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Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
If you are a regular reader you know we enjoy local restaurants. This one is right at the port in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
Wonderful aromas from this restaurant drift across Havensight Mall so we were literally drawn in to eat here.
Yum! I'm sure we'll be back. ;)
Saturday, October 29, 2011
A very nice touch on board Freedom of the Seas is the recognition of frequent cruisers with a special breakfast just for them.
All the best,
Friday, October 28, 2011
Today's picture was taken in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
My Honey and I were going ashore from Freedom of the Seas when we saw these three happy people just going through the gate from the dock into the port. I don't know if they were from our ship or another ship in port. They were so very happy! I asked if I could take a picture and they gladly posed. All the best to them for a wonderful life together!
Getting married in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., a tropical American port, is a popular place for weddings for couples, especially American Couples, who arrive by cruise ship.
On board Freedom we have a beautiful chapel for weddings at sea, too. I took some pictures last year, but that reminds me to go back and get some more pictures to share with you here. Watch this space!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The stack of finished knit and crochet items has grown a little since my last needlework update so I guess it's time for another update.
The above dress and doll will go into the shop. I just love this yarn. I would have made an adult size sweater if I had had enough of it, but I was short just a little. So, it worked beautifully for this dress, doll, ...
the shop and keep the other for myself! I love cowl scarves because they don't fall off when walking the dogs or get tangled in the steering wheel when driving.
Daughter Catherine and Aunt Carol will be here soon. I look forward to spending time with them enjoying the ship and ports. I just may send some of these items home with them so they can go into the shop sooner than I can get there.
So, that's the needlework update. While My Honey and I are not busy doing things together, I am having a fabulous time dreaming up new projects, sketching them, computing the number of stitches, then making them. I am in needlework heaven! :))
Are you working on holiday needlework projects? I wish I had brought more blue and green yarn, but I guess there is always another color I wish I wish I had with me. Hindsight is 20-20, isn't it!
All the best,
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
An advantage of cruising is the changing view from your window every day.
St. Thomas also has fabulous vacation resorts and private homes.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Today I've got some images of the children's pool area aboard Freedom of the Seas. In the center of this image is the baby splash area. There's a little one in there now with Dad watching from the side by the sign.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
While out here floating around aboard Freedom of the Seas and visiting different ports, I sometimes get some pictures that I see differently after I download them to my computer. The above image strikes me as Freedom pulled into a giant parking lot in St. Thomas. Love it!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
One of the highlights of cruising is getting all dressed up for the formal Captain's Cocktail Party and Formal Dinner in the dining room.
As I stood listening to the Captain introduce the senior officers, I noticed the couple standing in front of me that gave me a big smile. They were in formal attire except for the young man's shoes. There could be reasons for this:
His luggage was lost and rented the tuxedo on board, but wore the shoes he wore to the ship.
His luggage wasn't lost and he likes to be comfortable.
Whatever the reason, this is a cruise ship and everyone can be comfortable however they want to dress. :) This was just such a fun picture I had to capture it.
Friday, October 21, 2011
That big round space ship "thing" at the top of the Freedom of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's trademark Viking Crown Lounge. This lounge has grown substantially since RCCL's first ships. Aboard the first ship, Song of Norway, and some ships that followed, guests were required to go outside and climb an exterior stairway to reach a very small Viking Crown. If you wanted to go there in the evening, the ship was usually at sea where there was plenty of wind so it guaranteed a "bad hair" evening. My how times have changed!
I never run out of places to explore here. I hope you are having fun exploring with me.
All the best,
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Happy Birthday, Catherine!
Today is our daughter Catherine's birthday. We will celebrate later this month aboard Freedom of the Seas, but today is the big day.
Big hugs and love,
Mom and Dad
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
One of the popular activities out here in vacation land is para sailing. These folks are para sailing near Coco Cay, Bahamas, one of Royal Caribbean's private islands.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I have many posts about food here on board Freedom of the Seas. I guess I should mention there are plenty of ways to work it off, too. :) In addition to a full fitness center, you can do it yourself up here on the jogging track on deck 12.
All the best,
Monday, October 17, 2011
Although the past few days I've been sharing some images from our earlier road trips, we are currently still aboard Freedom of the Seas.
There is always a different view from our stateroom window. This particular day it was a close up view!
All the best,
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Today's images were taken in early September on our way to Freedom of the Seas when we stopped in Viera, Florida.