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About LBcruiseshipblogger

MyCruiseStories blog tells stories about adventures in cruising on ships big and small. Things to do onboard and in port. Anything connected to cruising. Also food, travel, recipes, towel animals, and the occasional random blog.

Cabins on Symphony of the Seas

Most cruise ships have interior, oceanview, and balcony staterooms as well as suites. There’s often some variety in amount of people a room accommodates, and a bit of variance in shape or size due to the location of some of … Continue reading

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Celebrity Constellation

Leaving Tampa, it becomes obvious why the ships sailing from that port are of the older, smaller variety. Initially the ship sailed backwards until it came to a wide enough spot in the channel for it to turn around – … Continue reading

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Dhow Boat Ride in Khasab, Oman

Our cruise from Italy to Dubai on the MSC Lirica had several port stops in Oman, one of them at Khasab. Due to pre-cruise research where everybody on all the websites I could find about cruising to Oman said there … Continue reading

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Watersports on Symphony of the Seas

There’s lots to do on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. Just watersports alone have quite a variety of activities to choose from. The biggest water feature on Symphony of the Seas isn’t actually a sport for the passengers, but … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Dough 1 packet quick rise yeast ½ cup warm water Zest of one orange (you need a second orange for the filling & frosting) ½ cup orange juice (preferably fresh squeezed, but you can fill in with other orange juice … Continue reading

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The Ever-Changing Itinerary

In spite of omicron flaring up, our January cruise on Celebrity Constellation out of Tampa did sail. Itineraries are pretty fluid these days. When we first booked the cruise it went to Key West, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, and Grand Cayman. … Continue reading

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Yu Garden in Shanghai, China

Not far from each other, and fairly close to the Bund on Huaihui Road, sit Yu Garden and Yuyuan Garden. The bus tour map of Shanghai that we had showed Yu Garden and our other tourist map that showed the … Continue reading

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Symphony of the Seas

Finally a cruise that didn’t get cancelled. Things aren’t quite back to normal in a covid world, but ships are sailing again. Cruising isn’t quite the same, but there are ships on the sea. I took a week-long Caribbean cruise … Continue reading

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Freedom Trail Revisited

On my first trip to Boston as a cruise embarkation port, I spent a couple nights there pre-cruise. That trip I sailed with a couple aunts and an uncle. We stayed at a hotel near the subway and used it … Continue reading

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Khasab, Oman Cruise Port

KHASAB, OMAN The city of Khasab is located on northern Oman’s Musandam Peninsula which juts out between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in the Strait of Hormunz next to United Arab Emirates. This small city has many … Continue reading

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