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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Back Aboard Freedom

Good morning,

We are back aboard Freedom of the Seas.  After the first hour on board, we felt we had never left.  :)
We are sailing out of Port Canaveral, Florida, alternating weeks in the Western and Eastern Caribbean.  Far off on the horizon in the above image is Cape Canaveral.  When here on launch days, the space launches could be watched.  Sadly, there aren't many launches any more.
We have dear friends sailing with us for two weeks and were surprised and delighted when these arrived from them via the on board florist.  Thank you, Martha and Russell!  :)))  We so enjoy your being here!
On Day Two of each cruise a highlight is the Captain's Welcome Aboard party.  On the bridge in the middle of this image are two singers entertaining the crowd before the Captain's arrival.
The Royal Promenade, shops, and restaurants are all filled with people.
 The party is formal and everyone looks so lovely.
 And then the Captain arrives via the sky bridge to introduce his senior officers.
 This is one of the shops on the Royal Promenade named for one of the Royal Caribbean International slogans.

Above the shop sign are windows of cabins that overlook the Royal Promenade.  What a fun perspective on the happenings of the ship!

So, we are here again for another beautiful ten weeks at sea.  My blog necessarily runs a few days behind because I only have enough band width to upload images while we are in US ports, generally on Sundays.  The rest of the week we have email 24/7, but it is via satellite which is much slower and with limited band width.

I also have quite a few images from our trips just before returning to the ship.  Now that we are here, I have the opportunity to work on them, write about them, and to share them here with you on my blog.  So, my posts may seem just a little out of order.

All the best,


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That looks very exciting. Cruises have certainly changed since I took my last one about 19 years ago.

So do you work on the ship or just love to take cruises?

Janis said...

Wow...a floating city!!! enjoy n be safe! Very envious...as I suffer from sea sickness..my cruising days are over!

Anonymous said...

Looks like somewhere I'd like to be some day. Bob won't go, but my daughter would!! Flowers are really pretty. I saw your knitting squares through the table. Guess you brought work to keep you busy!!...debbie

TexWisGirl said...

your cruising friends are SO sweet! i know you will enjoy this trip again!

grammie g said...

Hi Lois...how did that happen so fast ..it seem like just yesterday you where returning home!!
Knowing how fast the summer went by I should realize that!!

Happy sea's and safe travel wishes!!

Karen said...

Splendid! Bon Voyage!

Lois said...

It's looks like a small city! Have a wonderful time.

Martha said...

I love your cruise posts. Thanks so much for sharing your cruise. I am looking forward to your adventures and pictures. Have Lots of Fun!!

Rose said...

I can almost smell those roses...

Diana said...

Wish I was with you Lois. I'm looking forward to more adventures!
Love Di ♥

Montanagirl said...

It's so beautiful! The flowers are gorgeous.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Lois, you are a lucky duck. Which route do you prefer?

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

Debbie, when you and your daughter book a cruise and if it's on Freedom, send me an email. I would love to meet you on board. :)

Texwis, those flowers are from our friends from Texas. ;) I will miss then when they go home.

Yes, grammie_g, this last ten week vacation went really fast. We did a lot at home and several road trips. I have some road trip images still to come so my blog will be a little out of order from real life.

Ricki Jill, there isn't an itinerary that we don't like. ;) The Eastern itinerary goes to St. Thomas and the Western itinerary goes to Grand Cayman. I guess those are the favorite ports on those itineraries. Of course, there is no such thing as a bad cruise. They are all good.

Thank you so much, evryone, for stopping by and for your kind comments.

All the best,

Michele said...

Wow! Ten weeks! What a nice time :-) We have only done cruises with Disney, but we have been many times. Do you have trouble adjusting to land when you get back? Sometimes it takes me about two weeks to feel normal again. But I keep going back anyway :-) We love to go on cruises too.