Time to leave this beautiful new ship. I had a quick snack at breakfast and took a few last minute photos. Unlike the Carnival Mardi Gras the pool chairs were not overrun by towel critters. I took the free shuttle bus to the Miami airport and flew back to Houston on Southwest Airlines.
A beautiful day in the Bahamas. I started the day with a Q&A session for travel agents. I took the opportunity to play with the bumper cars before visiting the waterpark at Thrill Island. I tested out all the waterslides, including North America’s tallest waterslide – Daredevils’ Peak. I explored all of what the island had to offer and then came back to the ship for a couple of shows and dinner. The night ended with a silent party.
A very busy day. It started with a flight from Houston to Fort Lauderdale. Once onboard the Odyssey of the Seas I enjoyed a delicious surf and turf lunch, explored a large variety of cabins and watched the naming ceremony. After the naming ceremony I enjoyed two high tech live shows and another fabulous dinner (surf and turf again).
Checking in for the flight to Fort Lauderdale and the Inaugural Cruise on the Odyssey of the Seas
Queens, Rockefeller Center, New York Public Library and my flight back to Houston
The last full day in New York City. I visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
A trip on the Staten Island Ferry and a bit of exploration of the World Trade Center memorial, Chinatown, Little Italy and Broadway.
A full day in New York City. Today I visited St Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park, the Guggenheim museum, Roosevelt Island and Grand Central Terminal.
First day of a long weekend trip to New York City. The day started early in the morning with a direct flight to Newark, NJ. I used the nice weather as an opportunity to explore some of the outdoor spaces in NYC – the High Line, the Vessel, Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square.
Disembarkation from Scarlet Lady and a direct flight to Houston
A day at the beach in the Bahamas. I spent the day relaxing on the Scarlet Lady and the Beach Club at Bimini.
Another relaxing sea day. Dinner at the steakhouse. And an interesting Scarlet Night.
The first port visit – Costa Maya, Mexico. I took advantage of the stop to visit some Mayan ruins at Chacchoben. I had dinner at the Korean BBQ restaurant onboard and played Dodgeball.
The first full day on the Scarlet Lady. Rockstar for a few minutes (toured Rockstar Suites), and dinner at the Mexican restaurant.
Embarkation day on the Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady. After waiting for hours to board I managed to find free champagne at the pool deck to soften the disappointment. A new dining experience and evening sailaway from Miami.
Flight to Miami and an afternoon in South Beach
Checking in for my flight and my cruise
Return flight to Houston from Boston.
Whales and penguins! Today I started with a whale watching cruise and visited the New England Aquarium. I watched the sunset from the river nearby M.I.T.
Fenway Park, Boston Commons, Granary Burial Ground, Old State House, Old South Meeting House… seriously a full day of adventure