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As I begin this journey of writing this cruise blog, let me start by saying a cruise is totally what you make it. You can have an amazing time with action and adventure. Or you can have one of the most disruptive infringements upon your most precious time. Possibly ruin the trip you so deserve to take.

There are many activities, excursions and sites to chose from. There is something for everyone of all ages to do. It's all up to you! Now imagine a blank canvas, where you are the artist. After you examine what colors you have to work with you begin the creation of your masterpiece. You get to tell an artistic view of what you see, hear, taste or smell. This is the way I would suggest that you pursue a cruise! The entire trip is your canvas and the hues you use, would be your adventures.

Take for instance you decide to visit a few broadway shows let's paint a few strokes of yellow, then add a comedy show add some purple stokes. Next imagine all the free food available from all over the world 24 hours each day, that color could be green representing eat as many times as you like. Then you may decide to add karaoke or watch karaoke let's paint that red from the excitement. Of course if you want to just relax, absorb the sunshine and drift off into the beautiful sky's tranquility that color could be stokes of light blue. What if you just glazed at the depths of the sea full of dolphins or whales this could be dark blue. Or maybe you had a conversation or took a picture with the Captain add a few strokes of white. See how easy it would be to create a picture of beauty.

That's just getting started. We have not mentioned swimming, hot tubs, zip lining, beaches, exotic beverages, water slides, the casino, dancing, movie nite, a few formal dinners, scuba diving, parasailing and more.

Finally you take a few pictures to commemorate your trip, and your canvas is now complete. That's what cruising is all about creating beautiful memories full of vibrancy, laughter and adventures. It's all what you make it.

So I suggest that you do it all, see it all, taste it all and turn your experiences into a beautiful canvas to express it all and then start planning your next cruise right away! See you at the next port! ~Karen

Introducing Carnival Aficionados, Hosted by Karen Ward!

Carnival Aficionados

A year ago I had the pleasure of meeting Karen Ward, a savvy and veteran cruiser aboard the ships of Carnival Cruise Line.  It did not take long to realize she does not simply enjoying taking a cruise but makes each one a total experience.  For years now, she has hosted her entire family of 35 on an annual cruise, handling every detail of the planning all the way down to scavenger hunts aboard ship.  Now I'm excited to introduce Karen Ward as our blogger for Carnival Aficionados!  The latest feature on our cruise community, you can follow her adventures at sea and more at www.CarnivalAficionados.com!  Join me in welcoming Karen and support the Carnival Aficionados blog by joining us today!

Introducing Carnival Aficionados, Hosted by Karen Ward!

Carnival Aficionados

A year ago I had the pleasure of meeting Karen Ward, a savvy and veteran cruiser aboard the ships of Carnival Cruise Line.  It did not take long to realize she does not simply enjoying taking a cruise but makes each one a total experience.  For years now, she has hosted her entire family of 35 on an annual cruise, handling every detail of the planning all the way down to scavenger hunts aboard ship.  Now I'm excited to introduce Karen Ward as our blogger for Carnival Aficionados!  The latest feature on our cruise community, you can follow her adventures at sea and more at www.CarnivalAficionados.com!  Join me in welcoming Karen and support the Carnival Aficionados blog by joining us today!

Harmony of the Seas Suffers Tragic Loss During Boat Drill

This week the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Harmony of the Seas suffered a tragic accident while docked in Marseille, France.  As is routine when docked with a side of the ship unobstructed, to conduct drills with the boats.  A lifeboat detached from it's winch and fell to the water below.  One crew member died of it's injuries and four others were hurt.  

Five Things You Missed About Cruising - 9/17/2016

Mobile Terminal Set to Host Carnival Following Renovations.

Having withdrawn from the Mobile market in 2011, Carnival Cruise Lines is due to resume service out of a newly refreshed terminal in November.  The city of Mobile refreshed the decor and upgraded the facilities to add check-in desks along the same standard seen at the major ports in Florida.  

Thomson Cruises to Acquire Legend of the Seas-

The Vision class ship, Legend of the Seas, will move from Royal Caribbean’s fleet to Thomson Cruises in May 2017.  Launched in 1990 she is one of six ships of her class which preceded the Voyager of the Seas and current move toward substantially larger vessels throughout the industry. Though smaller by half than Voyager, the Vision class is well regarded.  The move of Legend and eventually her sister ships to another fleet is less a mark of quality than simply the growth of Royal Caribbean.

Sometimes You Get the Bear, Sometimes the Bear Gets Stuffed-

Carnival will add Build-A-Bear Workshops starting with the Carnival Dream in summer 2017.  If you have kids, simply plan on spending now.  If you are a parent, you realize as this author does how inevitable buying something will be.

Sometimes a daddy has to do what a daddy has to do.

 

"Sometimes a daddy has to do what a daddy has to do."

Adventures in Drydocking-

Royal Caribbean’s third Voyager class ship, the Adventure of the Seas, will undergo a sixty-one million dollar series of upgrades.  A FlowRider surf simulator, water slides and new children’s water park are being added.  In addition, Izumi, Chops and Boleros will be added to the ship.  What is going to prove interesting is where on the ship an additional 100 cabins will be placed.  Were one to speculate, the Viking Crown Lounge is likely to be cannibalized, as will the deck space above the bridge.  The shame of this is an ongoing compromise of the ship as an environment one can escape within, enjoy the sea, the air, the discrete nooks which one could find a sense of privacy.  

Captain Cave Innovation

The Innovation Lab is a new facility noted on Cruise Aficionados previously.  It is a state of the art research and design center for Royal Caribbean designed to aid it in keeping pace within an increasingly aggressive industry.  Royal Caribbean released this video giving an overview of the structure.

 

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