Cruises

First Travels of 2014

For the first time in almost a decade, I was able to swim outside in February this past weekend on my Disney cruise. Heavy winter coats and scarves were replaced by sundresses and flip flops and the desire to go indoors to somewhere warm as soon as possible was replaced by wanting to stay outside and bask in the warmth of the sun all the while gazing up at the beautiful bright blue skies (ugly, drab gray skies are the norm in Pittsburgh during the winter).

And the reminder of all reminders to let me know that my blissful weekend getaway in the warm Caribbean was really over? Temperatures in the low 20s (F) that felt even colder with the wind chill and yet another snow storm last night that added about another four some inches on top of the snow that was already on the ground. 
A Disney cruise is always a great time. You can see why they are continually ranked as being one of the top cruise lines. The only bad part of the cruise was regarding cameras…I decided to take a “break” from my large and bulky DSLR camera this weekend and instead just bring my point and shoot one since its magnitudes smaller and lighter. Well, it’s not the greatest camera to use for some interior shots and to make matters worse, the battery ended up dying (I had fully charged it before leaving) so on our last meal I alternated between taking photos with an underwater disposable camera I had bought for a snorkeling activity and D’s smartphone. The lesson that I learned here? Man up and deal with carting the DSLR camera. 
Stay tuned for a slew of posts and (some somewhat mediocre) photos in the coming days!

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    Jo Ann M.
    February 18, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Glad you had a great time on your cruise! Especially since we hear so many cruise ship horror stories. Besides basking in the warmth of the sun, what are you favorite things to do on a cruise?

    I know you love warm weather destinations so it must have been horrible to come back to this. I love the snow, but I don’t like the bitter cold or the transportation headaches. We were hit with more snow last night. I still haven’t shoveled the sidewalk.

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      Julie Tulba
      February 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      The thing about the horror stories are definitely in the minority when you think of how dozens if not hundreds of cruises are taking place every day around the world. I think they make such headlines because they are so rare in the scheme of things, sadly akin to a plane crash.

      I love Disney cruises as they play first run Disney movies in their movie theater, have great shows, and still love posing with characters even after all these years πŸ™‚

      Yes, it was pretty bad having beautiful and warm temperatures one day and then a harsh reality the very next! This winter has been beyond the pits though, wish it would end!

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