Monday, August 22, 2016

Heaven is Cruising

At the beginning of the year we started talking with my family about doing a cruise together. My grandfather cannot fly anymore because of his health and although he did sail around much of the world on a ship, it was with the navy and not a relaxing cruise ;-), so we wanted him to see what it is all about. After a lot of looking and schedule comparing we were able to get one picked out for August that fit in right between our Ecuador trip and going back to school. It was a little crazy having two big trips in a row, but with Ella's swim schedule the rest of the summer and then school starting it was the only option and it ended up being really nice to go on such a relaxing trip after our big adventure.
We were excited to try out another cruise line, especially on a ship that had recently been redone (Royal Caibbean Liberty of the Sea) and had so much more to offer the kids. Overall we liked our Princess experience better, but we didn't have any big complaints about Royal Caribbean and the rooms were actually much larger on this ship.
We were able to get on board fairly early the day of August 7th and then met up with my parents and grandparents while we waited to go to our rooms. Then it was time to relax and eat and relax and eat :-). We loved our waitress so much that first night at dinner (Shanisa from Jamaica) that we ended up making sure we sat at the same table every night so we would have her. She remembered all our preferences after night one! We always had a plate of gluten free bread for my dad and me, mustard for Addie, ranch for Ella, extra steak fries for all to share, etc. without ever having to ask again.
The next day we headed up to enjoy the pool in the morning before it got crowded and then once the ship started to come alive we headed back to our rooms to relax, watch the Olympics and just hang out until it was time to get ready for dinner.
It is seriously SO heavenly to get completely away from our hectic lives and have absolutely nothing to do but lay around. The feeling is amazing and Mike and I really tried to soak it in and enjoy it knowing we would be coming home and diving right into busy season for us both.
Here are pictures from those first two days on the ship while at sea...
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beautiful Galveston ;-)
our room, my parents room and grandparents room were all in a row and we were able to open the dividers on our balconies and have one huge one
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Monday night was formal night, unfortunately Addie was not feeling the pictures so these are the best of the pictures we took.
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2 comments:

Katie Bradley said...

I'm finally catching up on your posts after all our moving shenanigans. I need to ask, where did you get that white, geometric dress? I love it!

Marci said...

Thank you Katie! I actually got it in Santorini Greece on my birthday. I fell in love with it too and it's uniqueness and every time I wear I want to go back there ;-)!