It's been a couple of years since we took a trip on a big boat. Of course, compared to Orion Jr, everything is a big boat. However, for 5 days, we got together with Pat and Fred and let a Carnival Cruise Line captain do the driving. The ship was appropriately named Paradise. Departing from Tampa, we had ports of call in Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman. For the most part, the weather cooperated as we left the cool temperatures behind in Tampa. It didn't take much coaxing to relax and enjoy the excellent service, food and entertainment aboard the ship. Dave counted 14 different places to eat on board and we're pretty sure we sampled 13 of them – just not all in one day.
On January 2nd, we took a trip down the street to the local Lakewood Ranch DMV to get our Florida driver's licenses and to transfer registrations to Florida. This had the potential to be a disaster, given our non-conventional lifestyle. But the agent we worked with was pleasant, knowledgeable and efficient in getting our legal documents transferred to Florida. We are even more official now.
They bill it as the biggest in the nation. Who knows for sure? At any rate, we discovered that the Tampa RV Show was going to be held the weekend we arrived back in port. So, we headed straight for the show from the ship. Pat and Fred went in search of solutions to some issues in their RV, while we found the 2 vendors that actually had truck campers on sight. We also learned more about a problem we're having with our freezer. By the end of the day, we were shivering in the chilly breeze and wishing we were still in the southern Gulf of Mexico.
Christmas with Dave's family in Florida often means a Disney trip. This year was no different. After a Christmas dinner on the 3rd, we headed up to Disney on Monday, which was also Wendy's birthday. Our welcome may be wearing out, but we'll likely stay a few more days before we move further south to the Keys.