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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Glass Boat Tour - Cozumel, Mexico

 Good morning,

Most of us have heard of and/or have even taken a tour on a glass bottom boat.

This vessel goes a step further!  The entire boat is see-through.

 I took these images from the bridge of Mariner of the Seas while we were docked in Cozumel Mexico.

I have to wonder what the fishies think of this!



Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Sweet Elsa Sleeping

 Good morning,

We are home from our travel, but I'll have a few more images from the trip to share with you in coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, the pups were delighted to have us home.  

This is sweet Elsa asleep on my arm.  I came out of the shower and hugged Elsa, then suddenly realized she was asleep and snoring next to me.

So cute.

 It is good to be home.

All the best,


Monday, June 17, 2024

Needlework and Wood Working Update - June, 2024

 Good morning,

Welcome to the June Needlework and Wood Working Update where we bring together images of all of the things we have made since the last update.  Generally, these Updates are monthly, but we have been traveling so this Update covers the past two months.

 Above is a Large 70" x 56" Afghan Blanket featuring red and pink roses and a burgundy border.  Display this beauty on a bed, couch, or recliner.  This one will brighten any room.  $185. Only one available.  More images and information are here.

This is a 38" x 36" Lap Blanket or Baby Blanket size that I made while we were driving to and from Florida. $60.  More information here.  It's perfect for all ages.

This 55" x 55" Bavarian Stitch Blanket is striking in shades of Blues, Purples, and White.  The highly textured stitch produces a very warm blanket.  It can be folded corner to corner for a comfy shawl, too. $170.  Only one available.  More images and information here.

I loved working with shades of blue and purple so here's another 37" x 37" design in similar colors.  This $75 lap blanket is highly textured and features raised "flowers."  More here.

 And, finally from my needlework studio, here's a Cloche Hat that can also be used as a Chemo Cap.  This one is made of a special soft washable acrylic yarn.  $10.  More information here.

There are more than four dozen more similar hats available from $8 here.

 And, finally for this time, here is a tea rack that Kjell made for our granddaughter, Anna.  Anna drew what she wanted, Grandpa designed it, then Anna came over and they built it together.  Perfect!  :)

That's all for the time.  We're home now and working hard on more items for the shop.  

We sincerely appreciate your encouragement, likes, pins, shares, favorites, and purchases, too!  We appreciate your support of our small business, Evensens Productions, since 2011.  

We hope you'll come take a look at other items in the shop, too.  If your school, church, or other organization asks for donations of items to be sold or raffled and you aren't a crafter yourself, these would be beautiful items to purchase and donate.  Be sure to ask your organization for a receipt if it is a tax deductible contribution. Come visit us here:  Evensens Productions.  Thank you so much!

All the very best until next time,


Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day

 Good morning,

Happy Father's Day to all Fathers!

Today's image is of My Honey enjoying total relaxation aboard Mariner of the Seas.  Ah, yes, what a lovely way to relax.

Also, today, Happy Birthday to our friend, Tor.

All the very best,


Saturday, June 15, 2024

Sail Away from Costa Maya, Mexico

 Good morning,

These are views from the Bridge of Mariner of the Seas as we were pulling away from Costa Maya, Mexico.

 The weather was, again, just spectacular!

 What a lovely view of the sea as the sun prepares to dip down into the sea for the night.


Friday, June 14, 2024

Flag Day - United States of America

 Good morning,

Today is Flag Day in the USA.  

At home we display Old Glory 24/7/365 in front of our home.  Today's image, though, shows our beautiful flag flying in Florida, just South of St. Petersburg, on I-95.

Need I say, this flag is HUGE!




Thursday, June 13, 2024

Windjammer Desserts

 Good morning,

Ah, yes, I am glad to have this image to keep the memory of Windjammer desserts alive.  

These are only two of the choices in the Windjammer Cafe on board Mariner of the Seas.  '

We certainly didn't go hungry while we were aboard!



Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Going Ashore in Costa Maya, Mexico

 Good morning,

This is the view of the dockside of Costa Maya, Mexico, from our Deck 9 balcony on board Mariner of the Seas.

We didn't go ashore - we've been here many, many times before, but the view is just gorgeous, isn't it.

We're here to relax and being aboard on a port day is a good way to do it.  The ship is somewhat quiet, if you swim the pools are not at all crowded, and there are still plenty of food and people to watch on the Royal Promenade.



Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Artwork Aboard Mariner of the Seas

 Good morning,

As on every Royal Caribbean ship, there is original artwork everywhere.

The eye-catcher above of the man ascending with a bunch of balloons is in the Royal Promenade.  It does catch your eye when you pass!



Monday, June 10, 2024

Royal Promenade from Deck Nine

 Good morning,

This is another image of the interior of Mariner of the Seas.  

I was standing on a walkway/balcony area on deck nine overlooking the Royal Promenade.



Sunday, June 9, 2024

Liberty of the Seas

 Good morning,

While approaching Costa Maya, Mexico, aboard Mariner of the Seas, we could see a Royal Caribbean sister ship was also there.

As we got closer, we realized it was Liberty of the Seas.  She is the same class ship as Freedom of the Seas where Kjell and I were for the last six years before his retirement. 
In 2018, after retirement from Freedom, we took a cruise aboard Liberty of the Seas with good friends from Texas.  We always feel right at home aboard any Royal Caribbean ship.
I turned around from taking the first pictures of Liberty and took this image of the wing bridge on our ship.
And, another view:  This is looking straight down from our balcony on deck nine to the dock below as the captain was gently bringing our ship into port.

We have been to these ports so many times that we didn't go ashore.  We came to relax, see an old friend, and enjoy the ship.

Ah, yes, the memories!  It's fun to be back on board!



Saturday, June 8, 2024

Towel Animals - Mariner of the Seas

 Good morning,

When on a cruise ship, it's fun to come back to your cabin and find towel animals created by your cabin steward.

I want to say the one above is a puppy...

 ...and perhaps this is a cat.  

Very cute!



Friday, June 7, 2024

Cafe Promenade - Mariner of the Seas

 Good morning,

We enjoyed our late mornings aboard Mariner of the Seas while sitting on the Royal Promenade enjoying coffee and watching people.

 Here Captain Tor is picking up his morning coffee and chatting with guests.  He is one of the most personable captains with whom we have ever worked.  

Ah, yes, being back on board was fun!



Thursday, June 6, 2024

Beach Buggy on the Royal Promenade

Good morning,

It's traditional on larger Royal Caribbean ships to have a car parked outside one of the restaurants on the Royal Promenade.

On some of the ships, it's a sports car.  Here on the Mariner, it's a beach buggy being driven by a big fuzzy teddy bear.

Very cool.



Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Top Tier Event - Mariner of the Seas

 Good morning,

The Top Tier Event on Royal Caribbean ships is a way for the company to recognize loyal cruisers.

 We got there pretty early so were able to enjoy the Mariner of the Seas Orchestra while we watched people file into the theater.

 And, then the event began.  Captain Tor explained the various levels of the loyal program,

 then introduced those who had reached new levels.  

When cruising extra benefits are given to those who reach various levels.

It was fun to see the proceedings.  

Congratulations to the new Pinnacle Members!


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Elegant Staircase Aboard Mariner of the Seas

 Good morning,

The Mariner of the Seas is a gorgeous ship as are all in the Royal Caribbean Fleet.  

There are so many photo opportunities around the ship.  This staircase is between decks three and four.  

When cruising with friends, this was one of many perfect spots for group pictures.

I hope you're enjoying our days at sea with us....


Monday, June 3, 2024

Junior Suite

 Good morning,

I've been asked about the accommodations on board cruise ships. These are only a couple of images of a Junior Suite aboard Mariner of the Seas.  

In addition to what you can see in these two images, there is a full bath (with tub) and a walk in closet. 

Needless to say, this was all quite comfortable.  Just lovely.

Had I known I would share images of the suite, I would have taken more of them.

A Royal Caribbean cruise is the best vacation you can have.  Yes, it sounds like a commercial, but I truly believe it.  You check in, wake up in a different port almost every day and enjoy leisurely days at sea on other days.  You only unpack once.  You have a choice of restaurants and a wide array of entertainment venues.  And, I just love not having to do the dishes!  OK, commercial over....

All the best,


Sunday, June 2, 2024

The Little Things

 Good morning,

What a lovely treat to enjoy on the balcony of a cruise ship while watching the sea go by.

This cheese and fruit plate was enjoyed on Mariner of the Seas.

Lovely and tasty, too!



Saturday, June 1, 2024

Flowers on the Bridge

 Good morning,

I am a flower person, as most of you who read this blog regularly know.

These beauties are on the Bridge of Mariner of the Seas.

 So beautiful!



Friday, May 31, 2024

Views From the Bridge

 Good morning,

These are views from the bridge of Mariner of the Seas. 

 We're still in port, but will set sail soon.  Interesting, isn't it that we say we'll "sail" when there isn't a sail in sight.  ;)  Yep, that's the way it is.

 This is the view from the Wing Bridge down the side of the ship.

The bridge extends across the front of the ship.
That's a helipad on the bow.  It's used for medical emergencies when we are at sea. 
When he was working, Chief Engineer Kjell would be in the Engine Control Room just about now, preparing to make engine power available to the Captain. Today, he's enjoying the view.  Retirement is good!
Time to release the lines!

Here's Captain Tor on the wing bridge as we pull away from the dock.  

While Kjell was working we sailed with Tor on different ships and he was our Best Man 25 years ago.  It's also fun that we all live near each other so can get together when we are on land.

What a lovely day to go to sea!

That beautiful white sand beach extends all the way to Miami's South Beach.

More to come....

All the best,


Thursday, May 30, 2024

To the Port!

 Good morning,

We spent the night in Melbourne-Viera, then headed for the parking area to leave our car before taking the shuttle to the port.

 This is the same route we took for the last six years before Kjell's retirement when we were returning to the ship for a ten week tour of duty aboard Freedom of the Seas.  Those days we were driving at the crack of dawn for Kjell go to aboard very early so there was very little traffic.

This time we'll be boarding Mariner of the Seas for a cruise as guests to celebrate our anniversary.   It's going to be great fun!


My goodness, look at the traffic!  There are several ships in port today, so traffic is heavy.

Traffic is moving, though, so we'll be aboard Mariner soon....