Ruby Princess Cruise to Hawaii
We got a last minute surprise upgrade to a balcony cabin. I’m not sure the reason, but perhaps because we are at the Platinum level of their frequent cruisers program (Captain’s Circle). This is cruise number 14 for us with Princess. We need one more to reach the top level. At the Platinum level we get free internet, but at the Elite level we will also get FREE laundry. Tim is very excited about getting that perk 😀.
After our safety drill and a late departure, we headed off to dinner. We had wanted assigned time dining but got anytime dining. Not wanting to wait in a line to be seated, we chose the Horizon Court buffet. During dinner, over the shipboard intercom we heard an announcement of medical emergency in the DaVinci Dining room. An hour later the Captain let us know we had turned around and headed back to port to meet a coastguard ship to transfer the sick person for urgent medical attention. Thankfully we were still close enough to L.A. I’m certainly hoping they had a good outcome.
The ship then turned around and once again headed toward Hawaii.
We love meeting new people on our trips. Joining us at breakfast Monday morning, Rod and Alice have been dating for 6 years. She was smartly dressed, full make-up, hair freshly styled and eyebrows penciled neatly. Of course traveling was a natural topic, which lead to favorite destinations, which lead to our bucket lists. Alice had just recently completed her list by going up in the Goodyear blimp last October. She is a very spry 93 and full of spunk. She went skydiving at 89… Oh yeah, she also recently went zip lining in Costa Rica. She was all suited up and ready to go, but they did talk her out of bungie jumping. Wow, she puts most of our much younger friends to shame!
By the way, her boyfriend, Rod is a younger man at only 92. He was the youngest ever Latin aviator admitted into the Navy and enjoyed a long and successful career with Beechcraft out of the Van Nuys airport.
We have nine whole days on this cruise that are AT SEA – four+ between Los Angeles and then another five from Mauai to Encenada, Mexico. That may sound crazy boring to some of you, but for me, I am in heaven. There are many options to entertain you, educate you, pamper you, or feed you. But for me, simply relaxing, reading and catching up on some much needed sleep has been my ticket to happiness.
Here are just some of the on board options you can choose from on the Los Angeles to Hilo portion…
Watch a movie (some examples of what was shown):
The Devil Wears Prada
The Amazing Spider-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bridge of Spies
Take a Zumba class
Acupuncture seminar: Pain management
Fitness seminars: Secrets to a flatter stomach, relieving back pain, walking in comfort, Detox for health and weight loss, Non Surgical Facelift, How to increase your metabolism
Dr. Bob & Bill W meeting
Veterans & military get together
Arts and Crafts:
Knitters and Natters get-together
Attend an Art auction or future cruise presentation.
DNA to solve murder cases
Gentle giants of the Pacific – Humpback whales
Islands in the sea – Hot Spot Volcanos
Hawaii’s Customs and Traditions
Go to a Port Lecture
Learn how to:
Play the Ukulele
Dance to hula, waltz, Cha Cha, Merengue or line dance
String a lei
Take better photos
Sports at sea:
Daily quiz and Sudoku
Card & Board games
Name that tune
Shop, shop, shop:
Listen to musical performances
Wine or Vodka tasting
Ionithermie body treatment
Gamble in the casino:
Texas Hold’Em, Black Jack, Craps, Slot machines and more…
From big productions to comedians to ventriloquists to dancers
Eat, eat, eat and then eat some more
From sit down meals, to gigantic buffets, afternoon tea, pizzeria, ice cream bar, Burger grill, room service, or specialty restaurant.
And of course, wine, beer or cocktails are available at 10 or more bars around the shop.
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful to be able to soak up some lovely relaxation time. I’m half way through my second book, have watched some hilarious (and old) Love Boat reruns, and currently glancing at an epic Magnum P.I. episode where Tom Selleck looks to be about 30 years old. I’m glad to be old enough to remember the original versions of both and be able to laugh at how things have changed since then.