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Friday File: Memories of 9/11

It was 14 years ago today that the world changed forever. The twin towers of New York crumbled into dust and debris, taking down with them close to 3,000 lives. Cruise passengers who've been to New York in succeeding years have been among the visitors who've had a change to watch the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, or the space it occupied. It wasn't a cruise that took us there, it was a cruise press conference about Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, and we seized the opportunity to walk down to Wall Street and see, though still incomplete at the time, the re-construction and the memories of 9/11…

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The Freedom Tower, erected in defiance of freedom lost that sunny September day.

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From the rubble, The Survivor Tree, nurtured back to life and replanted in 2010.

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One of the two reflecting pools, for “reflecting absence” and built where each tower stood.

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Nearly 3,000 names, plus victims with names to come, carved into the walls around the pools.

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The new site is among the millions of places where security is now commonplace.

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-Photo by Michael Mahesh
Today’s New York skyline, the Freedom Tower reaching far above its neighbours.

In the news…

• Royal Caribbean plans $100-million Miami port for biggest ships by 2018
• Coming on Norwegian Escape: Lacoste and Carolina Herrera boutiques

Today at portsandbows.com: About time to check up on Down Under


Celebrity Silhouette
7 nights
December 6, 2015
Fort Lauderdale (return): San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Kitts
Inside: $596
Cost per day: $85
www.celebritycruises.com

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