!!

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For all those who asked, the camera is a Nikon D70, a 6 megapixel digital SLR. Most of the pictures were taken with an 18-70mm lens. For some of them I used the 70-300mm G telephoto zoom. This is definitely a great camera, but I like to think the photographer had something to do with the quality of the pictures. ;)

 

Sandy

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Awesome Pix:) We were on the same cruise too and really loved it! Thanks for bringing back some memories! Wish we were going again soon!

 

Great underwater pictures! I am going to look for your underwater camera for our next cruise. The disposable cameras just don't capture the color and beauty like your camera did!

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Yes, we've actually already booked the Majesty for next summer. Can't wait to go back.

 

Cruizeblues - Underwater pictures are not easy to get. What you saw were four or five shots of nearly 100 that I took. Using a real camera is a lot better than one of those disposable things. I use an older 3 megapixel Minolta digital camera in a special underwater enclosure. I wouldn't take the good camera in the water.

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