Hi Everyone - Well, here we are, back in the land of the working. This trip was a hard one to come home from. We had a most excellent time, particularly the first week. We really enjoyed your company. The second week saw more family groups, including one of twenty eight people. They were very well behaved, but they kept to themselves mostly. Even though we were still around good people, the ship had a completely different dynamic to it. Our week together was certainly more social. The crew were still talking about how much fun it was to the new passengers. The following week we actually watched DVDs and relaxed most evenings. Unlike the first week, the Top of the Yacht Bar was very quiet after most dinners. At least it provided us some rest. I managed to gain a couple of pounds with even all the walking we did, but they never did get the vegetarian thing right for Laurie. The waiters were still concerned, but Jimmy and the chef seemed to shy away from the situation after a couple of half hearted attempts. Next time, Laurie's bringing along some of her own food for them to cook. The Italian ports we visited were something else. Lots of beauty and color. We met a couple from Massachusetts who took a shining to us and invited us on a private excursion up the Amalfi coast out of Positano. That was spectacular. Overall, a terrific vacation with awesome people. We plan on doing a similiar trip sometime in 2007. Hopefully in the Croatia and Greece area. 2006 will see us in Barbados and Santa Barbara. Who knows, maybe some of you will be interested as well. Until then, take care and please keep in touch - Gary & Laurie
P.S. - Thanks Mair for your aftercruise taxi advise. We called a cab off the ship and it only cost us 23 euros to the Village of Eze. Had we booked it through Sea Dream, it would have cost 220 euros. Go figure.