We’d like to introduce a new series for our blog – Travel Blogger Thursday! Each Thursday, we will be featuring a fellow Travel Blogger and sharing their story in the form of an interview. Hopefully you will enjoy reading about other amazing travel bloggers who seek out destinations from all over the world. These interviews will introduce you to their blogs and maybe you’d like to follow along with their travels!
For the first interview of our series, we’d like you to meet Agata of the Travel Blog Null & Full. We discovered Agata’s blog while researching an upcoming trip to Italy. Agata is an expert of travel all over Italy, as well as other destinations including New Zealand, Ireland, and so many more. She is a worldwide traveler and loves to truly experience the culture of a country by meeting the people who live there and living like a local.
Justin and I sailed aboard the Emerald Princess from January 18-28, 2014 roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. We visited Nassau (Bahamas), St. Thomas (USVI), Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire, and Aruba with three additional days at sea. Cruising the Caribbean is a fantastic way to see many different islands with the convenience of being able to relax in one place each night. All of the food and entertainment on board is included, as well as transportation between islands. It is a great way to get an overview of an island so you can decide which places you’d like to re-visit! We blogged about so many of the islands and our adventures each day, but now you can see where we called home for 10 days! Here is a photo tour of the Emerald Princess.
This must seem like the most stereotypically Canadian thing to do ever, but yes, we did it. We attended a Maple Syrup Festival! Justin and I spent a Sunday afternoon at Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville, Ontario, and learned all about the production of maple syrup. Mountsberg is home to the 150-year old Mountsberg Sugar Bush where maple sap is still collected and used to produce syrup using historical and modern methods. Canada produces 80% of the world’s maple syrup supply with 91% of that supply coming from our neighboring province, Quebec. Maple syrup is also harvested in Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. We are fortunate to live so close to such a unique harvest, especially when it is for something as sweet and tasty as maple syrup!
It was the dreaded day – disembarkation day. We had to leave behind the sunny destinations, the cruise ship, the party, the food, and all of the fun! We felt very fortunate to be aboard the Emerald Princess and so happy that we had such an incredible time on our voyage. The Emerald docked in Port Everglades bright and early, but we didn’t leave the ship until around 9:30am. We got to enjoy one last breakfast in the Horizon Court buffet before making our way off the ship.
Here is a video of our last two sea days on the Emerald Princess on our Caribbean Cruise. We went to a cooking demonstration, saw the Baked Alaska parade in the dining room at night, went to the International Crew Talent Show, and saw the balloon drop in the Piazza. At the end of the video, there is a performance by the cruise staff of “If I Were Not Upon The Sea.” The music track is Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend.