The countdown app on my smartphone has reached 100 days until my next cruise. For the first time I am taking family with me as my young daughter and son will come with me to cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. This will be a return visit to the Oasis having sailed on her just this past January. It will also be the first major family trip for my “little people.” My hope is to make this the start of lasting tradition. Adventures like long trips across the country and memory building were constant parts of my growing up. So there this is an event that means more to me than just another cruise.
This cruise will unfold very much like my last few cruises in that I’ll be driving from Ohio down to Florida, cruising, then returning north the way I came. If the nature of flying is as bad as I read nearly every day there isn’t much to be missed by driving. The itinerary will see Oasis visit St. Marteen, St. Thomas and Nassau, with a few days at sea. I have a particular interest in seeing if I can take the kids to the Atlantis resort, possibly to see Dolphins-which my daughter told me I’m obliged to produce on this trip. St. Marteen will require a visit to “The Yoda Guy,” which my son is especially keen to see. This will be my first cruise in the month of October as well. Normally I find my way to sea in January or August. There won’t be anything dramatically different but the Hurricane season will still be underway. Always the chance for a bit of extra adventure at such times.
I’m looking forward to sharing with folks new to my Royal Caribbean Fan blog and Cruise Aficionados in the months leading to the event. If there is anything I enjoy nearly as much as being on a cruise is reliving a small part the trips I’ve taken in the past. Every blog entry, podcast, or occasion I have to talk about cruising makes the itch to do it again stronger. If you visit in the coming months I know you’ll find yourself feeling the same as I do.