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Great Retirement Celebration

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

I retired on 1/31 and 3 days later we went on an awesome cruise to celebrate. It was with Celebrity Cruiselines and it was called The Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise. This was our itinerary Miami, St Maarten, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba, then back to Miami. Here is our beautiful ship

Miami was beautiful and we had great weather for the whole trip.

Our ship was beautiful inside and out
It had a deck of living grass

And a beautiful piazza that spanned eight floors

Here we are looking across to the library and card room through the living tree that was suspended in the middle.
We saw gorgeous scenery

and heard steel drums at almost every port

And did some shopping

We went to a banana plantation

and saw some local wild life

Went to an Aloe Vera factory and learned all about how most Aloe Vera is artificial now and this is the only functioning farm left.

We went on a cave tour that was so much better than any cave tour we saw in the USA

and I got to sit in a huge Adirondack chair in Aruba

We went on a bunch of history tours. and heard depressing stuff about the slave trade in the area and also unfortunately saw some hurricane damage

Even the days onboard the ship with no ports were fabulous
Our cabin steward was very creative with our towels

Celebrity has a contract with Corning Glass blowers
There was a show on each sea day

We celebrated Valentine's day on board

and every woman got a long stem rose at dinner

It was a wonderful trip and a perfect celebration for retirement

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