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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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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CCRC Residents Meeting

Nov 15

The National  Continuing Care Residents Association (NaCCRA) held their annual meeting the weekend before the LeadingAge convention, October 29-30, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN. Dan and I have been members of NaCCRA for about a year. LeadingAge provides meeting space and exhibit space for the Association as well as reduced rates for us to attend the Leading Age convention.

I was interested to see what NaCCRA was all about after being an association executive for 12 years. Since I had worked for the Maryland affiliate and then  LeadingAge, I was curious to go to a convention almost twenty years later.  I went to the General Sessions with Charles Duhigg, the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, who talked about his best-selling book, Smarter, Faster, Better: The Transformative Power of Real ProductivityAngela Duckworth who wrote the best seller, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, and Sanjay Gupta, the neurosurgeon and media reporter on CNN.

I met former co-workers and played catch-up. It was a good experience. Dan did attend sessions one day.

The Staybridge Suites across from the Lucas Oil Stadium was very nice. It was so nice to have a living room, kitchen, and a separate bedroom. I used Lyft rides to get back and forth from the huge convention center.

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Up North

Sep 09


Island Lake

I was born in Duluth so it always feels good to visit. My grandparents are long gone so now we visit Dan’s niece, Kaye Witzman, when we travel there. It is very relaxing to stay with Kaye as she lives on Island Lake outside of Duluth. We ususally see deer around the cabin. The deer hang out in Kaye’s yard.

Nephews at Iron River, WI

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