Eric & Kevin Attend Robb's 40TH Birthday Cruise

1/29 Final Update: Last Days at Sea and Commitment ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings!
Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 1 guest
Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
Team Alcide!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1503
Joined: 19 Sep 2005
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 43

Eric & Kevin Attend Robb's 40TH Birthday Cruise

Postby live2tell75 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:57 pm

Over a year and a half ago, Elissa sent an invite about doing a surprise 40th birthday cruise for Robb. Kevin and I both hadn't been on a cruise for almost 10 years, so we thought this would be a perfect time to be re-introduced to cruisin'. And what a better way to go on a cruise than to celebrate Robb's birthday TPR style! We are so glad we did! What an amazing time. Between the delicious food, ship activities, shore excursions, entertainment and just relaxing , the cruise was amazing! Along with Robb's birthday celebration a highlight of the cruise was when Kevin and I got commitment ring s on one of our last days at sea. It was was a special moment for us. We figured after almost 7 and 1/2 years it was time.

We flew in a day before our Mexican Riviera Cruise and spent the day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Both of us had been to the studios when we were very young in the early-mid eighties. Since I had been to Orlando agazillion times, I was really looking forward to the unique Hollywood attractions. My only memories when visiting when I was six, was the parting of the seas and our tram being attacked by Cylons during the Battlestar Galactica portion of the tour. The day was great. A big thanks to Joey for helping make our experience so much greater, we really appreciate it! After a day at the park, we spent the night at our old friends Mark and Tom's house in Hollywood.

Onto the photos!
1.jpg
Universal Citywalk, Hollywood style.
3.jpg
The park rolled out the red carpet for our return!
4.jpg
Entrance to the famous Universal Studios Tram Tour.
5.jpg
The flash flood, an old favorite from when I was a kid.
6.jpg
Kevin, who loves everything Jurassic Park, was happy to see props from The Lost World.
7.jpg
The cars from Fast and the Furious liked to dance.
8.jpg
Good old Jaws.
9.jpg
From the movie the Grinch.
10.jpg
Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives.
11.jpg
The Psycho House and Bates Motel with a splash of Wooville.
ser.jpg
This photo is for Erik in Gainesville: a ship from Serenity and Firefly. =)
12.jpg
War of the Worlds props.
13.jpg
I was excited to experience a unique non-Florida attraction, Backdraft.
14.jpg
I enjoyed Backdraft. It was like Twister without wind, but replaced with lots of fire.
15.jpg
It was hot!
16.jpg
Got a new credit. I enjoyed Revenge of the Mummy here because I didn't know what to expect. I liked the longer backwards portion but missed the ceiling on fire part. Overall a good ride.
17.jpg
While walking through the Universal Experience exhibit we came across this gem, a outfit worn in my recent t.v. obsession, Battlestar Galactica.
2.jpg
Thanks again to Joey for making our Universal Hollywood visit so much fun!
19.jpg
After a day at the studios, Kevin and I visited and stayed with my old high school friend Mark and his partner Tom.
22.jpg
It was great seeing and hanging out with old friends.
23.jpg
So the next day Kevin and journeyed to the port to start the cruise. But we kind of got lost a few times in downtown L.A.! Will we finally make it in time to catch the cruise? Stay tuned!

No longer TPR's Rock Band expert!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1816
Joined: 12 Jun 2005
Location: Tracy, CA
Gender: Male
Age: 29

Postby thrillgeek » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:49 am

Very entertaining so far! Cant wait for more.
Image

I love donkeys more than me.
User avatar
 
Posts: 1790
Joined: 07 Jun 2005
Location: Hanover, MD
Gender: Male
Age: 36

Postby RaptorBoyASU » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:13 am

Why were you in downtown L.A., it's not near the water? You're doing it wrong! LOL

Beer Man
User avatar
 
Posts: 12543
Joined: 20 Oct 2005
Location: Chicago (Mundelein)
Gender: Male
Age: 43

Re: Eric & Kevin Attend Robb's 40TH Birthday Cruise

Postby mcjaco » Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:16 pm

live2tell75 wrote:Along with Robb's birthday celebration a highlight of the cruise was when Kevin and I got commitment ring s on one of our last days at sea. It was was a special moment for us. We figured after almost 7 and 1/2 years it was time.


Congrats Eric and Kevin! :br

Team Alcide!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1503
Joined: 19 Sep 2005
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 43

Postby live2tell75 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:55 pm

^^ lol We were really lost! But we finally got back on track after a few frustrated detours!

^ Thanks Matt! :)

TPR's Favorite Beaner
User avatar
 
Posts: 2928
Joined: 15 Feb 2005
Location: Tulsa, OK
Gender: Male
Age: 34

Postby RCFreak » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:24 pm

Universal Studios Hollywood is a very interesting Park if you actually look at it as it is a movie studio with some rides unlike Orlando. Glad you had a good time though.

Congrats to the two of you as well! I hope there are pictures to get verklempt over, and I can't wait for the rest of the pics in general.

Site Admin
User avatar
 
Posts: 47772
Joined: 01 Feb 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
Gender: Male

Postby robbalvey » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:42 pm

Image
Old....and stupid.

:lmao:

Team Alcide!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1503
Joined: 19 Sep 2005
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 43

Postby live2tell75 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:56 pm

So after a little bit of an adventure, we finally made it to the port and onto the ship. It had about 10 years since I last went on a cruise and for Kevin it was about 8 years, and wow have cruise ships gotten bigger! I forgot how much fun cruisin is! Our ship, the Mariner of the Seas, was gorgeous! The 14 decks consisted of a 2 story theater, casino, an ice skating rink, roller blading rink, mini golf course, a rock climbing wall, 3 pools, 7 hot tubs, a sauna, steam room, movie theater, fitness center, spa, 10 lounge,s agazillion bars, jogging track, a 2 story nightclub, 2 specialty restaurants, a full sized Johnny Rockets, a 24 hour cafe, 3 main dining rooms, library, internet cafe, arcade, kids areas and a basketball court. Cruise ships today are really floating resorts, like mini cities! Here are a few photos from the sail way party/first night and first day at sea. Enjoy!
1.jpg
Kevin was super excited to finally get to the ship!
2.jpg
I was looking forward to a week to disconnect from the crazy work stresses back at home.
3.jpg
First order of business when boarding the ship - you eat! This became a common activity the next week!
4.jpg
We meet up with the rest of the gang for the sail-away party.
5.jpg
It was great to see old friends and meet new ones! Stacy was super excited, while Reed kept a good watch for any icebergs that may lay ahead.
6.jpg
Enjoying the sunset and our first drink of the day. I think I'm starting to disconnect with any worries from real life! =)
7.jpg
Later in the evening we decided to explore some of the ship, starting with the very cool themed casino.
8.jpg
A few of the decks. Here is part of the main promenade.
9.jpg
With Ginny, one of our great new friends we made on the cruise.
10.jpg
The other end of the Promenade.
11.jpg
Trivia time with Kevin, Chuck, Ginny, Alana and Guy at the Schooner Bar.
12.jpg
The first night at sea ended with a theme park like parade down the promenade,
13.jpg
It was a lot of fun!
14.jpg
It was a good way to end the night.
15.jpg
The next morning we had breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe which featured a mile long buffet.
15.5.jpg
But the main appeal to the Windjammer is the view while eating. I wish I could start everyday like this!
16.jpg
The cracked glass stairs in the Dragon's Lair Nightclub. Here Kevin re-creates a scene from Jurassic Park: The Lost World when Julianne Moore's character was trapped on a glass window that was cracking over a cliff. Oh only Kevin.
17.jpg
During the first formal night. I guess we clean up ok.
18.jpg
Guy and Alana looking good as always.
21.jpg
As do Chuck and Ginny.
19.jpg
Who knew TPR people could get dressed up!
22.jpg
Exploring more of the ship. The background painting of the woman is kind of freaky!
22.5.jpg
Chuck gave a show on the stairs.
23.jpg
During a nice but breezy walk along the outside decks.
24.jpg
I'll end tonight's update with one of the first night's towel art surprise that was waiting for us when we returned to our cabin. Next up our port days in Mexico. Stay tuned!

Team Alcide!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1503
Joined: 19 Sep 2005
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 43

Postby live2tell75 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:21 pm

Tonight's update: Cabo San Lucas.
Our first port was Cabo San Lucas. Kevin took a grey whale watching boat tour while I joined the group for some ziplining. This was very cool. I had never gone ziplining before. Being out in the baja area with lots of cliffs was a great place to first experience zipling. Thanks to Elissa for arranging this fantastic tour. Other than the ziplining, I didn't really get to see a lot of the area. But I did enjoy the large beautiful rocks that jetted out from the water along the coastline. These were really gorgeous especially during sunset. Onto the photos!
11.jpg
To get on land we had to take a tender from the ship to shore, since the port was so shallow or our ship was too big.
2.jpg
These were a beautiful sight to wake up to.
3.jpg
At the port of Cabo.
4.jpg
TPRers gone wild in Cabo!
5.jpg
Our ziplining group.
6.jpg
My first time experiencing ziplining, Thanks to Dan and Hanno for this photo.
7.jpg
It was awesome! Thanks again to Dan and Hano for this photo.
8.jpg
I highly recommend everyone experience ziplining at least once. Thanks again to Dan and Hano for this photo.
9.jpg
Senor Frogs was a popular place for a lot of the group. Here Stacy checks to make sure she is tall enough to drink!
10.jpg
Me with a new friend.
12.jpg
Sunset magic time.
13.jpg
Happiness.
14.jpg
What an awesome backdrop.
15.jpg
16.jpg
The end of tonight's update with a dog towel. Stay tuned for more!

Team Alcide!
User avatar
 
Posts: 1503
Joined: 19 Sep 2005
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 43

Postby live2tell75 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:26 pm

RCFreak wrote:Congrats to the two of you as well! I hope there are pictures to get verklempt over, and I can't wait for the rest of the pics in general.


Thanks Hector! I'll have a couple of those pics coming up.

Next

Return to Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, & Donkeys!

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 1 guest

These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment,
Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.

All onride photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by a professional ride photographer.
For yours  and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at parks without proper permission.

Disclaimer!  You need a sense of humor to view our site, 
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER!
There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13."
Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.

cron