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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.

Food on Explorer of the Seas

Royal Caribbean has lots of food options on their ships, and Explorer of the Seas is no exception. With a preference for eating at places that are included in the cost of the cruise rather than those that charge extra, … Continue reading

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Cocoa Beach

After visiting Kennedy Space Center the day we disembarked from Carnival Magic in Port Canaveral, Florida, we expected to spend the next day in Cocoa Beach at the beach and in the pool at the vacation house we rented for … Continue reading

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Hakodate, Japan Cruise Ship Port

HAKODATE One of our dining room tablemates on Holland America Westerdam was born in Japan so I’ll trust her on the pronunciation of this Japanese city. She said it’s Ha (as in ha ha ha) ko (rhymes with no) da … Continue reading

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Strange Happenings on a Cruise Ship

In some ways every cruise is different, but in other ways they are pretty much the same. The ship sets sail. Some days are spent at sea and others in port, there’s lots of food and plenty of entertainment. On … Continue reading

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Snorkeling in Belize

It’s a long tender ride from ship to shore in Belize. Tenders are used when there is no cruise ship dock and the ship waits offshore while smaller boats bring passengers to land. These are sometimes the taller lifeboats off … Continue reading

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Which Cruise Lines Are the Most Kid-Friendly?

Cruising With Kids Cruising is becoming ever more popular and young families with kids make up a good portion of the growth. When planning a cruise it always helps to take into consideration the ages of the people you’re cruising … Continue reading

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Vanuatu

Vanuatu A nation in the south pacific made up of a group of islands nestled between Fiji and New Caledonia, Vanuatu is a place many people never would have heard of if it weren’t for the 9th season of Survivor … Continue reading

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Kennedy Space Center

After disembarking Carnival Magic we had a couple days to spend in Cocoa Beach before going home. Getting off of Carnival Magic in Port Canaveral wasn’t the easiest disembarkation ever. Leaving the ship took a very long time because in … Continue reading

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Exploring Kodiak

We stepped outside the Holland America Westerdam into the strong aroma of dead fish. All explained by a glance at the nearest building, labeled Kodiak Fishermens Terminal. We’ve had port stops at container docks before, but this was the first … Continue reading

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Hits and Misses on Holland America Oosterdam

Oosterdam Hits and Misses Every ship has things to like about it, and usually something not so great. Of course what people like or not is always a matter of opinion. One person’s absolute favorite thing about any particular ship … Continue reading

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