The End of our Cruise

It was our final morning and as always, I got up to head out to the balcony.  As predicted, it was foggy.  Very foggy!  We were sitting still off the Texas coast waiting on the Port Authority to give permission to come into dock.  In the distance, we could see some other ships, but the fog was thick enough that it was hard to tell just how close or how far away they were.

Regardless of the fog, the ship’s crew needed to stick to schedule as much as possible and since the Windjammer was only open for a few hours on our last morning, we got dressed and headed upstairs for some breakfast.

The Windjammer is extremely packed on two days of a cruise – Day 1 and Day 7 – and it was packed full of passengers.  Most were looking sad and tired as they stood in different lines to get their food.  Tables were difficult to find, but our friend Gena (you can read about Gena here) helped us find a table and we were soon making our way thru the crowd for our farewell breakfast.

Word from the Captain was that we would be pulling into port sometime after 10:00, but everyone needed to be out of their staterooms by 9:00.  Even though we couldn’t leave the ship, the crew still needed to get everything set up and ready for the new passengers that would be getting on the ship later that day.  So we stayed in our room as long as we could and then headed to our assigned place to await our departure information.

You might think it was exciting news that our ship was delayed getting into port, but with most everything shut down in preparation for the next cruiser’s arrival, all we could do was sit and wait.  There were a couple of places open for drinks and food, but it was primarily just sit and wait.

Finally, 3 hours after our original disembarkation time, we were getting off the ship.  After the long wait, it wasn’t quite as sad leaving the ship 🙂

The check out process, like the check in process, went pretty smoothly.  We stood in line, but the line continued to move steadily.  We found our luggage quickly and stood in another line waiting to get thru customs.  Once thru customs, we headed to our assigned spot to catch the shuttle to the cruise parking lot and soon were on our way to Houston to drop our friends off for their flight back home.

Hubby and I both agree that while we enjoyed our cruise this year, we enjoyed our cruise on Allure a little bit more.  Liberty of the Seas is a nice ship, with lots of activities to keep everyone busy.  The food and service were wonderful.  The shows were entertaining.  The pool area was very nice and we left our cruise with lots of wonderful memories.

Would we take another cruise on Liberty, absolutely!  However, we are more interested in cruising on Allure again and trying out some of Royal Caribbean’s other ships.  For a matter-of-fact, we left the ship with our European cruise scheduled but we scheduled a second cruise as well.  Right now we’re scheduled to go back to the Western Caribbean in December, but will likely change our itinerary and head back to the Eastern Caribbean or to the Southern Caribbean in January of 2018 .   We have some time to decide and with our reservations already made, it will be easy to change.

For now I’ll say Bon Voyage and leave you with more pictures from our week on Liberty of the Seas in the Western Caribbean.

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Day 1 – At Sea

Just some photos from our first day at sea.

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Sunrise!
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Enjoying the morning on our balcony!
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The prettiest girls on the ship!!!!
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The girls wanted to get a picture of me.  And I love the blue ocean!!!!!
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We were having fun taking pictures around the ship.

 

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The girls were really into posing!

 

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And then it was my turn to pose.

We had a pretty relaxing day on the ship.  For a matter-of-fact, I think hubby was napping while the girls and I were out exploring and taking photos.

 

 

 

Photo Purge

I had quite a few photos on my phone and was running out of room.  So why not share them here.

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Lili and Naomi get a little help from Zoey

 

 

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Visit to the Gandhi Garden

 

This girl loves Snapchat and I have a lot more pictures to prove it.  Just don’t have the room here to post them all 🙂

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We went to the museum and found out that there will be a new exhibit soon.  Lili is VERY EXCITED!!!!  I’m guessing we will see this exhibit several times.  Good thing we have a family pass.

 

 

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Time for a selfie while waiting for our friends to arrive.

 

In looking at these photos, I think it’s pretty clear to tell which one likes to have her picture taken.

 

Blast From the Past

Facebook is good about posting reminders for posts past and today I was reminded of a time, four years ago, when I took my girls in to get professional photos taken for Christmas.  It’s a day I will always fondly remember.

Neither of the girls were being very cooperative.  One of them didn’t want her picture taken at all and had to be coaxed to pose for every shot.  The other preferred playing and had to be pulled away from her play to get pictures taken.  The session, took twice as long as it should, causing other appointments behind us to back up.  The photographer worked very hard trying to get good shots on these two uncooperative subjects and it was stressful on all of us.  For a matter-of-fact, I’m quite sure I heard the photographer breath a sign of relief as we walked out of the studio that day 🙂

It was also the last time I took the girls in to get professional photographs.  The one who had to be coaxed to get her picture taken still has to be coaxed and it’s only gotten harder the older she has gotten.  Plus, hubby feels like getting professional photos done is a form of torture and that’s due to both the process and the cost involved.  LOL!!

The stress of that day passed long ago and as I look at these photos now, I smile as I see my girl’s personalities shining through and shed a little tear as I realize how much they have grown and changed in four years.

Naomi kept smiling and closing her eyes because she didn't like the flash.Eventually, they both decided to be silly during pictures.

Naomi's insistence on closing her eyes made Lili start laughingAnd when we finally got Naomi to open her eyes, she was looking elsewhere.

For example, looking up instead of at the camera.Or looking down.

But we did manage to get her looking at the camera and smiling at the same time.But unlike our photo session last year, Lili was pretty cooperative in doing what she was asked.

And she showed some very cute sides of her personality.  Like the scrunchy nose which she has done since she was a baby.Or the little side smile that she has also done since she was a baby.

So even though getting these pictures took a lot longer than we had hoped or planned, we managed to get some good pictures.  And I'm now able to look back on it and laugh.

Maybe one day, when the moment is right and cooperation is to be had, I’ll get them to  re-enact these poses and see what I can get.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy a blast from the past – the Christmas photos of 2012.