Saturday, May 24, 2008

Seasick Stories Anyone? Here's Mine!

 
The truth is that I don’t have much of a seasick story. The movement of the ship is pleasant and at night helps me sleep. 
 
However, I see people with Dramamine patches behind their ears and in talking with them, learn that it is the difference between enjoying the cruise and not. Seasick patches are not a very good flesh tone, but that’s ok. Some things just have to be done. I’ve had skin cancer and know to use sun screen and to cover up if I’m out for even part of an hour.
 
The major problem with seasickness is that the mind and body are at war. The mind knows what is going on, but the body can’t reconcile the movement to reality. The result is a very upset tummy.
 
 
 
 
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Monday, May 19, 2008

Eastern Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call

 
 
I like to travel. Never been on a cruise before – this is my first. Work was nuts yesterday. Getting off late, arriving late and fortunately the ship leaves at 5PM, so I was able to sleep in this morning. My sister is with me on this trip. It’s been a long time since we’ve spent this much time together. I’m looking forward to that too.
 
It’s a seven day eastern Caribbean cruise. Should be a nice cruise port schedule. We left the Ft. Lauderdale Cruise Port earlier this evening. Now we cruise to Grand Turk Island in the Turks & Caicos. Then on to Road Town, Tortola British Virgin Islands, further south to St Thomas Virgin Islands, swinging back up to Half Moon Cay Bahamas and back to home port. We have two days at sea. There’ll be plenty of time to sightsee with time to rest, relax and enjoy the ship and new friends.
 
Cruising is certainly a different way to travel. Someone else is driving. I can go for a swim, nap or find a cooking class, all while we’re moving somewhere else. A surprise for me is that I’ve let go of all the rush of everyday life. No cell phone, no computer for the next seven days – I’ve unhooked from those tethers. What bliss!
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It’s not a dream; it is a Holland America Alaska Cruise!
 

No one knows Alaska like Holland America Line. Premium service and comfort has been perfected. Tradition is evident everywhere, from classic teak deck chairs to friendly stewards offering hot chocolate - complimentary, of course. Every stateroom is larger than most other cruise lines and offers stylish appointments such as the custom-designed Mariner's Dream bed.    Get the most from Alaska by enjoying a verandah stateroom or suite, which are more spacious than any other ships in our class. Dining on a Holland America ship is a delight to experience with detail to quality and service that is top notch. Enjoy the elegance of the main dining room, the Pinnacle Grill or a quick bite by the pool or room service.

 

Every day on board brings a wealth of activities and enrichment programs to showcase Alaska at its best. Learn new ways to prepare seafood in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine. Keep in touch with your work or loved ones in the Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times. Relax in the Crow's Nest and enjoy panoramic views. 

 
What makes Holland America Line a step above?
 
  • Every cruise in Glacier Bay National Park will feature ranger commentary from the bridge and an informative presentation. A Hunan Totem speaker will talk about their ancestral ties to the land.
  • A ranger from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park will provide bridge commentary for every visit to the mammoth Hubbard Glacier. Tinged natives will showcase their culture during visits to Yakutat Bay.
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  • Land tours offering several choices to fit your time and to see the most of Alaska.
  • Comfortable domed rail cars and coaches making travel enjoyable to some of most desirable destinations in Alaska.
 

Be sure to bring your binoculars along to view the many different wildlife experiences up close.

 

 

 

 
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