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Bambi
02-13-2013, 03:52 PM
Last week my husband and I went our first ever cruise. It was to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary (which was in august but that seemed a silly time to cruise). This was a real vacation we started in Miami, headed to Cozumel and Key West and then back to Miami (mon-friday). I did take my camera but I left in the room a fair amount and just tried to enjoy the time we had together. Work has been stressful and the winter has been hard so it was so nice to step off of the plane in Miami and feel the warmth and smell plants growing. You forget how barren of smells winter is.

Downtown Miami was much cleaner then I anticipated.
a 3 shot pano of the harbour:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8240/8468116330_d2d5f0de16_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468116330/)
harbour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468116330/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

Ed and I enjoyed a stroll around the waterfront and eating outside.
this is Freedom Tower at sunset:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8381/8467019647_57c97940c5_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467019647/)
freedom tower at sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467019647/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

a close up of the door:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8467021019_f866686b44_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467021019/)
freedom tower door (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467021019/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr
the next day we headed to the terminal:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8247/8468136194_41da0a3751_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468136194/)
terminal (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468136194/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

I'll bore you later with more photos of our trip.

Randitola
02-13-2013, 05:02 PM
Happy Anniversary (belated). I love the door - great colours in that photo! I will have to live vicariously through your photos as I'm still stuck up here in a cold Canadian winter!!!!!

Iguanasan
02-13-2013, 06:44 PM
Some nice images there, Bambi. Congrats on the anniversary!

It's a good trip, Randitola... I've been living vicariously through her images as well :)

Hillbillygirl
02-13-2013, 08:13 PM
Congrat's firstly on your Anniversary Bambi.
Lovely images. That pano is beautiful, and the door shot is so nicely detailed. Actually, so much clarity on both.
The terminal shot is just perfectly composed, and oh so interesting.
Very well done on all, can't pick a fav. actually as like them all so much. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more.

Bambi
02-13-2013, 09:40 PM
thank you guys. the nice thing about taking photos is that I can relive it as well.
These were taken as we pulled out of Miami

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8468133424_f2db037451_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468133424/)
miami skyline (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468133424/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8468130720_31c3201a13_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468130720/)
southpoint miami (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468130720/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8102/8468129310_1861b2009b_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468129310/)
miami beach (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468129310/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

our escort out:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8387/8468131482_d18dd5f0c8_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468131482/)
coast guard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468131482/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

time to start relaxing
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8376/8468127712_d7b5ba8fbb_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468127712/)
sail away (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468127712/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

John Marks
02-14-2013, 10:19 AM
I love that Freedom Tower Door shot. Beautiful.
Rest are nice too, but that's my fav!

Matt K.
02-14-2013, 01:21 PM
belated congrats on your anniversary as well, Bambi. Nice to see some folks make it for longer than a couple of years together. Wife and I will be married 37 years this fall. And great shots to boot. Love the "sail away" shot. Just great. Having said this: I see the big cruise ships here in Kona and in Hilo, and I am thinking|: you could not get me on one of those if you dragged me on it. Then again, it is most likely very relaxing, cause you are catered to all hours of the day. And it gives you opportunity to view the world from a different angle. Your panos are very nicely done as well, btw.

Bambi
02-14-2013, 06:13 PM
belated congrats on your anniversary as well, Bambi. Nice to see some folks make it for longer than a couple of years together. Wife and I will be married 37 years this fall. And great shots to boot. Love the "sail away" shot. Just great. Having said this: I see the big cruise ships here in Kona and in Hilo, and I am thinking|: you could not get me on one of those if you dragged me on it. Then again, it is most likely very relaxing, cause you are catered to all hours of the day. And it gives you opportunity to view the world from a different angle. Your panos are very nicely done as well, btw.

thank you.
We were not sure if we were 'cruise people'. I did enjoy a lot about it- the not having to worry about transportation from one spot to another, or where we were going to eat. I would go again but part of me really wants to go on a European river cruise.

Here's some of the first night's sunset:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8089/8467032341_fce439bc9a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467032341/)
sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467032341/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8382/8467031911_967e8656fb_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467031911/)
sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467031911/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

after a day at sea we landed at Cozumel- a small island off the coast of Mexico. I would return there in a heartbeat. Here's the boat at dock:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8468175350_6668a55756_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468175350/)
ship at cozumel dock (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468175350/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

QuietOne
02-17-2013, 02:20 AM
Congrats on your anniversary. Looks like you had a wonderful trip.

Runmonty
02-17-2013, 04:05 AM
Looks like a lovely holiday. Thanks for taking us along. Happy Anniversary too

Loving them all but just a couple of specific comments

#2 - that sky is quite amazing
#4 - well seen and nicely composed. I like your imagination here
Really liking the scenes of Miami- these type of shots can often be boring to me, but not yours- you have nailed them
Dig the perspective of the ship in port.

Keep em coming

casil403
02-17-2013, 12:08 PM
Great shots B.. it looks like such a relaxing and enjoyable time you both had. That tower shot is stunning!

Bambi
02-17-2013, 03:58 PM
thank you guys for the comments and feedback.
I was fascinated by the ships and fun with different perspectives on them:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8244/8482250710_967496798e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8482250710/)
prow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8482250710/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr


all in a row:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8468132690_873a6f2867_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468132690/)
ships at dock-TSC (three of a kind) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468132690/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr
this one is my fav of the boat shots:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8529/8477823324_456293ebf8_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8477823324/)
valley of ships (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8477823324/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

Matt K.
02-17-2013, 04:05 PM
Very nice additions here, Bambi. My absolute favorite is the prow. Love the leading lines and the perspective. Great eye, Bambi.

Bambi
02-22-2013, 06:07 PM
Thanks Matt :)

our first stop was Cozumel. This is jewel of an island off of Mexico. it only has one community and if it wasn't for tourism it probably would be just a small fishing village. Rather than go on a bus tour I booked a private taxi to take us around the island. Best $90 I spent. It was fabulous. Half of the island has no electricity. I'd go back there in a heartbeat.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8516/8476143448_cdd1f9828f_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8476143448/)
wave 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8476143448/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8506/8472623204_9a1b8d5d54_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8472623204/)
carribean2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8472623204/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8232/8471534883_e169b87007_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8471534883/)
rock crag (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8471534883/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8243/8469342732_b658393351_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8469342732/)
surf (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8469342732/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

and if you are tired of beach shots:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8241/8468238075_48fbd3dd13_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468238075/)
hibiscus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468238075/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

asnow
02-22-2013, 07:00 PM
What a great set Bambi. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. It looks like you had a fun time. They are all so good it's hard to pick favourites. I think the ones that stand out for me are;

- Freedom tower, the door, and the terminal one in the first post

- last pic in post #8 - like the perspective where it makes the large passenger ship look small compared to the cargo ship.

- the crashing wave in Cozumel in post #14

Bambi
02-26-2013, 03:04 PM
thanks Snow!
I hope people aren't getting bored but hey, it's my thread :D

On Cozumel there are Mayan ruins. The one in the Centre is dedicated to the Goddess Ix Chel. Mayan women would travel here if they were having trouble conceiving. We were able to get there ahead of the tour buses so had it largely to ourselves for a few hours. Once the tour buses arrived we left.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8366/8468154872_320c9f8e15_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468154872/)
ix chel temple (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468154872/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8514/8469334886_9b6ff1c44b_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8469334886/)
stone wall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8469334886/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8526/8468239127_a5c08b5ea6_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468239127/)
arch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8468239127/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

this is well. They are all interconnected underground across the whole island. In times of drought a sacrifice was given (virgin female of course).
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8085/8467068101_f8e5c087a6_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467068101/)
mayan well2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/8467068101/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

after we left our tour guide 'Alberto' teased me that I was going to go home pregnant now. I told him that it would require divine intervention! But if it did happen then it would be a boy and I would name him 'Alberto' because if that didn't get our home town talking nothing would! :laughing:

Jason
02-28-2013, 12:52 PM
These are great, Bambi! I love the Valley of Ships. And I'm a big Latin American history geek, so I really like those Mayan ruins.

Marko
02-28-2013, 01:40 PM
happy Anniversary big time! Thanks for sharing these fun pics.
Really diggin the tower in post 1 and the boat perspective in the last post

Mad Aussie
04-09-2013, 06:08 PM
25 yrs ... nice going! Next year will be our 30th. Thanks for taking us on the cruise ... very cool. Hard to choose a fav but I'm going with Valley of Ships ... that shot really shows the size of those behemoths well!