Land Ho! Tampa, Florida

After two weeks at sea and without internet access, we sailed in to Tampa, Florida.  The dock is new to Rhapsody of the Seas and since the ship is entering the states after being international, it will take longer to get cleared to debark.  Since we are carrying only backpacks, we are in the first group to go through customs. It took roughly two hours to move through and clear customs. Our hotel is a 20 minute walk from the port.

Hello Tampa! Waiting for our ship to clear.

We are staying at Embassy Suites right on the River Walk. Our room is on the 19th of 20 floors and we can see our ship from our window. It was dark when we sailed in, and now that it is light, we watched another cruise ship come in. It is amazing to see how these big ships maneuver in the channels.

Once we are settled in, we head out to do some exploring and look for a store to get supplies and snacks for our train ride to New York. We grabbed some dinner and headed back to do laundry.  It was nice that the hotel had a laundry room.

More important, I got to get updates on the newest edition.  Ripley is two weeks old today! Thank you, Lord, for your continued blessings for me and my family.

I pray your travel mercies during this next leg of our adventure and that those we meet along the way continue to see your light in me. Amen!

Transatlantic Transportation: Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas

Sadly, we have come to the end of the European touring part of of our adventure.  Seven weeks flew by!  We boarded our new home for the next two weeks, Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas. During this time, we stop at three of the Canary Islands and in Coco Cay, Bahamas, so limited access to wifi.