Just settling in to a forward facing chair with a glass of wine... what a view!
Back in the early 70s my younger brother convinced my father to convert an old closet for him to use to develop film. It was a short lived hobby, as often is the case with grade schoolers... but I still remember the smell of the chemicals. I also remember lots of fuzzy images handing from string.
Alas I have not actually be on a Viking ship yet... but I'll tell you why I THINK I am going to love them...
We have dear friends in Canada, Shawnna and Larry, who had taken a cruise on Royal Caribbean with the family to the the Caribbean one spring break and loved it. After we moved back to the states Shawnna called me one day and said that Larry had expressed a desire to take a cruise to Alaska for his birthday. She had remembered that I had once mentioned being interested in doing that as well. So we hatched a plan. We planned the trip and all the excursions... but never let Larry know that Malcolm and I would be joining in the fun!
Shawnna and I texted madly the day of embarkation to ensure we did not bump... literally... into each other. Then once they were seated in the buffet area we snuck up behind Larry and.... SURPRISE! He really had NO IDEA that we we coming along. Such fun! It was a marvelous trip!
Malcolm and I had always seen cruising as a crowded cattle call, with lots of drunk people fighting over lounge chair by the pool. If we took a cruise it would be to Alaska but that would probably be it for us. But we enjoyed the cruise because we 'did it our way'. We chose a somewhat smaller ship, the Coral Princess. And we planned early excursions and did not bother will all the things that cruises nickle and dime you on. We were not at all interested in the casino or the art auctions or having our picture taken with phoney lumberjacks. We did enjoy a nice bottle of wine.... or two at dinner with friends and we loved all the naturalist talks. One of our fondest memories we discovering a hidden wake facing veranda to watch the glaciers sail by. One afternoon, when the bar was having 2 for 1, drinks Malcolm got two bourbons and met me on a pair of wooden deck chairs to watch the scenery go by one. We managed to carve out more intimate experiences than most folks I think.
Then a few years ago now... because I'm a planner... my friend Gail suggested we take a cruise to see the Norther Lights... then we realized how cold that would be and decided summer would be nicer. So this week... we should be on the Viking Sky enjoying Norway, the Faroe Island and Iceland. DANG COVID 19!
Gail and Phil have sailed Viking before, but I am convinced they will be the cruise line for us. We love discovering new places and learning new things and a calmer less congested setting. I love that they didn't waste space on things we would not use like casinos and auction space and a kids club. I don't mind well behaved children... but I'd rather have that space for a nice free to use spa space! I even love that they have laundry! (Coral Princess did as well and we used it as we tried to pack light!) And complimentary wine and beer with dinner... that's just so civilized!
So for now we have to wait... now we will sail in July 2021 on the Jupiter. I'm dreaming of enjoying a cocktail in the Explorers' Lounge before dinner at Manfredi's. 🙂