The Cruise I didn’t take

Navigator of the Seas – 13 days from Southampton to Miami followed by a flight back to Oakland on the day before Thanksgiving. I’d been feeling kind of crappy and decided to head home rather than not have fun for those same 13 days, especially the 7 consecutive going across the Atlantic. Have a flight tonight out of Heathrow heading home.


Southampton to MIA

Southampton to MIA


Actually, this is a simple solution to getting home from Europe. Never mind that I will preferentially take a ship anytime over flying when the costs are equal…. This ship is the same class as the Mariner which I sailed on a few years ago and the Explorer (which I took last fall and this spring just past). Bigger than I prefer, but the dates were just about as perfect as I could imagine. This was also the cruise which replaced the Rhapsody as my TA ship. The dates on that one conflicted with the meeting just past in Vienna, and since the cruise line asked me to reschedule due to their changing the departure date – I was paid with OBC to change ships. Confusing? Sorry, let us just say that I lucked on my obliviousness to the dates in the first place and wound up fanatically ahead for my ignorance.

any way – here is the



Thu Nov 10 London (Southampton), England 4:30pm
Fri Nov 11 At Sea
Sat Nov 12 At Sea
Sun Nov 13 At Sea
Mon Nov 14 At Sea
Tue Nov 15 At Sea
Wed Nov 16 At Sea
Thu Nov 17 Boston, MA 8:00am 5:00pm
Fri Nov 18 New York (Manhattan), NY 4:00pm
Sat Nov 19 New York (Manhattan), NY 8:00pm
Sun Nov 20 At Sea
Mon Nov 21 At Sea
Tue Nov 22 Port Canaveral, FL 7:00am 7:00pm
Wed Nov 23 Miami, FL 7:00am

which will also potentially give me time to visit friends in Boston and see Maus while in New York before landing in Miami (where I can potentially go visit yet another friend…)  Obviously, I have no interest in flying on the 23rd. 24th? Now I can get into that (hotel + air on 24th < flying on 23rd…)


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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