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bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 11:53 AM
Maybe it was the phase of the moon or something??? I injured my knee while running about a month ago... it's just now feeling like I can resume normal activity without pain or discomfort. Hmm...

Hmm, I always thought the moon might be against me :cool: My aunt always says it's crazy at the hospital when there is a full moon:eek:

You all must be younger than I, after hitting my 40's and having to "take off" too many days rehabbing running injuries I switched to the bike...try it! Great exercise and no impact = less days injured and recovering;)

They say you are as young as you feel. I think I am around 85. :eek:I have been doing the stationary bike for the last few weeks. I can't do a regular bike due to 4 ear surgeries that have caused me a lot of vertigo/balance/depth perception issues. Basically, if I'm riding and I look back (because a car is coming) and then I look forward, my eyes take too long to get back in focus and I fall down:rolleyes:

bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 11:55 AM
LOVE the bike! I have a Burley trailer that I pull my son in around these WV hills - GREAT workout! (Unfortunately, I haven't been riding much lately because the hills combined with pulling 50+ pounds are straining my knees... gotta ditch either the hills or the trailer for a little bit.)

NOTE TO CURTIS: Add Burley Trailer to baby registry! :D

The hills of WV, that can be a tough ride.

Another great set of pictures and the review! Love those coral reef pictures, great job!

Thanks :)

heerrera
May 12th, 2011, 12:16 PM
Day 5 - Cartagena, Columbia

More of the drive -- Please excuse the quality of some of the pictures - I'm shooting on a moving bus through glass

Another side street

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Everyone seems to drive small cars and take security very seriously here

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I'm assuming these are cabs

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Saw lots of areas like this

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They have street vendors selling newspapers/tabloids

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And this is the reason I would never drive here!

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Coming tomorrow -- Fortress - Inquisition palace - Cathedral - A local Show - Food - Shows - And More! . . .


If you can drive in Colombia, believe me you can drive anywhere.
I was born in Cartagena, and is a beautiful city.
Did you go to the walls?
Did you like the food?, those motorcycles that you see are also taxies!!!! they drive you for a so much cheaper rate.

wgraves
May 12th, 2011, 01:15 PM
Curtis,

Are your snorkeling pics from Grand Cayman from your Canon D10? We've been considering picking that one up, and your underwater pics are great!

bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 02:01 PM
If you can drive in Colombia, believe me you can drive anywhere.
I was born in Cartagena, and is a beautiful city.
Did you go to the walls?
Did you like the food?, those motorcycles that you see are also taxies!!!! they drive you for a so much cheaper rate.

It is beautiful. :) I don't think we went to the walls, because I'm not sure what your referring to. We didn't get to try the food either, our time was very short at each places because we had to be back to the ship by 12:30.

Those motorcycles are taxis? Wow:eek:

Curtis,

Are your snorkeling pics from Grand Cayman from your Canon D10? We've been considering picking that one up, and your underwater pics are great!

Thanks :)

All of the underwater and above water pics at grand cayman are from the D10. It does a great job. I will try to upload one of the underwater videos we did with it later to flickr and provide a link here so you can see it's video.

The only thing with a D10 is you need to soak it in freshwater after your done using it.

heerrera
May 12th, 2011, 02:24 PM
Yes i saw your pictures and you went inside the walls, the walls are the ones protecting the city (back in times), where el palacio de la inquisicion is, and the church, and the shopping st. and the little streets that you walked, all that city is inside the walls, that's the old city.
It is very safe , people are very nice, but as any other city if you walk in the wrong place you can get robbed.

El castillo de San Felipe is the fortress (i think thats how you call it in english).
I remember growing up and going there very often.. ;)

Familygoboston
May 12th, 2011, 03:14 PM
LOVE the bike! I have a Burley trailer that I pull my son in around these WV hills - GREAT workout! (Unfortunately, I haven't been riding much lately because the hills combined with pulling 50+ pounds are straining my knees... gotta ditch either the hills or the trailer for a little bit.)

NOTE TO CURTIS: Add Burley Trailer to baby registry! :D

Curtis: Can sell you mine (It's a double...you just never know;)) Well used by us, but I couldn't give it up, and now my daughter is actually driving her OWN car:eek:, could be time to get rid of it.:o

bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 06:21 PM
Yes i saw your pictures and you went inside the walls, the walls are the ones protecting the city (back in times), where el palacio de la inquisicion is, and the church, and the shopping st. and the little streets that you walked, all that city is inside the walls, that's the old city.
It is very safe , people are very nice, but as any other city if you walk in the wrong place you can get robbed.

El castillo de San Felipe is the fortress (i think thats how you call it in english).
I remember growing up and going there very often.. )

Now I know what you are talking about. I loved walking throughout the old city. It was beautiful there :)

Curtis: Can sell you mine (It's a double...you just never know;)) Well used by us, but I couldn't give it up, and now my daughter is actually driving her OWN car:eek:, could be time to get rid of it.:o

Can I hook it up to the stationary bike?:confused::D

bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 09:32 PM
Day 9 - Snorkeling at Eden Rock

After having lunch, we wondered over to Paradise Restaurant, which is also home of Paradise snorkel, where you can rent all the snorkel gear for $15/day. We grabbed some gear and we were off in the water again.

Sorry on the pics - a lot of a green tint - that's a combination of I forgot to put the camera in underwater mode + I was editing them while driving down the road wearing sunglasses - my bad :-(

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It was pretty shallow in spots

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Up next - more snorkeling. . .

bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 09:40 PM
Day 9 - Snorkeling at Eden Rock

Had about 7 three to four foot tarpon's following us around

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Their was a lot of fish at this spot

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Up next - last few snorkeling pics. . .

bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 09:44 PM
Day 9 - Snorkeling at Eden Rock

Last few pic's at Eden Rock

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Up next - back to the ship. . .

bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 09:49 PM
Day 9 - Back on the ship

About 3:45, we headed back to the ship. Went and took a quick shower and then it was on to the Windjammer for a snack.

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After this, we went back to the room and rested and then it was off to the show.

The show tonight featured a temptations tribute band

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It's not really my thing, but they were good.

Up next - off to dinner. . .

bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 09:55 PM
After the show, we headed to dinner.

For dinner, it was a fruity appetizer

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Then the lasagna. It was good. It was also meaty, so be aware whether you like it that way or not.

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They were serving two different versions of the banana cream pie

This one

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or this one

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Then our waiters did a magic trick

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Up next - The midnight chocolate buffet. . .

bionicman97
May 12th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Day 9 - After Dinner - Midnight Chocolate Buffet

After dinner, we went up to the Windjammer to observe the midnight chocolate buffet.

Here is the line

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Wait, they serve tacos at the chocolate buffet???

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And finally, it was off to bed

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If your still with me, that's it for Day 9. Coming tomorrow, the last day (at sea) and we wrap it all up/it finally comes to an end. . .

samoyedlover24
May 12th, 2011, 10:17 PM
The show tonight featured a temptations tribute band

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We saw that exact same tribute band on Mariner back in August last year! I thought they were excellent and very enjoyable.

—samoyedlover24

otowncruisr
May 12th, 2011, 10:35 PM
And finally, it was off to bed

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What the heck is that?

crookedhalo
May 12th, 2011, 10:41 PM
I would guess it's a sea turtle;)

Coralc
May 12th, 2011, 10:42 PM
What the heck is that?

Oh c'mon you haven't seen the turtle? :rolleyes::D:D

QTMichele
May 13th, 2011, 05:18 PM
Looks like an upside down bunny to me. ;)

Curtis - please give me a hint regarding your second announcement. I promise I won't tell anyone!!! :D

Venusleo1
May 13th, 2011, 05:35 PM
Looks like an upside down bunny to me. ;)

Curtis - please give me a hint regarding your second announcement. I promise I won't tell anyone!!! :D

I'm gonna take a guess and say that they are having twins! :p

Curtis LOVING your review! I was gone all last week on a cruise so its been fun the past couple of days reading as much as I can while at work... now that I am all caught up I guess I'll have to be patient to read the rest.

Familygoboston
May 13th, 2011, 05:35 PM
Curtis, This is the first food we have in common:phttp://farm6.static.flickr.com/5309/5648773904_048ca9f7e1_z.jpgL
Loved the "banana" "cream" Pie, clearly, your waiters are starting to know you!;)

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 05:44 PM
We saw that exact same tribute band on Mariner back in August last year! I thought they were excellent and very enjoyable.

—samoyedlover24

They were very good. I have also seen a beatles tribute band that is very good

What the heck is that?

See below

I would guess it's a sea turtle;)

That's what I thought :)

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 05:48 PM
Oh c'mon you haven't seen the turtle?
:D


Looks like an upside down bunny to me.

Curtis - please give me a hint regarding your second announcement. I promise I won't tell anyone!!!

OK - Here we go:

We have. . . - oh wait, didn't I give you a hint in your review :confused:

Just have to wait a little longer :rolleyes: But it's coming tonight :D

I'm gonna take a guess and say that they are having twins!

Curtis LOVING your review! I was gone all last week on a cruise so its been fun the past couple of days reading as much as I can while at work... now that I am all caught up I guess I'll have to be patient to read the rest.
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Sorry, I wish it was that we were having twins, but its not.

Thanks - the rest is coming shortly :)

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 05:49 PM
Curtis, This is the first food we have in common:phttp://farm6.static.flickr.com/5309/5648773904_048ca9f7e1_z.jpgL
Loved the "banana" "cream" Pie, clearly, your waiters are starting to know you!;)

I do it healthy every once in a while ;)

Yeah, the waiters definitely had us figured out - we had a great time with them :D

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 05:56 PM
Bare with me - I'm doing this riding down the road (at the mercy of sprints wireless network)

Day 10 - At Sea

Never been a big fan of the last day of a cruise. My mind starts racing back to work and I just can't shut it off.

Got up around 8am. Went up to the solarium and worked on the photos for a couple hours.

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At 10am, I went back to the cabin to get the packing out of the way. Usually we do this in the afternoon, but it was nice to get it out of the way early.

Around noon, we went up to the Windjammer for lunch.

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They had the biggest cake I have ever seen out front of the Windjammer

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Made sure I got myself a slice. It was pretty good

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Also made sure to get a little ice cream and cookie. As you can see, my ice cream pouring skills went back down hill.

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Up next - the afternoon. . .

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 06:02 PM
Day 10 - At Sea - Afternoon

After lunch, we went and looked at the ship photos and the shops. At 2:30, we went to a magic show in the safari lounge by the guest entertainers "Knight Magic" It was a good show ~ lasted about 30 minutes

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Wife got one more of those virgin lava flows

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After this, we went to the solarium for a serious session of Angry Birds

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At 4pm, we went back to the windjammer one last time for a snack

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It was good

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After this, we went back to the solarium and I watched a couple episodes of Bones.

Up next - the evening. . .

Kilkenny Cruise
May 13th, 2011, 06:06 PM
Love your reviews - so informative and so detailed - you must get a real kick out of compiling them.

Keep it up - for a first time cruiser in Sept - just reading them alone answers so many questions!

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 06:06 PM
Day 10 - Evening

At 6pm, we went back to the room to change and put away the last few things. After this, we went up one last time for the Viking Crown for the nightly diamond event.

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At 6:50pm, we went to the theater. As with all the other nights, it was no problem getting a seat. The show started with a video taped message from the captain

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Then we had the dancing thing with some passengers

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Then the band played

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Up next - the show. . .

QTMichele
May 13th, 2011, 06:07 PM
OK - Here we go:

We have. . . - oh wait, didn't I give you a hint in your review :confused:

Just have to wait a little longer :rolleyes: But it's coming tonight :D



I want a hint in YOUR review. ;) :p

But, I'll try to be patient, if you try to HURRY IT UP ALREADY! lol

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 06:09 PM
Love your reviews - so informative and so detailed - you must get a real kick out of compiling them.

Keep it up - for a first time cruiser in Sept - just reading them alone answers so many questions!

Thanks :)

They are fun to put together, but this one is approaching 3 weeks :eek: so it is coming to an end today (so I can have my evenings back :D)

Glad it could help :)

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 06:10 PM
I want a hint in YOUR review. ;) :p

But, I'll try to be patient, if you try to HURRY IT UP ALREADY! lol

I'm hurrying :D

The pressure is on. It's 6:10 and the gps says we are getting where we are going at 6:40, so I'm posting like crazy :eek::D

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 06:13 PM
Day 10 - The Show

So the show tonight featured a comedian/juggler act

He was good

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The singers and dancers did a number

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And then we had the official RCI farewell pep rally

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Up next - The Last Supper (of the cruise, of course). . .

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 06:19 PM
Day 10 - Dinner Time

On the way to dinner, we stopped to watch the tango dancers in the Centrum. Very talented

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For dinner, I had the spinach dip

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A very odd serving of turkey (everyone else got slices with gravy underneath, I think I got the leftovers from the bottom of the pan with gravy dumped on top) ~ It wasn't very good

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And the brownie dessert with the banana parfait

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After this, we went to the Safari Club for a few minutes, then back to our room. I placed the luggage outside and we went to bed at 11:08 am

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Up next - Day 11 - We're back. . .

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 06:22 PM
Got up around 7:25 and got ready. We went to the schooner bar at 8am. At 8:10, our number was called and we headed off the ship. After we got off the ship, we quickly found our luggage and got in the line for customs. At 8:50, we had the car loaded and pulled out for home.

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We stopped at lunch in Orlando at Cracker Barrel. We pulled into the driveway of our house just after 4pm.

Up Next - The other announcement. . .

bionicman97
May 13th, 2011, 06:41 PM
The Other Announcement

I mentioned in the beginning of the review that I had a second announcement. This one really isn't cruise related, but it is, because it will affect our cruising some.

We typically go up to West Virginia 3 or 4 times per year to visit some of my wife's family and for the nice change of scenery.

They have offered us land before to build a vacation house. This last time when we were up, they had told us that they were going to build a new house and eventually demolish a 100+ year old farmhouse that they currently lived in.

Some of you may know and some not, but my families entire life revolves around construction. I have a builders license and my father has an electric and ac license.

We worked out a deal to help them construct parts of their house in exchange for the current farmhouse. We are going to put on a 4 bedroom addition to the right of the house, then completely gut the house and restore it.

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We will have about 4 acres, but we will back up to 150+ family acres to wonder on.

We plan on spending about 4 to 6 weeks up here a year, so we are going to cut back on our cruises to about 2 to 3 max per year.

I'm out of time now - but more later tonight. . .

QTMichele
May 13th, 2011, 06:49 PM
Up Next - The other announcement. . .

And.... we're still waiting! ;)

QTMichele
May 13th, 2011, 06:51 PM
Not sure how I missed your "announcement" post - congrats on the new home!!!

Ander026
May 13th, 2011, 07:11 PM
Great review. Enjoyed every post. One thing that I noticed is that you grabbed your bags before customs. If you sail out of Port Canaveral you go through custums first and then baggage claim. Congrats on your announcement. I am also looking for a new place to live a little quiter than Kissimmee but still in Florida

wingnutphl
May 13th, 2011, 08:44 PM
Congrats on the new home!!

Familygoboston
May 13th, 2011, 08:56 PM
Curtis...
Loved your review! My DD and I read it together for 3 weeks, it allowed us to get excited about our cruise next Feb and learn a little about Jewel. (also good to have something to connect over with a teen;))
Love all you little anecdotes and how much you are willing to share!

Congratulations on your new farm house! I think you will love having a place near family (ours is also on the old family 'stead, but we had to shell out bucks to get ours from a distant cousin, lucky you:D) One of the things I have loved is having a place to go back to every year, with family all around; it is a fabulous way to raise a kid, with a break in the country every summer to kick back, kayak, swim, noodle in the woods:) (Warning: piece of unsolicited parenting advice- DONT get a tv!)

But, I have to tell you, one of the reasons we don't cruise so much (tho I am diamond after our Jewel cruise:D) is because we own a summer home, and I like to be there for 2 months, and not interrupt our time there, so you may find you might cut down on cruising. The other reason has to do with our big land dream vacas (which we do as soon as school gets out every other year) and my annual trek to visit the folks in FL, which this year includes a cruise, but sometimes includes Disney or last year, Harry Potter World!

I wish you and your wife the very best with your new vacation home and your new baby! What a big year, thanks for sharing all that with us and your fun review...can't wait to see the big announcement on CC about the baby...you know we will all be looking for it;)

BonTXNY
May 13th, 2011, 09:19 PM
A wonderful end to a wonderful cruise. Lots of luck with your upcoming new addition.. Make that 2 new additions, the baby and the house. Enjoy both to the fullest :D

ArkieCruisin
May 13th, 2011, 10:01 PM
Wow what an amazing review. Loved the pictures and the humor :) Congrats on the baby and the house!

Texas Teen
May 13th, 2011, 10:54 PM
The review is over??? :(

Thanks for taking the time to post the review. The pictures were great! :D

otowncruisr
May 13th, 2011, 11:22 PM
Thanks for a daily dose of the high seas. It was the next best thing to being there.

Havana Daydreamin
May 13th, 2011, 11:39 PM
Thanks for the ride!

I don't know that I will ever get over wondering around! I LOVED that even though at first I believed in a typo for wandering around. It just seemed to fit! Walking around with wonder!

WOWIE, If we could just all do that a little more!


Thanks again! I really enjoyed it!

candicecaribbean
May 13th, 2011, 11:41 PM
Curtis, I really enjoyed this and am sad to see it end. Thank you so much for taking time to do this. Blessings to you and your lovely wife.

Darkwolfe
May 13th, 2011, 11:55 PM
Extremely well done Curtis. Congrats for all the good things coming up in your life.

Woe is me
May 14th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Great review. Enjoyed every post. One thing that I noticed is that you grabbed your bags before customs. If you sail out of Port Canaveral you go through custums first and then baggage claim. Congrats on your announcement. I am also looking for a new place to live a little quiter than Kissimmee but still in Florida

Every port I have entered the good old USA, you claim your baggage, and then go through customs with your baggage!:confused::confused:

bionicman97
May 14th, 2011, 12:42 AM
Not sure how I missed your "announcement" post - congrats on the new home!!!

Thanks :)

Great review. Enjoyed every post. One thing that I noticed is that you grabbed your bags before customs. If you sail out of Port Canaveral you go through custums first and then baggage claim. Congrats on your announcement. I am also looking for a new place to live a little quiter than Kissimmee but still in Florida

Thanks :)

The baggage claim seems to be different everywhere. In Port Canaveral, they use the conveyer belt system, in Port Everglades, they set them out by number.

I live in a pretty quiet place in Florida, but there's not much to do here and not much for work. We travel for most of our work.

Congrats on the new home!!

Thanks :)

bionicman97
May 14th, 2011, 12:46 AM
Curtis...
Loved your review! My DD and I read it together for 3 weeks, it allowed us to get excited about our cruise next Feb and learn a little about Jewel. (also good to have something to connect over with a teen;))
Love all you little anecdotes and how much you are willing to share!

Congratulations on your new farm house! I think you will love having a place near family (ours is also on the old family 'stead, but we had to shell out bucks to get ours from a distant cousin, lucky you:D) One of the things I have loved is having a place to go back to every year, with family all around; it is a fabulous way to raise a kid, with a break in the country every summer to kick back, kayak, swim, noodle in the woods:) (Warning: piece of unsolicited parenting advice- DONT get a tv!)

But, I have to tell you, one of the reasons we don't cruise so much (tho I am diamond after our Jewel cruise:D) is because we own a summer home, and I like to be there for 2 months, and not interrupt our time there, so you may find you might cut down on cruising. The other reason has to do with our big land dream vacas (which we do as soon as school gets out every other year) and my annual trek to visit the folks in FL, which this year includes a cruise, but sometimes includes Disney or last year, Harry Potter World!

I wish you and your wife the very best with your new vacation home and your new baby! What a big year, thanks for sharing all that with us and your fun review...can't wait to see the big announcement on CC about the baby...you know we will all be looking for it;)

Thanks for sticking around the whole way.

We are very excited about the house, especially to take the little one up in the future. I've already got 4 weeks budgeted for the remainder of this year to go up and help the relatives with their house. Hopefully we can start working on ours next year. It will cut down on our cruising, but being that we live in Florida and we are used to taking last minute cruises, I still believe we will definitely do 2 a year and probably 3 (although probably not many 10 nighters).

Hope you and your family have a great trip on the Jewel :)

bionicman97
May 14th, 2011, 12:47 AM
A wonderful end to a wonderful cruise. Lots of luck with your upcoming new addition.. Make that 2 new additions, the baby and the house. Enjoy both to the fullest :D

Thanks :)

Wow what an amazing review. Loved the pictures and the humor Congrats on the baby and the house!

Thanks :)

The review is over??? :(

Thanks for taking the time to post the review. The pictures were great! :D

Not quite, but pretty close. Tomorrow I will post my "final thoughts"

Thanks :)

bionicman97
May 14th, 2011, 12:48 AM
Thanks for a daily dose of the high seas. It was the next best thing to being there.

Glad I could help :)

Thanks for the ride!

I don't know that I will ever get over wondering around! I LOVED that even though at first I believed in a typo for wandering around. It just seemed to fit! Walking around with wonder!

WOWIE, If we could just all do that a little more!


Thanks again! I really enjoyed it!

Thanks :) I never caught that, oh well :eek:

Curtis, I really enjoyed this and am sad to see it end. Thank you so much for taking time to do this. Blessings to you and your lovely wife.

Thanks :)

bionicman97
May 14th, 2011, 12:50 AM
Extremely well done Curtis. Congrats for all the good things coming up in your life.

Thanks :)

Every port I have entered the good old USA, you claim your baggage, and then go through customs with your baggage!:confused::confused:

I think he is right about Port Canaveral, seems like we went through custom and then got the baggage. Of course, it all blends together after a while, so I'm never sure :eek::D

bionicman97
May 14th, 2011, 12:57 AM
Ladies and Gentleman,

I thank you all for taking a "cruise" with me. It was a lot of work, but I had a great time doing it too. The next time I do this, it will probably be over a year away :( , but it will be the introduction of the "Come Cruise with Me - Family Edition" :D More than likely, our first cruise back will be a 3 or 4 nighter, to see how it goes.

Over the last 3 weeks, I've gotten to know a lot of you and I'm sure you all know way more about me than you want to :eek: , but I hope you've enjoyed it and hopefully it will help some of you out on future cruises

Thank you all for the kind thoughts, comments and well wishes, they are always appreciated.

If any of you ever see me on a ship, feel free to stop me and say hello. We can snap a pic together and you can be featured in a future edition of "Come Cruise with Me" :D I'm not sure what most of you look like, but by know you can probably spot me anywhere (probably near food though ;))

Coming up next time - My "Final Thoughts"

ryano
May 14th, 2011, 01:07 AM
Its been fun and I appreciate you taking the time to do this! I have been here since day one and enjoyed it tremendously.

Congratulations on your new vacation home and the baby. Please make sure to share some pics of bionicbaby with us upon arrival ;)

It would be a real pleasure to meet you and your family on a cruise one day!

Thanks again!

bionicman97
May 14th, 2011, 01:13 AM
Its been fun and I appreciate you taking the time to do this! I have been here since day one and enjoyed it tremendously.

Congratulations on your new vacation home and the baby. Please make sure to share some pics of bionicbaby with us upon arrival ;)

It would be a real pleasure to meet you and your family on a cruise one day!

Thanks again!

Thanks so much, not only have you been on this review since day 1, but on some other of my reviews also :eek::)

Same for us, it would be a pleasure to meet you on a cruise one day also :)

QTMichele
May 14th, 2011, 11:57 PM
The review is over???

Thanks for taking the time to post the review. The pictures were great!

Um, no, it's not. We've all decided that Curtis is going to keep on going, even if he has to make things up. ;)




Not quite, but pretty close. Tomorrow I will post my "final thoughts"

Thanks :)

Whatever happened to making stuff up?




I think he is right about Port Canaveral, seems like we went through custom and then got the baggage. Of course, it all blends together after a while, so I'm never sure :eek::D

When we went returned to Port Canaveral on the Mariner and the Freedom, we went through customs, THEN got our luggage from the conveyor belt. In Port Everglades, we picked up our luggage, then went through customs.

QTMichele
May 15th, 2011, 12:09 AM
Ladies and Gentleman,

I thank you all for taking a "cruise" with me. It was a lot of work, but I had a great time doing it too. The next time I do this, it will probably be over a year away :( , but it will be the introduction of the "Come Cruise with Me - Family Edition" :D More than likely, our first cruise back will be a 3 or 4 nighter, to see how it goes.

Over the last 3 weeks, I've gotten to know a lot of you and I'm sure you all know way more about me than you want to , but I hope you've enjoyed it and hopefully it will help some of you out on future cruises

Thank you all for the kind thoughts, comments and well wishes, they are always appreciated.

If any of you ever see me on a ship, feel free to stop me and say hello. We can snap a pic together and you can be featured in a future edition of "Come Cruise with Me" :D I'm not sure what most of you look like, but by know you can probably spot me anywhere (probably near food though ;))

Coming up next time - My "Final Thoughts"

Baby tip - go on a ship with a nursery just in case you want an hour or two of adult time. Possible ships for you - Allure of the Seas on February 12, 2012 OR Liberty of the Seas on November 19, 2012 (Thanksgiving cruise). Don't question the date(s), just book one (probaby the November cruise as Bionic Baby won't arrive until October 17th. ;) :D

Thanks again for all the time and effort putting this review together for us. It's appreciated!!!! It's been so much fun seeing a ship class that I'm very interested in along with an itinerary that has peaked my interest even though I had never really considered it in the past.

And, again, congrats on the BABY and NEW HOME!!! I am so excited for your family and wish you only the best. Hopefully our familys' paths will cross one of these days, either on a ship or in WV.

Looking forward to your final comments, and would love to hear your comparison of the different class of ships you've sailed on with your opinions of which you've liked best.

stitchLi809
May 15th, 2011, 12:37 AM
I loved Loved LOVED! your review!! I've read through the entire thing and I'm not even going on the Jewel or planning on it in the near future LoL. Very entertaining. I love all the pictures. Congrats on the baby and house! Too bad you didn't go on the Oasis. I would have loved to read your review on it.. Can you tell i'm going on the oasis? HA! Thanks for the weeks on entertainment!!

charliegirlac
May 15th, 2011, 07:58 AM
Loved your review!

Thanks so much for taking the time to write! Congrats on the new house! Looks very peaceful with lots of room for the little one to play!

bobmacliberty
May 15th, 2011, 09:18 AM
Curtis - I'm with Michele in that we all need to decide that you're not really done. I suggest that we all send you a few hundred misc. cruise photos. You can then come on CC every day and pretend that the pictures are from your never ending B2B2B2B... cruise, telling us the details behind each picture. I'll send you pictures of my kids as newborns, and you can talk about how your wife gave birth in between the sexiest legs competition and a great steak dinner at Chops. :D

My thanks also for the significant amount of time that I know you spent on this thread. You tell a great story through both words and pictures. Congrats again on the new baby and now also on the new house!

texnewbie
May 15th, 2011, 09:31 AM
Curtis!!!!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!

It has been so much fun cruising with you, I expecially loved Panama Canal... The pictures of the locks were incredible. I want to cruise and ride that train, that was just so neat.

I cruise in 40 more days and can't wait. I'm surprising my daughter who is 17.. She has no idea. We're going to Nassau, Freeport and Key West out of Galveston. Sailing on Carnival Conquest. It's going to be so much fun, my 2nd cruise and her 1st...

Again, Thank you for all your great pictures

and

Congratulation!!!!
on the new baby!!! Mom looks great..

Texnewbie/Carolyn

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 12:27 PM
Um, no, it's not. We've all decided that Curtis is going to keep on going, even if he has to make things up.



Whatever happened to making stuff up?



When we went returned to Port Canaveral on the Mariner and the Freedom, we went through customs, THEN got our luggage from the conveyor belt. In Port Everglades, we picked up our luggage, then went through customs.

Maybe my "final thoughts" will include "We decided to get back on the ship :eek::D

Baby tip - go on a ship with a nursery just in case you want an hour or two of adult time. Possible ships for you - Allure of the Seas on February 12, 2012 OR Liberty of the Seas on November 19, 2012 (Thanksgiving cruise). Don't question the date(s), just book one (probaby the November cruise as Bionic Baby won't arrive until October 17th. :D

Thanks again for all the time and effort putting this review together for us. It's appreciated!!!! It's been so much fun seeing a ship class that I'm very interested in along with an itinerary that has peaked my interest even though I had never really considered it in the past.

And, again, congrats on the BABY and NEW HOME!!! I am so excited for your family and wish you only the best. Hopefully our familys' paths will cross one of these days, either on a ship or in WV.

Looking forward to your final comments, and would love to hear your comparison of the different class of ships you've sailed on with your opinions of which you've liked best.

I think February will be cutting too close, but November is definitely possible :D I'm already looking at 3 or 4 nighter next May as a warm up.

Thanks for following along the whole way :)

I imagine their is a good chance our paths will cross one day, either in the mountains or the ocean :D

I am planning on doing my final thoughts later this afternoon. I will give a little comparison of my thoughts on the different classes also.

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 12:28 PM
I loved Loved LOVED! your review!! I've read through the entire thing and I'm not even going on the Jewel or planning on it in the near future LoL. Very entertaining. I love all the pictures. Congrats on the baby and house! Too bad you didn't go on the Oasis. I would have loved to read your review on it.. Can you tell i'm going on the oasis? HA! Thanks for the weeks on entertainment!!

Thanks :) & have a great cruise on the Oasis!

Loved your review!

Thanks so much for taking the time to write! Congrats on the new house! Looks very peaceful with lots of room for the little one to play!

Thanks :) That's one of the things we love about it is all the room to play :D

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 12:32 PM
Curtis - I'm with Michele in that we all need to decide that you're not really done. I suggest that we all send you a few hundred misc. cruise photos. You can then come on CC every day and pretend that the pictures are from your never ending B2B2B2B... cruise, telling us the details behind each picture. I'll send you pictures of my kids as newborns, and you can talk about how your wife gave birth in between the sexiest legs competition and a great steak dinner at Chops. :D

My thanks also for the significant amount of time that I know you spent on this thread. You tell a great story through both words and pictures. Congrats again on the new baby and now also on the new house!

You had me laughing out loud with that "gave birth in between the sexiest legs competition and a great steak dinner at Chops" :D:D

Thanks for following along & the kind words :) It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun also

Curtis!!!!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!

It has been so much fun cruising with you, I expecially loved Panama Canal... The pictures of the locks were incredible. I want to cruise and ride that train, that was just so neat.

I cruise in 40 more days and can't wait. I'm surprising my daughter who is 17.. She has no idea. We're going to Nassau, Freeport and Key West out of Galveston. Sailing on Carnival Conquest. It's going to be so much fun, my 2nd cruise and her 1st...

Again, Thank you for all your great pictures

and

Congratulation!!!!
on the new baby!!! Mom looks great..

Texnewbie/Carolyn



Thanks :) I've never been to Freeport, but I love Key West and Nassau. If you even remotely like Key Lime Pie, go to Kermits - BEST - PIE - EVER :D

QTMichele
May 15th, 2011, 01:11 PM
Maybe my "final thoughts" will include "We decided to get back on the ship :eek::D

Perfect!



I think February will be cutting too close, but November is definitely possible :D I'm already looking at 3 or 4 nighter next May as a warm up.

February is definitely too soon. We don't want the baby born too early! :eek:

Thanks for following along the whole way :)

Wouldn't have missed it. Love your reviews and all the great photos, especially the wonderful family photos! My family means the world to me, and it's so nice to see when it means so much to others as well.

I imagine their is a good chance our paths will cross one day, either in the mountains or the ocean :D

Or on the white water! You've gotta give the New River or Gauley River (during Gauley season!) a try... such fun!

I am planning on doing my final thoughts later this afternoon. I will give a little comparison of my thoughts on the different classes also.

Great!

sunandseagirl617
May 15th, 2011, 04:33 PM
I'm having post Curtis cruising withdrawal symptoms today! :D;)


Great review and photos, Curtis! Take care of bionic woman and bionic baby! Congratulations and hope we get to meet on a cruise one day! My babies started crusing at 2 years old so it's never too soon to start (they are 11 & 17 now)!!:)

cruisebabe50
May 15th, 2011, 04:41 PM
Congratulations! That is wonderful news!:D

ZoeyVictoria
May 15th, 2011, 04:47 PM
If you decide to post on the family board in the future, please leave a note here so you don't leave all of us old folks behind!

05mak05
May 15th, 2011, 05:45 PM
If you decide to post on the family board in the future, please leave a note here so you don't leave all of us old folks behind! I'm already having withdrawal as I feel like we've known you all of our lives. Your review was the best yet.

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 06:29 PM
Perfect!

February is definitely too soon. We don't want the baby born too early!

Wouldn't have missed it. Love your reviews and all the great photos, especially the wonderful family photos! My family means the world to me, and it's so nice to see when it means so much to others as well.

Or on the white water! You've gotta give the New River or Gauley River (during Gauley season!) a try... such fun!

Great!

Definitely want the baby to come on time (not early) ;)

Family is everything to us also. We have a large family, but we're all pretty close. It's pretty common for at least 8 if not 10 or 12 of us to cruise together. At all the Major holiday's, we go to the wife's family for one meal with 25 people and then go to one with my family with 40 people. :eek:

I forgot about white water rafting! My wife has done it up there, but I haven't yet. I'm sure it will happen though. :eek:

I'm having post Curtis cruising withdrawal symptoms today!

Great review and photos, Curtis! Take care of bionic woman and bionic baby! Congratulations and hope we get to meet on a cruise one day! My babies started crusing at 2 years old so it's never too soon to start (they are 11 & 17 now)!!

Thanks & will do :) You never know, we definitely could meet at sea one day :-)

I agree on never to early to cruise, I'm sure ours will be on pretty close to as soon as they can be.

Congratulations! That is wonderful news!

Thanks :)

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 06:33 PM
If you decide to post on the family board in the future, please leave a note here so you don't leave all of us old folks behind!

Not to worry, I won't jump over board(s) (oh, that was bad :p). I forgot there even was a family board. I will check it out, but RCI board is my home :D

I'm already having withdrawal as I feel like we've known you all of our lives. Your review was the best yet.

Thanks so much :D It will be a while before I get to do another review, but hopefully around a year from now I'll be posting another one - family edition - & I'm sure I'll be on of "those"obnoxious parents that take way too many pic's of the kid(s) :D

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 06:56 PM
Our Cruise Together Comes to an End - Part 1

Wow! This is day 21 of my posting on the review of the Jewel of the Seas. In a way, it seems like only yesterday I started, but in another way, it already seems like a distant memory of us taking the cruise.

We chose this cruise for three main reasons:

1) 10 days ~ Never been on a cruise that long, wanted to see how it was.

2) Southern Caribbean ~ We love exploring new ports, especially those with a lot of history, and this provided that opportunity.

3) Price ~ I graduated with degrees in Accounting & Finance, and no matter what, money is always in the equation in my head. We got the 10 day cruise with balcony for about $850pp, which to me is a good deal.

I would love to sail in the summer (and we can), but I'm one of those people who instantly looks at 7 days on the Freedom for $1500 and my first thought is "I bet it will be half that in October" ~ I just can't help myself.

If you look at my signature, almost all of our cruises are off season, but then again, we have taken 13 cruises a little over 4.5 years and it would have been more, but we lost most of 2009 because I had a couple of ear surgeries (I'm deaf in my right ear now). So we like the advantages of cruising in the off season.

Look at that, I just started and I'm already rambling. It's hard to say goodbye :o

Anyway, the results of those three items was that we loved the 10 day (and it will be difficult to go back to shorter ones), the Southern Caribbean was everything we hoped it would be, and we did get the price we were after.

So, with that said, let's get this summary on a roll.

This post is already starting to run a little long, so I will break it up here and start on the next one.

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 07:08 PM
Our Cruise Together Comes to an End - Part 2

On to the summary. . .

Research. If you ever have the opportunity to do this cruise, I recommend doing a good bit of research on the area's you are going to. It really enhanced the cruise for us with the background information that we had learned before we went. I highly recommend reading "The Path Between the Seas" by David McCollough if you are going to visit the Panama Canal.

Jewel The Jewel is a beautiful ship. The Radiance class is a nice compromise between size and ammenities. It was decorated beautifully and we saw no major maintenance issues.

Windjammer The windjammer had a good assortment of foods for every meal. I would rate it's quality as amongst the best that I have eaten on an RCI ship. For lunch, I recommend getting there at 11:30 if you want first picks and the hotest of the hot. We love the assortments they have at tea time, however, the Jewel was a little more limited in choices at tea time, as compared to our most recent trip before on the Radiance.

Sea View Cafe Love the Sea View Cafe. Hot, made to order food that comes quickly. I could eat one of those Cuban Sandwiches with Onion Rings everyday.

Main Dining Room Service
Our dining room service completely blew me away. Every night our waiter was either making us balloon animals, doing magic tricks, or anything he could do to keep us entertained, all while being professional and doing his job very well. We really lucked out on this.

Main Dining Room Food
If you have read any of my other reviews, you will know that I'm a fan of the food in the MDR. This was the first time I was disappointed, especially since my wife's aunt and uncle (first time cruisers) were with us. We received cold food more than several times, I got a the worst steak I have ever had, presentation went out the a couple times and the food just didn't taste right several times. I hope it was just an out of the ordinary experience. Don't get me totally wrong, most of it was ok and some was very good, but it was not the quality we have come to expect. If I continued to receive that type of food on future RCI MDR's, I would visit the Windjammer more. My Food Grade for this would be a generous C-

Entertainment The production shows were of the same type and quality that you would expect on this size of ship from RCI. The tango dancers on the third production show enhanced it quite a bit and made it a step up from the others, but all were good. The guest entertainers were about the same quality we have seen on any other RCI ship. I was grateful they limited the amount of comedians, for the simple reason that I have come to understand that their is only a finite amount of cruise ship jokes, and apparently, I have heard them all :D

Cabin/Stateroom Attendent This isn't a big category for me for several reasons. We never ask for anything special. I try to keep the room as clean as possible all day (just a little OCD ;)) and I spend as little time as possible in the room. I like to be around other people ~ it's just the way I am.

Up next - Part 3. . .

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 07:19 PM
Our Cruise Together Comes to an End - Part 3

Labadee - It was great to go back to Labadee after all of the changes they have made. I was very impressed. There is a lot to do there, but I just like to kick back and relax, especially if it is our first stop.

Cartagena, Colombia Beautiful and interesting place. I wish we would have had more than a half a day here. There is so much to see and do. Great Port

Colon, Panama For me, the highlight of the trip was to see the canal in action. We ended up having an almost 8 hour trip and it was absolutely fantastic. Another Great Port

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Beautiful area. The Banana Plantation, which was an afterthought, ended up being the highlight of the day. If we ever return, I would try to target something that saw more of the wildlife though. Another Great Port

Georgetown, Grand Cayman Why is this my fourth time coming here and the first time I have ever snorkeled here? Absolutely fantastic again and I cannot wait to go back and get in the water. It was stunning to see that kind of sea life up close.

Gym/Track The gym is nice and has a good amount of equipment. After running on this track and really messing up my leg + dodging countless people, I am done running on ship tracks. I will stick to the gym.

Solarium To me, the solarium is like the crown jewel of this ship. It is a beautiful, quiet, tranquil place to go and relax. I wish I could put it in my back yard. :D

Overall Overall, I would highly recommend this ship and/or this route. The ship is well cared for and overall, they do an excellent job. Hopefully the MDR food that we had was just an abberation and it was good for most everyone else. The ports of call really made this trip.

Up next - We're really at the end. . .

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 07:32 PM
Our Cruise Together Comes to an End - (We're really at the End Here)

We have now been on 5 of the 6 classes of ship that Royal Caribbean offers. Of these five classes, on 4 of them we have been on multiple ships. Here is my quick perspective on each class

Sovereign - We have sailed on all three of these ships (including the old Sovereign). I would never hesitate to book a cheap 3 or 4 night cruise on this ship. We have found the service to always be excellent and we can always find something to do at the ports that they frequent. If this ship offered a 7 day cruise, I doubt I would take it. I like what the ship offers, but it is fitting for 3 or 4 days. I think it is an especially great way to take your first cruise.

Vision - We have only sailed on the Grandeur in this class. I really like the layout of this ship (for it's size) and hope that they one day port on of these ships in Port Canaveral for 3 and 4 day cruises. It has a lot to offer and it has that old, classy feel to it.

Radiance - For this class, we have been on the Radiance and Jewel. As I mentioned before, I love the Solarium and Sea View Cafe on these ships. I can see why these ships are many peoples favorites. They offer the most you can get for what I would still consider to be a small size cruise ship.

Voyager - For this class, we have been on the Mariner, Navigator and Voyager. Love, love, love the promenade. It is a great place to sit and people watch, grab pizza and a cookie and so much more. The Voyager will always hold a special place in my heart, as that is what we sailed on our trip to Europe, which was an absolute dream vacation (boy could I do a review on that cruise - just didn't know how to then :rolleyes:). I think the upcoming itinerary of the Navigator coming up this November screams "excellent" value. Out of all of the ships, the Mariner is actually our favorite. We were able to sail on it several times in a relatively short period, got to know some of the crew and it really made it special to us.

Freedom - For this class, we have sailed on the Freedom and the Liberty. They are huge! There is so much to offer on these ships. The entertainment really steps it up a notch and it is obvious that they put more money into these shows. Again, love the promenade on these ships. I just like the slightly smaller size of the Voyager class better, especially for tendering. We tendered on the Freedom in Grand Cayman and it was not overly enjoyable.

Oasis - Haven't sailed on this class YET. It will happen, sometimes life just get's in the way :D

Up next - My final goodbye (I know ~ I already said we're really at the end, my bad). . .

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 07:55 PM
Our Cruise Together Comes to an End - (Now we're at the end)

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Once again, I thank all of you who read part or all of my review, or skimmed over the pictures. It was a lot of fun putting it together and it was also a lot of work. The best part for me though, is the interaction with each of you that posted back :)

It's times like this that I'm at a loss for words. :o I feel like we have all become friends, even if it is "just online". I've enjoyed chatting with you.

I know you all know a lot more about me than you probably expected when you started to read the review, but I'm pretty much a "what you see is what you get" person and I'm not that shy about it.

If you ever see me on a cruise, feel free to stop me and say hello. I have still not run into anyone on a cruise that I recognize from here!

For those of you going on cruises in the next year: Make sure you come back with a nice review and pictures, because it's all I'll have to go on. If you don't know how to get your photos up, just ask, I'll help.

Well, this isn't goodbye. I'll still be around, putting in my two cents every chance I get.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

For any of you enjoyed the review and are in to that sort of thing, I'm on:

Facebook - www.facebook.com/curtisleedaniel (tell me your from cruisecritic, because I don't friend random requests)

Twitter (just joined yesterday) - www.twitter.com/curtisleedaniel

I keep it clean on these sites, and I expect you to do the same if we become friends/followers ;)

I'll keep everyone up to date on the baby!

One last time - Thanks again for reading :)

Stayed tuned - In Around a Year "Come Cruise with Me - Family Edition"


CURTIS

ParamedicFF
May 15th, 2011, 08:33 PM
Thanks again for the great 3 week journey through your review, Curtis! I enjoyed reading it every day, and it whetted my appetite even more for the FOS cruise I'm taking starting Saturday.

If you're looking for a second career, I'd say professional cruise reviewer would fit you to a tee. Yours has been the most concise, interesting, and objective review I've ever read.

Best of luck to you and your wife with the new baby! Trust me, it's a whole ball game. Enjoy every minute!

ryano
May 15th, 2011, 08:39 PM
Excellent!!!!!!!!!! Sad to see it come to an end :( and I will be looking forward to next one in the future Curtis, no matter how long away that is!

I certainly hope that one day we cross paths on a Royal Caribbean ship and in the meantime, if you see a request on FB from a Ryan, it will probably be me :D I will certainly let you know in a message that its me for sure. You will recognize my avatar likely though.

Thanks again for the wonderful review.......You do such a wonderful job and your pics are always outstanding.

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 08:44 PM
Thanks again for the great 3 week journey through your review, Curtis! I enjoyed reading it every day, and it whetted my appetite even more for the FOS cruise I'm taking starting Saturday.

If you're looking for a second career, I'd say professional cruise reviewer would fit you to a tee. Yours has been the most concise, interesting, and objective review I've ever read.

Best of luck to you and your wife with the new baby! Trust me, it's a whole ball game. Enjoy every minute!

Thanks so much :) Have a great cruise on the Freedom!

I would love a career as a cruise reviewer :D

Ever since we got married 9 years ago, it seems like everything is always changing for us ~ and we're loving every minute of it. :)

Excellent!!!!!!!!!! Sad to see it come to an end :( and I will be looking forward to next one in the future Curtis, no matter how long away that is!

I certainly hope that one day we cross paths on a Royal Caribbean ship and in the meantime, if you see a request on FB from a Ryan, it will probably be me :D I will certainly let you know in a message that its me for sure. You will recognize my avatar likely though.

Thanks again for the wonderful review.......You do such a wonderful job and your pics are always outstanding.

Thanks so much Ryan ~ I'll watch for that request ;)

maritar
May 15th, 2011, 08:46 PM
Thank you so very much for this wonderful review with the great pictures. :) You have put so much good information into this review, I really have been enjoying your posts day by day.

Congratulations on your new house and the baby! Looking forward "Come Cruise with Me - Family Edition" in the future.

Great job, thank you! :)

bionicman97
May 15th, 2011, 08:49 PM
Thank you so very much for this wonderful review with the great pictures. :) You have put so much good information into this review, I really have been enjoying your posts day by day.

Congratulations on your new house and the baby! Looking forward "Come Cruise with Me - Family Edition" in the future.

Great job, thank you! :)

Thanks :)

bluechair
May 15th, 2011, 10:14 PM
Thank-you for the wonderful review and pictures.

wgraves
May 16th, 2011, 12:04 PM
Thanks for the great review / pics. It made waiting for the next cruise more bearable for a few days. :)

SolsticeAZ
May 16th, 2011, 12:11 PM
Like everyone else, I wanted to say thanks for the great review. I've been reading it since day 1. At the same time, I've been going through a bit of a rough patch in my life, and reading the next installment of your review each day was a nice break. I look forward to seeing another amazing review in the future...

Ruby71
May 16th, 2011, 02:44 PM
Loved your review!!! Pictures are beautiful!! Thank you for all the work to put together such a wonderful and enjoyable review!!
Sharon

QTMichele
May 16th, 2011, 05:35 PM
BRAVO! Thanks again for all the time and effort you've put into this review. Thanks to Heather for putting up with all the time and effort you've put into this review too!

AND... one more congrats on the baby and home. :)

For the future, definitely visit the family board... so many great tips, and people are really FRIENDLY about it (not a lot of judgemental comments, but a lot of support!). You may or may not know this, but I wanted to share so you could file away for future reference. RCI allows babies/toddlers 3 and under to exceed the maximum occupancy of a stateroom. For example, if you and Heather are in a room with a max occupancy of 2 you can add Bionic Baby to it for a 3rd person rate (even though there technically isn't a 3rd person allowed). It's a nice perk that can save money (I'm always thinking about money too - lol), especially on Oasis/Allure.

I kept wanting to "like" so many comments you made above (must have had Facebook on my mind), and was so excited when you provided your FB link. Thanks! I sent you a request.

Now on to the part where you start making stuff up... :D

duncanmaria
May 16th, 2011, 09:29 PM
Thanks again, Curtis, for sharing your cruise with us. Just sent you a Facebook friend request and hope to follow you and your expanding family on future sailings!!

bionicman97
May 16th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Thank-you for the wonderful review and pictures.

Thanks :)

Thanks for the great review / pics. It made waiting for the next cruise more bearable for a few days. :)

Thanks :) Looking forward to your review from your next cruise!

Like everyone else, I wanted to say thanks for the great review. I've been reading it since day 1. At the same time, I've been going through a bit of a rough patch in my life, and reading the next installment of your review each day was a nice break. I look forward to seeing another amazing review in the future...

Thanks. I hope your rough patch passes soon, best wishes :)

bionicman97
May 16th, 2011, 10:03 PM
Loved your review!!! Pictures are beautiful!! Thank you for all the work to put together such a wonderful and enjoyable review!!
Sharon

Thanks :)

BRAVO! Thanks again for all the time and effort you've put into this review. Thanks to Heather for putting up with all the time and effort you've put into this review too!

AND... one more congrats on the baby and home. :)

For the future, definitely visit the family board... so many great tips, and people are really FRIENDLY about it (not a lot of judgemental comments, but a lot of support!). You may or may not know this, but I wanted to share so you could file away for future reference. RCI allows babies/toddlers 3 and under to exceed the maximum occupancy of a stateroom. For example, if you and Heather are in a room with a max occupancy of 2 you can add Bionic Baby to it for a 3rd person rate (even though there technically isn't a 3rd person allowed). It's a nice perk that can save money (I'm always thinking about money too - lol), especially on Oasis/Allure.

I kept wanting to "like" so many comments you made above (must have had Facebook on my mind), and was so excited when you provided your FB link. Thanks! I sent you a request.

Now on to the part where you start making stuff up... :D

FB request accepted :)

I will definitely check out the Family Boards. That tip about the 2 person occupancy is already something that I didn't know. Thanks :)

Thanks again, Curtis, for sharing your cruise with us. Just sent you a Facebook friend request and hope to follow you and your expanding family on future sailings!!

FB request accepted :) Thanks for following along!

bionicman97
May 19th, 2011, 05:32 PM
For those of you who followed the review, just wanted to let you know -


IT'S A BOY:D:):D:)

SolsticeAZ
May 19th, 2011, 05:40 PM
Congratulations!!!

bionicman97
May 19th, 2011, 06:21 PM
Congratulations!!!

Thanks :)

Familygoboston
May 19th, 2011, 06:36 PM
Hopin' thats the ultrasound result and not an actual birth:eek:
Congrats you two! Hoping for a happy and healthy pregnancy ahead!

maritar
May 19th, 2011, 07:52 PM
IT'S A BOY:D:):D:)

Congratulations!

bionicman97
May 19th, 2011, 08:39 PM
Hopin' thats the ultrasound result and not an actual birth:eek:
Congrats you two! Hoping for a happy and healthy pregnancy ahead!

Yes, yes it's the ultrasound :D They got several clear shots :)

Thanks :)

Congratulations!


Thanks :)

wingnutphl
May 19th, 2011, 09:31 PM
For those of you who followed the review, just wanted to let you know -


IT'S A BOY:D:):D:)

Congrats!!! I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when the sex of the baby wasn't the 2nd announcement! :D

Kim4
May 19th, 2011, 09:39 PM
Congratulations!! Boys are GREAT! :)

bionicman97
May 19th, 2011, 10:19 PM
Congrats!!! I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when the sex of the baby wasn't the 2nd announcement! :D

Yeah, couldn't drag on the review that long ;) Just found out today :)

Congratulations!! Boys are GREAT! :)

Thanks :) Photos are up on FB

QTMichele
May 20th, 2011, 12:02 AM
Woo hoo! So happy for you two!

Ander026
May 20th, 2011, 08:30 AM
For those of you who followed the review, just wanted to let you know -


IT'S A BOY:D:):D:)


Congradulations.

bionicman97
May 20th, 2011, 12:45 PM
Woo hoo! So happy for you two!

Thanks :)

Just 22 more weeks to go :eek:

bionicman97
May 20th, 2011, 12:48 PM
Congradulations.

Thanks :)

Aquahound
May 20th, 2011, 12:51 PM
Once again, I thank all of you who read part or all of my review, or skimmed over the pictures.

I have to say your reviews just keep getting better and better. Good luck topping this one! Thanks for your hard work and info. :)

bionicman97
May 20th, 2011, 09:10 PM
I have to say your reviews just keep getting better and better. Good luck topping this one! Thanks for your hard work and info. :)

Thanks :)

sunandseagirl617
May 20th, 2011, 09:22 PM
Congratulations!

Okay so bionic baby would be over the 6 month period in June of 2012, a great cruising month I might add (our favorite family cruising month!) How about a family Bermuda cruise?:D;):)

cruisesR4me
May 20th, 2011, 11:57 PM
Just finished reading your entire review, wow !! Really enjoyed it and especially loved all the food photos, so yummy!! Glad to see someone besides myself is onto carbs and sugar :)

charliegirlac
May 21st, 2011, 07:40 AM
Congratulations!!

Loved your review!!

BonTXNY
May 21st, 2011, 11:04 AM
Those 22 weeks will be over before you know it, then a lifetime of love, fun and pride begins, emotions I can't even put down in here. I remember when my daughter was maybe 2 weeks old. My friend came over and looked at me looking at my baby and my friend said.. "doesn't your heart burst with love?" Trust me.. it's a good feeling :D :D Best wishes to you and your wife on your upcoming bionicbabyboy's birth.

momzcruzing
May 21st, 2011, 02:59 PM
Your review was lots of fun to follow, the pictures are great! (I've followed other reviews of yours too). They are fantastic and help pass the time while waiting for my next cruise.

CONGRATULATIONS on your sweet little baby boy. Looks like Mama is happy and doing well.

We cruised before baby was a year old, and my best advise is to book a room adjacent to the stairwell/landing, where they have a little sitting area. Every nap/nighttime we put him to sleep and took the baby monitor to the lounge. I could see the door to the room AND hear into the room, so I was completely sure he was safe, but I wasn't trapped in the room (dark & alone-- or sunburning on the balcony) While in the lounge area the party continued playing cards & board games with friends/family.

bionicman97
May 21st, 2011, 06:32 PM
Congratulations!

Okay so bionic baby would be over the 6 month period in June of 2012, a great cruising month I might add (our favorite family cruising month!) How about a family Bermuda cruise?:D;)





Thanks :) Never been to Bermuda!

Just finished reading your entire review, wow !! Really enjoyed it and especially loved all the food photos, so yummy!! Glad to see someone besides myself is onto carbs and sugar :)

Thanks:). Carbs + Sugar = Great Cruise

Congratulations!!

Loved your review!!

thanks :)

bionicman97
May 21st, 2011, 06:33 PM
Those 22 weeks will be over before you know it, then a lifetime of love, fun and pride begins, emotions I can't even put down in here. I remember when my daughter was maybe 2 weeks old. My friend came over and looked at me looking at my baby and my friend said.. "doesn't your heart burst with love?" Trust me.. it's a good feeling :D :D Best wishes to you and your wife on your upcoming bionicbabyboy's birth.

Thanks :). We're very excited

Your review was lots of fun to follow, the pictures are great! (I've followed other reviews of yours too). They are fantastic and help pass the time while waiting for my next cruise.

CONGRATULATIONS on your sweet little baby boy. Looks like Mama is happy and doing well.

We cruised before baby was a year old, and my best advise is to book a room adjacent to the stairwell/landing, where they have a little sitting area. Every nap/nighttime we put him to sleep and took the baby monitor to the lounge. I could see the door to the room AND hear into the room, so I was completely sure he was safe, but I wasn't trapped in the room (dark & alone-- or sunburning on the balcony) While in the lounge area the party continued playing cards & board games with friends/family.

Thanks and thanks for the tips :)

judie43
May 22nd, 2011, 07:53 PM
Hi Curtis.....I have been out of town for 3 weeks and didnt get a chance to continue reading your review. So glad I finished it..it was great ! We were on the same sailing and being much older that you,we were not quite as active. Mixed emotions about seeing some stuff that we missed.
Interesting to see you and your wife are "hooked" on Angry Birds......I am now on the newest edition.
Congrats on the baby boy ! I hope you will be keeping us all up to date on the progress.
Thanks for taking so much time to write the review and post all the wonderful photos.

bionicman97
May 22nd, 2011, 08:12 PM
Hi Curtis.....I have been out of town for 3 weeks and didnt get a chance to continue reading your review. So glad I finished it..it was great ! We were on the same sailing and being much older that you,we were not quite as active. Mixed emotions about seeing some stuff that we missed.
Interesting to see you and your wife are "hooked" on Angry Birds......I am now on the newest edition.
Congrats on the baby boy ! I hope you will be keeping us all up to date on the progress.
Thanks for taking so much time to write the review and post all the wonderful photos.

Glad you made it back :)

Definitely love passing some time playing angry birds, especially on a cruise :D

Thanks :)

Debbie's-cruising
May 31st, 2011, 11:23 AM
Hi, I just found this review!!!:)! Congrats on baby boy.:) I'm finally leaving to go to Europe tomorrow. I'll read the review when I get back. Hope I can get some great pics like you!!!

dzcruisers
May 31st, 2011, 01:20 PM
Day 1 - Muster or Mustard

So on the way down in the car with the first time cruisers, we had the mandatory "Why do they call it a Mustard drill?". So of course, we say "no, it's a muster drill?". Which begs the question "Why do they call it a muster drill?"

Our best guess was that "muster" was like "to muster the strength to do something" so we figure it must mean "to gather". So I guess its a "gathering drill"

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–verb (used with object) 1. to assemble (troops, a ship's crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge.

2. to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by up ): He mustered all his courage.

Arizona Cruz Chic
May 31st, 2011, 06:53 PM
WOW! What a review!!

I don't know what to comment on first!

We just returned from the Radiance Panama Canal cruise April 30- May 15 Tampa to SD. Just being home 2 weeks this is the first chance I've had to actually sit and read this from the start!

Loved all your pictures, I don't think you missed a thing!

Curtis your pictures from Colon Panama, train to the canal are better than ours and we went through the canal!!!
I guess pictures from the outside looking in are better than being in the canal. No matter where I was on the ship, I couldn't quite capture it like you did! Although the experience was awesome and this was our second crossing, so I got to view it differently this time with a better camera and a video camera.

Your underwater pictures are incredible!

OMG...the food!!! I've gained 5 pounds from the pictures alone!

Your life is about to change in so many ways, I couldn't help but laugh to myself that you and your soon to be newborn son will be on the same eating schedule, every 3 hours!! :eek: :p :D

We were on the Jewel last year for its repo from Boston to FLL, so all the ships pictures were a wonderful reminder of the jewel. There were a few things I never saw on our 13 day cruise! :eek:

If you think you pack a lot now for a cruise, just wait till you have to pack for the little guy!! You will really need a bigger trunk space so I definitely see a bigger car in your future! ;)

Congratulations to you and Mrs Curtis on the baby and to the new home! It's a wonderful life!!


Thank you for a superb review!!!

***

alexieb
May 31st, 2011, 09:56 PM
Day 5 - Last minute shopping

Had about a 15 minute drive

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5068/5647860900_1cfcd76169_z.jpg

And then to the shopping area

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5301/5647862690_668a65f3bb_z.jpg

The wife resting

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5144/5647863336_e146094b65_z.jpg

It was mainly jewelry shops

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5222/5647863898_6201a5a631_z.jpg

Some local art work

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5108/5647883842_17f1950cf6_z.jpg

And now, my favorite picture of the entire cruise

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5270/5647880390_4b43411ef3_z.jpg

Up next - the drive back to the ship. . .


That sloth looks SO happy! Seriously!!!!!

bionicman97
June 7th, 2011, 10:53 AM
Hi, I just found this review!!!:)! Congrats on baby boy.:) I'm finally leaving to go to Europe tomorrow. I'll read the review when I get back. Hope I can get some great pics like you!!!

Thanks :) Hope you have a great trip! Look forward to hearing about it when you get back and seeing those great pics.

mus·ter

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–verb (used with object) 1. to assemble (troops, a ship's crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge.

2. to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by up ): He mustered all his courage.

Thanks

bionicman97
June 7th, 2011, 10:57 AM
WOW! What a review!!

I don't know what to comment on first!

We just returned from the Radiance Panama Canal cruise April 30- May 15 Tampa to SD. Just being home 2 weeks this is the first chance I've had to actually sit and read this from the start!

Loved all your pictures, I don't think you missed a thing!

Curtis your pictures from Colon Panama, train to the canal are better than ours and we went through the canal!!!
I guess pictures from the outside looking in are better than being in the canal. No matter where I was on the ship, I couldn't quite capture it like you did! Although the experience was awesome and this was our second crossing, so I got to view it differently this time with a better camera and a video camera.

Your underwater pictures are incredible!

OMG...the food!!! I've gained 5 pounds from the pictures alone!

Your life is about to change in so many ways, I couldn't help but laugh to myself that you and your soon to be newborn son will be on the same eating schedule, every 3 hours!! :D

We were on the Jewel last year for its repo from Boston to FLL, so all the ships pictures were a wonderful reminder of the jewel. There were a few things I never saw on our 13 day cruise! :eek:

If you think you pack a lot now for a cruise, just wait till you have to pack for the little guy!! You will really need a bigger trunk space so I definitely see a bigger car in your future! ;)

Congratulations to you and Mrs Curtis on the baby and to the new home! It's a wonderful life!!


Thank you for a superb review!!!

***

Thanks :) We really debated for a long time on what to do for the Panama Canal (train vs ship in the canal). I am happy with the train decision, but I think if we go back we will try the ship for something different.

It's been almost two months now and I miss the food and my 3 hour eating schedule! ;)

That sloth looks SO happy! Seriously!!!!!

The sloth was so funny. The guy handed him to my wife and he immediately went to sleep. The guy put his finger under the sloths head and he perked right up and smiled :)

weary traveler
July 13th, 2011, 11:18 AM
loving be able to read this still some months later after the trip. i was hooked on your Grandeur report and enjoying this one as well. I was on the Jewel twice once in 2005 and 2006 and love seeing things like Seaview and Casino... thanks cant wait to finish this one


Weary

brianabrad
July 13th, 2011, 03:08 PM
I just came across your review in my search for something new to read on CC. Wonderful job! I found myself really wishing you had cruised on the Serenade. We leave on her soon and I would have loved to have seen your pictures and heard your thoughts!

cruiseturbo
July 13th, 2011, 07:44 PM
WOW!! This was one of the best reviews I have ever read!! Thank you so much for all the work you put into it and thanks for all the extra tidbits that most people leave out of their reviews!

I am sailing solo for the first time on Jewel of the Seas in December so this really helped me figure out some of the best areas of the ship to hang out and eat!

Congratulations on the little one! Your wife is absolutely beautiful and as someone else already said, she is glowing in all of these pictures! You guys are a very nice looking couple. Will be interesting to see how tall your child ends up being! ;)

Thanks again for the great review!!
Debra

bionicman97
August 17th, 2011, 11:09 AM
Sorry to respond so late to these, getting ready for a baby is exhausting!!! Down to 9 weeks to go! This is the first day I have been back on CC in over a month.

loving be able to read this still some months later after the trip. i was hooked on your Grandeur report and enjoying this one as well. I was on the Jewel twice once in 2005 and 2006 and love seeing things like Seaview and Casino... thanks cant wait to finish this one


Weary

Thanks :)

I just came across your review in my search for something new to read on CC. Wonderful job! I found myself really wishing you had cruised on the Serenade. We leave on her soon and I would have loved to have seen your pictures and heard your thoughts!

Thanks. I would like to sail on the Serenade in the near future. ;)

WOW!! This was one of the best reviews I have ever read!! Thank you so much for all the work you put into it and thanks for all the extra tidbits that most people leave out of their reviews!

I am sailing solo for the first time on Jewel of the Seas in December so this really helped me figure out some of the best areas of the ship to hang out and eat!

Congratulations on the little one! Your wife is absolutely beautiful and as someone else already said, she is glowing in all of these pictures! You guys are a very nice looking couple. Will be interesting to see how tall your child ends up being! ;)

Thanks again for the great review!!
Debra

Thanks so much and I hope you have a great time on your cruise :)

smltwngrl76
August 17th, 2011, 03:36 PM
Woohoo! Going on the Jewel in October, so this caught my eye. All I can say is.... DUDE! You can eat!!! LOL. I'm a little scared to go on this cruise now! I had really wanted to NOT gain weight while on it, but I see now that's not going to be a possibility. haha. I can eat pizza every day!? Seaview, here I come! Better save my "fat pants" for the end of the week! :D

Congrats on the baby and the house deal!

bionicman97
August 17th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Woohoo! Going on the Jewel in October, so this caught my eye. All I can say is.... DUDE! You can eat!!! LOL. I'm a little scared to go on this cruise now! I had really wanted to NOT gain weight while on it, but I see now that's not going to be a possibility. haha. I can eat pizza every day!? Seaview, here I come! Better save my "fat pants" for the end of the week! :D

Congrats on the baby and the house deal!

I can definitely eat a lot on a cruise :D;) (Not so much in real life)

Have a great time on your cruise :)

QTMichele
August 18th, 2011, 01:08 AM
Sorry to respond so late to these, getting ready for a baby is exhausting!!! Down to 9 weeks to go! This is the first day I have been back on CC in over a month.

If you think getting ready for a baby is exhausting, just wait until the baby arrives!!! LOL :D ;)

bionicman97
August 18th, 2011, 09:15 AM
If you think getting ready for a baby is exhausting, just wait until the baby arrives!!! LOL :D ;)

I can only imagine :eek::D;)

pghfanz98
September 17th, 2012, 10:19 PM
I can only imagine :eek::D;)


Wow Curtis! Great review.. I stumbled upon your first review a few weeks ago and I enjoyed it so much I had to go back and read all the rest of your reviews. Congrats on the new little one and your farm house. Thank you for sharing your cruise with me. We sail out on the Oasis very shortly and I can not wait. It will be our first cruise and we are leaving the children at home with the grandparents. We are hoping to take them on our next cruise :D