Our Trip to Europe
April 29 - June 26 2005

Page 1 - Cruise Across the Atlantic

Our trip began on April 29th with a flight from Burlington, Vermont to Tampa, Florida, where we spent the night at Steve's and Karen's.  Steve's mother Robyn joined us for dinner that evening.
Clockwise from left:  Lynda, Pete, Karen, Robyn, Steve. Lynda and Karen near the port in Tampa, shortly before our boarding.

On Sunday, April 30th at noon, we boarded our ship, Splendour of the Seas and began our cruise across the Atlantic.  The ship was one of Royal Carribbean Cruise Lines vessels and was being repositioned to Barcelona from where it will sail the Mediterranean during the summer months.  To our surprise, the ship's climbing wall was open even though we had not yet set sail -- unusual in our experience.  But, since it was available, we decided to take advantage of it and try out our skills.
Pete trying to show good technique. Lynda hit one of the more difficult routes
on the first day!

Before sailing, Lynda calls home. Then, the safety drill! All set

The central Atrium. Elevator (*) Our favorite bar.

* We managed to do the entire 14-day cruise without using the ship's elevators even once. How about that for controlling the waistline!! :-)
Our Chamboird Martini waiters The dining room crew.
Our first port of call was Key West.  Having been there multiple times already, we were looking to visit something we had not yet seen -- a Butterfly Farm.  There were a bunch of beautiful butterflies, as expected.
More Key West and ship activities on Monday, May 1st.


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