I realized earlier this week that we are more than half way through the year between cruises! I cannot express how much I enjoy cruising with my friends aka; “cruise peeps”! Would you like to meet them?
Peter is our travel agent.
There are a lot of in’s and out’s to planning a cruise and Peter navigates them all. He does such a great job of putting together an awesome trip for us every year.
Dana is Peter’s wife who we jokingly (sort of) refer to as his unpaid intern.
Keeping seven or more people all moving in the same direction is a task unto itself and Dana is AMAZING at keeping us going, doing, being where we want to go, do and be! We know it’s like hearding cat’s Dana, and we appreciate everything you do!
The whole cruising thing started years ago when Dana and I were out taking a walk one Saturday morning. I was lamenting that I really wanted to take a vacation but because Phil’s job prevents him from doing so I was going to have to find a friend to
accompany me let me tag along with. I told her that I was open to almost anything but was sort of thinking about a cruise. Without hesitation Dana replied “I would like to go on a cruise” and history was made!
That first year the Cruise Peeps consisted of myself Dana and Peter. To our great delight we were seated with some soon to be awesome friends at dinner.
Ironically Chris lives just a couple of towns over! It’s not everyday you meet a new buddy while floating around the Caribbean! Chris was travelling solo when we met her. She gave herself the trip as a special treat. It doesn’t matter how many times we have been to any particular port of call, Chris will find a new adventure every time. She loves to explore and learn about the native cultures.
Marilyn is amazing! She has no qualms about trying new things. On our third or fourth trip we were aboard the “Allure of the Seas” which is currently the largest cruise ship in the world. There is A LOT to do on this ship. We were all out exploring the decks one morning when I turned around to find Marilyn getting harnessed and helmeted (helmeted? is that a verb, to helmet?) so that she could fly on the zip line. There was no preamble, no planning, no hemming and hawing…just doing! You may think that a zip line on a cruise ship isn’t very scary, but it is a full SIX STORIES up!! This woman has GUTS while at the same time there is a quiet elegance about her.
Bill is Marilyn’s Husband.
I almost tagged Bill as the “Class Clown” because he is so good at keeping everyone laughing. In reality Bill is much more than that. Yes, he can make anyone laugh but that is because he wants everyone to have fun. Bill keeps an eye on everyone in our group, whether they are one of the regulars or someone joining us for the first time. He is not afraid to laugh at himself and can take a jibe as well as give one. Like his wife, Bill is willing to take a risk now and then. He is up for any (almost) adventure but I never see him quite as happy as when he and Peter are taking off on jet skiis!
Al is Christine’s Brother.
Al joined us the third year we all traveled together and has been hooked ever since! He has the ability to watch, process, and then proceed with determination. Al lives for adventure and frequently leads groups of people on Kayak trips in and around Connecticut. As a group we have all enjoyed watching those brave enough to attempt the “Flow Rider” onboard the ships.
Al doesn’t just watch…he does! There are times when Al is content to sit on the sidelines and observe, but when he wants to take part, he doesn’t hesitate!
Steve and Christine have been buddies forever.
Steve has only had the opportunity to join us on one trip but we are ALL hoping that he will be able to come back SOON! Steve is an explorer. As much as he enjoys relaxing by the pool chatting about the topic du jour, he is equally entertained by exploring the ship. I get this…the ships are AMAZING! We nicknamed Steve “The Wind” because, like the wind, he will disappear without notice only to suddenly be right there again. Steve is a great fit in this group of happy travelers, we hope to see him again soon.
Then there’s ME!
I guess I would designate myself as;
Like Steve, I love exploring the ships. One of my favorite times is the first full day on board. My internal clock still has me rising early so I grab my camera and go exploring. This is the best time for Ship pics before the risk of unwanted photo bombs. Once I fill up on the ship stills I am free to snap pics of my peeps and their antics.
I am always so blown away by the sheer beauty of the Islands that we visit, I have a hard time capturing it all. Truly, my photos do not do justice to these places, you are just going to have to come see for yourselves! Peter can hook you up!
Once at home I put together a calendar for my peeps to both remind us of the fun that we had as well as tease us about what we have to look forward to! There is a LOT to look forward to!! I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Those are my peeps and they are awesome!
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