I am continuing my project to write blogs on trips we had taken before I began writing my travel blog in 2014 during our drive across Canada. We began our extensive travels in 2009 with a cruise around the world. I wrote a blog about that and about our road trip down the Washington/Oregon coasts later that same year. We spent two months in Hawai’i in 2010 but I have not yet written any blogs on our trips to the islands. 2011 was another biggie – my dream holiday – to Australia. I recently completed writing about that journey.
Our next holiday was the Grand Mediterranean and Black Sea Voyage – a 62-day round trip cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We flew to Orlando on February 25 and spent two weeks at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee. A couple of days after we arrived we were joined by our good friends Bruce and Caroliena.
I love Disney. We had been to Disney World before, in 2008, but our friends had never been so we spent several days in the four parks.
The Flower Festival was on at Epcot and all the Disney characters were on display in greenery and flowers. We also spent a day at Sea World and another day at Universal Studios where I thoroughly enjoyed going to the new Harry Potter Attraction. We took Bruce and Caroliena to the airport for their flights home and the next day, March 9, we also checked out of the condo at Orange Lake and drove to Ft. Lauderdale. After two nights in the Westin we boarded the Prinsendam, Holland America’s smallest cruise ship with room for 740 guests and 460 crew. This was too be home for the next two months.