Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sharing A Vacation

Anyone who has been following this blog is aware that Linda and I recently returned from a great cruise on the Azamara Journey. We spent 12 days cruising to St. John, St. Martin, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Guadalupe, St. Barth’s and Virgin Gorda.

Whenever someone returns from a great vacation, they enjoy sharing their experiences with friends and co-workers. It’s a lot of fun to reminisce about experiences that others might enjoy. Things like the humpback whale we saw while walking the deck while the ship was cruising off Puerto Rico; and the sea turtle that Linda saw from our balcony while reading a book at St. Martin.

People are curious to hear about the boulders at the Baths in Virgin Gorda and our intrepid conquering of the Devil’s Path to reach the most spectacular part of this attraction which is a highlight of the Caribbean. They also like to hear about the mega-yachts docking in the picturesque harbor in St. Barth’s—including one owned by Jimmy Buffett. These are some of the dividends of travel that add to the inventory of life’s great experiences.

Because we have enjoyed many cruises, we have become a little jaded in our expectations. Our cruise onboard the Azamara Journey was a wonderful delight that ranked near or at the top of all of the cruises we’ve enjoyed together. The ship’s crew was efficient, friendly and proud to be part of a “happy ship.” The food onboard was uniformly good and the choices were often unbelievable. I have never seen a 25 pound Mahi Mahi displayed as part of a fresh fish display for a deck barbecue before.

Often people ask me which cruise has been my favorite. I think the statement, “my next one,” is an appropriate response. Every time we venture out on the high seas we build new memories that are a joy to resurrect. I highly recommend the re-charging which a cruise can deliver as a great plus in life. Oh, Linda and I are looking forward to the “next one,” we just don’t know what, when or where it will be yet.

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