Highlife On The High Seas

Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
Trip End Jul 03, 2009

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Yes Harri and I scammed out of the hard Atlantic crossing and took the easy way out going onboard the Celebrity Summit. The truth is I couldn't face 3 weeks of throwing up my intestines via my nose so Harri and crossed the Atlantic on a 970ft ship called the Celebrity Summit.... Now those of you who know me well would be saying "She said she would never go on a cruise ship again" but if you have a look at this boat you'd see she's no floating Rooty Hill RSL (like the cruise ships in Australia) and it was the cheapest way to get to the Caribbean and waste 2 weeks doing it. So like rats deserting the sinking ship Harri and I left... This option was a toss up for me, stay and be sick but know whats going on all the time or go be comfortable and lose all control..mmmm. I chose to go and be comfortable but with the proviso that Pete email every day over the Sat Phone. He had to let me know location, wind and seas, what they are eating, what they are doing, if the boys were washing their faces and hair and any other relevant info that I deemed necessary, that way I would at least have some idea of what was happening if not control.....

As mentioned the Summit is no floating Rooty Hill RSL, let me tell you, it was beautiful and luxurious with the most amazing food, spas, pools, steam rooms, gym, theatre, cinema etc etc etc although it didn't matter to me too much as I spent most of my time in my cabin while Harri ran wild (no I haven't changed). I did manage to stay up for the Caribbean party till 11.30 one night (out of 14) much to Harri's delight as he was having to go out with the lovely people on our dinner table who took him under their wing, taking him to a couple of the cabaret shows. Lucky he's not shy. Although it was predominantly an older persons cruise Harri had 2 kids similar ages, Sean and Savannah who he was able to hang out at kids club occasionally and take the boredom out of some of the days.

Our journey went from Barcelona to Malaga to Madeira to the Canary Islands (where we had been for the last 10 days) then 5 days across the Atlantic to St Maarten, then San Juan Puerto Rico. We got to do a few nice things along the way, Sightseeing and shopping in Malaga, in Madeira we took a toboggan ride down a mountain. No there is no snow there but you hop into a wicker basket with 2 pieces of 2 x 4 wood which act like skis, it has 2 ropes attached and 2 men dressed in traditional folk costumes push you down and try and steer the basket using weight and very thick soled boots. Off you go sliding down the road from the top of the mountain down towards the town at the bottom. I thought it might be a bit lame as I couldn't imagine it but it was so much fun tearing down the road for 10 minutes, sliding out around corners, dodging cars and best of all no helmets. It was a real surprise, I could never imagine the uptight authorities in Australia allowing something like this at home but these guys have been doing it for more than 100 years so it's quite routine around here.... We also went for a camel ride aboard Maria in Lanzarote across the volcanic wasteland, fun but couldn't ride her for a long time unless I was on a Princess carriage! We visited Timanfaya National Park and had a look at some underground heat sources and the volcanic wastlelands, a good place to shoot a movie based on the moon.

From San Juan we flew down to Barbados to await the arrival of the boys where we stayed in a nice hotel with its own stunning little beach. On our first night here we went to grab a bite to eat and nearly choked on our own surprise. Food here is incredibly expensive with a hamburger costing around $15 AUD each... Luckily we have just had 2 weeks of 5 course meals including, Steak, Lobster, Prawns, Frogs Legs and Escargot so we really needed to diet anyway......

So most days were spent on the beach in the morning and watching TV in the arvo, a luxury Harri had desperately missed over the last 9 months.  Unfortunately he is now hooked on Desperate Housewives, Rita Rocks, Wife Swap and Reba. 

Myself was sucked in by the many amazing (and totally unnecessary) things you can buy in America over the phone. Those infomercials really do a number on you and if I had a phone and an American address I would have bought a Hair Straightener and not just any one but a new and amazing one, organised a mini facelift that only takes 1 hr and the results did look amazing!, a Cuisenaire 4 in 1 grill, a hamburger maker that does 5 at once, a micro dermabrasion kit, an automatic sizing wrench, new technology moisturiser and stuff, a handbag that's an organiser for your phone, wallet make up etc and is made from genuine real leather, a language program that's the easiest way to learn a new language but I couldn't decide which one, French Italian or Spanish? And a steam ironer which just takes away all those wrinkles, just like the mini facelift!

We did manage to do a little shopping and go on a submarine ride down to 147ft out on the reef, amazing but expensive so we didn't eat for the next 3 days. Our crew eventually arrived on the morning of the 20th just in time for our 22nd wedding anniversary. I was expecting to find something out of the "Lord of The Flies" when they returned but fortunatley John kept some sort of decorum aboard and everything was clean, tidy and NOT smelling of cabbage and sweaty underpants. Pete said he loved the time at sea and could have easily stayed out another week or two as he was totally enjoying himself.

This earned him a death dagger stare that he just didnt get !
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