My upcoming cruise

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)October 21, 2013

We retired earlier this year, and now have the time to cruise more. When we were still working, 14 days was our maximum time allowed away. My loving wife has wanted to cruise in the western Mediterranean and I have resisted flying that far. I found a cruise that works well for us.

Tuesday, 10/22, we begin our drive to Ft. Lauderdale where we will board our ship on Friday and sail away on Holland American's m/s Maasdam. We will stop twice in the Caribbean, then begin our trip across the Atlantic Ocean. After several days, we will stop at three of the Canary Islands. Next up will be Tangier, Morocco; then on to several stops in Spain and Italy. We will continue with Sicily, Sardinia, more Spain, Gibraltar and Casablanca. Our last stop in that part of the world will be Madeira (small island in the Atlantic). We again cross the Atlantic and return to Ft. Lauderdale on December 5 - 42 days. Then a drive back to Illinois, arriving on December 8.

Total time away will be about 7 weeks! Surprisingly, this cruise is not as expensive as some others we have taken (figured on a per day cost), as there are not too many people who want to go to Europe and Africa in November - and have that much time to do be away. Because of the length, the demographics for this cruise will mean that someone who is 60 might be among the youngest passengers on board.

Some time this afternoon, I will begin the process of packing. Someone else in the house finished her part the other day! We leave before sunrise tomorrow.


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Have a great trip and enjoy every minute. Keep a diary, we expect a report of your adventur!. No, you and your wife just have fun.
Thanks for your quotes during the last week.and we hope to see you back, even without quotes.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 5:51AM
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BON VOYAGE!!! Thanks for sharing details; in your previous post, when you mentioned going on a cruise, I was calculating approx. how long you'd be gone, I was thinking, "Now, that's a cruise"! Again, have a wonderful time, and if you stop in an Internet café, send us an email.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 7:45AM
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Bon voyage! Have a wonderful trip, your trip sounds fascinating!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 9:24AM
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Have a great time and take lots of photos!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 10:04AM
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Yes, Bon voyage!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 6:33PM
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Bon Voyage, that sounds like a wonderful trip.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 11:53PM
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