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What a week!  No, make that three weeks, it has been.

Life this fall has been ever so busy…. which I guess is better than the alternative… lol

I had the awesome opportunity to participate in Royal Caribbean’s Train the Trainer on board the Majesty of the Seas from September 9 thru 13.. what a beautiful ship!  Royal Caribbean hosted a week long training seminar that concentrated on the Oz Principle, Living Above the Line and Thinking Outside the Box.  It was a great week, and I am excited to share what I learned with the rest of the team at home… I hope they benefit as much as I did.

I won’t bore you with the details of the training… but here are some great pics of the trip!

We joined the vessel Monday in Miami, after an early morning and several really long hours on a flight, I finally made it.


Tuesday we were in Nassau, Bahamas, and got to enjoy an afternoon stroll around town and a great tour of Atlantis!  Some of the girls and I headed back on board and had dinner at Johnny Rockets… I haven’t eaten there in years!

Wednesday was CocoCay, Bahamas, RCCL’s private island… we hung out on the beach and soaked in the sun, it was beautiful…

Thursday was Key West.. I hadn’t been there since Richard and I were dating!  We had lunch at Sloppy Joe’s – YUM!

Friday was back to Miami, and back to Bar Harbor.. a great week, and I am definitely recharged for the fall!


Courtesy of the best momma in the world, we headed to the Doubletree Beach Resort on Redington Beach for two nights and three days of sun, sand, and relaxation!

It was awesome, the weather left a little bit to be desired… but the sun came out for most of it, and it was great!  Long walks on the beach, drinks under the umbrella, cool water in the pool, and beautiful sunsets… we couldn’t ask for more.  I had the opportunity to use my new water camera… and got some cool shots!

Wednesday, July 24, we headed out and checked in early… and had lunch at the hotel, overlooking the beach.. the pina colada’s were great!  After changing, we found lounge chairs at the pool, and settled in for an afternoon of sun.  Dinner that night was at the hotel, inside at the bar, while waiting on Alex and a friend to arrive.  Thursday morning was an early morning, headed out to the pool for a long day relaxing by the pool!  After finding the perfect spot, in the sun, we settled in for a day to chill!  We brought our own beverages, which made the trip even more fun!  Two wonderful walks on the beach, and lots of laughs after stepping in unseen holes, we got some great pics, and even better memories.  Dinner that night was at The Conch Republic,, and it was pretty good!

What a trip!

A short three day journey into Baltimore was lots of fun, and I left wishing I had been able to spend more time there.  Arriving early Wednesday morning, I had a chance to explore the Inner Harbor area, and found the Seven Foot Knoll Light at Pier 5… very cool!

The RCCL Grandeur of the Seas was returning from their 45 day dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas, after the unfortunate incident that occurred on May 27, read this if you missed the original story.  The last time I was on Grandeur, it was in Tampa, and it was my first year as the Port Agent!  Time flies!!

Wednesday afternoon was spent at the terminal, participating in a refresh training offered by the head office.  We headed out to dinner at Sullivan’s,, which was a fabulous steakhouse downtown.

Thursday morning I checked out of my hotel and headed back to the pier.  We were preparing to meet and embark approximately 1600 travel agents for a one night cruise to nowhere, which was sponsored by RCCL.  It was a neat opportunity to give the travel agents a chance to check out the repaired and recently revitalized vessel…. lucky me, I was invited to saill away with them!  What a great night!  Lots of events happening on board, live music and entertainment.

Friday morning was back to the pier, and we geared up for a full day of check-in, it was the first cruise since the fire, and everyone was ready for travel!  This was the ad running in the local area to welcome back the Grandeur.  🙂

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As usual, this last month has been fairly hectic and I am slacking again on sharing with the world the most recent excitement in our lives.

The Vaughan’s came to Bar Harbor!  Richard spent a whole week, count ’em… 7 WHOLE DAYS!  In the past, he has only had the opportunity to come up for the weekend, and we attempt to cram a month’s worth of catching up in some very short hours.  This time…. it was awesome!  My in-laws were also able to join us for a week’s worth of adventures… and seeing that it was over 4th of July holiday.. it was an booming week of fun!

Richard arrived from North Carolina.. where he had spent the weekend training at a church the company had just recently installed some equipment in.  It was a nice surprise.. as he arrived about 5 hours earlier than we had originally planned.  His parents were driving up from Florida, and made several stops along the way, with family and friends, and arrived early afternoon on Monday.

Our first night, we headed over to Stewman’s Lobster Pound,, for dinner.  My father-in-law dug into a full downeast lobster experience… clam chowder, lobster, mussels, corn, potatoes and blueberry pie!


Richard’s Downeast Lobster Experience

With rain expected for Tuesday, we headed into Acadia National Park.. I don’t care what the weather is like, the Park is beautiful every time.  We hit Park Loop Road and saw all the highlights: Sieur de Monts Spring, the Abbe Museum, Park Loop Road, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Bass Harbor Head Light, Sea Wall… the Jesup Path was amazing… Richard remembered walking it on one of his first visits to Bar Harbor… we headed back out to find it, and some wildlife along the way.

The next morning may have been the highlight of the whole trip… at least, for the boys.  As a Father’s Day gift, the boys hopped into an open cockpit biplane,, and took off for about 18 minutes of exhilarating fun!

We headed back into Acadia National Park with a box lunch in hand… and to Otter Cliffs, which is one of my new favorite locations.

And then we headed up to South Bubble and Balance Rock… one of my absolute favorite hikes!  It is sooooo gorgeous once you get up to the top, and the hike up isn’t so bad either.  Keeping in mind that it had been raining in Bar Harbor for what felt like days on end, it was quite a wet hike up, but totally worth the view from the top.

We rounded out the evening with a trip up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, and watched the sunset from the Blue Hill Overlook – it was spectacular!

July 4th!  One of my absolute favorite days in Bar Harbor…. simply because it is celebrated small town style.  What that means specifically…. good ole’ fashioned pancake breakfasts, a parade with more than 1,000 participants, lobstah races in the baseball fields, arts and crafts market, lobstah meals, ice cream, pies and other yummy desserts for sale, to raise money for local non-profits and other local groups.  We headed to Cherrystones for breakfast, and front row seats of the parade, it is always so much fun to see what the floats will look like every year!  After, we headed down to the ball park.. it was sooooo hot that day, and a Sno-Cone was in order!  While waiting for the fireworks over the Harbor later that evening, we headed to Pirate’s Cove for a little competitive putt-putt,  I lost.  Good news?  I got a free ice cream across the street at Udder Heaven,!  The fireworks were awesome… best I have seen in 5 years, check it out here!

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Friday was back to work, and the in-laws were leaving the island.  What a fun week!

Sunset in Bar Harbor

Posted: May 27, 2013 in Bar Harbor
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After a week of gray… the skies were beautiful tonight!

Jumping back in time, to fill you in on our awesome weekend cruise to celebrate my birthday (a few days early.)

Mom and I had a great time, out on Thursday, back on Monday – one stop in Cozumel, and it was soooooo relaxing.  I think all I did all week was sleep, eat, read my book(s), and chill.

The first night was an early night, as it always is after a full day of work, but we had a lovely sunset.


The next day, we took easy… breakfast care of room service, lovely sunshine on the balcony… and then we headed up to the pool deck.  After scouting out some lounge chairs, we finally found two in the sun.  The second night on board was formal night in the dining room, so Mom and I dressed up, and headed out to the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Reception and then dinner.  It’s always so lovely to see everyone dressed up!

Mom on cruise

Later that night we had another beautiful sunset….


Saturday, we docked in Cozumel, Mexico…. we have definitely spent many a day here, and it was just as we remembered.  I think there was a little more construction done, and it seems as though the town is booming with tourism.  Mom and I took a taxi into town, wandered around some of the shops, and found a little hole in the wall for lunch, called “Woody’s Bar and Grill,” you would think it would be super American, but it was a great Mexican food at cheap rates!  Across the way, we found a little Mexican woman, who put henna tattoos on our feet and ankles…

We headed back to the ship, and up to the pool deck… and this time had no problems finding lounge chairs, and finished the afternoon out with people watching and book reading.

Sunday was our final day of relaxing, and enjoying the holiday decoration up around the ship.  The massive Christmas tree in the centrum was beautiful, and huge!  We hit the shops, but didn’t find anything more exciting than what we already had.  We were invited to a lovely dinner in Chops Grille, one of the two specialty restaurants on board.  The Hotel Director, John, and F&B Manager, Tony, treated us for my early birthday dinner – I had the filet and it was lovely.

Monday was my 29th birthday, and I had to work!  The Bridge surprised me with a lovely birthday cake and a chorus of off key singing at the end of the day.

Richard’s sister and family were at our house when I got home.  Kristin cooked a great meal, we (barely) managed to stay up to watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV.  What a great weekend!


Fantastic mini-vacation in the middle of my month off…. and what a great way to spend the week!  My friend and colleague, Elizabeth, invited me to cruise on the Celebrity Summit, a week long trip from Bayonne, NJ, to Bermuda.

We boarded on Sunday, July 29, and set off… passing the Statue of Liberty on the way out of the Harbor.

On Wednesday, August 1, we arrived in Kings Wharf, Bermuda, and docked for the next two nights and three days.  The week we were there also happened to be the Annual Cricket Cup Match, which meant a 5 day weekend for the locals, and all the shops were closed!  We had a great time anyway, taking a shore excursion that involved a catamaran, snorkeling, swimming and the locally popular Bermuda Swizzle (Rum Punch), made with three rums, orange, grapefruit and pineapple juice, and grenadine.  We also hit Elbow Beach, a beautiful, not-at-all busy beach… and the local hangout, Snorkel Park, for an evening of drinks and foam!  We took the ferry to Hamilton and had lunch at the Bermuda Bistro, which is a great little restaurant in the middle of town.

We tried a different restaurant on board every night, and were treated like royalty.  The entertainment was spectacular, the drinks were flowing, the sun was shining, the ride was smooth, the week flew by!