Another TransAtlantic Cruise

Dec 26

Ann and DanWe enjoyed a 29-day cruise on the small Pacific Princess from November 23 to December 22. We had two days in Venice Italy before getting on the ship. The back-to-back cruise started in Venice with stops in Croatia, Greek islands, Italy, and ending in the port near Rome. We stayed on the ship to continue to Spain, Tenerife  in the Canary Islands before the eight day crossing to Fort Lauderdale.

Our winter coats, hats, and gloves were exchanged for short sleeves and flip flops as we headed west.

As we cruised back to Fort Lauderdale, I have had time to reflect on why we cruise.

  • To get away from my responsibilities
  • To see new places
  • To eat different foods
  • To experience life in a different county
  • To be pampered — bed made and then turned down
  • To have clean towels daily
  • To meet new people
  • To shop on the ship (port t-shirt for $4.99)
  • To enjoy live entertainment every night
  • To read hour after hour
  • To dress up a few nights each cruise.

I am a bit overcommitted so I like the getaway aspect of cruising. It is interesting to talk to people that cruise a lot and by a lot, I am talking about over 300 plus cruise days. There were 230 Elite passengers out of the  640 passengers on board. That means they cruised 151 days or more on Princess ships.

We met a couple that is going on the Pacific Princess World Cruise for 111 days starting January 4. As he says, it’s better than sitting home watching TV or doing puzzles. This is after returning from the current 29-day cruise.

There is another couple on board with 1636 cruise days. Princess offers 250 Internet minutes per person after 51 cruise days and free laundry after 151 cruise days. Dan and I will get our Internet minutes on our next Princess cruise. We managed to go up three levels after two back to back cruises.

 

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Let the Good Times Roll!

Nov 05

Ann, Basil, and Jim
NaCCRA Executive Committee

While I attended the National Continuing Care Residents Association  (NaCCRA) meeting, Dan was able to play tourist and spend the day at the new World War II Museum, walk to St. Louis Cathedral, and tour the Ursuline Convent Museum.

It was full of meeting for me with one nice meal with other NaCCRA members at Mulate’s, the Original Cajun Restaurant.

 

 

 

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Sea Days

Jun 24

Sea Days

Non cruisers keep asking me, “What do you do on the sea days?” Not much! That is the beauty of cruising when there are many days in a row with no ports. I like to sleep late, read, explore the ship, try new venues, go to the afternoon movies, walk outside if it is warm enough, and just relax with the only schedule of getting to meals on time. The gallery of photos are from the days at sea and give you a glimpse of the ship venues.

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Bermuda

Jun 10

This was our first time in Bermuda. Although we took a van to Hamilton, we didn’t spend much time in the city. We did go to the Cathedral for Palm Sunday Mass. The Bishop presided. We walked through town with all the closed shops as we found our way to the ferry. We had discarded that option on arrival but discovered it was the fastest way to get back to the West End. It was cheaper than the van also.

It seems like everyone had stopped at the little cafe near the ferry terminal. We were able to get a cold drink and a snack before boarding.

The Royal Naval Dockyard Museum was a possibility but the shopping was not something we were interested in so we headed back to the ship.

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Twenty-Five Days on a Ship

May 11

Twenty-Five Days on a Ship

Cruise ShipTransAtlantic cruising is one of my favorite cruise itineraries. I enjoy the sea days. There is something so relaxing about no schedules, no responsibilities, and no pressure. I do not get stir crazy, I like to see water, and I don’t need a constant stream of activities or ports to visit. I am there to get away from it all. When an email flyer came last fall advertising a 25-day cruise with the return air, travel insurance, and transfers to London, we started talking. We pulled the trigger in October and put down a deposit.

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Twelve Days of Crusing

Jan 07

Twelve Days of Crusing

It is so easy to cruise from Baltimore when our retirement community is only 8 miles from the Cruise Terminal. We set off on a 12-day cruise to the Lesser Antilles on December 22, 2016. I loved it for the 6 sea days. We sailed on the Royal Caribbean, Grandeur of the Seas. This was our first time on this ship.

Day 1 – 3 At Sea

We had three days at sea before our first port. That meant we had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at sea. The ship was nicely decorated for the season.

Day 5 –  St. Thomas

After three days at sea, our first port was Charlotte Amelie, St. Thomas. Since we have visited there before, we opted for the Sky Ride on this trip.

Sky Ride St. Thomas.

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