Planning a Cruise
Since our family has not taken a vacation together for a long time, we have decided that we are going to go somewhere together this year.

Logistically, the easiest way for a large group of people (we have seven: Lee and I, our three kids: Steve, Stephanie, and Christina; daughter-in-law: Jessica; and grandson Julian) to take a vacation is to either stay at an all-inclusive resort or go on a cruise; and since some of us have not been on a cruise before, we thought it would be a good idea to try it.

Last November, Royal Caribbean launched the world's newest and largest ship in terms of size and passengers , the Oasis of the Seas, and we have chosen to cruise on that ship.

We will fly from Dallas-Fort Worth to Fort Lauderdale, FL, on May 7, spend the night there, board the ship on May 8, cruise the eastern Caribbean Sea, return to Fort Lauderdale on May 15, and fly home the same day.

Steve, Jessica, Lee, Bo, Stephanie, Julian, and Christina. Chistmas 2009
Stock Picture of Oasis of the Seas. Rear of Ship
Stock Picture of Oasis of the Seas
Bow of Oasis of the Seas

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The 7-day cruise includes stops in St Thomas, St Maarten, and the Bahamas, places we have not been before. Through Costco Travel, I have reserved an outside cabin with balcony for Lee and me, and two inside cabins for the kids and grandkid.

I've also booked flights and reserved hotel rooms in Fort Lauderdale for all of us.
From what I've learned, the Oasis of the Seas is an amazing ship and has fantastic facilities, shows, and foods and I can't wait to begin sailing.

I'll post another blog when we get closer to sail date.

(Written January 17, 2010)
All Set for Our Cruise
I always thought making arrangement for a cruise vacation is a piece of cake but it didn't turn out that way. Buying a cruise online for a family of seven is simple but then you really have to spend time making dinner, show, and shore excursion reservations and that what really takes time. On top of that, I needed to make arrangement for our round-trip air travel between Dallas-Fort Worth and Ft Lauderdale, our pre-cruise hotel stay in Ft Lauderdale, and rent a van to get us around. But I am done...Everything is set and we have finalized our cruise itinerary.
Stock Picture of Oasis of the Seas Central Park
We will fly to Fort Lauderdale on May 7, spend a day at the Alhambra Beach Resort, go to the beach and the restaurant, spend the night there; and board the ship the next day.

We will sail the Eastern Caribbean Sea for seven days with stops at St Thomas, St Maarten, and Nassau.

We have reserved a van to go sightseeing, shopping and to the beach in St Thomas and St Maarten.

In Nassau, Bahamas; we will take a ferry to Paradise Island to visit the Atlantis.
Stock Picture of Oasis of the Seas Boardwalk
From what I heard, The Oasis of the Seas which is owned by Royal Caribbean is an amazing ship with many attractive neighborhoods, special restaurants, bars and shops. The ship also has a number of pools, kid and sport areas. People that have sailed on this ship have said that they would not go on any other cruise ship again and we hope to have the same experience.

All of us are excited and we cannot wait to board this magnificent floating city. Since Steve and Jessica are expecting, I am glad they are able to take this vacation before they will be anchored down with the baby for quite a while. Little Julian is excited too when I showed him the Oasis of the Seas website. May 7th will be here in no time at all.

I will post another blog after we get on the ship and will bring you a lot more information about and pictures of our cruise.

Stock Picture of Oasis of the Seas Central Park
(Written March 6, 2010)
Stock Picture of Oasis of the Seas. Front of Ship