In honor of our 25th wedding anniversary, my wife Carole and I decided to take a cruise through the western Caribbean on the brand new Holland America ship, the ms Zaandam. We left for Fort Lauderdale on June 10, 2000, and boarded the ship at Port Everglades. For the next six days, we headed for the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, Jamaica, and Holland America's own island in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay.

A friend we ran into at the Mayan ruins at Tulum in Mexico.

Our ship at the dock in Cozumel, Mexico. We were returning from an excursion to the Mayan ruins at Tulum.

I had always wanted to see Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. It was a rough ride gettting there, but we finally got to see them at Tulum, south of Playa Del Carmen.

The only Mayan ruins on the Caribbean, Tulum presents magnificent views along the coast.

Carole, seeking out some shade, with the hot Mayan ruins in the background. Following just below are Pauline and Richard, a Dutch couple from the ship.

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