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We put together a short video with some more images of the Independence of the Seas that we thought you might enjoy. Check it out below. Watch the sound initially since the beginning of any cruise involves blasting the big horns on the ship, with other ships replying.

Ice Show aboard the Independence of the Seas.

Ice Show aboard the Independence of the Seas.

You wouldn't normally think of a cruise ship as being a place to see an ice show, but aboard the Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, that's just one of the shows you can see.

Today, we spent some time in Studio B, which is the ice rink aboard ship. We watched an ice show that was good by any measure. Considering that we're in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with nine foot waves and a ship that is moving, this show was excellent. (read more...)

One of the many pools on deck 12 (of 15 total) on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas. Image by Bonnie Fink.

One of the many pools on deck 12 (of 15 total) on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas. Image by Bonnie Fink.

Yesterday, we boarded Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We're on board for a 14 day Atlantic Crossing with a destination of Southampton, England. From there we'll stay on board for another 14 days as we tour the Mediterranean with stops in Barcelona, Gibraltar, Rome, and a few others. We'll post more on that later.

For now, we thought it might be fun to post a few images of the ship. We're docked in Nassau, Bahamas at the moment. Well, to be truthful, we just left the Bahamas about fifteen minutes ago. In the gallery below, you'll first see a few pictures of Fort Larderdale. Then you'll see the ship with a few images of Nassau mixed in. All of these images were shot with our phones. (read more...)

Old water wheel at Disney's Port Orleans Resort. This waterwheel sits at the food court near the main lobby. Image by Don Fink.

Old water wheel at Disney's Port Orleans Resort. This waterwheel sits at the food court near the main lobby. Image by Don Fink.

Today we started another vacation. And as with many of our vacations, we're spending the night at one of our favorite Disney hotels, Disney's Port Orleans, Riverside. We've stayed at this hotel many times before and even posted a story about it on Mouseplanet.com here.

Today, our check in at Disney's Port Orleans is worth noting. Disney has a process where you can electronically check in without visiting the front desk, and today it worked that way for us. For our check in, we received a text message from Disney telling us that our room was ready, and giving us our room number. We  already had a Magic Band associated with our account, and when the room was made ready it was associated with that room number. All we had to do was make our way to the room and walk in. No stopping by the front desk, no nothing. Tomorrow when we leave, we'll just get up, load our stuff in the car, and leave. Easy Peasy. (read more...)

Deck 15 is where the outdoor action is aboard the Allure of the Seas. There are two pools with an open canyon looking down into Central park on Deck 8. Image by Donald Fink

Deck 15 is where the outdoor action is aboard the Allure of the Seas. There are two pools in this area with an open canyon looking down into Central park on Deck 8. Image by Donald Fink

We’re in the Caribbean aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. This is the biggest ship we’ve sailed, and probably the largest cruise ship afloat. This week, we’re traveling from the Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades, to Haiti, jamaica, Cozumel, and back. We’ll have three “sea days”.

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been aboard a Royal Caribbean ship, and we’ve almost forgotten how different it is compared to some of the other cruise lines we’ve tried. The service is great and the ship is full of Wow factor.

Join us again in the next few days and we’ll have a complete description of this great ship with as many pictures as we think you can stand.