Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sailing on a Maiden Voyage

I am so glad to be able to participate in Outdoor Wednesday again. Susan of http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ is making it possible for us all to share our outdoor photos so to see more, go visit her and her participants.
As most of you know, we just returned from an incredible and amazing maiden voyage aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. We sailed off from the port of Fort Lauderdale. and stayed at Marriott's the night before to be sure we do not miss the embarkation, in case of any flight delays. These 2 photos is the view from our hotel balcony.
That's Florida alright, lots of palm trees.

I took the next 2 pics while in the shuttle bus as we left for the port and there is the "Beast", according to the bus driver, LOL! Oasis of the Seas is the biggest ship in the world. She is truly majestic!

It is fun to sail on a maiden voyage. Not only is the ship sparkling clean but presents such as hats, bags, photo albums, recipe book, etc. are always awaiting on our bed everytime we go back to the cabin after dinner.
Since this is Outdoor Wed, I would just like to show you the ship's Solarium. It was John's favorite place. It has a big jacuzzi pool with 2 big TV screens on the Sports channel, in addition to a pool and 2 more smaller jacuzzis. It also has a cafeteria so that you can snack or eat your meals there if you want to. They served healthy food here so AJ and I did not really like it and so we did not eat here. LOL! But we tried it once. Can you see how much bigger the Oasis is compared to the other ships? But oh, you can't really see the Oasis, can you? I am taking the picture from one of its solarium's windows, but you get the idea of how high I am shooting the pic from. The oasis has 17 deck floors and I was shooting from deck 15.

They have cabana chairs that rotate and AJ was just enjoying the spin while John turns it for her. Then we just sat there and relaxed while looking out. Not really a nice view cause we have not moved yet and we were facing the parking lot. Exploring the ship was a lot of fun. You meet everybody with cameras.
Hope you enjoyed my little introduction to the most amazing cruise that we have taken. I am posting more pictures for Sightseeing Saturday this weekend so please come back.


Blondie's Journal said...


How lucky you are to take the maiden voyage. You are starting to convince me that a cruise might not be so bad! lol!! It sure does look like a big ship! I am so glad that you, John and AJ had fun and I can't wait to see more pictures on Saturday!! Happy you are back and thank you for the sweet comments on my last post!


Sue said...

This would be so exciting! I enjoyed the pictures and can't wait to see more!


Heidi said...

That must have been a lot of fun for you! A maiden voyage, how memorable. Your pictures really capture the atmosphere, I'd love to do that someday!
I look forward to seeing the rest of the picutes.
Heidi - Heart and Home

Shelia said...

Wow! How lucky you were, Christine, to get to take the maiden voyage of this magnificent ship! I can tell by your pictures how big it is! I know you must have had an amazing time!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

LV said...

Ships are the best way to travel. I have been on several tips in the past, and loved them all. I have not been on this one. I enjoyed taking it through lens.

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Wow, Christine, what a luxurious cruise ship! What a lucky little girl AJ is! I've been MIA for months so I'm going to get caught up with your blog now. Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

looks like you had a fabulous holiday! beautiful photos!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Everything looks so exotic and relaxing. What could be better this time of year? I'll look forward to your pictures on Saturday.
XX 00

Unknown said...

Hi Christine! Its so exciting that you were able to ake the Maiden Voyage! That ship is so large its almost scary! It looks top heavy! I can't wait to see more... see you Saturday! I'll be posting too on my series of posts about Hotel Del!
~Merry Merry~
~Really Rainey~

Oh I forgot... Did you "Sew" those long photos together using photoshop or use a panoramic camera?

Carolyn Ford said...

That is such an amazing ship...not quite a Carnival line...right? What a fabulous time you had...congratulations! Enjoy every memory for a lifetime...

C'est moi Claudette said...

I just scrolled down to the bottom of your blog Christine.
You should be in the Better Homes and Garden mag.
Your house is amazing. I love your Tablescapes.
Love the new camera.
I just found the cutest home made peacocks made out of pipe cleaners and silver branches. I will think of you everytime I look at it this Xmas.
Happy OW you lucky sailor you!
Love Claudie

Tara said...

The ship looks stunning! I have always thought this would be so fun. I can't wait until Saturday!

Martha said...

How great to be on the maiden voyage -- we just got back from a cruise as well -- but I like the look of your ship -- that solarium is really something!

Chubskulit Rose said...

what a wonderful cruise Christine, thanks for taking us there through your pictures.

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Kat said...

Goodness Christine, I can't believe the size of this ship! It looks like a wonderful vacation, unfortunately a cruise is one thing my DH absolutely, positively refuses to consider. Funny, for someone who wants to retire on the water, he doesn't like going into or on the water! Love the shot of you and hubby with your feet up - now THAT is my idea of a vacation. Hugs, Kathy

SmilingSally said...

Ooo, how luxurious! It must have been a super, wonderful cruise, Christine. I'm glad that you're sharing it with me.

Hootin' Anni said...

Love all the panoramic photos...and the collages are fantastic.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Christine,
Looks like you had a wonderful cruise. I love cruising. I am going to try to stop back to see the rest of your pictures when you post them. If I get really busy and don't get back, You and yours have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

You ask about the monkey balls, I am not sure where all they grow but I thought I read somewhere that they were in Texas also....so I bet they just might grow all over the US.

eileeninmd said...

WOW, the Oasis is a huge ship. You could get lost on it, I know you had a great time. It must have been nice to be the first guest on the ship. I can not wait to see more of your photos.

Unknown said...

Shoot, Woman! I think you go on more vacations than you stay at home! And what a lucky, lucky granddaughter A.J. is, she seems to always go too! Beautiful ship, I hope you had a wonderful time!

Joyce said...

Wow the bus driver said it when he said "the Beast". I can't wait to see more photos.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wow, it looks amazing. I have never been on a cruise. You are one lucky lady!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Christine, this does look like the royal treatment! How wonderful. So glad y'all had a great trip, and now you're off on another trip! Have fun. Merry Christmas. laurie

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