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!
Universal Citywalk, Hollywood style.
The park rolled out the red carpet for our return!
Entrance to the famous Universal Studios Tram Tour.
The flash flood, an old favorite from when I was a kid.
Kevin, who loves everything Jurassic Park, was happy to see props from The Lost World.
The cars from Fast and the Furious liked to dance.
Good old Jaws.
From the movie the Grinch.
Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives.
The Psycho House and Bates Motel with a splash of Wooville.
This photo is for Erik in Gainesville: a ship from Serenity and Firefly. =)
War of the Worlds props.
I was excited to experience a unique non-Florida attraction, Backdraft.
I enjoyed Backdraft. It was like Twister without wind, but replaced with lots of fire.
It was hot!
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.
While walking through the Universal Experience exhibit we came across this gem, a outfit worn in my recent t.v. obsession, Battlestar Galactica.
Thanks again to Joey for making our Universal Hollywood visit so much fun!
After a day at the studios, Kevin and I visited and stayed with my old high school friend Mark and his partner Tom.
It was great seeing and hanging out with old friends.
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!
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.
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!
Kevin was super excited to finally get to the ship!
I was looking forward to a week to disconnect from the crazy work stresses back at home.
First order of business when boarding the ship - you eat! This became a common activity the next week!
We meet up with the rest of the gang for the sail-away party.
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.
Enjoying the sunset and our first drink of the day. I think I'm starting to disconnect with any worries from real life! =)
Later in the evening we decided to explore some of the ship, starting with the very cool themed casino.
A few of the decks. Here is part of the main promenade.
With Ginny, one of our great new friends we made on the cruise.
The other end of the Promenade.
Trivia time with Kevin, Chuck, Ginny, Alana and Guy at the Schooner Bar.
The first night at sea ended with a theme park like parade down the promenade,
It was a lot of fun!
It was a good way to end the night.
The next morning we had breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe which featured a mile long buffet.
But the main appeal to the Windjammer is the view while eating. I wish I could start everyday like this!
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.
During the first formal night. I guess we clean up ok.
Guy and Alana looking good as always.
As do Chuck and Ginny.
Who knew TPR people could get dressed up!
Exploring more of the ship. The background painting of the woman is kind of freaky!
Chuck gave a show on the stairs.
During a nice but breezy walk along the outside decks.
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!
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!
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.
These were a beautiful sight to wake up to.
At the port of Cabo.
TPRers gone wild in Cabo!
Our ziplining group.
My first time experiencing ziplining, Thanks to Dan and Hanno for this photo.
It was awesome! Thanks again to Dan and Hano for this photo.
I highly recommend everyone experience ziplining at least once. Thanks again to Dan and Hano for this photo.
Senor Frogs was a popular place for a lot of the group. Here Stacy checks to make sure she is tall enough to drink!
Me with a new friend.
Sunset magic time.
What an awesome backdrop.
The end of tonight's update with a dog towel. Stay tuned for more!
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