I was fortunate enough to be rewarded to go on a cruise with other volunteers by Cabot Creamery.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity still feels like a dream. Not only did I get to go on a seven-night all-expenses paid cruise to New England and Canada but I got to go with my best friend!

We were flown to Boston, Massachusetts, where our ship would depart. I’d been debating whether or not I should go to the Boston Public Library not because I didn’t want to because, of course, I wanted to but because of time restraints. Fortunately, my plane landed early and my BFF was willing to go along with my crazy, obsessive, high-maintenance self.

Boston’s Central Library in Copley Square was as exciting to go to as the New York Public Library, which I also went to with another one of my best friends.

Click on the image to read my bookish recap of my cruise vacation!

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One of the things I wanted to do in Boston was see the Make Way for Ducklings statues based on Robert McCloskey’s classic picture book of the name. Nancy Schön’s bronze sculptures in the Boston Public Garden were definitely a popular attraction. Fortunately, I was able to have my own moment.

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There was a reception for the volunteers in the evening. We only stayed awhile since it had been a long day! I did manage to go swimming in the hotel pool before going to sleep.


The next day, I was able to explore Boston a bit during my morning walk.

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And, then we went to board Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas!


It was my first time on a cruise ship and I probably just walked around trying to take in everything! There were lots to look at, for sure. And there was the elusive book nook that almost drove me crazy.

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We had a nice room with a deck. There was a dead bird situation that made for good conversations throughout the trip.


And we were off!

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Stay tuned as we head on to Canada!

I loved that the elevators had what day it was on the floor. With the time changes- and maybe partying too much- it was definitely helpful!

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