Sunday, November 04, 2007

Back Home Again--The Deaf Freedom Cruise

Oh gosh.

Where to begin?

We just arrived home and I'm already wishing I was back on the boat. A whole week of non-stop food, a great bed to sleep in, constant entertainment and wonderful service from staff members that made every effort to please.

I'm going to have to post this over a couple of series of blog entries this week. Despite the threat of Hurricane Noel, Royal Caribbean managed to steer into good weather for most of the trip. We were able to stop at Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Haiti was hit badly by the storm and that stop was cancelled.

Here we are at Miami Beach on Sunday morning, just before taking off for the ship:

The Freedom of the Seas is the largest cruise ship ever built. According to our waiter, there are two more larger cruise ships being built right now which will expand the Royal Caribbean fleet to 24 ships. The ship is as high as two Statues of Liberty and weighes as much as 34,000 elephants together. The ship's propellers can rotate 360 degrees and move the ship into tight spaces. The Freedom has a thruster system that keeps the boat relatively stable, even in high winds and rough seas.

Sailing on the Freedom of the Seas was quite a different experience than the cruise we took on our honeymoon eighteen years ago. For starters, we weren't separated into twin beds (yes, twin beds on our honeymoon!) and the queen-sized bed was incredibly comfortable. The kids were in the room next door with a door between the rooms. Each night, our cabin steward shaped several towels into various animal shapes. The kids really enjoyed coming back into the cabin after dinner to discover a new animal each night.

More tomorrow--there's a ton of laundry to unpack!


Deb Ann said...

I would love so much to be on the boat, too! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

LaRonda said...

Cute towel creations. I haven't been on a cruise yet, myself. After hearing some of the stories from those of you who went on the Deaf Freedom Cruise, I'm eager to try one out!

Welcome home. Glad you all returned safeguarded.

~ LaRonda

Safarioly said...

I have to say this...'Freedom of the Seas' Deaf Cruise - CHAMP!!!!! We all had an unexplainable BLAST time!!! Sad that the week went by toooooo friggin quick!! Tab and Mac did an OUTSTANDING job in coordinating this event as well as having awesome staffs making this FUN filled event historical for us!!!

Cruise Trip for the Deaf - Oct 2007 said...

I had a good time with my husband at the cruise. The ship is so beautiful. I would go again..

Jodi said...

Karen I am thrilled you guys had a great I said in another comment I am not sure how I would behave in company of so many deafies ..but man it looked like a great time.
I have only been on one cruise that was to the Bahamas back in '91.. I had a great time,,
I have taken the North Sea ferry twice ( once it took 14 hours from Amsterdam to Newcastle upon Tyne cos of gale force winds,, i was fine but my partner was really really GREEN) 2ND one same route but only took 9 hours,, loved both of the trips,,would I do it again oh yea,,,
Just glad ur home and in one piece but with tons of laundry hee hee