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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.

Vacay Needed

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!

RomeMap Day 1- Leave Rome

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!

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9 Comment

  1. Reply
    Amy B.
    April 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Oh my gosh I am SO EXCITED that you’re going to Crete too! Sammi and I went there in 2007 and it was the highlight of our Greece trip. How long are you staying in Chania? Are you doing a tour or are you free to explore? Let me know some details and I’ll send you some travel tips for Athens and Crete asap!

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      emilie marian
      April 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much Amy! We are only in Chania for a day and as of right now we don’t have any plans. We just aren’t sure what we should do. Any tips are greatly appreciated!

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    April 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Yup! And I’m bringin’ those britches on this trek too! Hey….cuz they’re back in style, right? Yes, Amy, we’d love to hear your recommendations for Chania. All we know now is to head to the old town area, and that there’s not much to,see in Chania. Do you agree?

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    Joan Buxman
    April 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    You will absolutely LOVE cruisin’ and I think Carnival should be a good bet after their disaster. They should be super careful. At least I hope so because Harold and I have scheduled a Carnival Mediterranean Cruise in October. (but we leave from Venice). We found that it was more thrifty to NOT schedule the ship’s excursions and just venture out on your own. In most places there are locals who will give you tours much cheaper. Have a terrific time. Can’t wait to see your pictures.

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      emilie marian
      May 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Joan, Thank you for your tips! We are so excited. We are actually taking a Royal Caribbean Cruise. I hope you guys have a blast in October.

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      May 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Just a bit o’ clarification, for what it’s worth… Our cruise is with Royal Caribbean. Yes, Em and Andy decided to join us during the Carnival debacle, but…we are going to be on RCCL for this one, 🙂

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        May 9, 2013 at 7:41 am

        Oops…sorry, Joan…I didn’t see Emilie’s reply to you…

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