In less than 2 weeks, Elmer and I will be on board the Celebrity Solstice.
Cruising is definitely my favorite vacation. I've been fortunate to have been on 4 Alaska cruises (I can't recommend this cruise highly enough!), 1 Mexican Riviera cruise, and a Caribbean cruise. I love the food, the relaxation, seeing so many new places, and the fact that other than your drinks, basically everything is free! Did you know that right now, you can live cheaper on a cruise ship than you can in your own home?
The best part of this cruise, is that it's free! Yep, the company Elmer works for, Western Heating, gave it to us. As with many companies, especially anything involving building or the housing industry, Western had a bit tougher time this last year. Elmer however, is very innovative and came up with some great ideas that helped their business not only to stay afloat, but also thrive during these hard times. He definitely deserves this well-earned vacation. Way to go honey! Takin' mama on a trip!
This cruise will probably be a bit different than any I've taken before. We fly from Boise to Phoenix and from there, take the company jet (the supplier who gave this trip to Western) to Ft. Lauderdale. They even serve us free "premium" cocktails and lunch on the way down - unheard of!
We'll spend the night at a nice hotel and eat dinner at any of several restaurants we choose at their expense. I think I'm dreaming!
We stop in San Juan, St. Maartin, Tortola and Labadee (Haiti). I've never been to any of these places so I've been doing some research trying to find out what they're like and what to do once we get there. I think it's St. Maartin where most of their beaches are "clothing optional". I'm just not sure what to think about that. Do I really want to go to a beach where everyone is showing their ta tas, who whos, and wee wees? Oh what the hell, you only live once and I guess it will make for some great pictures for the blog when I get back, huh?
See this, it's a lawn - on the ship. I don't know why. Probably because no one else had one. Ships are funny like that...
I wish I could take you all with me...