It’s summer in the southern hemisphere, which means long days and warm weather. Buenos Aires is a crowded and busy city, in contrast to the smaller town of Bariloche nestled among the mountains.
This year, my family and I spent Christmas in Cuenca and New Year’s in Quito, Ecuador—both cities are full of cathedrals and Spanish-style colonial architecture.
I started 2018 off with a weeklong cruise on board Holland America’s Eurodam, stopping at ports throughout the Caribbean
Our first port was Key West, Florida. A small island in the Florida Keys, Key West has a laid back atmosphere with plenty of shops and restaurants which cater to tourists.
Large cruise ships host thousands of guests and employees on each voyage. At each port, most people disembark, spend the day in port, and then return to the dock to re-board.
The next day, it was the port of Grand Turk, an island in Turks and Caicos. A beautiful white sand beach was located just off the dock , allowing visitors to swim literally feet from the cruise ship.
On board, celebrations raged around the pool as everyone counted down to midnight, complete with streamers, blowers, hats, champagne, a TV showing the Ball Drop in New York, and a melting ice sculpture, pictured here.