Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

April 22, 2012

Cruise with me, baby…

Filed under: Travel — Karma @ 5:06 pm
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Where to begin, where to begin?  I’ve got so much to tell you about from the past week I’m having trouble organizing my thoughts into possible recognizable blog posts.

Should I just start at the beginning and work my way through the week?  That seems what a logical, sensible type of blogger would do.  I’m not often known for my logic and sensibilities however.

I could try to come up with a theme for each post – flowers, birds, etc – but I doubt I could be that organized.

I had this idea to try to create a very cool slideshow with all the music that has been playing through my head since Monday.  Even if I could do it, I imagine I wouldn’t be able to share it easily on this blog.

The part about the music playing through my head is real.  My sister and I had this joke or game between us while we were growing up called, “Lyrics for any occasion” because it seemed one of us could always come up with a song to suit almost any situation.  While four sleepy-eyed travellers sat in our local airport very early Monday morning awaiting our flight to the city where we would board our ship, I called this song up on YouTube on my phone just to try to amuse and wake up my daughters:

And so began my own game of “Lyrics for any occasion” for the duration of our cruise.  I wrote the songs down as they popped into my head on a piece of Carnival notepad paper, sure that I could work these songs into my blog posts to help give you the full picture of where my head was at for the week.  I don’t, however, wish to jam up your browsers with piles of YouTube videos when you try to read my blog.  Like I said, I’m still figuring out just how to present my posts.  Maybe I’ll pop a few particularly apropos videos at the end of my posts and scatter a few lines of lyrics throughout.

Hmm, my wordcount reads 341 at this point and I still haven’t shared a single picture. I should remedy that.  How about a look around our ship, the Carnival Imagination?  That seems like as good a place as any to get started.
This is “the Atruim”; it is what you see when you first board the ship and it is in the middle of everything, with elevators to take you everywhere:

The Lido and Promenade decks where you’ll find the pool, bars, food, hot tubs, and music:

The Serenity Lounge, where only folks over 21 are allowed – the place to go when you need to get away from all the “happy” children:

The Dynasty Lounge, one of several places to relax and see a show:

Lounge near the Spirit Dining Room, where we had dinner each night:

(Hmmm… I think I know those people… 😉 )

Carnival Water Works, the on-board mini-waterpark:

Our little stateroom, where we spent little time:

In just about every place on this ship, it was always possible to get one of these:

The drink of the day in the souvenir cup! I, er, lost count, *hic*, of how many of these I had  😉

It was a fabulous week of relaxing, eating but not cooking, traveling but not driving, exploring and discovering.  I’ve got much more to share with you, so I hope you’ll be back to read more during the week.


  1. Wow, amazing!! Do they give out detailed maps when you board?? I’m afraid I’d get hopelessly lost! LOL
    Wouldn’t mind going on a cruise…preferably withOUT the husband and kids 😉

    Comment by TheDailyClick — April 22, 2012 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

    • They give you a deck map, but I still got lost!
      I’m ready to plan another cruise! Wanna go?? 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 22, 2012 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  2. I was just ready to turn off the computer for the night but really really wanted to see if you had posted anything yet! And look at this–a lovely “song” of a blog. Karen, this is so fascinating. I enjoyed looking at all the photos and reading your re-cap of your cruisin’ vacation. It looks like so much fun! Thank you for posting before your busy work week starts. Good luck with getting your land legs. 🙂

    Comment by Kathy — April 22, 2012 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much Kathy! I’ve got so much more to post and share – you might be sick of reading about my cruise by the end of the week, LOL! These pictures are only the tip of the iceberg. 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 22, 2012 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  3. Reminds me of Las Vegas – on water. But much more comfortable than the real Vegas!

    Comment by Carol — April 23, 2012 @ 10:09 am | Reply

    • It didn’t really have a Vegas feel to it, I didn’t think. But I’ve never been to Vegas, so I guess I couldn’t say!

      Comment by Karma — April 23, 2012 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  4. The photos are wonderful ! They really give a sense of the size of the ship and how opulently it is appointed. Did you go down the water slide ? Not sure if I would or not … OK … decided … YES ! I’d do it … probably.

    Look forward to hearing more about your trip.

    Comment by Sybil — April 23, 2012 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Sybil. I didn’t go down the slide – I thought about it, but then decided I felt too silly since most of the sliders were under the age of 12! 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 23, 2012 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  5. Aren’t cruise ships amazing?? I’ve been on two it is always so intimidating when you first board these massive “boats” and you think, “I’ll never find my way around his thing…” but by the end of the trip, you’re a pro. 🙂

    Looks like you are already off to a great start! I would have spent MANY an hour on the “Serenity Deck” with one of those yummy-looking concoctions in my hand. Looking forward to seeing and hearing all about your cruising adventure!

    Comment by milkayphoto — April 23, 2012 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy. I did get turned around on the ship a few times, but it ended up being easy enough to navigate.
      I’ve got so many photos I’d like to share, and did a lot of editing yesterday, but I still think I have too many for the blog post about our first stop. So difficult to choose!

      Comment by Karma — April 23, 2012 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  6. I’ve not been on a cruise and really don’t have the desire unless it’s the one in Alaska. As you post your photos I’ll see if you can change my mind. So glad you had a good time. You looked like a sister and not a mother in the photos on Facebook.

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 23, 2012 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

    • Aw, Becky, how sweet of you to say that!
      I think what I love best about a cruise is the simplicity. Everything you need in one place, no driving worries, no bored children, and the opportunity to visit several places in one trip.

      Comment by Karma — April 23, 2012 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  7. My husband and I were on the Carnival Imagination April 20th – 23rd…just got home a few hours ago. There was a Hispanic song they kept playing that I would love to know the name of, and while I was googling various things trying to find it, your blog popped up. I don’t suppose you had Art as your head waiter in the dining room? Bald guy with glasses…he was great! Anyhoo… We had a great time too, and that song was stuck in my head but I can’t seem to find it anywhere, especially since idk any of the words! Arrrggg! Every time it came on everyone went crazy on board and started dancing wherever they were. *sigh* ease shoot me an e-mail at funkygnarly@hotmail.com if you by som random chance know what I’m talking about. Thanks!

    Comment by Lorrie Melton — April 23, 2012 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  8. It’s like a floating city! It looks wonderful. I like the music that goes with the pics. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — April 26, 2012 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  9. I got to the first cruise post last. Really enjoyed your theme of sharing the Lyrics of each of your posts. Sounds like you had a wonderful time enjoying the ship, ports of call and, most of all, your family. A Bon Voyage!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 30, 2012 @ 10:06 am | Reply

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