Next Cruise

Every morning, we would head out to breakfast at the Windjammer and on our first sea day, the girls were anxious to go to Adventure Ocean.  So after breakfast we headed to Deck 12 and dropped them off for a morning of kid-filled fun and activities.

Hubby and I headed down to the pool deck, sat at a table, and got something to drink.  We sat there talking and enjoying the ocean view.  Our conversation centered on future travel plans and hubby asked me when we were going to go schedule our next cruise.  I don’t know for sure if it was the look on my face as I sat there in pure enjoyment as I sipped my drink while gazing out over the ocean or if in that moment he was caught up in the enjoyment of being on a cruise once again.  However, his question was unexpected as I thought we had made the decision to take a trip to Europe and that he was not interested in a European cruise.  None-the-less, I was very excited at the thought of having another cruise on our agenda for the future and quickly finished my drink so we could head down to the Next Cruise office.

Upon arrival, we discovered that many others were anxious to schedule their next cruise.  All the cruise agents were with customers and there were others waiting, so grabbed several cruise flyers and headed next door to Café Promenade to look them over while we waited.

A short time later a couple came in and sat across from us.  They saw the stack of flyers and asked which cruise we were scheduling.  I told them I was interested in a cruise to the Southern Caribbean out of Puerto Rico, but was also interested in taking a European cruise and then spending another week in Europe after the cruise.  With confidence, they told me we should go on the European cruise.

As the conversation continued, we found out that this couple was celebrating their 66th Wedding anniversary.  They started cruising in 1999 and have gone on over 100 cruises, all but a handful had been on Royal Caribbean and they were part of the Royal Crown and Anchor Society’s Pinnacle club.  They knew a thing or two about cruising and we were more than willing to listen to their expert advice.

They also told us about their two sons and grandchildren.  They talked about their pre-retirement life and about some of the cruises they’ve taken.  The conversation was maybe 15 or 20 minutes, but it was a precious few minutes that we will always remember.

We headed back to the Next Cruise office, waited a few more minutes and sat down to book our next cruise.  We discussed option and when we left the office, we had booked our cruise to . . . . . . . .

Europe!!

It is scheduled for this fall, but once Royal Caribbean releases their 2018 European cruise dates, we’ll be pushing it out into 2018.

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More Cruise Photos

I finally got the photo situation resolved.

Here are more pictures from our cruise.

Our Little Mermaid
Our Little Mermaid

 

Approaching our Dolphin Encounter excursion at Blue Lagoon in the Bahamas.
Approaching our Dolphin Encounter excursion at Blue Lagoon in the Bahamas.

 

This is Cacique. We were able to get in the water with him. It was an awesome experience.
This is Cacique. We were able to get in the water with him. It was an awesome experience.
I love the towel origami our state room attendant left for us.
I love the towel origami our state-room attendant left for us.

 

More towel origami.
More towel origami.

 

Okay, I am a bit obsessed with the towel origami.
Okay, I am a bit obsessed with the towel origami.
Naomi really wanted to get her picture taken next to this car. It was parked on the ship.
Naomi really wanted to get her picture taken next to this car. It was parked on the ship.

 

Royal Caribbean has a program for the kids called Adventure Ocean. The girls loved it and one day they decorated bandanas and did a Pirate Parade. Naomi was in character.
Royal Caribbean has a program for the kids called Adventure Ocean. The girls loved it and one day they decorated bandanas and did a Pirate Parade. Naomi was in character.

 

Hubby forgot about the time difference and his alarm ended up going off much earlier than we needed to rise. Even though we were all tired, Lili was happy to give me smiles.
Hubby forgot about the time difference and his alarm ended up going off much earlier than we needed to rise. Even though we were all tired, Lili was happy to give me smiles.

 

Perfect princess chairs.
Perfect princess chairs.
Some of the cruises on Royal Caribbean have DreamWorks characters. So we did a character breakfast one morning. This was on the wall in the dining room. Each state is made from license plates in that state.
Some of the cruises on Royal Caribbean have DreamWorks characters. So we did a character breakfast one morning. This was on the wall in the dining room. Each state is made from license plates in that state.
The menu from our character breakfast.
The menu from our character breakfast.
Gloria joined the World of Weeks for a photo op.
Gloria joined the World of Weeks for a photo-op.

 

And Alex joined us for a photo op.
And Alex joined us for a photo-op.

 

King Julian needed to get in on the action.
King Julian needed to get in on the action.

 

Later that day we caught up with Mort on the Boardwalk.
Later that day we caught up with Mort on the Boardwalk.

 

Tableside Junkboxes. So fun!
Tableside Jukeboxes. So fun!

 

What's better than a Rootbeer Float? Sharing a Rootbeer Float.
What’s better than a root beer float? Sharing a root beer float.

 

Then getting up to dance with some of the crew at Johnny Rockets.
Then getting up to dance with some of the crew at Johnny Rockets.

 

My beautiful girls in Central Park on Allure of the Seas.
My beautiful girls in Central Park on Allure of the Seas.

 

Snorkling at St. Thomas
Snorkling at St. Thomas

 

Once Lili got the hang of it, she was all about snorkeling.
Once Lili got the hang of it, she was all about snorkeling.
Like I said, she loved snorkeling.
Like I said, she loved snorkeling.
Naomi was all about looking for shells.
Naomi was all about looking for shells.
There's our ship.
There’s our ship.
Daddy and daughter.
Daddy and daughter.
Our last stop before heading back to the U.S.
Our last stop before heading back to the U.S.

 

Hubby and I bought new wedding rings. After all, this was a 30-yr anniversary cruise, so why not get new wedding rings.
Hubby and I bought new wedding rings. After all, this was a 30-yr anniversary cruise, so why not get new wedding rings.
Even with the clouds, St. Maarten was beautiful.
Even with the clouds, St. Maarten was beautiful.

 

Our St. Maarten lunch spot. The girls stayed on board enjoying time in Adventure Ocean while hubby and I spent our day together.
Our St. Maarten lunch spot. The girls stayed on board enjoying time in Adventure Ocean while hubby and I spent our day together.

 

Great name for a restaurant.
Great name for a restaurant.
Look at all those ships! We were on Allure of the Seas. She was the largest of them all.
Look at all those ships! We were on Allure of the Seas. She was the largest of them all.
Pirate ship!
Pirate ship!
Lili and her cupcake creation.
Lili and her cupcake creation.
Naomi and her cupcake creation.
Naomi and her cupcake creation.
Hubby was imitating the way his octopus looked on his cupcake.
Hubby was imitating the way his octopus looked on his cupcake.

 

My cupcake creation.
My cupcake creation.

 

These are just a few highlights from our cruise.  Hope you enjoyed them.

Emotions on Cruise

It has finally happened! I’ve gone from feeling like I’m on an extended vacation

to feeling like I’ve actually moved elsewhere.

Not that my brain didn’t already know that I had moved, but living in an RV tends to leave a person in a state of vacation or at least this person 🙂

Since receiving the job offer three months ago, our life has been a whirlwind of activity.

There really wasn’t time to focus on all that was happening. I had to get things done and they had to be done quickly.

When we arrived in Texas, the activity level remained high. We arrived 12 days before Christmas and there was much to do. The holidays came and went, but during that time we also decided to trade in Georgette on a 5th wheel, so we were busy shopping, making those decisions and preparing for yet another move. Back in Illinois we had people in and out working on our house getting it ready to put on the market and I was busy making sure everything was lined up and getting done. Our house went on the market and two days later we had an offer. I was prepared for months of waiting for our house to sell.

For the last three months it has been an avalanche of activity in our lives

and now that things are beginning to settle down, I’m feeling the emotions of this major life event, fluctuating between excitement, frustration, anxiousness and impatience.

Of course I am trying to give myself a little latitude. After all, we had several major life events happen all at once – hubby started a new job, we moved across country, our foster son’s moved to a new foster home, we listed our house and we’re living in an RV.

Having some big emotions over all the changes are normal, but emotions aren’t a bad thing. This means I’m finally starting to accept and adjust to all the changes that have occurred and these emotions have also reignited the excitement about our upcoming cruise.  A celebration of 30 years of marriage.  An opportunity to get away from everything for a week.  A chance to see some new parts of the world.  The opportunity to just relax and enjoy life before we get back to reality.

It will be a welcome respite and I can’t wait to walk on board the ship, order a drink and say bon voyage.