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Empress of the Seas Live Blog - Embaration Day

With every embarkation day there is a feeling of "vacation is finally here", despite the fact it isn't really a full day after checking in, muster, etc.  Today however was all the sweeter after a rather eventful arrival in Tampa, which you can read about over on  Adding to the excitement was the fact hat to us, Empress is a new ship, Tampa is a new port, and Cuba is a new destination... read more

Empress of the Seas Live Blog Preamble - ¡Vamos a Cuba! (We're going to Cuba!)

This Saturday we're setting sail on Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas, and while we're excited to sail on Royal's smallest ship in the fleet, we're even more exited about our itinerary which takes us to Havana, Cuba!  We'll also be visiting Key West and Cozumel, places we really enjoy, so this should be a treat.  During our five night sailing we'll be blogging at, for  Be sure to follow along on the site, and stay tuned in on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and of course Periscope.  Oh, and make sure to catch Michael Poole's live blog from Oasis of the Seas going on at the same time as mine.  Mine is sure to be superior in every way, though if you dig photos of anything that happens before 9:00am you'll want to check with Michael's posts.  Now, let's start of by looking at our itinerary, the ship, and why we picked this particular sailing... read more

We're On Board Independence of the Seas!

Just a reminder that we're on Independence of the Seas for the next few days.  Follow long on Twitter, Periscope, and Facebook for live broadcasts and updates.  Importantly, follow our daily summaries on the live blog we're posting to, your resource for all information Royal Caribbean.  Have a question about Independence or cruising in general?  Tweet out and we'll find answers!

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Live Coverage From Independence of the Seas This Week!

Starting Thursday I'll be Periscoping, Tweeting, Instagraming, Facebooking, and Zlerping (I made that last one up) from Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas.  Importantly, I'll also be live-blogging, sharing a daily summary in words and pictures, on  One of my favorite sites on the interwho, has a plethora of information on all things Royal Caribbean as well as helpful and friendly message boards - but starting today, they also have the sometimes-incoherent ramblings of yours truly.  

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