Last Days at Sea

Fifteen minutes after we returned to the ship, The Paradise left Cozumel.  The idea of being on a seven hour excursion when you’re only in port for eight hours can cause some anxiety, but since it was a Carnival excursion it was Carnival’s responsibility to get us back to the ship.  Therefore, they couldn’t leave…

Mexico

Thursday morning I didn’t bother trying to see the sun rise.  Other things were on my mind.  The night before the Captain warned that we were heading into rough seas and to simply be careful walking on deck and around the ship.  Just be sure of your steps.  As I bustled around the stateroom and…

The British West Indies…

The alarm went off and I peeked out my stateroom window with a sigh of relief.  The sun wasn’t up yet.  Hurrying through my morning routine, I made my way to the Lido Deck as quickly as my sea legs could take me.  There, at the back of the ship I walked through the sliding…

The Sun, the Sea and the Singing

This year I had a mission.  There was something I wanted to see, but it wasn’t just a port of call or an artist singing my favorite song.  I wanted to see the sun rise over the water.  Of course, there are photos online of such things, but I wanted to experience it in person. …

“Where Y’all Going?”

The Paradise glided along the waterway, slowly leaving Tampa behind.  On two decks in the front of the ship, passengers stood watching the city disappear and the water unfold before them.  Though this was only my second Singing at Sea cruise, I had a feeling that this part of the trip would become tradition.  There’s…

A New Year, A New Trio

Legacy Five’s Celebration NYE is more than just your typical Gospel Sing.  After the singing, preaching and luxurious surroundings of Opryland, we also go to breakfast with Legacy Five the last morning.  The Delta opens its ballroom and serves everything a breakfast menu has to offer.  Buffet style, everyone gathers in line, selects their food…

Midnight Makes The Year New

On New Year’s Eve Day, after the morning session, we had lunch in the Delta and walked the gardens.  It’s a tradition for us.  Nothing initiates the creative process in me like a camera in my hand surrounded by perfect scenery!  We meandered through the walkways and I stopped to snap a photo of a…

Good Morning New Year’s Eve!

“How was lunch this morning?” Scott teased the crowd.  He prayed and then the “don, don, don,” kicked off the intro to He Loves Me So, their first song.  “This is the very first song that this group ever sang and recorded 15 years ago,” Scott informed, “and people are still requesting it, and I…

The Eve Of The Eve…

Water surged straight up into the air; stretching, reaching for the highest places before it fell back into the pool and dissipated into the calm waves.  You could say it is my favorite fountain in the Gaylord Opryland Resort.  After all, being so near the Governor’s Ballroom, it’s the one I see the most during…

Who Said Egg Nog Wasn’t Good?

The second stop on the Home For Christmas Tour happened to be Vilonia, Arkansas…not too far from Branson.  So…why not! From the beautiful day before – when we sailed off into Table Rock Lake with highs in the sixties – we experienced frigid weather in Arkansas.  It was so cold that you could set Egg…