Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day 4: Curaçao

We arrived in Curaçao in the afternoon. Since we were only given a few hours in Curaçao, we spent our time walking around Willemstad.

Walking along an alley between two streets, Keukenstraat and Da Costa Gomezplein, we came to a opening with tables and chairs. At opposite sides were restaurants. 

We decided to have lunch at the Cafe Copa Cabana. 

Afterwards, we walked around the shopping area before ending up at the Iguana Café to have Curaçao drinks.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day 3: Sea Day

Our third day was spent at sea. It's about 1,400 miles from Port Canaveral to Curaçao. We were traveling at around 20 knots, which is about 23 miles per hour. We spent the day doing the various activities around the ship. While my wife enjoyed the sun, my son played chess, played a round of mini-golf and visited the video arcade.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Day 2: Sea Day

Day two was spent at sea. 

Our ship was on its way to Curaçao, which is located in the southern Caribbean Sea.

We spent our day at sea enjoying the various amenities and programs the ship offered. 

Since it was formal night, we all dressed up for dinner.

After dinner, we did our traditional family race around the jogging track. Of course, my son won.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Day 1: Exploring the Carnival Liberty

We finally arrived to our terminal in Port Canaveral to board the Carnival Liberty. After checking into our cabin, we wasted no time in exploring the ship.

Last year, we were on the Carnival Dream -- a much bigger ship. The Carnival Liberty was similar in size to the Carnival Legend, but new upgrades.

Similar to last year, my wife purchased Faster to the Fun, which allows a number of customers to board early. By noon, we were on the ship and in our room.

The first place we went to after dropping our stuff in the room was the Lido deck, where we enjoyed the buffet. 

After our lunch, we explored the many cool things the ship offered its guests. 

For the kids, they had a water slide, a basketball court, a mini-golf course, a huge chess board, ping pong tables, a video arcade, and Camp Carnival, where kids can hang and meet other kids.

For the adults, there was the casino, an art gallery, a comedy club, several bars, and the Serenity deck, where kids are not allowed.

My wife and I debated as to whether to purchase the "Cheers" Beverage Program, where customers get 15 drinks a day for a set daily price. Since it's based on cabin occupants and not individual, the total cost for us would have been $919.20. Although it is a great deal, my wife and I don't drink that much.

We did get the Bottomless Bubbles unlimited soda program for my son. The $4.50 (plus 15% gratuity) plan allows kids walk up to any bar and ask for a soda. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Robert Lewis Reid

Art Appreciation

Robert Lewis Reid was an American Impressionist painter and muralist. He was best known for being a member of the Ten American Painters, a group of artists who felt mediocre artists were crowding exhibitions.

You can see more of his wonderful work HERE.

Paul Revere's Ride via

A Summer Girl via underthegables

The Violet Kimono via artcontrarian


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Daytona Beach

On our way to Pensacola, while my wife was driving, a black rock hit the windshield on the passenger-side. Since I didn't see it jump from the road, it may have been a meteorite.

After spending two hours at SafeLite in Pensacola, we continued our trip to Daytona Beach.

Florida is a long state. It takes a little over five hours to get from Florida's panhandle to Jacksonville. So, by the time we reached Daytona Beach, it was already getting dark.

My wife objected to the hotel in Pensacola. As we drove up to La Quinta in Daytona Beach, I was worried that she would have harsh words again. However, although it was exterior access, to her surprise, the room was large and overlooked the beach.

After checking into the hotel, we did manage to spend some time on the beach and dinner at Sloppy Joe's at the Ocean Walk Shoppes.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Driving to Port Canaveral

My wife has a bucket list of places she wants to visit. It's a list that we are slowly fulfilling. Shortly after last year's family summer vacation, my wife started planning our next cruise down to Aruba and Curaçao. To make our cruise, we followed the same route from last year to Port Canaveral, our departure port. However, instead of driving 20 hours to Ocala, we stopped in Pensacola, drove to Daytona Beach, and then arrive in Port Canaveral.

Our first stop was a photo-op with the Beaver at Buc-ee's in Waller, which is about 45 minutes northwest of Houston. 

We continued on driving for eight hours on I-10 until we arrived at La Quinta in Pensacola. 

Not the best La Quinta. It's located off I-10 and perhaps more appealing to truckers. 

As we arrived to La Quinta, I could feel the tension buildup inside the car. My wife quickly noticed the exterior access. She hates exterior access hotels. 

After check-in, we proceeded to the room. The room smelled of smoke. 

She questioned me as to whether I did research or just choose the first La Quinta that popped up.

"Does it have a gym?" she asked. I knew I was in trouble. This La Quinta didn't have a gym. 

As I explained to her, the purpose of staying at this La Quinta was because it was accessible off and on the interstate. We were arriving just to sleep. This isn't the vacation part of the trip. 

It was soon forgotten once I found McGuire's Irish Pub.