Ahoy there! I suppose many of my friends didn’t get the memo that I’ll be on a cruise in the Caribbean all week. These last few weeks have been hectic and I wasn’t even sure until last week if this trip was happening. We flew into Miami this morning and arrived on deck a few hours ago. We’ll be stopping in Grand Turks, the Bahamas and Carnival’s private island Half Moon Bay. The boat sets sail in an hour and then I’ll be out of pocket most of the time, but I’m really looking forward to taking lots of pictures and documenting the good, the bad and the ugly about the overall cruise experience. Oh, the things I do for research! But can I just say that so far so good with everything: Miami’s weather is fantastic, our rooms have balconies facing the back of the ship (and conveniently located next to a pool and bar) and the ship looks beautiful. More updates to come soon! Hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season wherever you may be.