Sunday, February 15

Too many Cruises??? Nah!!

Our favorite vacation is on a cruise boat in the Caribbean. The color of this ink reflects the color of the water in the Caribbean ~ a cool, greenish blue.

I like cruises because things are planned ~ like meals. You don't have to decide where you are going to eat, what kind of food you want, worry about not getting a seat until 9:00 p.m. because it is a Friday night, etc. You just go eat ~ whether it is at the "buffet" or your assigned time and seat in dining room or room service if you choose so. No matter where you go you will get full ~ overeat actually. The bread magically appears on that little plate every time it gets empty and you somehow always eat dessert, even though at home you rarely do (at least not directly after finishing a 4 course meal). Every night you swear the next night you will skip dessert... but you don't. You say "I'm not going to eat the bread" tomorrow ..... but you do. There really is no such thing as "watching your weight" on a cruise unless you mean ~ go up!! groan. And then there are the pretty "drink of the day" calories!!! I am proud to say I only had one small one on our trip last week... and no alcohol. Memories of the Tequila challenge still coursed through my veins!!!

One fun aspect of a cruise, especially for my hubby, is the Casino. Being on a cruise means that you see the staff every night and they get to know your name, etc. You are recognized and become friends with them for a week. "Mr. Gene" was his name last week.... I was Mrs. Gene or "the boss"...... they try to be funny. Most are from other countries, so sometimes the jokes are misunderstood or just don't make sense to us. I won a few times on the slot machines, but nothing like the $1,000.00 I won on a trip a few years ago.

If you were to count the number of cruises we have been on it would add up to at least 15. With boat names like: Song of America, Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Enchantment, Empress (2x's), Adventure, Serenade, Voyager, Navigator and Mariner (2x's)~ all "of the Seas". Then there is the Golden Princess, Destiny and twice on the Fantasy. All were in the Caribbean except for the Golden Princess, which took us on a fantastic voyage in Alaskan waters. Even with 15 cruises to places like The Bahama's, Aruba, Barbados, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Guadeloupe, Grenada, San Juan, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands, Antigua, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Martinique, Turks & Caicos and Ocho Rios we still enjoy the experience of the Sun and Sea.

The cruise boats frequently go to some of the same ports we have already explored from trip to trip, so we now choose to just sleep in and go to the spa on that day. Or maybe take a ride to a beach and enjoy the sunshine there for a few hours. We have been to many of the beaches they list as the "Top 10 most beautiful beaches". We have swam with Dolphins and Stingrays and snorkeled and scuba and hiked up waterfalls and seen ancient ruins and rode on many buses.
Now we use the trips more for relaxation than exploration.

Gene wants to go on The Liberty of the Seas when we plan our next voyage.... me, I want to try one in the Mediterranean ~ for new Exploration. Don't want anyone to think we are getting too old !!!!

Fun Towel Animals appear nightly in your cabin......

1 comment:

  1. I'm a HUGE cruiser too! We've acutally been on some of the same ships (Majesty, Adventure (twice), Navigator--we're big on Royal Caribbean).