For many, taking a cruise means heading to warmer, tropical climates to escape the grey days of Midwestern life. For my wife Sara and me, it has heading someplace with the same, if not colder temperatures that here in the Great Lakes State.

Our first was Alaska in September of 2016. A bucket list trip that I would suggest to take now, if possible. Our most recent was a New England and Canada cruise. Stops in Boston, Portland and Bar Harbor Maine, Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Onboard the Royal Caribbean Ship, "Anthem of the Seas," for nine days is like that of being on a small city. Approximately 4,300 passengers, this behemoth features an observation sphere that sends you 300 feet in the air and allows for a 360 degree view of the world. And yes, even while at sea! Many restaurants and activities to keep you busy as well. My favorite of course was the production the musical "We Will Rock You!" A play based around the music of Queen.

Without going into too much detail about the trip and boring you further, Maine was everything I had hoped it to be. "LOBSTAH!!!" And lots of it. Whole lobster, lobster rolls, lobster candy, beer, tee shirts and so much more.

Halifax, Nova Scotia was both beautiful and sobering. A sea port that has the sad reputation of being the final resting place for 122 bodies that were recovered from the Titanic at the Fairview Cemetery.

Overall, a great trip with my lovely wife! But as they say, be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. And home is a great place to be after a long trip away. Now, if I can only get the land to stop moving back and forth.

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