My First River Cruise Experience…Pre-Cruise Extension

So after our amazing dinner last night, way too much wine and a good nights sleep, I was up at 6am to go to the gym (not because I am that good about going to the gym, just trying to mitigate the damage I knew I would do on the cruise!).  However, the gym at [...]

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Mariner of the Seas…Amplified!

Just returned from a quick 3 night cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. I booked this ship so I could check out the new “Amplified!” options. The itinerary was one I had done many times before so this trip was all about the ship. We arrived at Port of Miami at about 10:30am. [...]

My First River Cruise Experience…Pre-Cruise Extension

After an amazing breakfast in Paris (why can't I find kiwi yogurt here?), we boarded our tour bus for the roughly one our drive to our next stop.  Along the way we passed many crazy cute/incredible houses...pardon me...châteaux that some old, rich lord had built for his mistress.  That was kind of the thing back [...]

My First River Cruise Experience – Getting There and Paris

Châteaux, Rivers & Wine.  This is the theme of my first ever river cruise.  This came about because my mother really wanted to do this cruise and I was lucky enough to be able to tag along. First the details:  This was on Viking River cruises, starting in Bordeaux cruising to Cadillac, Libourne, Bourg & [...]

Freedom in the Med…Back in Barcelona

So after that AMAZING Chef's Table dinner, it was time to leave the Freedom and begin our trip home.  The trick here is to get your bags packed and out in the hall while remembering not to pack whatever clothes you want to wear the next morning.  I will tell you this doesn't always happen [...]