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a 70th Birthday
Should be Celebrated in a Special Way
Our celebration began on Monday, January 30, 2006
The day the cruise began we all made our way to the ship anxious to meet with friends we hadn't seen for quite a while.
Before we could board our ship we checked
in early at the Fort Lauderdale pier.
Of course checking in early meant sitting and
waiting before we could board our ship.
Some of us, such as Bob & Luann (Mitchell) Nelson and Bev & Shannon Jones, paused before boarding to have their "official" picture taken.
Out for a stroll around the desk are John & Rebekah Silkiner, Jean Anne (Dawson) Williams (Tom was AWOL), and Pat & Leroy Ganser.
George & Nanette (Preston) Hutton are old hands at cruising so they decided to relax with a cup of coffee.
Jean Anne (Dawson) Williams and Sandra (Biurvall) Nester enjoy the sea breeze as the ship departs.
In one of the hallways the Ducate twins
talked with Ramah (Edwards) Rembold
and Shirley (Peterman) Wheatley.
Shirley (Peterman) Wheatley said she was ready.

Some of those sitting and waiting shown here are Ray Jackson and Glenna (Ellis) Marshall, Clark & Sally Smith, Ron & Barb (Fuller) Comer, Sandy (Biurvall) & Norman Nester, and Kay (Harkins) Gangel.

Waiting wasn't really so bad
since it gave us time to
with our high school friends.
Once onboard Bob & Donna (Hargis) Kissinger, Luann (Mitchell) Nelson and Bev Jones were all smiles.
While bracing against the wind as the ship moved away from shore Leroy Ganser and Tom Williams waved at us.
Liz (Crosby) Bonner took this photo of her husband Leslie standing with Rodman & Shirley (Ducate) Hoffman and David & Sharon (Ducate) Bedinger.
Charlie McGehee smiling as always had his Nikon camera ready for the occasion
Lois Garner Hightower and her traveling companion Nancy Gabriel are all smiles and ready to shoot some classic photos.
Shirley (Richardson) Scammahorn and her daughter Cathy Brock were at the rail anxious to set sail too.
Now you tell me if Earl & Margie Crawford and Doug & Georgia Mattenlee don't have the right way to start enjoying a cruise down to a science!!
Robert Kissinger thought it best to safely stand back ---
--- as wife Donna (Hargis) Kissinger and Carolyn (Needles) Copeland
 engaged in girl talk with Jean Ann (Dawson) Williams.
Our ship - The Enchantment of the Seas -
was big and beautiful
However, before we could hit the high  seas there was one drill familiar to all who go on a cruise.
Once the crew was assured we knew how to put on our life jackets and take them off safely without becoming entangled in the straps we were ready for our voyage to begin.
Our cruise would take us to Key West on Tuesday.
Wednesday we would ride the tenders into Cozumel.
We did the same when we visited Belize on Thursday
Friday was a sea day and something SPECIAL
was planned for that afternoon
On Saturday morning we would return to our point of
origin in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
This happy group is getting the cruise started right by relaxing  with a cool drink before the end of the first day.
From left to right are: Leslie Bonner, Rodman Hoffman, David Bedinger, Shirley (Ducate) Hoffman, and Sharon (Ducate) Bedinger.
But the first day was not over yet!
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The First Evening New River Safari - Lamanai
  Xunatunich - Climbing a Mayan Ruin
DAY TWO Xunatunich - A 1000-Year Old City
KEY WEST Midnight Buffet
Shopping & Fun  
Sightseeing in Key West DAY FIVE
Our Birthday Celebration The LAST DAY
An Unforgettable Night The Cocktail Party
  The Knighting Ceremony
DAY THREE The Class Photo - 2006
A Mexican Folkloric  
Exploring Tulum  
Last updated on:  09/24/18