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rm_babyboomer26 67M
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9/12/2006 7:10 am

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We have made arrangements for our first two cruises of 2007. The good news is neither of them are Caribbean trips.

Round-trip from San Diego to Hawaii
aboard Holland America's Zaandam.

  • March 6 - Depart San Diego
  • March 7-10 Pacific crossing westward
  • March 11 - Hilo, Hawaii (the big island)
  • March 12-13 - Honolulu, Oahu
  • March 14 - Lahaina, Maui
  • March 15 - Kona, Hawaii
  • March 16-20 - Pacific crossing eastward
  • March 21 - Return San Diego

  • My thoughts. Been there and done that already, but Hawaii is beautiful. Last time we arrived in Hilo we were greeted by dozens of humpback whales. I can't for the life of me remember whether I've sailed on the Zaandam before. I've been on a lot of "dam" ships, but I'm not sure if that was one of them. Doesn't much matter, they are all pretty much the same.

    Positives about this trip:
  • Holland America is an upscale cruise line.
  • It's NOT the Caribbean!
  • Two days in Honolulu. Maybe I'll get to check out the night life in Waikiki this time.
  • Negatives:
  • A lot of sea days. They can be pretty boring.
  • Holland America does not have the best facilities for us.
  • The round-trip flight to San Diego.

    Trans-Atlantic from Miami
    aboard Celebrity's Century.

  • April 26 - Depart Miami
  • April 27 - May 2 - Crossing the Atlantic
  • May 3 - Ponta Delgada, Azores
  • May 4 - At sea
  • May 5 - La Coruna, Spain
  • May 6 - At sea
  • May 7 - La Havre, France
  • May 8 - Dover, England
  • May 9 - Amsterdam, Holland

  • My thoughts. I have crossed the Atlantic (eastbound) on the Century before. I know that ship pretty well. It's got a great little martini bar. There are a few ports of call on this trip I've never been to. I always like to visit new places.

    Positives about this trip:
  • Celebrity is an upscale cruise line.
  • It's NOT the Caribbean!
  • The Century has great facilities for us.
  • Stops in Ponta Delgada, La Coruna and Dover will be firsts for me.
  • We'll be in the Netherlands when the tulips are in bloom.
  • Negatives:
  • A lot of sea days.
  • We lose an hour of sleep each day on the way over.
  • The long flight home from Europe.
  • For me, it will be a welcome change of pace from Caribbean cruises. Before that happens though, I have two Caribbean cruises to get through first, one next month and another over New Year's.

    Anyone want to stow away with me?

    Photo:A photo I took in Maui of the "Iao Needle"


    rm_SWSunset64 52F
    3940 posts
    9/12/2006 8:41 am

    I have never been on cruise, but would love to go on one someday. I'm not much of a traveler. Want to go to Florida sometime, I have family there. Don't to go during hurricane season though, LOL.


    FINE AS WINE IN 2009!

    rm_babyboomer26 replies on 9/12/2006 3:00 pm:
    We're smack dab in the middle of hurricane season now.


    electriccompany 54M

    9/12/2006 11:08 am

    On one of those two boats, there is the friendliest, hippest bartender. When he sees and recognizes you, he'll point at you with both index fingers, smile real big and grab for the glasses. Can't refuse that smile, so you both have to stop and have a couple of beverages and chat. What's his name? ... ISAAC! Isaac Your Bartender. There was this one time he and the ship's doctor couldn't figure out why the Captain was so cranky and they had to ...

    Aw, rabid poodle shit! I've never been on a cruise before. I'm having a bad TV flashback to that horrible show, The Love Boat!

    Say "hello" to Captain Shtuping, Julie (Your Cocaine Luvin' Cruise Director) and Charro for me. Thanks, Boomer.

    rm_babyboomer26 replies on 9/12/2006 2:59 pm:
    Didn't you always want to get into Julie's panties and wipe that silly grin right off her face?


    beachlovinbbw 42F
    70 posts
    9/12/2006 6:42 pm

    I love cruises....been to the carribean several times...I've already be to hawaii several times, it's absolutely beautiful there but the flight is killer from Baltimore to Honolulu with only one stop in San Diego...I'd definately love to stowe away with you for trip 2

    rm_babyboomer26 replies on 9/13/2006 6:15 am:
    I'll see if I can find some extra roop in my garment bag.


    rm_babyboomer26 replies on 9/13/2006 6:19 am:
    I'll see if I can make some room in my garment bag.


    JuicyBBW1001 56F

    9/12/2006 8:04 pm

    I wanna go my birthday in Hawaii sounds fun.


    rm_babyboomer26 replies on 9/13/2006 6:20 am:
    Ha! I think you just want a lei!


    redrobin012057 61F

    9/12/2006 11:14 pm

    Who is *We* and whose *us*?????Sounds like you work for a Cruise Liner and your on shore leave.*looks puzzled*

    rm_babyboomer26 replies on 9/13/2006 6:27 am:
    Depending on the size of our group, there's two or three or, usually four, of us. The number of clients we take with us us has been as few as 30 and as many as 260. It's usually around 120. We offer programs from 9am to 10pm every day they're aboard, at sea or in port. Far much too work for one person alone to handle. As it is, we're all bone tired when we get back from a trip.


    rm_SWSunset64 52F
    3940 posts
    9/13/2006 8:43 am

    I'm stunned that you or any body actually gets paid for teaching others how to play bridge! Is it something you really enjoy doing? I have never learned to play bridge.


    FINE AS WINE IN 2009!

    rm_babyboomer26 replies on 9/13/2006 2:00 pm:
    I used to enjoy it more before all my clients turned older than dirt, but yeah, it's still getting paid for something I enjoy. My job is very similar to your golf or tennis pro's.


    rm_sexxikritter 53F
    2715 posts
    9/13/2006 4:41 pm

    My job is very similar to your golf or tennis pros.
    WELL, we ALL know about those golf and tennis pros now, don't we?

    rm_babyboomer26 replies on 9/13/2006 9:21 pm:
    What can I say? And I can do it without those synthetic balls they need.


    eclecticsoul4u 58F
    942 posts
    9/17/2006 1:10 pm

    Not particularly fond of cruising the CAribbean myself, I could stow away on your crossing though. Sounds like fun.

    rm_babyboomer26 replies on 9/18/2006 2:42 pm:
    Don't take me wrong, I like the Caribbean well enough, and it's to the point that I know where to spend the day on most islands, but it just gets a little "old hat" after a while, if you know what I mean. I have two more 10-day Caribbean cruises yet to do this year and I've been in every one of the ports multiple times.


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