Monday, January 14, 2008

Back to Reality....

Well, the ship has landed and we have made our way back to the snowy fields of Iowa. It was hard to leave. But we were looking forward to being home. To seeing the newlyweds, and, of course, Sumo.

I thought I would share a few more highlights from our trip. I have to say it was the trip of a lifetime. Everything was amazing. Definitely would go again. This is our ship. The Liberty of the Seas. The largest cruise ship in the world.

We made 3 stops: San Juan; St Maarten and Labadee, Haiti. Us girls did some shopping on San Juan. I am not much of a souvenir shopper, so didn't buy much. But it's always fun to look!

In St. Maarten, we took a shuttle to the French side of the island and did some exploring. It ended with a delicious stop at a little French bakery eating amazing pastries!

Our favorite port, however, was Labadee, Haiti. This is actually a private area owned by Royal Caribbean. Lots of beaches and beautiful blue waters. Steve and A took a Wave Runner tour and said they had GREAT time. They were, however, quite sore for several days afterwards!

We did some snorkeling while we were in Labadee. That was great fun. We found a few sand dollars and sea urchins to bring home with us.

My brother and A did some body surfing. (There were great waves that day!)

The kids found a baby palm tree and enjoyed taking pictures by it.

We also had 3 full days at sea, just enjoying the ship. Sitting by the pool was wondeful. So nice to just soak up the warmth. (And a frozen drink now and then - as you see my brother and sister in law doing!)

Dinner each evening was a highlight for all of us. A time to have all of us together and talk about the day and enjoy amazing food served by some very fun people! I especially enjoyed the formal nights having everyone dressed up and looking so nice!

Rolando and Carlene took GREAT care of us!! Sure hope our paths cross again some day!

A final shot of the 'Tat Brothers' - Steve and my nephew. Yes, those are tattoos. (Ok, so they aren't permanent.. they were fun!!)

Sumo was very happy to see us and says he is ready to go with us on the next cruise!!!

And now back to reality. We are helping R & M get settled into their first apartment. A has gone back to school and K is here for another week, and then she is back to school as well. Tax season looms before me. Life is busy. Life is good.

Until Next Time....


Anonymous said...

I went to Labadee on a Royal Caribbean cruise a long time again and I've always been curious if it was still up and running. Looks fancier than what I remember.
Love those frozen boat drinks!!

Robin said...

I missed you Janice. I always look forward to reading your blog. It sounds like you had a great time.

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

So glad to have you back!! (great photos) :-)

SwissKnits! said...

Thanks for taking all of us on a virtual cruise! Looks like a blast!!
Glad you were able to enjoy some time off.

I am so glad you are back!! I missed reading your blog!

Shelley said...

Sounds like your cruise was great! I've got 16 days until we head to Egypt!'s getting close pretty fast! Looking forward to it though.

rohanknitter said...

Welcome home! It looks like you had a wonderful vacation!
It can be hard to settle back into the routine, but it's always good to come home. (and I know Sumo was glad to see you back!)