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Old 10-17-2005, 06:05 AM
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Here's another one: my kids would sneak back into the room in the evening and "remake" the towel animals into the lamest things you can imagine (stingray- which consisted of taking a folded towel, putting it on a bed and stealing the chocolates... snake...). My favorite was a wet towel smack in the middle of my bed with two chocloate wrappers for eyes.

I think you have to have five boys to appreciate a certain sense of humor.

Another fine time was when I joined my 11 year old at the fantail, put my arm around him, stared at the incredible full moon, and then watched him hurl a half eaten ice cream cone off the ship. I screamed "what the %$#@ are you doing???" I mean, I was dying of shock. He said "we do it all the time." I was seriously gobsmacked, as they say in the UK. Needless to say I put a stop to it. But I was dying laughing. Don't know why. He looked so surprised.
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Old 10-17-2005, 06:16 AM
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Reading all this wonderful and sometimes funny memories, I realised, that I forgot at least one for me very important thing.

Standing up early in the morning, being on deck for my walking laps, almost alone, feeling the wind and then..... seeing the sun rise.
Its only me and the nature and that gives me a wonderful feeling and my day can start with waking up my husband and the usual things before starting the rest of the day together with a good breakfast.

I love your stories with the balcony, but we usually book an inside cabin. But I can understand what you feel.

Marita (next cruise is coming closer every day)
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Old 10-17-2005, 11:58 AM
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Okay here is round two (I just couldn't resist adding these to my list):
-Being stranded at the "end of the world" with a small group of cruise friends (don't ask).
-Spending a memorable day in Santorini (again with some great friends).
-Enjoying a wonderful afternoon on a secluded beach in Maui.
-Strolling on deck after dinner and drinking in the sea air.
-Winning a slot jackpot in the casino (especially since I am not a gambler).

I am sure there will be more to come.....(vbg)
Nancy
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Old 10-17-2005, 02:26 PM
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Guess I'll add another too

Bartering for huge conch shells for my sons and getting a WAY lower price than boys heard the people before us get. My son turned and said,"Mom you are So cool, THE BEST!"

Watching my kids do a savenger hunt while I laid in the sun on deck and every few minutes my 8 year old would run through and say"love you mom" and then run off again

***the look on my 10 yo son's face as he danced with the waiters every night at dinner
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Watching the smile on my 84 year old mother-in-law's face as the handsome young waiters flirted and paid extra special attention to her.
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Old 10-17-2005, 03:50 PM
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Amen to that! My mother and I cruised this spring, just the two of us. Mom had been through a nasty divorce about 5 years ago. After that she said she was never again going to get romantically involved. She started going to church twice a day, every day. Even the week before we went on the cruise she was saying how she would NEVER... I would laugh at that part except that she was so disillusioned and heartbroken...

So we go on the cruise and get together with these two guys for drinks, dinner, you name it. One took a shine to Mom and you could just see the transformation as she came back to life, romance-wise, again. It was GREAT. She is no pollyanna, and she is very young, so I don't want you all to picture some kind of Love Boat story with an aging dowager... FAR FROM IT. But it was such a total turnaround, you could see her face and eyes soften, and we would go back to the cabin and laugh all night.

Cruises are so romantic.
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Ok for round 2 -

a surprise visit to my friend onboard

winning most travelled passenger (twice)

on our cruise reunion we met up with our original waiter,Sandu. What an awesome surprise that was. Wonder if he will make the next cruise reunion too??

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I loved every moment from watching my husband (his 1st cruise) as we saw the ship from the parking lot to dancing everynight. The feeling that you are royalty and the staff wants you to totality enjoy yourself. As a stay at home Mom -having someone turn my covers down and clean up after me is more than just a vacation it is a dream come true.

But the best memory is the one that makes us laugh the most. To get how funny this is you will need some background. We have 3 teenagers.
The shall I say "act of marriage" can be difficult when your children start going to bed later than you.

Well, while on our churise for our 15th annv. we greatly enjoyed the "act of marriage". The elder gentelman in the room next to us always smiled at us and would kinda laugh. We thought he was very friendly.

Then, the last night as we were getting our luggage ready to be put out by our door. I heard the couple next door zip their suitcase!
I told my husband and he said "NO WAY! You are slipping into Mommy mode." So we stood very quite and you know what, we both heard the gentelman zip his luggage and tell his wife that the luggage was all zipped up!

We planned our disembarkment so that it wasn't at the same time as our neighbors and are vey grateful we didn't eat dinner at their table!

The lesson here is to remember the walls are thin!!
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That is funny! Cruising as a quiet single most of the time, I can understand the situation as I have had neighbors that had no idea that I could hear them.

Tom
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Catt, your story made me laugh out loud! Look at the bright side: your cabin neighbors have a heck of a story to tell their friends for years to come (as it were)...

We often travel with friends, and after one experience with hearing friends next door on a cruise in 1980, I'm always careful to book friends anywhere but next door!

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