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Family Reunion Day 1 – Key West

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Key West Island and postcard 

Key West view from the ship  Clouds in Key West

The first port of call was Key West, Florida. Some of our family members went on “snuba” adventures, snorkeling in the turquoise waters.

  The Cosgrove House 1 The Cosgrove House sign

feral Key West chickens   Key West Chicken souvenirs  Feral Rooster

Key West feral chickens and chicken souvenirs

Don and I decided to take it easy and wander around Key West – it was a short port of call, and we’d set sail by 1pm. We walked along tree-lined streets, enjoying the flowering trees and historic homes. The air was steamy and humid. We were thankful it was early in the day!

rent an electric cart!  inviting outdoor dining

Key West is famed for many things Рelectric carts and feral chickens, which live wild and free where ever they please. Gift shops sell Chicken souvenirs, too!

Our goal in Key Westto eat a slice of Key Lime Pie. We walked in search of the Blond Giraffe Key Lime Factory. The pie-making operation was not working that morning, so I found an Internet image to see what it WOULD have looked like!

Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory  Jan at Blond Giraffe

Blond Giraffe sign, Key West  Key Lime Meringe pie

Once our pie was eaten, we walked back and boarded the ship. It was heavenly to be back in the cool air aboard ship! It must take more than one morning to adjust to the steamy climate!

the cruise ship at the pier in Key West

Family Reunion

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas

This year, my family reunion was held aboard the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. What a terrific experience!

We stand at the rail as the ship pulls away from the pier.

All of our family members flew to Fort Lauderdale, FL. We boarded the ship on July 7, and set sail about 5 pm. It was exciting to stand at the rail¬†of the ship’s bow as we pulled away from the pier, and hear the mighty ship’s horn!

The evacuation drill!

The first order of the cruise was the lifeboat drill, as every passenger joins the crew on the deck to learn where the life boats are, and what to do in the unlikely event of evacuation. 





three sisters

Of course, my sisters and I tried on our new swimsuits, sat in the SHADE and drank margaritas!

It was a great day, and the cruise had just begun!