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About halfway through our Alaskan cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, we were fully enjoying our vacation. We had somewhat familiarized ourselves with the ship’s layout and locations, and we had stopped at two fantastic locations in Alaska (Juneau and Skagway). Our fourth day onboard was a day at sea, however, on this particular day we were sailing through the Tracy Arm Fjord.    When we first booked our cruise, I was most excited about getting off of… Read more »

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Day three of our Alaskan cruise brought us to the amazingly beautiful Skagway. From the moment I stepped onto the deck of the ship and got a good look at my surroundings, I was in love. The scenery was spectacular. Yes, I realize I have used the words amazing, breathtaking, and spectacular frequently in my posts on our travels to Alaska, but honestly, it is just so true.    Our day in Skagway began with a ride through the mountains… Read more »

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The first stop on our Alaskan cruise was in Juneau. Not only was it great to wake up to some beautiful scenery, we were excited for our day’s activities. On this particular stop, our group of eight had differing interests. The guys wanted to go salmon fishing, while others wanted to whale watch. My children would not have enjoyed either or endured the many hours the excursions lasted, so we opted to all go our separate ways and try out… Read more »

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On one of our days at sea on our Alaskan cruise, we were all debating on what activities to participate in to fill our morning. My son, now six, quickly announced that he wanted to climb the rock wall. If you have been on a Royal Caribbean ship, then you know how tall the rock walls are (especially for a child). If not, take my word, they are tall. My husband always climbs several times when we cruise and loves… Read more »

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In all of our cruise travels, we have splurged once on a balcony room and a few times on an oceanview (usually a round porthole or window). Typically, we like to save money on our room, since we are only in there to get cleaned up and sleep, and mostly opt for an inside stateroom.  I am most often asked if the staterooms on cruises are small. Well, yes they are. However, up to this point with our two children… Read more »

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Cruising is one of my favorite ways to travel. It is so easy! Just get on the ship and sail to amazing ports of call and enjoy loads of fun along the way! My first cruise was as a high school junior with my parents back in 1999, and I have enjoyed upwards of 15 plus cruises since, some with large groups and some just my husband and I. While we have yet to cruise on one of Royal Caribbean’s… Read more »

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Our family traded in our usual swimsuits and flip-flops or theme park attire and had an adventure unlike any we have experienced before. Instead of basking in the sun on a beach, splashing in the ocean or riding Big Thunder Mountain at Walt Disney World for the fifth time of the day, we bundled up, pulled on our gloves and toboggans, and experienced some of the most beautiful sites to be seen. Our week was spent exploring the beauty of… Read more »

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It is currently 1:30 a.m. in whatever time zone I am in. Honestly, I have lost track since we have switched back and forth nearly five or six times. I am wide awake. We are on a huge cruise ship, but it feels as though we are on a tiny fishing boat being tossed about in the ocean. The water here (somewhere along the Canadian coastline) is rough- really rough. In fact, in the approximate 15 cruises (adding at this… Read more »

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This morning I walked my son into the lobby of his school, gave him a big hug and kiss, and watched him walk to his classroom for the last time as a Kindergartener. As he practically bounced down the hall, talking to a buddy along the way, I had a flashback of his first day. And surprisingly, many of those same feelings were stirring inside of me. I thought this was supposed to get easier, right?  This walk was a… Read more »

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This past weekend our church held a tea for the ladies. It was such a fun time! I ended up hosting a table, which meant I got to pick the theme, food, etc. One of the main reasons I wanted to be involved, aside from being in a room of amazing ladies, was because my daughter is in full-on tea party mode. At home, we have multiple tea parties…..daily! I was excited for her to get to attend her first… Read more »