Some of our favorite cruise travel photos from 2016

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Travel photography combines two of my favorite things. Nothing captures a moment or experience like a photo. Looking at travel pictures enables us to re-live amazing trips and whets our appetite for new travels.

The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity to look back at the previous year, at the same time that we plan for new journeys. Here are a few of our favorite photos from our 2016 adventures.

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We loved the sense of energy in the Dublin’s Temple Bar district.  Flowers everywhere, Irish music spilling out of the bars, and restaurants with hundreds of ways to cheat on your diet.  This is a youthful city with a lot of vitality, but one which has kept its charm and uniqueness.

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Another wonderful memory of our Azamara UK cruise is the pedestrian bridge at the Port of Holyhead on the Island of Anglesey, Wales. A busy port, it accommodates nearly 2 million passengers a year on the popular ferry route to and from Dublin. The formation of the clouds with the contemporary architecture really caught my eye.

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Just outside Holyhead,Wales on a wind-swept portion of the rugged coast, lies the majestic South Stack Lighthouse. This is a place where birdwatchers, hikers and lighthouse enthusiasts alike gather for adventures.

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When we sailed with Fathom cruise line, we participated in service projects with the locals in the Dominican Republic. One of our favorite projects was tutoring grade school students. Livinia (above) was intelligent and learned very quickly when we helped provide an English lesson at her remote school. We felt privileged to interact with these students. For us, travel will always be about the people we encounter.

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The Isle of Man is in the Irish sea, between Ireland and England. This is Cregneash, a ‘living museum’ where we experienced life as it was lived in the early years of the 20th century.  Thatched roofs, traditional crafts, Manx cats (native to the area) and this evocative phone booth in the fog. Many travelers thought the fog and mist would ruin their day but I found it perfect for some unique photography.

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Sailing away from Ireland on Azamara Quest. We experienced Ireland not only as beautiful and historic, but with fascinating, friendly people who love to share their stories.

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There is really nothing like a Caribbean sunset at sea.

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The striking Titanic Museum in Belfast, N. Ireland. The architecture makes it a destination on its own. Azamara Quest peeks around from behind the museum. 

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Dusk on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas, with the Caribbean reflected in the ship’s exterior.

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