As with any full-time job, writing is exhausting work, and after awhile I find my creative well has been thoroughly drained. My go-to in order to fill up my creative well has always been live music concerts and musicals, as well as other types of live shows. I also love to travel, though I rarely get to go anywhere, especially these days since it’s so hard for my disabled husband to accompany me.
So it was with great joy that we were able to participate in the latest The Texas Tenors Fan Cruise to the Caribbean. Seven days on the waves with our favorite singing group and the opportunity to catch up with many dear friends. Not to mention the ship (Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas) had some lovely shows itself, everything from a Broadway-worthy production of Mama Mia to an amazing diving show with stunts galore.
My favorite part of the cruise (other than The Texas Tenors concert) was the one excursion in which we participated. In Roatan, Honduras, I got to hold an eight-year-old sloth (they are so soft and friendly!), face my fear of birds (long story…involves camping and divebombing hummingbirds) with a giant macaw on my head, played around with the monkeys who “helped” me take selfies and nearly swung off with my glasses, and hold and feed a large iguana. The whole day was amazing.
Another highlight was on the last night of our cruise when I was feeling a little low about going back to real life. I went to fill up our soda glasses, and there right on the soda machine was a duck. Rubber ducks are a new “thing.” Cruisers bring and hide rubber ducks around the ship for others to find, kinda like Easter eggs. I never expected to find one, much less how much it made me smile.
I knew my writing well was filled when I returned home to my sweet Gabby’s schnauzer smiles. If you’ve never seen a schnauzer smile, you need to asap!) The other couple at our table spoke nonstop about their “baby” Sadie, an adorable little dog, and other friends came home to find their beloved elderly dog not doing so well. More than once when I was eating French fries aboard ship, I found myself unconsciously picking out the special fries I would normally feed Gabby.
It got me to thinking that the one thing that would have made every dog-lovers cruise better would have been to be able to bring their sweet puppies aboard with them. And what chaos that would bring! Maybe canine matchmakers at sea?
I think I have a new book forming!
What about you? Do you enjoy cruising? What is your favorite vacation?
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