Sunday, December 25, 2011

Number 21

As many of you know, I just returned last week from cruise #21. The DH and I usually go on a cruise this time of year to get away from all the holiday madness and soak up some nice warm sun.

And what better place to do that than sunny Mexico?

Okay, it wasn't quite as warm as it has been in past years, but check out that gorgeous blue sky! This photo was taken from deck 3 on the port side of our ship looking out at Land's End, which is the very tip of Baja California. Check out a map of North America and you'll see exactly where I was.

On the starboard side (right side facing the front of the ship) is the harbor of Cabo San Lucas. Because the harbor is shallow, all the cruise ships have to anchor out by Land's End and use small boats (called "tenders") to ferry passengers back and forth.

Here's a shot of the Sapphire Princess (the ship we were on at this time last year) anchored near us. Also, if you squint, you can see part of a tender boat in the lower right corner.

We saw some very interesting "folks" on this trip...

Here's a shot of the DH with some Day of The Dead art in a public plaza in Cabo San Lucas.

There were lots of pieces of "art" on board our ship also. Here's Aunty a little uncertain about the spray painted but otherwise naked male mannequins. Aunty's uncertainty springs from the location of these two "art objects." They were standing just outside the door of a music venue reserved for children ages 6 -- 10. *AHEM* Glad these two were not anatomically correct in front, just sayin'...

The whole purpose of this cruise was to celebrate Aunty's birthday. Seriously, who could turn down a birthday present like a cruise?! Cruising on my birthday is on the verge of becoming a tradition with us, and I don't mind a bit.

So here's a shot of Aunty celebrating with our three wonderful waiters -- Putu, Enrico, and Kanang -- who all happen to be from Indonesia and were super-nice as well as giving excellent service. I must say that all the staff on cruise #21 were particularly outstanding!

Hope everyone reading this has a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY and that 2012 is a FANTASTIC YEAR for you and your loved ones! BIG THANK YOU for hanging out with me in 2011!


Jennifer Tanner said...

It certainly looks like you had a good time despite the not so warm weather! Twenty-one cruises! Any packing tips you want to share with us land-lubbers?

Happy New Year!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanks Jen!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too!

One packing tip I give everyone for any trip is this: Before you start packing, lay out everything you plan to take. Now take half of it and put it away. Then take twice as much money!

LOL! Seriously, this has worked for me for years. ;-)


Suzanne Lilly said...

Welcome back! I love the pics...especially you between the two statues. :-) I agree about your comment regarding the money. There's nothing worse than not having enough, so take more than you think you'll need, right? It looks like you had a great time. I hope to see you at the January SVR meeting!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Suzanne,
I don't usually spend that much, but it is far easier to buy something you forgot that to schlep around a lot of baggage you aren't going to use!

I'll definitely see you at the January meeting! Looking forward to our new venue and the speaker (My Bandita Tawny Weber)!