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12 February 2012 @ 08:46 pm
Done! Bahamas photos part 1  
Finally! I have at last finished uploading all the photos. Took forever. Four days really. I took around 500+ photos. Of those I uploaded 292. And now I need to narrow it down even further again so I can share with you guys in more detail what we did. I'll post the first day now and the last one tomorrow.

Fish lobby

This is the first thing we saw when we boarded the ship. This pretty lobby with the elevators and a fish statue.

Looking up at the elevators

Looking up the elevators. This is the view from deck 3 to deck 9.

Computer lab

This was the computer lab. As you see I hated how it was out in public. No privacy. That I could have put up with until I found out you had to pay and it was around $16 an hour. WTF? Screw that. It's free in hotels it should be free on the ship. I had other plans for my laptop anyway.

Model of the ship with side cut away

There was this cool model of the ship with a cut away side. I loved this. It's cool how it carried little cars. So everything under deck 3 was for cars.

The View. So colorful

This was at the back of the ship. It's a place called the view. It's for parties and performers. I loved all the pretty shinny stuff and the lit up floor. We came when no one was on so I got to enjoy it without any annoying parties.

Chris on colorful floor

Chris on the dance floor.


The blue carpet was one of my favorite things.

Slot machines

The casino had a funny name. The Wynmore.

Rio's dinner menu

The menu for Rio's. You know perhaps that menu item called "Shitake" should have been a warning sign for me since I did get sick here. I told Chris it didn't sound very appetizing when it sounds like Shit Take. Hehe.

Skinny Hallways

Look how thin the hallways are for the rooms. Good thing we're skinny though it was still a tight squeeze. The rooms had stars over them. Both times our has two. That's the lowest.

First birds in the Bahamas!

I got a great idea from a buddy on Flickr. When you travel anywhere new as soon as you get off your vessel take a pic of the first bird you see. It could be a new rare cool species or it could be something everyday. No luck this time. My first Bahamas bird was a common rock dove or city pigeon. Well at least they were a pretty dark color.

Bell Channel Inn hotel

The Bell Channel Inn Hotel.


So much better after having been on the ship's tiny room.

Balcony view with pool and boat

One of the views from our balcony. They have a boat to take people out scuba diving.


This was an arbor at Garden of the Groves. They had two nepenthes hanging that were in big need of pruning. I was happy though that I found the only two nepenthes in the park.

Red ChenillePlant

A Chenille Plant. I Love these fuzzy soft plants.

Cuban emerald?

Terrible lighting. I suck at bird photography. But this is a female Cuban Emerald hummingbird. I'm pleased to see a non US bird. The hummingbirds were very difficult to photograph and this is the only one I could get.

The labyrinth

This was a place called the Labyrinth. It's like a maze but you don't get lost. You follow the paths. I made it to the center and found an outlet. Hehe that was my prize. Chris and I played on this. I started from the outside and he started from the center. We met half way and made it to the opposite ends.

Chaple entrance

There was a nice little chapel.

More giant chimes

Outside of it they had these huge wind chimes. I love giant wind chimes. I've always wanted some because they are so bassy. But they're also expensive. One day I hope to have one.

Only budgie in the park

I also found the only budgie in the park. Loved his colors. But poor thing was in an aviary with lovebirds.

N. miranda pitcher

A Nepenthes miranda pitcher.

Jumex Mango Nectar

We found some new sodas too. I don't think I had this, but Chris drank it. I don't remember trying this drink.

That's it for the photos for now. Next half will be up tomorrow. The second half is better anyway.
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The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Cool Zoraksilvolf on February 13th, 2012 08:58 am (UTC)
Lovely photos! The ship ones are interesting. I love large ships, it's hard for me to imagine elevators on a ship. Also that ship model is awesome! I love seeing cutaways.
The little boat outside the hotel is neat too.
Des: Travelthagirion on February 13th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yes, cruise ships are wonderful. It's definitely worth saving up for a trip on one. I love the really big ships. They are incredible. The biggest one now I think is called Oasis of the Sea. I was looking at photos on Flickr yesterday and was floored. It was sailing into a town and was bigger than two of the buildings. This photo

I love models and cut aways too. That little model was one of the coolest things on the ship.
Yeah, it would have been nice to go on that little boat.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Zorak Ready For Summer!silvolf on February 13th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
OMG that ship is amazing!! I love seeing things like that. SO impressive!
Des: Mr. Krabs Surprisedthagirion on February 13th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
I know. I couldn't believe it. I'd love to go on that, but I can imagine that it would be SOOOO expensive. I think it holds 5,000 people. I looked at the other pics on there and it's neat because they show some of the inside and it does look like you're on a city. You forget it's a ship. They even had street signs. That made me laugh.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Obsessed?? WOT???silvolf on February 13th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Wow that's awesome! I wonder how big it is and how long it would take to walk from one end to the other.
Desthagirion on February 14th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
It's 1,181 feet long
236 feet above the water
74 ft depth. I think that's the width.
Not sure how long it would take to walk it. Depends how fast you walk.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Cool Zoraksilvolf on February 14th, 2012 08:41 am (UTC)
Wow, that's big lol! I'm sure it would take a while to walk it.
kabuldurkabuldur on February 13th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
First of all, I'd like to say, great photos! I liked the dolphim statue, the view of the elevators and the cutaway model of the ship. Yes, very cool how they had all those little cars and trucks in there.

Humming birds are ery small aren't they? And probably fast moving. I say congrats for getting a photo at all.
Des: Ruby Throated femalethagirion on February 13th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That model was so cute. It's amazing to get a sense of size when you see they can put cars and trucks in there.

Yes hummingbirds are very small about the size of finches and very fast. They're lit big insects. Yeah they usually don't cooperate.
actipton80actipton80 on February 13th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Cute little budgie. Taking its picture is something I would do or have mom do.

I love cruise ships. I don't even mind that you have to pay out the nose for internet because the internet is something I want to get away from when I'm on vacation. I like the cutaway model too. Fish with cabbage and beans for your entree. I wouldn't get that either.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on February 13th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Leave it to me to find the only budgie in a big park hehe. And the only nepenthes too.

Since I like to log almost every day and also keep up with photos I want to stay connected even when on vacation. I won't be online as much as I am when I'm home anyway since I know better. The point is to get out and see new things. Not be cooped up in an office. But I love LJ and now Flickr so I want to stay up to date with that. I couldn't do Flickr because the connection was bad and there were too many big photos anyway. But it was annoying doing them all once I got home.

That little model was neat. Since everyone liked it so much I'll post more pics of it soon. I like seafood but I didn't go for that. I couldn't understand half the menu so I had the top thing. Mostly the chicken and it was great. I wonder if that's what made me sick but it was so good.
Cheezey: Cheerful Bushrootcheezey on February 13th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Nice pics! That ship looks great, and lots of fun! I so want to go on a cruise someday. I also think that stone chapel with all the tropical plants around it made a pretty picture.
Des: Travelthagirion on February 13th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was lots of fun. Not the best as far as ships go but if it's your first time you'll like it. I highly recommend it. If you ever get a chance go on a cruise. I'm already thinking of doing this again on something better like Carnival or Royal Carribean. That chapel was really cute and there was no one there. The inside was with with pale blue. It was very relaxing.
Marianne E. B. Markham: Excited Charlie B. Barkinphspopular2002 on February 13th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
I haven't been on LJ much for some months. Thanks for the reminder on the friend add. Got that done. About time I did a new blog update soonish. First, I'm having a looksie at some of these awesome photos. :D

Was this your first trip to the Bahamas, Des? Of course I'd take a lot of pics too, if I was on a ship as neat as the one you were in. That fish statue was so pretty, and the elevators pic is such a wonderful shot.

Whooooa! The ship model is awesome. The ship in real-size must have been huge! 16 dollars an hour to use the computer on it is insane btw. The colorful dance floor is as colorful as the wheel on the logo of the Wheel of Fortune show. XD

The upside down cone-shaped chandeliers around the casino area, so neat... Pigeons in the Bahamas? That's a surprise to me.

Man oh man this trip must have been very, verrrry expensive! O.O You and Chris must have had a blast. I'll have to look at the rest of the pics later on.
Des: Travelthagirion on February 14th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for adding me back.

Yes it was my first time though Chris had been there a few times as a kid. It was his first cruise though.

It was pretty big. I have some pics of it I'll post from ground level.
Yeah, I was not going to pay that for internet. That's crazy.
That floor was so pretty! I loved it.
Pigeons are found world wide so it's not too surprising they were the first bird I saw there. Pigeons and English Sparrows can be found just about everywhere.

Actually it was rather cheap. Total with hotel it cost us about $600 not including things we bought and drinks or tips or taxis. Well worth it for a smaller ship and a short trip. We paid it over the last year so that helped. Yes we had a wonderful time and are talking about doing another one.
earthmother45earthmother45 on February 14th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on getting all your pictures together and up here so fast. I think that is one of the hardest things to do after returning from a trip. Bravo!

I like "Chris, as King of the Dance Floor!"

Your hotel room looks so tropical and inviting. I don't think I am claustrophobic, but I might have been in the ship's room.

I love labyrinths. I was going to make some in my back yard, once with plants and once with different stones.

That's so neat you got a picture of a hummingbird sitting still.

That pitcher plant looks like it has little fuzzy wings at the bottom.

I love wind chimes, too, and have a small collection of them. And I remembered how much you love chenille plants, too. Lots of your favorite things there.

You got some great pictures, Des. Going to see more now in your second set.
Des: Travelthagirion on February 14th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Four days felt so long. It was hard narrowing it down twice.

Yeah that's a neat colorful one.

The hotel was very nice. Loved the room. The hotel next door was terrible. They were loud and partied til 1:30am. We got very little sleep. I probably won't go back there again because of that. If only it weren't for that, because the service was excellent. Genie the manager drove us out to Garden of the Groves!

They look like they'd be hard to make. We had fun following the lines.

Yeah, I was so glad when she finally landed.

Yeah, they have wings running down the length of them.

I found out the ones I really like are called Corinthian Bells. I'm going to try to find one that's not too expensive. Yes, I love chenille plants. I really must get one.

Thanks. It was a lot of fun.