Marylu and the Cruisers 12-12 to 12-19-2015

Marylu and the Cruisers

The cruise was part of a package deal (purchased way back in 2013) that included 2 one-week stays at resorts of our choice. We bought the package before any thoughts of being home-free started germinating.

During January 2014, we used one of the weeks in Santa Fe, New Mexico, following visits with family and friends in Arizona.  We thought Santa Fe might be a desirable location for our retirement – final decision, it is too remote for future visits with family and friends.  Alan hated the downtown area streets;  now, after two months on the road with him, you and I are learning that streets, gutters and curbs are priorities.  Well really, I tell him, we’re not planning to live in a large downtown; and, just as in Minnesota, they are great places to explore!

Santa Fe from our Condo
Santa Fe from our Condo
Santa Fe
Santa Fe

We used the second resort week in April 2015, to go to Mazatlan, Mexico.  Not a future homesite either.  All-inclusive resorts distort impressions of what daily life would be like.  It was a great prelude to the following months spent getting the house ready for the real estate market.

Mazatlan Resort- Not Bad
Mazatlan Resort- Not Bad, Eh?

On the way to the Cruise, my side of the story:

The Norwegian Spirit left from Port Canaveral, Florida, which is just 25 minutes from Cape Kennedy.  Prior to the cruise, we regularly checked various websites to see if any launches were planned before and/or after our cruise dates.  Unfortunately, no luck.  Seeing a launch is still on our bucket lists.

Port Canaveral - Is that the Launch Site in the Distance?
Port Canaveral – Is that the Launch Site in the Distance?

We hoped and hoped another event would coincide with our travel plans. My brother Bill, a Chaplain and Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, was scheduled to arrive on the USS George Washington following a voyage from San Diego around the southern tip of South America to Norfolk, Virginia.  We tried to time our visit with friends, Mick Warren, Debbie and Gerry Chebetar, in Chesapeake, Virginia, so we could all go to the ship and greet him.  Unfortunately, the only arrival information Bill and the Navy could give was mid-December.  Since our cruise departed December 12th, we knew there was just a slim chance we’d have a reunion with him.  Both ships arrived in the USA on the 19th – at different ports and hundreds of miles apart.  Since we had reservations in Naples from the 19th to January 1st, we hoped Bill would be able to join us there.  That darn Navy, they must love him ‘cuz he had to stay in Norfolk.  Mick did take us to the bay area where his ship would arrive.

Bill, are you out there?
Bill, are you out there?

We enjoyed a wonderful visit with our Virginia friends and made it to the beach, too late for swimming, but in time for some photos.

Made it to the beach in Virginia
Made it to the beach in Virginia
Sunset at the Beach - Virginia
Sunset at the Beach – Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our travels from Virginia to the cruise, we didn’t get to see much in the places visited. Alan finally got to experience dining at a Waffle House and

Lunch at a Waffle House
Lunch at a Waffle House

we enjoyed a few more “scenics”.  Oh, and a brewery.

From Virginia to Florida
From Virginia to Florida

 

 

 

Beer Tour Cocoa Beach
“Beer Tour” Cocoa Beach

 

 

 

 

The Cruise – On a scale of 1 being terrible and 5 being excellent, I would rate the cruise as 3.5.  There were plenty of shore excursions to choose from on most days at port.  We enjoyed an ATV ride through the jungle, a beer and rum tasting tour, and two days at a couple of beaches.

Dancers at Costa Maya
Dancers at Costa Maya

I was disappointed in scheduled activities for adults on days at sea – there were no movie theaters, lectures about destinations, demonstrations of how to make guacamole…  They did offer bingo a couple of days, but when we learned the charge for playing was over $35 each, it lost its appeal as a recreational diversion. We explored the ship thoroughly, swam in the pool, played dominoes, took notes and photos.  The evening shows were terrific, no photos allowed; so, my descriptions will have to do – acrobatics combining Olympic skills with Cirque de Soleil performances; humorous comedian (as it should be); and a fun variety show performed by the amateur crew members.

Spirit Pool
Spirit Pool

One thing I didn’t like about the cruise – food kept getting in the way of my will power!

Food in My Way
Food in My Way

It’s a good thing it wasn’t better.

Next time we go on a cruise, I hope it will be another river cruise (smaller boat, fewer travelers and lots of activities) or we’re on our way to Europe for even more adventures.

 

Naples is next up.

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We are two recent retirees who decided to sell the house, pull up stakes, and explore North America. We are both being tourists and looking for the right blend of people, place, and geography that makes for the perfect place to retire.

3 thoughts on “Marylu and the Cruisers 12-12 to 12-19-2015”

  1. Hello Mary & Alan, enjoying reading all your adventures. Admire your courage of all that you have done to live the life of your dreams. Happy New 2016 & best wishes for a healthy, happy and adventurous year 💕 Bhavani

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  2. From Alan — The problem with Santa Fe was not its remoteness. It is a short drive from Albuquerque. What I didn’t like about the whole Santa Fe region was the desert. For many, the desert is a thing of strange beauty. For me, it is just barren, desolate wilderness, populated by plants with spikes and reptiles with fangs. I grew up in Minnesota, where everything is covered by lush green forests and fields, woven throughout with rivers and lakes. I need that green to feel at home.
    BTW, Hello Bhavani! Good to hear from you again.

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  3. Hi Bhavani,
    Happy New Year to you and Paul. We will be heading to the Naples (Florida) beach in a few hours to share a picnic and enjoy the fireworks with friends and friends of friends. We saw a bit of a fireworks display from your side of the world on the morning news. Do you have any travel plans lined up?
    Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.
    Marylu

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