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Oceans and Seas » Caribbean December 19th 2010

Been there done that. As a first time cruiser I had certain expectations. Some of those expectations were perhaps unrealistic. Below is a list of my thoughts and experiences on the Carnival Cruise ship Glory... • Food. All food is amazing on the ship. FALSE. Most of the food is mediocre at best. Most of the food is served warm - cold. The only HOT food I've received while onboard has been in the steak house that we had to pay $30 extra. It was amazing! We ate in the dining room most nights and enjoyed good company. The buffets found on the ship aren't near as good as those found in Vegas. • Lodging. Your stateroom will be beyond your expectations. FALSE. As I mentioned in my first shipboard blog, the accommodations were less than ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean December 19th 2010

It was time for my second cruise, so we said good-bye to San Juan, and boarded the boat with Avo Jay. This one was much longer than the 2 night cruise to the Bahamas I did a couple years ago. This cruise also had a different port every day except for one, so there were many new countries for me to check out. While I will talk about the different ports in different blogs, it is time to write about all the fun on the boat. THis was definitely a BIG boat. We walked all around to see what was there. Lots of different places to eat, a camp for kids, game rooms, lots of bars, and of course, a few pools. Within a couple hours of being on the boat, Me, Daddy and Avo Jay ... read more
Me and Daddy
Dancing up a Storm
I loved the man mermaid

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean December 16th 2010

This afternoon I was at work in my club. The teens were playing video games and I was making some holiday decorations. The youth director onboard came into the club with her ship cell phone, my boss from the Miami office was on the phone for me . . . to give me some exciting news . . . I have been offered the position to be the Club O2 Director (the job I always do onboard) for the start-up team for Carnival’s brand-new ship, the Carnival Magic. The Magic will begin sailing in May 2011 with set-up happening in April for our department. The ship is currently being built in Italy which is where I’ll be sent to start up the ship. The Magic’s home port will be Barcelona, Spain and will sail to the ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean November 20th 2010

I’ve made it through my first week on the Dream and so far so good. I’m lucky that I have some friends here from previous ships. Circle C is the younger teen club and the directors of that club are the closest thing to an immediate co-worker that I get. Jazzy was the Circle C director on my last ship, the Spirit, and Jenny was her replacement (for when I was in Hawaii and Alaska). Currently Jazzy is finishing up her contract on the Dream and Jenny has arrived to replace her! It’s great seeing them again. There are a few other familiar faces around the ship and I’m working at meeting new people too. On the Dream we alternate between cruising the Western and Eastern Caribbean. This week was our Western run which took me ... read more
Mahogany Bay in Roatan
Beachwalk in Roatan
Beach at Mahogany Bay, Roatan

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico November 14th 2010

It’s been five weeks since I got home from Fiji and other than the weekend in Memphis, they’ve all been spent at home (well, around Southern Ontario – which is home!). It’s been so great to be home because there have been some exciting things happening . . . starting with – Alexis and Kevin got married!! And it was a surprise wedding!! I was “in” on the surprise. They actually told me in early August, when I was still at camp. Because otherwise I wouldn’t have been in the country! I’d planned to go to Fiji and New Zealand but I couldn’t miss my sister’s wedding so plans changed. They were married on 10/10/10 – one week after I got back from Fiji. I spent that week staying at their house playing wedding assistant running ... read more
My Beautiful Bride Sister
Alexis & Kevin
Family Shots at the Wedding Bar

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico June 25th 2010

We woke up early Monday morning and made the decision to go. It was time to cast off the lines and set sail across the Gulf of Mexico. The preparations were done and the crew had arrived and everyone was anxious to get underway. So Jen packed up Kona and her stuff in the rental car and hit the road, driving across the country with the help from her dad, who was flying into Miami later that day. And the Rum Runner set sail for its final leg of the journey home, to a small coastal community in the Bay Area of Houston known as Kemah, Texas. Overall the trip was good, although hot... very very hot. The first day or two we were able to do some sailing, which was great. The highlight of the ... read more
Oil Rigs
Squall
Kemah, TX

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean April 17th 2010

CARIBEAN ROUND TOUR "NUMBER ONE" 2010/11 leaving san blas/panama 30th of nov 10 arriving cartagena/colombia 03rd of dec 10 leaving cartagena 07th of dec 10 arriving cienfuegos/cuba 13th of dec 10 leaving cienfuegos 29th of dec 10 arriving santiago/cuba 03rd of jan 11 leaving santiago 09th of jan 11 arriving port antonio/jamaica 10th of jan 11 leaving port antonio 24th of jan 11 arriving providencia/colombia 28th of jan 11 leaving providencia 08th of feb 11 arriving san blas/panama 11th of feb 11... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico January 11th 2010

I had not had a *real* vacation since April 2009, and I was going crazy for warm weather. Jason knew how badly I wanted to get away and gave me one of the best Christmas presents a girl could ask for - a CRUISE! I'm apologizing now for the lack of detail in this post as I'm actually writing this September 2010, I'm hoping the abundance of pictures will fill in the gaps! The weather didn't cooperate much and it was by far the rainiest cruise I have been on (my 6th total!) but who can complain when they are on vacation?!? We took Carnival's Fantasy ship on a 4 day cruise with a single stop in Cozumel. It was super windy and many of the excursions were canceled. Luckily we didn't have one booked at ... read more
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Towel Seal!

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Venezuela December 2nd 2009

December 2, 2009 ABC Jeep Tours Wednesday morning at eight we stood outside the Beach Club and waited for our ride to the ABC Jeep Tours office in Oranjestad. As folks waited for their daily tour bus out front of the Surf a giant custom monster truck off road vehicle came to pick us up to get us to the start of our tour. We quickly notice there aren’t any Jeeps at ABC only Land Rovers. Two bench seats in the back sit four on a side facing each other. Twenty-two people were divided in to three groups for each of the Land Roves for our day tour of the island. We were assigned to ride with Curtis our tour leader. To our surprise he then asked a person from each of the other two vehicles ... read more
California Light
CHAPEL AT ALTO
SHARK MOUTH COVE

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Venezuela November 29th 2009

Aruba, Marriott Surf Club November 29, 2009 Karen and I were invited by Kim and Jim to share their timeshare in Aruba the week after Thanksgiving. This was the perfect way of escaping the beginning of winter in New England. We stayed at Marriott Surf Club on Palm Beach in the High Rise District of the island. The island of Aruba is justly known for its great weather, fine beaches, and exquisite restaurants. Aruba is an interesting place to visit, it’s a desert island the size of Nantucket. The weather was always great at 87 and breezy every day. This is supposed to be the rainy season and three times during the week it clouded up rained for 5 minutes and then dried up about 5 minutes later. The population of Aruba is about 100,000 people. ... read more
Jim, Kim, Karen, and Sylvan
Palm Beach
Aruba




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