Are we crazy?
We are taking a cruise. The really funny part about this whole trip is we booked our cruise the same week Carnival had broken down in the gulf of Mexico. I was literally listening to footage of the the poor people having to walk through the “rivers of sewage” while I clicked book it. So you must be wondering why in the world we would want to chance it? Well, I do have some pretty good reasons! While the thought of having to use a plastic bag as a toilet is more than discouraging, here are the reasons why we will be “all aboarding” a ship.
1. We NEED a vacation. We have had a crazy year. From moving, Andy living in two places for 5 months, me losing a job, Andy being swamped at work, and the fact that we would just like to get away form the normal.
2. We are going with my family. We don’t get to see family very much since we live on the other side of the country. Not only are my parents going to be there but my big brother will be coming as well. Andy hasn’t seen my brother in more than a year and we haven’t taken a “family” vacation (excluding trips for funerals) in years! Like since before we were married, and this time Andy will be with us, so it will be the whole family together. Here’s a little picture of said trip when we went to Puerta Vallarta. Check out Short Family circa 2007!
3. We have never been on a cruise. If this was the only reason we were taking this trip, we might have waited a while after the Carnival disaster. But we are super excited none the less. Andy is pretty excited for the chance to eat 24/7 and I am ready for some on the sea entertainment.
4. Lastly, we are going to ROME! It has always been my dream to go to Rome and more so with my family. This will also be our first international trip overseas as a family. We will be touring around the Mediterranean and then docking in Rome for a couple of days afterward to spend some more time with a close family friend.
I am posting our travel map to show you where we are exactly going because we would love to hear what things we need to see and do if you have taken this trip or have been to some of these ports. Any tips and advice are welcome. From what to eat in each place, what to see, and where to shop, things to not miss and things that just aren’t top priorities. Let us know!
Day 2 – Sicily, Italy
Day 3 – Cruisin’
Day 4 – Athens, Greece
Day 5 – Ephesus, Turkey
Day 6 – Chania, Crete, Greece
Day 7- Cruisin’
Day 8- Rome
Please leave your tips and comments for all to see!