All good things must end. I had an amazing time on the cruise. I've said this before, but I'll say it again: taking a cruise is probably my favorite vacation because I am cut off from everything back home: no Internet, no phone, no worries. In total we were gone 7 nights - 5 nights about the Carnival Ecstasy plus one night on either end for travel to and from home.
This will probably be the last big vacation I take at least until my Omaha trip in May. I have to deal with the dreaded property tax bills in December and I need to work off some of my debt. Sacrificing leisure travel is the logical way to get caught up on bills.
Before my next cruise I need to buy 100 shares of Carnival stock. I learned that you get an onboard credit as a shareholder in addition to the onboard credit from making a deposit towards a future cruise. Stacking both deals, and possibly a casino credit along with them, could really add some value to the vacation.