My travel-filled summer begins today, as my family jets off to Boston to embark upon a week-long cruise through New England and Canada.
Earlier this year, when the cruise industry was floundering after the sinking of a cruise ship in Italy, my family pounced on the cruise deals the major cruise lines were desperately throwing out to a traveling public that was terrified of big ships. Thanks to that unfortunate accident, we swiped up an amazing deal on a week-long cruise.
Over the years, my family has decided that cruising is perfect for us for a few reasons:
- Once you're on the ship, everything is included and taken care of for you.
- You aren't forced to be together 24/7.
- You get to visit a bunch of places you might not otherwise see.
This will be our third cruise together. And, even though it looks like it will be cool and cloudy/rainy for most of our trip, we're all looking forward to our journey on the Carnival Glory.
Our trip includes 4 ports of call — perhaps the most stops we've ever had on a 6-day, 7-night cruise. We'll be mixing shore excursions with doing our own thing, hopefully producing the perfect cruise getaway.
Over the next week, we'll be visiting:
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Portland, Maine (lobsters, watch out!)
- Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (meanest tides in the world, here we come!)
- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (hello Titanic tidbits!)
- Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (wild Cape Breton shorelines, yes please!)
I will be largely unplugged for most of this cruise (Internet is bloody expensive on a cruise ship), but am actually looking forward to relaxing as I explore a little more of Canada with my family.
But this also means that I won't be very active on Twitter, Facebook, or moderating comments on this blog. I'll be scheduling a couple of posts to go up while I'm gone, though (assuming WordPress cooperates), so any social media love you can give them in my absence will be greatly appreciated!
Cruising — yea or nay? What do you want to read about from this voyage of mine?