Monday, November 19, 2012

2012 HAL 11 night Noordam Southern Caribbean Cruise: Barbados; Dominica; Martinique; St. Lucia; St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Half Moon Cay

After our last 2 November Caribbean cruises in less then ideal weather conditions, you would think we'ld learn not to cruise the Caribbean in hurricane season!  But we persisted and gave it another try.  This time we did our longest cruise yet---11 nights on the Noordam and had almost perfect weather the whole time!   We actually booked this cruise while we were on the Eurodam last year.

We started our trip with the 1200 mile drive from St. Louis to Fort Lauderdale.  Took us 2 days with a stopover in northern Florida.  Sure glad we had a Garmin!  Can't believe we use to travel anywhere without it!

I'm sure we elicited a few comments as we drove by in our packed car!

Our daughter, Angie, and son-in-law, Josh, had recently moved to the Fort Lauderdale area and asked us to bring a few items down to them.  So we stuffed the back of our Ford Escape full leaving just a tiny space for our pup, Roxy.  We brought her with us so Angie and Josh could watch her while we went off on our cruise.

We made it to Fort Lauderdale safe and sound and spent a couple days there before heading off on our cruise. 

Finally cruise day came ( Monday, Nov. 5th).