Celebrity Constellation day three, Boston

After nearly twenty-four hours going northbound into two southbound nor’easters, we docked in wet and windy Boston Harbor. The prevailing weather has affected almost everyone’s demeanor; grumpy was the mood of the day amongst disappointed passengers whose shore excursions had been canceled due to the weather. My only plans were to try meet up with […] Read more…

First day at sea

First full day at sea.  Apparently there are two nor’easters coming right at us.  No one is venturing outside.  The seas are pretty rough but the Constellation and Captain Manetas keep it as smooth as possible.  There is a small sitting area down on deck three, right near the cinema.  From this vantage point, you […] Read more…

Celebrity Constellation Day One – Bayonne

Sail-away was exceptional. Cruising out of New York or New Jersey affords the unique opportunity to view the Statue of Liberty as many of our predecessors once did, except in the opposite direction, of course. Muster drill, sans lifejacket went quickly and soon we were free to explore the Constellation. I’ve spent a bit of […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas, Highlights of the Cruise

As our last day of this cruise is here, I thought it would be good to recap and highlight some of the memorable and informative features that I’ve experienced. Yesterday, as a “thank you” to all of the Diamond Plus, Diamond and Platinum members, the Freedom of the Seas hosted a lovely tablecloth breakfast in […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas Day Five

Ch-ch-ch-Changes.  Everything changes; Seasons change, the weather can change, we change our minds and on and on.  Royal Caribbean also changes; service, amenities, staff and on and on.  Especially during these “tough economic times” it seems every cruise line has had to tighten their belt.  The goal is to make it as seamless as possible […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas – Day Four

Internet connectivity aboard the ship has been very poor so I decided I would stay aboard the ship in St. Thomas.  Because St. Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands, there would be an AT&T wifi connection. I had four days of work to catch up.  The shoreside wifi connection was fast and I […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas at Sea – Day Three

Ahhh.  What a difference a good night’s sleep can do.  I awoke at 8:00, turned on the TV and in a few minutes my pre-ordered coffee and croissant were delivered.  Royal Caribbean has a fabulous bakery…and the croissants are always good.  I call this my “pre-breakfast” because an hour later I go to either the […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas – Sept 20 2009

There are some wonderful advantages to living in Florida besides the weather. No matter where you live, you are never more than a three hour drive to a cruise port. Going counter-clockwise south to north there’s Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach (gets an occasional small ship), Port Canaveral and Jacksonville on the east coast. Turning west, […] Read more…

MSC Splendida Successfully Completes Sea Trials

    MSC Splendida – the second in MSC Cruises’ luxurious “Fantasia” class of cruise ships – completed her sea trials on Sunday, May 24. The company’s new flagship left the Forme Joubert dock on May 21 at 3 p.m.  and headed out to the Ile d’Yeu and Belle-Ile for a 72-hour sailing in the […] Read more…

Blue Man Group Added to Norwegian Epic Entertainment Extravaganza

NCL announced today that it is “changing the face of cruise line entertainment.” Aboard the new Norwegian Epic will be the Blue Man Group, a “big top” at sea featuring Cirque Dreams, Headliners Comedy Club with the hilarious improvisational Second City troupe and Fat Cats, a 200-seat jazz club featuring world-class jazz musicians. Norwegian Epic is designed with multiple entertainment […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas Delivers the Wow

Without fanfare, just before dawn, Captain Emmanouil Kasselas docked the Freedom of the Seas at Terminal 10, her new home at Port Canaveral.  A few Cape Canaveral residents were out on their oceanfront balconies to witness a first for Port Canaveral.  This would be largest cruise ship ever to enter the channel at Port Canaveral.  […] Read more…

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