Mother: Back in the summer husband and I had started talking about what we wanted to do for the winter. Here in Columbus Ohio the winters can be kind of nasty and neither husband nor I fancy cold weather. Husband was all in favor of renting a condo in Florida for three months, I on the other hand wasn’t sure I wanted to be gone for three months plus I was kind of keen on a cruise. We reached a compromise and did a two week cruise to the Panama Canal in January and spent the month of February in Florida.
The cruise left on January 4th out of Fort Lauderdale Fl. We booked everything in October so we booked a night in Fort Lauderdale on the 3rd of January in case the weather was such that we might be delayed and miss the cruise. I am one of those that books my own flights instead of going with the cruise line. I guess it is as broad as it is long, I feel I save money by booking my own flights, but if we miss the cruise and I did the booking we are our of luck. Where as if the cruise line books your flight and something happens they will either hold the cruise for you or give you your money back, so far we have done well with no flight delays.
We had left a day early in case of bad weather and by that we were thinking snow. No, it had warmed up and rained and the fog was so thick you could hardly see the front of the car when we left for the airport at 4am. Our flight was at 6am and lucky for us the fog lifted enough for us to take off. It is always a jolt to my system though to leave one type of climate for another. Here in Columbus chilly, damp, foggy, arrive in Fort Lauderdale 85 degrees and sunshine. Love it.
We cruised this time on Holland America, our first time on this line but it won’t be our last. We loved it, most of the people were our age or older. I guess it is a sign of aging but it was so nice to spend two weeks with folks just like us. At dinner each evening we were seated at a table for eight or ten so we got to meet folks from all over the United States and the world. Husband and I have cruised a lot and have always been seated at a small table for just the two of us but we found this very enjoyable. Another sign of us aging, lol, there was no being over served from the bar and rowdiness around the pool or late at night on the balconies or down the hall ways.
Our first port of call was Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. I not sure who exactly owns it but all cruise lines claim it. lol We had reserved a clam shell for the day so we had some relief from the sun. After months of Columbus weather we figured not spending three or four hours in direct sun light might be a good thing, and it was. lol It was a beautiful day with temps in the eighties but with a pretty brisk breeze. Silly me thought since the air was so warm that the water would be also, I was wrong. I could stand getting in about to my ankles, forget going out to my tummy. I think the folks you see in the water in these pictures, are from colder climates then Columbus. We had to be back on the boat by noon so it was a short stay so back on the boat for lunch and an afternoon by the pool.
For next time Oranjestad, Aruba and Willemstad, Curacao.