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What's so great about cruises? Many, many things. They are genteel, convenient, affordable, exciting, entertaining, relaxing, romantic (and an excellent place to work on my writing). In some ways, cruising isn't what you might think. Our friends Fran and Jim think 3,000 people on a cruise ship must mean long lines and crowds. Not so. Most of the time we look around and say, "Where is everyone?" (One ship had 3,000 passengers and 15,000 places to sit. More than enough for everyone.)
We have talked to people who assume we must be wealthy to go on cruises. Again, not the case. Especially for transatlantic repositioning cruises, our favorite. Cruising is more spectacular than you can imagine, until you finally do it yourself. Don't worry, I'm not trying to sell you anything. I'm not a travel agent. I don't have paid ads (yet--make me an offer). I'm just hooked on cruising.
I went on my first cruise in 2009, invited by Linda. I couldn't believe how wonderful it was. Linda was also wonderful, which is why we are now a couple. The ship was Voyager of the Seas, one of the "voyager class" of ships built and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Sounds like something from Startrek. When it was built, in 1999, it was the largest ship afloat. Now, Royal Caribbean has mammouth ships, almost twice as big.
So far, my modest cruise log looks like this:
Voyager of the Seas, 14 days, Barcelona to Galveston, Royal Caribbean
Each of these cruises is described on my website: www.retiredgonecruising.com.
How is it, then, that I have written a book about cruising? Many others have taken far more cruises. But they didn't write about them! Examining the available literature, I found nothing satisfactory in describing in detail a transatlantic cruise. So I took it upon myself to write a travelogue memoir love story called Cruise of the Heart. For details, see the website of the same name: www.cruiseoftheheart.com. It reaches the bookstores in November, 2013.
Below: Linda and I pose on Queen Mary 2, a true ocean liner harkening back to the golden age almost a century ago. We were en route from Southampton, England, to New York City in June of 2010, on our honeymoon.