||For years, my wife
and I have taken time off from our jobs to "work" on cruise
ships. We were on the Celebrity Constellation from 12/27/03 until
1/17/04 in the Caribbean. I got to spend my birthday in the
Dominican Republic and was able to meet up with Major Jenny Peña (Section
5). She and her driver/bodyguard, Orlando Frias, met us at the ship
and were absolutely delightful. They couldn't have been more
gracious hosts or better representatives of their country. We
returned a week later and were able to arrange for Jenny and Orlando to
meet us on board and take a tour of the ship (complete with martinis!)
A sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to Major Peña, Sergeant Frias, and everyone else who made our visit so perfect!
Orlando (2nd from left) and two other high-ranking Dominican National Police officials join me, my wife (Jill), and Jenny with our ship in the background.
|Altos de Chavón is a recreated 16th century stone village built by artists, high on top of a mountain, overlooking the Chavón River.||This is the spectacular 5000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater at Altos de Chavón where concerts are often held.|
|Jenny took us on a two-hour drive into the capital city of Santo Domingo. In this photo, we are standing in front of the National Police Headquarters.||Jenny and Orlando took me & Jill to an awesome seafood restaurant called Neptunos. It sits on a pier near Boca Chica Beach.||Jill & Jenny ready to order dinner at Neptunos.|
My Mom & Dad joined us for the third week of our cruise. From left, Mom & Dad, Jenny, Orlando, me, and Jill in the martini bar aboard Celebrity Constellation.