Well, at least we’re on the road to the airport.
Seems that nowadays that’s how most journeys begin, and ours is no exception. If you’ve followed my blog for the past few years, you know that this is standard practice for me; I keep my readers updated on the blog.This trip is to some areas we’ve never been, and want to see, and some other places we’ve seen….and don’t care if we see them again. It may surprise you to find out that those stops, two of them, are Florence, and Rome, Italy. We’ve been there and done that. But before I get to far along in this commentary, let me begin, at the beginning.
Along about January of this year, our favorite travel partners, Mike and Lynn Brown of Layton, Utah, (Lynn is Sharon’s cousin) called us, after spotting an ad for a Mediterranean cruise on a brand new ship, Princess Cruise Line’s “Royal Princess”, christened this past June by Prince William’s very own Princess, Kate Middleton.
As cruise ships go, this one is a beauty, and we’re looking forward to our cruise. In addition to Mike and Lynn, Sharon’s sister Kathy, and her husband Brent Reynolds are making the trip, along with Brent’s brother Phillip, and wife Joy. It should be a merry bunch.
Our last cruise, a long one, was on an Italian ship, the Poesia. It was an ok trip, and we survived crossing the Atlantic, sometimes almost enjoying the cuisine…however, when they attempted a “Mexican Night”, well, they weren’t even close. I’m thinking they should have called it “Mystery Island Night”. The food was a mystery, but the waiters, more or less dressed in the spirit of the occasion wearing pretty impressive sombreros.
I think I’m looking forward to our stops in Greece, and possibly Turkey…unless some turkey(s) decides to target a shipload of senior citizens, and hold us for ransom, or some other nefarious scheme to get our attention. My advice to you, is to keep an eye on the news, and should you see a headline such as: “Royal Princess Disappears in Mediterranean”, remember, I’ll have my fingers crossed that if it happens, we’ll have missed the ship, and be ashore, checking out the locals.
We made our airline arrangements with Princess, and I’m not too happy with their routing; we fly from Denver to Miami, then to Barcelona, Spain, where we board the ship. The biggest fly in the ointment is the fact that our return flight(s) are on Iberia Airlines, (Spain’s national carrier). Since our final cruise stop is Venice, Italy, we fly from there to Madrid, then to Chicago, where we change planes once more for our flight to Denver. If you’ve taken one of those westward overseas trips, you know the true meaning of “jet lag”. By the time we reach Chicago, we will have already consumed about 20 hours of daylight, and, unfortunately, the sun will still be bright in the firmament. And we’ll still have a few more hours to go. I’m getting tired just writing about it.
So, based upon how much dinero Princess charges for their onboard internet service, and, if I am able to access the internet, (a problem I suffered on our last cruise) you should be able to keep track of our trip here on the blog. With photos.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed.