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I love cruising! I’ve been on three cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess) and a total of 9 cruises. There’s something to love about them all, and each has its Loyalist!
Over the next few weeks, I will give you my perspective on two of my most traveled cruise lines, Royal Caribbean and Carnival. I am comparing the smaller ships with a capacity of about 2100 guests (double occupancy). This is not an in depth analysis, but my spin on the two cruise lines. I’ll start with cabins.
My favorite cabin is an ocean view. I like this type of cabin because the price is generally pretty good, and you get an outside view without the premium price of a balcony. After all, how much time will you spend in your cabin? The ship is your resort and port days are opportunities for excursions. However, the time in your cabin should make you feel comfortable and like you are on vacation.
So let’s compare the two cruise line standard ocean view cabins. In general, Royal Caribbean’s ocean view cabin is about 154 sq. ft while Carnival averages 185 sq. ft. Royal Caribbean does have larger ocean view cabins if you are willing to pay. On Carnival, the view is easily accessible, with an open floor layout and more spacious bathrooms and showers. On Royal Caribbean, the cabin layout, bathroom and showers feel cramped. In addition, some Royal Caribbean beds are not high enough to slide your luggage under expanding the cramped feeling.
Royal Caribbean Ocean View Cabin – 154 sq. ft.
Carnival Oceanview Cabin (Sunshine) – 185 sq. ft.
My husband and I prefer the Carnival cabins. What’s your favorite cabin type and why? Can’t wait to hear from you!
My daughter works for AT&T, and she invites me to attend their annual AT&T Summit rewards ceremony when she wins and she has won 9 times in 11 years!! I have an amazing daughter!
The pics below were taken on the Hyatt Resort property. We did a spa day that not only included the massage (simply amazing!), but lunch and all day access to the spa facility. The pics of the fish were taken at the entrance to the spa. Did I mention the hotel was across the street from the beach!!
My husband and I took the Canada/New England Cruise out of Baltimore, MD on Royal Caribbean. We did not anticipate Hurricane Dorian to come from the Bahamas, miss Florida and follow our cruise itinerary! After spending two nights at the Baltimore pier (it was closed due to Hurricane), we followed the Hurricane up the east coast! Our cruise skipped Boston and Saint John but completed the rest of the stops on our 9 night cruise. The waters after the storm are extremely calm so the cruise ended up being the calmest ever! And we were at the front of the ship!
We did a tour of the park followed by a lobster lunch! Enjoy the pics!
If you have more than one child, you realize they are all different with different needs. Well, my daughters taught me this. At the time, it wasn’t funny, but years later I can look back on it and laugh. My daughter was about six years old, a time when kids enjoyed spending the night over a friends’ house. I didn’t always let her spend the night with friends, but this night, I decided to let her go. I made sure the parents were home, and that I could reach them in case of an emergency.
Anyway, my house phone rang about midnight. Phone calls this late can be really scary. I wondered if it was my Mom telling me someone was ill, or worse yet, someone had died. I was almost afraid to answer the phone since it was so late.
As we get older, we realize just how precious life is, and how short it can be. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives that we don’t take the time to let our family know how much we love them.
When my Mom and her sister married, they moved to different areas within the United States for various reasons; however, every year they met at the same time at their parents home during the summer in Mobile, AL. This not only gave everyone an opportunity to meet other family members, but also spend time with my first cousins. Over the years, we felt like we were raised together even though it was for a short time during the summer months. As we got older, the summer rendezvous stopped, and we grew apart with the exception of attending family reunions every two years. The reunions stopped, and our lives convened only during funerals. Then everything stopped when our ancestors were no more.
As the first cousins’ children got married, we started to come together again. Before we knew it, my Mom was 80 years old, and her sister was 83 years old! Time waits for no one!
So, here we are this year, celebrating 60th birthdays and 55th birthdays! Not all of us that grew up together made it this far. We lost a few in our generation along the way, but this month we celebrate.
We celebrate God and how far He has brought us.
We celebrate family and how just getting together takes us back to where we left off during our childhood with so many amazing memories!