Take Your Movies on the Cruise With You!

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Huh? Who does that?  I do!  Sea days are meant for chillin'.  And what do I do when I want to chill?  Watch movies! And maybe a few other things, but we'll talk about those later. 😉

This is a continuation of my Hawaii Pre-Planning.  Keep in mind that I took this cruise in 2014, so these movies are old.  But, if you haven't had an opportunity to see the ones I recommend, then by all means indulge!

So, I was planning to be gone for two weeks. We had a total of 8 sea days and over 10 hours flight time round trip. I definitely needed to plan my personal entertainment.

The easiest choices were the movies. I picked movies I wanted to see but hadn't yet had time to watch. Normally, I wouldn't take my iPad with me on a cruise, but with so much downtime, I kinda didn't have a choice. I mean, I had just upgraded from the Air to the Air 2. Who leaves the new gadget at home? Definitely not me! So, here is the movie playlist:

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Carnival Miracle Cruise to Hawaii: Pre-Planning

Mom and I took this cruise to honor my Gramma.  Gramma passed away in November of 2014.  She was 91 years old.  You're never ready to let a loved one go, but you also know our time on Earth is limited.

A couple of days before she passed, Mom had gone to visit Gramma at the nursing home and for some reason, she thought they were on a plane headed to Hawaii.  It was strange because she usually talked about going to Vegas.

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How Your Everyday Activities Can Help You Save Money for Cruises

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Pssssst!  Let me share a little secret with you…

I'm not a millionaire.

I know it might seem like I have it made with the number of cruises I've done, but the real secret is the sacrifices I make so that I CAN cruise.  In general, I like to call myself “thrifty,” and all the extras I spend money on must pass my cruise test:

Would I rather spend this money on a cruise?

As an example:

Going out to lunch with co-workers every day?  Lunch costs about $10 in our nearby restaurants if you're not doing fast food.  If you're doing that every day, that's $50 a week or $200 a month.  In a year, I could save $2400 just bringing my lunch to work.  And what can $2400 buy me?  A balcony cabin on a 15-day cruise to Hawaii. 😜

Me on a 15-day cruise to Hawaii
Me on a 15-day cruise to Hawaii

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Meet the New Cruise Ships of 2018

Cruising an ocean liner is generally a great experience no matter the age of the ship. Some people even prefer older ships because they like the layout and features better. But just like a new car, it's exciting to cruise on a new ship. You won't be short on choices as several major cruise lines have scheduled maiden voyages for their new ships in 2018. Let's talk about it!

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas

Maiden Voyage: March 31

Symphony of the Seas is set to hit a new record as the largest cruise ship in the world at 230,000 tons.   Symphony will be part of Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class but won't be an exact copy of her sister ships.  What's new? A two-deck-high family suite with a slide between floors, a New England-style seafood restaurant, a new candy and ice cream shop, and a new casual Mexican eatery.

After spending its first summer sailing the Mediterranean, the Symphony will home-port in Miami offering alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.

VIDEO: Royal Caribbean's Teaser Video

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