Where is McDonald’s on the Ship, please?

Yes, that is what my sweet daughter cried about on the ship.  On the last sea day Alexis laid in the bed and wanted to know WHERE and WHEN we would find McDonald's. Over all our cruise experience was amazing except for one thing, the food. It was awful.  I am not one to really complain about these types of things.  I am one of those people that even if I don't really like something I will suffer through it and I just won't do it again.  I'm telling you the food was ICK! I had promised Alexis our next port visit we would find something she would like.  It wasn't happening on the boat. 

Here is a picture of the kids and I at dinner.  Typical menu for Alexis was a cheeseburger. 

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They were typically more comfortable on the 10th floor cafeteria style food.  They had less utensils to choose from or poke an eye out with.

The last day at Sea meant getting affairs together that you neglected to take care of the entire week.  These types of things include pictures, souvenirs, and your ship bill.  I decided to run down to the room and drop off my camera when I was greeted with a lovely letter on my bed telling me my Credit Card had been denied.  *Imagine me with my eyeballs popping out of my head!*  I quickly ran to the front desk to see what in the world happened.  I then quickly found out someone else was having WAY more fun than I was with my Credit Card.  After talking with the fraud department for almost 45 minutes I was down about $8,000.  (No Worries… my Credit Card company took care of me!) This was chump change as I found out later.  The total fun was $24,000!  WHOA! My initial panic was the fact that I didn't have another Credit Card on me.  Thankfully, I did and we were able to get off the boat the next day.  This little problem only caused MUCH more chaos later down the road I will explain later.  If only the fool that did it realized this was not a good time for me.  LOL! 

Our next port visit was my favorite.  Victoria, BC.  I was a little bummed we were only there a short while.  I really loved this town and we had so much fun with our friends off the boat.  Tiffany Bauer and Robin Merriman and their families were nice enough to let us tag along.  It was great for Alexis and Jordan as they wanted to spend every last minute with each other.  This town was so quaint and had that "sea port" feel.  Everything was so green.  The best "find" of the night, HANDS DOWN was Starbucks.  I wanted to scream for joy when I spotted it.  I kept myself together since I was with guests.  Man I was happy.  Coffee on the boat tasted like MUD!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of this port.

I loved seeing the harbor filled with boats. Alexis probably wanted to jump on one to take her home. 

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We couldn't forget RUSS! Alexis and I made the Flat Russ before we left.  I had pulled him out much earlier than the last day but it spawned a 1.5 hour cry fest for Alexis which in turn made me cry.  Seriously, I was ready to just jump overboard.  This was the first time the kids had really seen me cry.  Guess what? There have been VERY few tears since that occurred. 

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Cruise BFF's.  Love this picture of the girls.  I promise I will send it, Tiffany. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This statue made me cry.  It gave me goose bumps. 


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It's SO green here. 

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No Words… except ****SMILE****

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My favorite picture! I loved all the lights.  Again, really bummed that we had very little time here. 


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Next I will be sharing our Seattle adventures. It just keeps getting better. 

Enjoy the rest of the week! It's pretty darn HOT here. 





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4 thoughts on “Where is McDonald’s on the Ship, please?”

  1. OMG! Kimberly I am glad you said that about the food.  I mean they could not even make a good soup.  Half the time I just wanted to go up to the top for a burger or the pasta bar. I love the navy statue too and got a few shots of it.
    Yes we are never in Victoria long enough, and always too late.
    Hope you daughter is all better.
    Big hugs and see you at convention,

  2. I've enjoyed hearing your thoughts about the trip and of your adventures with your children with your husband being deployed.  We used to live in Washington state and our favorite place to visit while there was Victoria.  It is just the neatest little town.  Keep your chin up while Russ is gone.  Our daughter has been in Mosul since last August and we just got news that she will be returning home a month earlier than planned.  She should arrive back in Texas August 1.  We will be so excited to have her back on US soil!

  3. What a horrible adventur with the credit card!  I would have "freaked" out!!  Hope you get it all taken care of.  Also, the food – that is too bad.  Never have been on a cruise but I have heard the food is usually wonderful.  The town (city) of Victoria looks beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am loving all of your posts!

  4. You are just too sweet Kimberly!!! And I just LOVE that picture of our girls together!! We had the best time on this cruise getting to know you alot better and our kids becoming great friends. Jordan can't wait to see Alexis and Brandon again!!
    Miss you!! See you soon at Convention!

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