Hurricane Harvey and My Return to Austin

Hurricane Harvey and My Return to Austin

The hurricane known as Harvey made landfall on the Southeastern Coast of Texas just before I was due to fly back from my cruise, so it certainly made for some last-minute travel headaches. Thankfully I’ve made it safely back to my home in Austin, but even as I’m writing this the storm is still wreaking …

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Cruise Day 7: Nassau

Cruise Day 7: Nassau

It’s the last day of the cruise… the one before disembarkation. I don’t know what’s worse; the day before you have to leave the ship, knowing that it’s all over in one day, or actually getting off the ship itself. ¬†You be the judge and post a comment… which is worse? We had an early …

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Cruise Day 6: At Sea

Cruise Day 6: At Sea

Today was another lazy day, since we were at sea and thus had the ship as our destination. It’s hard to believe the vacation is nearly over! This is the first cruise I’ve been on where our final day was a port day. Usually the cruises I’ve taken have ended with the last day being …

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Cruise Day 5: St Thomas

Cruise Day 5: St Thomas

  We didn’t have anything planned for this day, so we took it easy on this port visit. We woke up late and had a quick breakfast in the Windjammer before heading off the ship. The port of Charlotte Amalie was built just for cruise ships, much like the one in Costa Maya in Mexico, …

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Cruise Day 4: St Maarten

Cruise Day 4: St Maarten

St Maarten: Such a beautiful place! Now I know why so many love this island. The weather was, in a word, perfect. We woke up early and had breakfast in the Windjammer around 8, and met up with family shortly thereafter for some morning shopping. We rode the water taxi to the downtown shopping area …

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Cruise Day 3: At Sea

Cruise Day 3: At Sea

Ah, day 3… The eclipse has come and gone, but the memories will surely last forever. We slept in and headed up to the Windjammer for breakfast around 9 or so, and met up with family poolside. Most of the morning was sitting by the pool and relaxing, fitting in some time in the Solarium …

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Cruise Day 2: At Sea on Eclipse Day

Cruise Day 2: At Sea on Eclipse Day

Day 2 was truly unforgettable, in that there was a lot of fun mixed in with downright awe… We started with breakfast in the Windjammer, and then proceeded to the sports deck for some morning Flowriding. I’ve got video of that which I’ll post after I get home, for bandwidth reasons. Jen and I took …

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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

So amazed and grateful to have been able to experience the total eclipse on the beautiful #oasisoftheseas with some incredible people. More pics to come… #eclipseonroyal @royalcaribbean #comeseek #eclipse #totality #canon #80D #instagood #instatravel #instacruise #vacation #photographer A post shared by John Bamber (@iamjohnbamber) on Aug 21, 2017 at 2:03pm PDT Here’s a shot from …

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Cruise Day 1: Embarkation

Cruise Day 1: Embarkation

It’s here! The first day of what’s to be an epic cruise! My apologies for the live blog coming late, but here it is! We stayed overnight at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, by far my favorite place to stay before a cruise out of Port Canaveral. We met up with the group before …

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Off to a Great Start

Off to a Great Start

You know it's early when you get to the @united club and they're not open yet. #travel #vacation #itsallgood A post shared by John Bamber (@iamjohnbamber) on Aug 19, 2017 at 2:21am PDT I don’t feel like I’ve been up for 2 hours, but I have. It’s just before 4:30am, and arriving at the United …

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