Well folks, it’s that time again – time for a few days off work; time for some R & R; time for some fun with family; time for A CRUISE! I’m so excited about our upcoming trip to Mexico! For one, we’ve never been to any of the places where our ship docks (Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta), and this time we are going with family! Dear son #2 and DDIL will be on the same cruise with us – their first, our 4th. A few years ago, my dear husband was totally against the idea of taking a cruise. He said he would go “stark raving nuts” stuck onboard a ship, even a big one, for a week at a time. Somehow, I managed to gently convince him that we should at least give it a try. That was in 2000. We were living in southern California and took a short 3 day cruise from L.A. to Ensenada Mexico. It was a borderline disaster. It was horribly disappointing. We were assigned to a table for eight each night for dinner. That part was A-OK with us, we enjoy meeting new people…. our tablemates were… well, quite an odd bunch. First there was the couple who spoke ONLY Chinese. They seemed quite nice, but it was nearly impossible to converse with them. Then there was the “Father/Daughter” duo – who we were pretty certain were NOT father/daughter! Then there was the couple from Chicago who we actually did enjoy visiting with. The food was ‘so-so’. The onboard activities included watching NAPKIN FOLDING and ICE CARVING, which we were not too thrilled with. We had one shore excursion – to a winery near Ensenada which was OK. We met quite an array of folks onboard who had ONE and only ONE plan – and that was to get into downtown Ensenada to buy DRUGS! In Mexico, you can purchase over the counter, a lot of drugs you can only get with a prescription here. People were heading to town to bring back their year’s worth of antibiotics like penicillin, and only God knows what else. One woman informed us (proudly!) that this was her 18th time on this same cruise to Ensenada. Hmmmm. The only real bright spot was when I managed to annihilate my dear hubby at Ping Pong – fair and square! Ahhh yes, a moment I’ll remember always!! This grand moment in our married lives has never again been repeated, unfortunately. After that cruise, DH said he’d never ever do another.
Once again, somehow, I managed to gently convince him that going to Alaska on a cruise ship would be MUCH different than the little 3 nighter to Ensenada. We boarded in Vancouver B.C. and had the time of our lives — truly loved every minute of it! Since that experience was sooooo good, he was easily convinced to do New England and Eastern Canada last year. It was so much fun – we had a great time! This year, it’s the west coast of Mexico and we are certain it will be fantastic once again. I am SO looking forward to our balcony cabin (this is a FIRST for us) and also spending relaxing moments with son #2 and DDIL. Photos coming next time!!! Bon Voyage! 🙂