Stampin’ Up! Cruise: Western Caribeean 2014

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Wahoo! We are home from the Stampin Up Western Caribbean cruise. We had a fabulous week last week, seven nights aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas! Thank you to Stampin’ Up! for the opportunity to earn this fabulous incentive trip!!

We had so much fun on the ship — and off the ship! It was a great chance to see Stampin’ Up! friends (not only my own, but for my kids and my husband to see their Stampin’ Up! friend too)!!

Now that we are home, there is so much to catch up on! Stamps in the mail club, card club yesterday and Stamp Club tomorrow, new deals of the week today, a new catalog debuting June 1st, and new In Colors that you’ll get to purchase starting June 1st. ( I’m already in love with those). And of course our demonstrator team meeting at the end of the week (let me know if you want to join us or want to learn about being a demonstrator!!).

Keep an eye this week for more posts with pictures from our trip. The stamping was incredible, too! This was our first incentive trip to attend along with Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrators from other countries. It was a smashing success! I had so much fun talking with demonstrators from Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands…and all the other countries where Stampin’ Up! is represented around the world.

And just wait till you see the swaps 🙂

Here are a few pictures from our cruise, to give you an idea of all the fun. Oh! And the pillow gifts from Stampin’ Up! were fabulous.  So far I only have a few photos downloaded from my phone… I promise to share more once I get the rest on my computer!

Here’s the view from the airplane as we headed into Fort Lauderdale.  See that thing that looks like a building by the tip of the arrow?  That’s actually our CRUISE SHIP!!  Yup, all 17 stories of it to hold 6,000 passengers – it’s like a floating ciy.

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Stampin’ Up! always greets us in style — this year was no exception!  Our doors were decorated with fun banners and a wooden die cut “hello”.

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Everyone needs a selfie to start off a trip, right?

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Each day on the ship they changed a plate in the floor on all the elevators — because otherwise you’d never remember what day of the week it was.  So much fun!

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And each evening our cabin was turned down for bedtime with a fun towel animal from our cabin steward, Gosnel.

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The kids had a fabulous time with us and in the kid’s club area.  Who doesn’t love “dress like a pirate night” complete with treasure maps and face paint??

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And rock climbing??  There were two whole walls with some fun routes on the Allure of the Seas.  The kids and I climbed several days.

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Here’s a panorama shot of the back of the ship — starting with the diving show pool on the left and around to the rock climbing wall on the right.  See all those balconies on the inside of the ship?  That’s only ONE of the ‘atrium’ areas inside the ship.  And yes, there’s actually a carousel down there on the “Boardwalk” deck of the ship.

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See?  Because what every cruise ship really needs is their own carousel, complete with hand-carved horses!

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Oh, and did I mention the ice skating rink??  Yup, it’s REAL ice, and my figure skater got to have a couple of lessons with Alex from the ice show cast.  Abby brought her own skates and even landed some new jumps on the cruise!  Thanks Alex!

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In addition to two fabulous ice shows, there were other fun shows to see, including a production of the Broadway musical Chicago.  Here’s a photo from the Blue Planet show — featuring lots of acrobatics and dance with some memorable costuming.

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Okay, that’s all I have for you from my phone.  Like I said, stay tuned for more Stampin’ Up! Cruise photos, including pillow gifts and swap cards!

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