Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Number 19

Just got home from cruise number 19 and I still feel like I'm onboard the ship. In other words, I can still feel the floor swaying under my feet and I'm 'listing' from side to side. ACK!

Yes, it was a fun time, even though the seas were somewhat rough on our last day coming home (no doubt why I'm still 'listing). This was the ship we were scheduled to take in January, but engine repairs took longer than expected and we were forced to reschedule.

Yes, we went to the Mexican Riviera yet again. People ask me why I keep going back to the same ports, but honestly the destination is secondary to the cruise itself. What's not to love about having someone serve you, clean up after you, and unlimited access to GREAT food?!?!

Besides, there's always something different to see. This time we spent two days in port in Cabo San Lucas, which we'd never done before. Here's a photo I took of the lights of Cabo at sunset.

Most of the other ships who depart from California ports go to Alaska starting in May, so we were the only cruise line in western Mexico and had the port's of call pretty much to ourselves. However, in Puerto Vallarta we shared the marina docking area with these two "pirate" vessels.

There's always plenty of 'wildlife' to see along the way. I didn't see a whale, but several other passengers told me they did. And there's always a pod of dolphins that like to race along with the cruise ships near Cabo.

Then there are the towel animals that the room stewards leave on my bed at night. Here are a couple of my favorites from this cruise:

This cute little elephant was chill-axing on the end of the bed while I worked on my laptop on my WIP. I'm happy to report he was very quiet.

So was this adorable bunny, who decided to take a snooze on my pillow.

They offered a class to teach passengers how to make some of these adorable towel creatures, but I decided not to take it. My collection of towels is pretty rag-tag at best. Plus, I don't need to have one more way to procrastinate!

Have you resisted learning something new because you didn't want yet another way to waste time?

What vacation plans do you have on your horizon?


TerriOsburn said...

I have cruise envy. Kiddo and I drove by a Carnival cruise ship docked in Norfolk yesterday. So wished we could have dropped everything and hopped on.

I took one cruise when I was 16 and I'm still waiting to take another. It's not looking good for the near future. But I do plan to spend some time in the Outer Banks this summer. My WIP is set down there so I get to go in the guise of "research". :)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

OOO! I love the Outer Banks, TerriO! How lucky that you get to go, and I want to read your WIP. It's ALL research in that you never know when something will inspire you or suddenly prove useful in a story. ;-)


Jennifer Tanner said...

Hola AC!

I'm not very computer savvy, but I'm learning something new every day because of my blogging responsibilities.

I'm with Terri...major cruise envy! I'd love to go to Alaska...and of course, experience the QE or the Queen Mary one of these days.

I'm in the early planning stages of a "cousin" reunion, which will most likely take place in Singapore because that's where most of them are. We're looking at dates in 2012.

Glad you had a great time on the cruise. The towel animals are adorable.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Aw Jen,
Now *I* have serious vacation envy! I've never been to Singapore and would LOVE to go.

Take me with you, I am your Aunty after all. ;-)


Helen said...

Aunty Cindy

I too have cruise envy I have been on one cruise and absolutley loved it and would go again tomorrow if I could LOL.
I have way too many books to read to start to learn something new that would take up time LOL and as for holidays nothing planned at all for the rest of this year although Ron and I have been talking about pehaps a cruise next year fingers crossed

Have Fun

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Helen,
Don't even get me started about my TBR Mountain!

Hope you and your DH get to talk another cruise SOON! It is THE BEST way to travel IMO. :-)


Jane said...

Hi Aunty Cindy,
One day I will really have to hide in your suitcase so that I can go on these cruises. I went on a mini road trip with my cousin a few weeks ago. We went to Toronto. It's a beautiful city.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

I'd LOVE to take you along! ;-)

When you were in Toronto, did you go to the underground mall? I was so impressed with it when I was there a few years back.


Jane said...

No, but I did go through a few of those underground concourses. I did eat a lot of donuts at Tim Horton's.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Oh YUM!!! Tim Horton's is GREAT! ;-)