These trips were fun, relaxing, and appreciated for the opportunity to get away from winter. The only problem was there is not much difference between one all-inclusive and another. Yes, we were in different countries but we really didn't experience much of it. The food was generally okay but the meals often featured mystery ingredients. There was always just a tiny bit of concern over how well the veg was cleaned and what exactly they were putting in my drink.
So when K and I started talking about taking a trip together, she suggested a cruise instead of an all-inclusive. I was a little apprehensive because I wondered if I would be able to tolerate being out on the ocean with no land in sight.
It turns out I need not have been worried! I've heard that "Prairie" people make the best sailors because we're accustomed to looking out at the fields of grain rippling in the breeze and this is very similar to being on the sea. I don't if it's true, all I know is I loved my time on board the ship, while on the ocean or in one of the ports.
My first cruise was on the Grand Princess. It seem huge and I never thought I'd be able to find my way around without getting lost. (Like that's possible). I did learn that the carpet on the left side of the ship (port) is red (like port wine) and the carpet on the right is blue. That helped me find my room more than once!
This was a two week cruise called the Southern Caribbean Medley. We had numerous ports of call....let's see if I can remember them all.
There was Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Kitt's, St. Thomas, and the Princess Cay on Eleuthra Island off the Bahamas. I'm pretty sure I'm missing one!
This is a photo from Curacao, just off the dock. I loved the way the plants were growing on the rocks with the salty spray.
In January 2012, K and I planned a one week stay in Saint Lucia and one week Caribbean cruise, but as I've mentioned before she was ill before our trip and unable to come with me. It was first trip travelling alone, but I still enjoyed myself immensely.
This time I was on the Crown Princess. It felt like coming home as the ships are very similar.
This was considered a Western Caribbean cruise with ports of call in the Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan, Honduras, and Cozumel, Mexico.
I fondly remember this cruise for two things; I got to tell people I went to Hell and back and encountering rough seas near Honduras. I didn't get sick but I was certainly disappointed we were unable to get into port.
That spring, K and I decided to a quick and last minute cruise out of Vancouver to Alaska. People at work thought we were crazy...Alaska in May?
When we sailed out of Vancouver on the four day cruise aboard the Golden Princess, it was cool and overcast, but pleasant.
By the time we reached our single port of call, Ketchikan, Alaska, the sun was shining, the sky was clear and it was nearly 18C (65F). Meanwhile at home it was a mere 4C (40F). Ha! We got the last laugh and I got a sunburn on my nose.
This photo was taken at approximately 7:30 a.m. It was still and quiet as I sat out on the balcony enjoying the scenery.
This was another one week Western Caribbean cruise on the Caribbean Princess with ports of call in Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan, Honduras.
This time the seas in Roatan were calm and smooth and getting into port was a breeze.
I'm so glad I got the chance to visit Mahogany Bay. Not only was it beautiful with a good beach, but it had the chairlift to ride. What fun!
This upcoming cruise will be totally different from these cruises. Even though it is a two week cruise, we'll have six full days at sea before we reach our first port of call.
The cruise line entertainment staff will be kept busy keeping us amused and entertained. They do a wonderful job, there is always so much happening, one has to work hard to be bored! I plan to rest, relax, read a few books, take in some of the entertainment, eat well, and simply let the worries of the everyday fade into the background.
The countdown is on, only eight more sleeps before we head out!
Have a great day everyone!