I know, I know ... I said that my next post would be my continuing adventures through Florida but I'm interrupting myself briefly for - what I think - is some rather exciting news! I believe I may have mentioned a time or two that I have never been on a cruise of any sort unless you count the ferry over to Block Island and as nice as that is, I don't think it actually qualifies as a cruise, does it? I've definitely been wanting to go on a cruise but the thing is, they all have that double occupancy restriction that makes it rather prohibitive for those of us who have neither significant others or friends or relatives who like the idea of being out in the middle of the ocean for an extended period of time.
I'm not sure why anyone wouldn't think that a cruise was a wonderful way to spend a vacation! I can just picture myself parked on a deck chair with or without a book for an extended period of time with the occasional drink to keep me company and maybe a nap thrown in for good measure; to me that sounds like pure bliss! How could it not? But I was beginning to lament that the closest I was ever going to get to being on an honest-to-goodness ocean-going vessel was my visit to the Queen Mary that's docked out in Long Beach as a floating museum. That was nice but it sure wasn't a cruise!
While I was in Florida there was a lot of talk about the Bloggers Cruise on the Carnival ship Glory that is hosted by John Heald as Sarge Charlie & Bee were already booked to go and Sandy and Dick were going to be making their reservations to go, too. It sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun but I didn't really give much thought to it as I figured there was no way on God's green earth that I would be going. Well, just goes to show what I know as I got an email from Barb the other day asking me if I would be interested in going and sharing a cabin with her. Originally she was going to be taking a cruise with her mother and Sisters Dear but there was a date change and Barb was now available to go on the Bloggers Cruise.
Hmmm, a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Cruise at the perfect time when I'm about ready to pull my hair out from yet another horrid New England winter? Hmmm, a cruise in the company of some of the nicest people I've ever met? Hmmm, the chance to finally live the dream of lounging on a deck chair with a tropical drink in my hand? Hmmm, was I crazy to even think about NOT going? Well, I may have my bouts of insanity but I'm not totally crazy yet - sign me up!
Of course, there are still some logistics that are going to have to be worked out on my end like time off from work and getting myself down to Miami where the cruise originates and getting a passport and trying to figure out what on earth I'm going to pack as I have THE worst wardrobe ever and hoping that I'm not going to be seasick and ... aw heck, I'll deal with all of that later!
As an added bonus after a little cajoling from Barb, Sandee and her handsome hubby Zane have decided to join us from California and we're doing our darnedest to wheedle Hank and Lois into coming on-board, too. Truth be told, I wish I could round up all of my blogging friends and take them with us and I would if I could ever win the Powerball but it seems like I can't even match one darn number - never mind all of them!
Anyhow, in honor of the occasion, I have put a new countdown widget on my sidebar as a reminder to myself that occasionally dreams do come true - you just have to wait a little while for them sometimes. If anyone else wants to join us on the cruise, click on over to Bee's blog where she has graciously left all the details in a post but just be warned, she has already called Queen of the Ship so if you're hoping to be a member of the Bloggers Cruise Royalty you'll have to take a lesser position. I believe there are plenty of openings for Lords and Ladies in Waiting but I, for one, plan on retaining my title of Duchess of Norwich Upon the Thames. Darn, that reminds me, I gotta get a tiara!
I gotta make a list ... !