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Rusha October 30th, 2008 04:58 AM

So glad to see you back! How was your vacation with the inlaws? I bet you took lots of pictures!! I want to see. Share!!!

jellybeaninhk October 30th, 2008 09:59 PM

Thanks Jerusha. We had a fantastic time. Calleigh stayed home with the inlaws so it was just DH and I. We flew all the way to London and started at Southampton (where the Titanic set sail, LOL), went down to Madeira and the Canary islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote), up to Lisbon Portugal, Vigo in Spain and back up to Southampton. Total of 11 nights. We went on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas. GREAT BIG hunk of a ship at 220,000 tons. It was so ridiculously large, it had its own ice skating rink and rock climbing wall!! The land excursions were OK, but we went for the ship itself. We actually wanted to do the Mediterranean but this one coincided with our 5th wedding anniversary, so we went for it. Believe it or not, they are coming out with one late next year which will be 60,000 tons heavier than this one. We're wondering whether we want to try it or not.

Some pictures to goggle at:

Picture of me in front of the ship
http://media5.dropshots.com/photos/1...031/005828.jpg
To put it into perspective (DH looks miniscule next to it)
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...019/203628.jpg
Shot of the inner atrium (with rooms looking into it)
http://media5.dropshots.com/photos/1...015/192743.jpg
A couple of the play pool areas
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...015/194820.jpg
http://media4.dropshots.com/photos/1...017/203326.jpg
The ice rink (we were playing Bingo in there)
http://media4.dropshots.com/photos/1...016/232447.jpg
DH at the craps table
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...018/054651.jpg
CRAZY!! They had a wave rider at the back of the ship. I didn't try this.
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...025/185433.jpg
Lovely bottom shot of me on the rock climbing wall. I chickened out half way up. Heights are not my forte.
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...020/001932.jpg
Playing mini golf on deck
http://media5.dropshots.com/photos/1...r90_224612.jpg
Getting into the boxing rink in the ship's gym
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...026/013209.jpg
We did a murder mystery dinner for our anniversary and our team won.
http://media5.dropshots.com/photos/1...019/052208.jpg
One of the towel animals. Every shipping line does this. I really like Sherry's animals better though.
http://media5.dropshots.com/photos/1...022/055430.jpg
http://media5.dropshots.com/photos/1...031/010919.jpg
YUM!!
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...018/051423.jpg
Visting a banana plantation on Gran Canaria
http://media5.dropshots.com/photos/1...020/185123.jpg
Trekking on volcanoes in Lanzarote
http://media5.dropshots.com/photos/1...021/175754.jpg
Canoeing in Vigo, Spain
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...024/175320.jpg
The cathedral in Lisbon, Portugal
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...031/010107.jpg
Shots in Vigo, Spain
http://media3.dropshots.com/photos/1...031/010806.jpg
http://media5.dropshots.com/photos/1...031/010823.jpg

Whew. I actually took over 600 pictures but it's been a nightmare trying to upload them.

moms_soccer_team October 31st, 2008 11:11 AM

Your pics are great Grace!!! WOW that ship is beautiful!! Glad to have you back :dothug:

Rusha October 31st, 2008 12:48 PM

Grace! I loved reading about your trip and seeing the pictures. That must have been a really nice time for you and your hubby to relax and spend time together. You would never be bored on that boat! :D I have never seen your picture before, you are beautiful!!

lovemyfamily0799 November 1st, 2008 08:18 AM

Grace!! It looks like you all had a BLAST! Gosh two of you gals going on cruises...man its got me really really itching for March to get here.

We actually looked at the sister ship of the one you were on (Adventours of the seas out of San Juan)...long story on why we didn't end up going with that one. But your pics make me wish we had stuck with them.

It is so cool that you live on that side of the world and can visit all those awesome beautiful ports! The history and beautiful landscapes are breath taking over on that side.

lovemyluke&joel November 1st, 2008 12:27 PM

WOW great pictures!!! You look like you had so much fun.... Thanks for sharing!


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