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Exploring the world by cruise ship is a passion that we've had for more than 30 years. On our first cruises, each destination was a new adventure. We had not been to the ports of call before, so everything was brand new.
After all those years, we still do have some new ports to explore, but more often than not, we find ourselves visiting some of the same destinations.
How does one keep cruise vacations exciting? Several ways come to mind, such as cruising to new destinations, booking brand new ships, or trying different shore excursions.
Learning to See at Sea
The image above is the view that the captain has on Caribbean Princess. What a marvelous view it is, especially on a beautiful day. In this image, there are some beautiful clouds above the horizon just off the bow of the ship. There isn't any island in sight - you can look for miles, but all that you'll see is ocean and clouds. You can become one with nature in these peaceful surroundings.
We often give ourselves a photo shoot assignment during our cruise. In this series of photos, which we used for a past #FriFotos Twitter chat, the theme was #Sky.
(For those that don't know: #FriFotos is a weekly Twitter photo forum by @Frifotos_ https://twitter.com/frifotos_We even had the chance to co-host in the past.)
There are many Twitter travel chats, so get a stock of photos and join in with some or your personal favorites.
Sea days are a favorite time during a cruise for us. It gives us time to really relax and unwind. When in ports, we tend to be "on" since we have easy access to the internet and our always-connected life style (checking on our guests needs for example).
It is a little more difficult when at sea, we have to go to our cabin and get connected. Even on stormy days, one can enjoy the view - especially if the storm is in the distance.
Painting the Sky With Color
Our favorite time of day is dusk when Mother Nature puts on a light show for all to see. This image, captured off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has the sky on fire.
We highly recommend being on your balcony or up on the open decks when the evening is approaching so that you can experience this magical light and, if you want to, capture your own memorable images.
So Much More Than Ports
Hopefully this shows you that even if your ship is sailing to familiar ports, there is so much more to See at Sea. Make some time during your cruise to lay out on deck and watch the clouds go by.
Do you remember trying to figure out what shapes could be seen in the clouds when you were young? Why not do that again now, or even share that experience with other family members or friends?
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