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Finally! Some photos from our cruise!

Phew! I can’t believe it’s already December and we’ve been back from our cruise for almost 2 months! Time has seriously whizzed by. Slow down please! We just flew into cold and snowy Utah last night to spend Christmas with Chris’ family, so I finally have time to sit down and plow through some posts. So get ready for a bit of a deluge!

So, without further ado, we begin the many-post documentation of our Eastern Mediterranean adventure!

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A little background:

We went with our good friends, TCSE (AKA Josh and Kolie: The Coolest Sheehans Ever)

We sailed with Royal Caribbean on the Mariner of the Seas. I know. Royal Caribbean also sails to the Mediterranean. We were surprised too.

The cruise was 12 nights.

The itinerary was as follows:

  • Fly into Rome, take the train to Civitavecchia and stay the night.
  • Board the ship in Civitavecchia and sail away.
  • Day at Sea
  • Day at Sea
  • Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt (2 days)
  • Ashdod/Jerusalem, Israel (2 days)
  • Day at Sea
  • Kusadasi, Turkey (1 day)
  • Athens, Greece (1 day)
  • Day at Sea
  • Naples, Italy (1 day)
  • Arrive back in Civitavecchia and fly home.
Seriously…it was an amazing 12 days! I don’t have any other cruises in my experience to compare it to, but I would venture to say that 12 nights is the PERFECT length for a cruise. A nice balance of sea days to enjoy the ship versus port days to explore the..well…ports.

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Waiting to catch the train in Rome to Civitavecchia.

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Beautiful Kolie in our hotel room in Civitavecchia.

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Da boat. Er… ship.

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Oh hey! I turned the big 2-5 on the second day of the cruise! I woke up that morning to an awesome surprise on my door from Josh and Kolie and a waterproof iPad case from Chris (dream come true!). I’m not gonna lie… it was a really rad birthday!

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Yay birthday and cruise and Mediterranean and warmth and sun and life!

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 TCSE

 

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One of the birthday activities included a napkin folding class. We’re high class here.

 

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This photo is entirely representative of 80% of our time on the boat. Chris finished two books in A Song of Ice and Fire series as well as Vince Flynn’s American AssassinI plowed through the end of The Count of Monte Cristo, World War Z, The Princess Bride, and Ender’s Game.

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And what would a post about cruising be without a photo of the yummy food?

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The Mariner of the Seas had an ice skating rink on board. The wonders of our world these days never ceases to amaze me. 

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More stories of our port adventures to come!

Cruisin’ Gangnam Style

Consider this a little preview of lots more posts to come :)

Highlights from the trip/video (us, Josh and Kolie, or both):

Relaxing on board Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas.

Egypt: the pyramids and sphinx, riding jeeps and camels, the Valley of the Kings

Israel: The Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Ashdod

Turkey: Ephesus and Kusadasi

Greece: The Acropolis and downtown Athens

Italy:  Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento, Capri

Pictures coming soon (as soon as we finish editing them all!)