cold…so very cold.

I think it may be mandatory for me to spend at least 2 days in the ocean every year for the rest of my life.

The cruise was everything I hoped it would be and more, and my only regret is that I couldn’t split myself 5 ways so that I could have done everything I wanted and still managed to get in the requisite napping/lying in the sun time that is needed to survive any vacation of this intensity.

The boat itself, was like a floating Bellagio – complete with casino, elaborate shows, a couple dozen bars, and one discotheque. The food? Excellent. The drinks? Varied. The staff? Genuinely invested in making sure we had a good time (i.e. kept drinking).

Each of the ports that we stopped at also had their own distinct feel (it probably helps that they were in 4 different countries), and though you had to peel back the tourist trap veneer a little (I’m looking at you, Cozumel), the richness of the respective cultures did shine through.

I’ve got fairly detailed notes written up about the whole experience, but I’m not in any rush to write them up just yet.  You may see a more forensic trip report up here at some point, but if you’ve got any questions about the the cruise line or the excursions, feel free to ask.

One thing that I am very happy about, is that one of our favourite servers taught us the perfect Italian phrase to  address towards the current weather outside my window.  Minnesota snow? To you, I say: Vaffanculo!