Where has the month of July gone? Those words seem to be expressed by those of us who have had a variety of events that have taken up many of our days or weeks.
In my previous newsletter I wrote of my daughter-in-law’s serious illness. It is slowly advancing through her body. She is struggling through a drastic treatment regime, which has been postponed over the past two weeks. At present, along with her husband (our son), she is fulfilling one of her ‘bucket shop’ dreams and has taken a cruise funded by a great group of their friends.
Receiving some enticing photos and a brief description of their activities when taking shore excursions in different ports throughout the Caribbean region, has whet my appetite for cruising.
I have enjoyed two official vacation cruises in my adult life. That is discounting the many times in the eight years we sailed our catamaran and returned home after crossing part of the South Pacific ocean to fulfill a humanitarian project in a South Pacific island nation.
One vacation cruise I undertook was to New Zealand, which I really enjoyed in spite of some seasickness on the first two days. Many years later, my husband and I flew to Singapore and joined a cruise along the coast of Indonesia, Malaysia and into Thailand and back to Singapore. It was the most recent one and is still very fresh in my mind.
Food was available 21 hours a day. The night-life was filled with choices…night clubbing, dancing, singing in the piano bar, swimming, playing board/card games and so on. The setting was luxurious with absolutely nothing to do in the way of housework. Even our bed was turned down each night and our nightwear set out on the covers. I learned that some people didn’t retire to a dwelling on land, but instead, became resident passengers on cruise ships. In spite of my complaining at times about doing the housework, I prefer having my feet on the ground and maybe going for a voyage now and then.
If you’ve often thought of taking a cruise, it’s very exciting finding your cabin and settling in. The next move seems to be to get out on deck and watch the ship drop its lines and leave its berth to head out to the open ocean. Usually it happens towards the evening so that once up and about passengers can make their way to one of the dining rooms for their evening meal.
The following days are filled with exploring the ship and booking the shore excursions you want to take at the exotic ports-of-call.
Our son took a four mile ride down a virgin jungle river resting back in a large rubber ring experiencing a few white water patches along the way. He said it was an exhilarating ride and lots of fun was had with possibly a barbecue at the end of it.
I’m wondering if I have driven you to thinking of a cruise for your next vacation. We’re still thinking about it.
Happy vacation to you all.
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