Cruises

Dark Skies, Lighter Attitude

As I am trying to go to sleep at the end of the long embarkation day, I’m struck with the thought that this whole vacation might have been a huge mistake. That thought is hardly uncommon for me. I’m hit with it at the end of the first day of every cruise and many other vacations…

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Embarkation Day Blues (Part 2)

The X that means you’re not having any fun today. We finally got into our cabin at 1:45 and were pleased with our selection. It’s an interior cabin, but squarer than the usual rectangular room, and the layout gives us far more room to move around the room than on other cruises. On every cruise…

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Embarkation Day Blues (Part 1)

After an uneventful 32 minute drive from Friendswood to the Galveston, I dropped Becky off at the Carnival terminal where a porter took custody of our bags. Becky grabbed our carry-ons to wait for me while I went to park our car. Even though the lot I always use, Galveston Park n Cruise, is directly…

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Vacation: A Crime Against Cats

In addition to sharing our home with our soon to be married daughter, Kelsey, we live with 4 animals, all of them very different. The oldest is a 17-year-old rat terrier named Randy. We were not looking for a second dog when he became a member of the family. The night we got him we…

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A Return to Reality

The last 24 hours have been about reacclimating to life off the ship, which means coming to grips with a world where we aren’t akin to Lord and Lady Crowley of Downton Abbey. A few days ago, I might have been gently chided by our assistant waiter for attempting to refill my water glass from…

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Our Last Day at Sea in 2017

I began my last day at sea by going out on deck to watch the sun come up over the horizon. On a clear day it can be quite dramatic, but the skies this morning were far from clear. Thanks to a short break in the clouds the sun eventually made a brief appearance before…

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Petty Cruise Ship Complaints

We departed Cozumel a couple of hours ago and are on our way back to Galveston. Normally this is a bit of a disappointment, but we’ve had a great time and by Sunday morning we’ll be very ready to be home and sleep in our own bed. I’ve spent many posts detailing the great things onboard…

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A Shared Laugh to Start Our Days

At breakfast this morning in the main dining room Becky noticed that we had 2 pepper shakers, but no salt. Turning the shakers over I realized there was another problem. With both of our waiters standing by the table I told them, “We have 2 pepper shakers . . .and both of those are empty.”…

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The Chronic Multitasker

Tonight we are sitting at the very back of the ship enjoying the cool breeze before the Love and Marriage show begins.  I am alternating between listening to several musical artists and one of my favorite audiobooks. While listening I am checking my news feed, taking new photos and beginning to write future posts. All…

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A Hard Working Crew

One of the really nice things about cruising is the free room service. Some would find the menu limited (especially at breakfast) but I think all most people want delivered early is coffee and some sort of snack until they can go for some eggs and b. While it is not required I always give…

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