Cruise from New Orleans to Key West and the Bahamas
A group of 37 friends from our church, and a few relatives and friends of those friends, decided to take a midwinter cruise to the Caribbean. To avoid Super Bowl and Mardi Gras traffic and parking hassles, we rented a bus to take us and pick us up when we returned home. We were very glad we did!

On our way!

On board Carnival Conquest, cruising down the Mississippi River
Cruising down the Mississippi River (The shadow on the shore is the shadow of the cruiseship!)

Cruising down the Mississippi River at sunset

During our vacation, we celebrated a couple's 47th anniversary and my husband's birthday!
Rose and Joe's 47th anniversary!In the Monet dining room

On days at sea, our group had Bible study and prayer time gatherings. We heard a lesson from our senior adult pastor, and were challenged to share God's word with other guests and crew members.
Bible study/Prayer meeting
Bible study/Prayer meeting

Our first stop was Key West, where we had booked a glass bottom boat tour and Conch Train tour.
Key West, Florida
The water was rough for a small boat, and unfortunately I got seasick. I felt queasy afterwards, and we gave the Conch Train part of our ticket away and walked back to the ship. I'm sorry I missed the sights of Key West; I had been looking forward to it. I do hope we get to go back there!

Back on the ship, we played Joker with some friends.
Playing Joker on board (a game played with cards and marbles, similar to Aggravation)

In Freeport, Bahamas we walked around the little shopping square just outside the cruiseport.
Freeport, Bahamas
There was live music playing, so we listened awhile and danced, then bought a couple of CDs.
Freeport, Bahamas

In Nassau, Bahamas we took a van ride on the Historical Highlights Tour.
Nassau sightseeing from the van window
We saw the pink official government buildings
Nassau, Bahamas
and a statue of Christopher Columbus.
Nassau sightseeing

We got off the van to look around at Fort Fincastle, The Queen's Staircase, and the Water Tower
Nassau, Fort Fincastle
Nassau, looking down The Queen's StaircaseNassau, Bahamas, top of Water Tower

This is Eddie, our knowledgeable and entertaining driver and guide
Nassau sightseeing

We arrived home tired, but safe and sound. The next day, we began hearing of the tribulations of another Carnival cruiseship, the Triumph (see under the Current Events tab of this blog).

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