I’ve joked with friends all week that our return to the (literally) frozen tundra of Iowa after a week on a Caribbean cruise has prompted me to want to call my doctor as ask for antidepressants in an I.V. drip. Getting unburied from the piles, I have yet to find time to write a worthwhile post about our adventure, but for Top Five Friday I thought I’d give the Top Five things I loved about our cruise:
- Being “at sea.” Ever since I was a kid I’ve had a love of being on the water. I dreamed as a child of going into the navy and spending my life at sea. That didn’t happen, of course, but being on the ocean brought back those childhood dreams and desires.
- Being rocked to sleep by the motion of the waves. Some people struggle with the gentle rocking and rolling motion of a ship at sea, but I absolutely loved it. At home, Wendy and I sleep each night to a should machine making the sound of ocean waves. Now, if I could only rig up some kind of hydraulics to rock our bed gently!
- The view. See my earlier post this week.
- The quiet. If you have ever been on a cruise you know that the cruise line gives you a long daily list of activities, games, classes, workshops, entertainment, and experiences that can and will keep you busy from early morning until the wee hours of the following day. Wendy and I pretty much eschewed all of it in favor of quietly sitting on the verandah, sipping a drink, reading a book and watching the ocean roll by. I don’t regret the decision to do so.
- Elegant, fine dining every night. We did, however, enjoy cleaning up and dressing up each night to make our evening meal in the dining room an elegant experience. The service pampered us and the amazing food/wine spoiled us. On Friday afternoon in the Bahamas a woman who had eaten at the table across from us a couple of nights stopped to ask Wendy and me for directions. She did a double take and pointed to Wendy saying “YOU I recognize, but YOU (she pointed at me) look TOTALLY DIFFERENT without your bow tie!” 🙂