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Cruise to the Caribbean

This was a trip of a lifetime.  I won the Cruise through my work at Interstate Hotels.  I invited Kathy Klein, a long-time friend of mine to go with me.  On April 18th we flew to Miami, spent two nights at the Marriott Doral Golf and Country Club, then boarded Royal Caribbean's "Freedom of The Seas" and headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and St. Maarten.  The trip was a week long leaving on Sunday April 20thth and returning to Miami on Sunday, April 27th.  Here area some pictures from my adventure.  If you put your mouse on the picture and click it, it will enlarge to full-size.


Doral Golf and Country Club by Marriott Miami, Florida

We flew from Tucson to Miami and spent 2 nights at this beautiful Marriott hotel in NW Miami.

Hidden away on the property was this lagoon.

Typical of South Florida, lots of Palms at the hotel

Another view of the Golf Course from my Suite in Miami.

Looking from my balcony at the hotel

Kathy and I rented a car and drove to Coconut Grove in Miami. This was taken at Peackock Park on Biscayne Bay

Kathy in Coconut Grove's Peacock Park

The famous CocoWalk in Coconut Grove. Kathy posing next to sign.

Cocowalk is a great little shopping plaza in the heart of Coconut Grove

Historic Courthouse in Coral Gables

Bayshore Drive in Miami, also known as US Highway 1

Kathy and I stopped here and took a walk next to Biscayne Bay

After living in Okeecobee for 2 years, I couldn't resist taking a picture of this sign to Okeechobee RD. Hwy 27 runs along the Lake rim all the way to Ocala.

Judy DiMeo and I together for the Interstate Hotels Awards DInner at the Doral.

Steve Ryan and his wife Raye. Steve is GM at Residence Inn Tucson and won the Cruise after being named General Manager of the Year 2007 for Crossroads Division of Interstate Hotels. Quite an honor.

Lisa and Megan

Orinthal (Obie) and LaToya

Myself with Kathy Klein.

Debbie Kapson. She's the Regional Sales Manager for Interstate Hotels.

Debbie and myself at Awards Dinner

Paul Filla and his wife Patty at Awards Dinner

Jeff and Gregory. They are from New York City. Jeff was one of the funniest and nicest guys I ever met. Everyone enjoyed his sense of humor.

Kathy couldn't resist taking a picture of this flower growing outside the hotel

Freedom of the Seas as we were docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old Spanish Fort San Juan, PR

The sign speaks for itself

This is the Capitol of Puerto Rico looking from the ship

Kathy and I posed for this picture in old San Juan

Paul Filla and his wife Patty in San Juan

As I stood on the balcony of our stateroom this was the view

Our port stop in Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands

On the beach in downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Looking from the balcony from our stateroom

The French-Netherlands Border in St. Maarten

Kathy and I shared a coconut in French side of St. Maarten

West Indies Mall in St. Martin (French spelling)

Kathy loves Volleyball and played every tournament she could while onboard.

Kathy waiting for a tournament

Kurt and Kathy in a Volleyball tournament

Leslie and John Freeman. Leslie is the Regional Sales Mgr for Crossroads. I was fascinated to find out she was the daugher of former Tampa mayor Nick Nuccio.

A little bit of Las Vegas on the Freedom of The Seas

On the Shipboard TV we could always see where we were.

Our stateroom on Freedom of The Seas

A Clean Shave - in the Royal Promenade onboard

Pilot Boat greeting our ship as we pulled into San Juan

Looking down to Miami as our plane took off to Dallas.