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Over 60...And Getting Younger: June 5, 2009

The Boat to Bermuda (I)

Last week Lorraine and I (and my two sisters-in-law’s husbands) took a five-day trip cruise to Bermuda. The ship was the Explorer of the Seas. We left from a pier in Bayonne. No one mentioned the hazards of the Bermuda Triangle and we left with light hearts and happy attitudes.

One of the mysteries of the civilized world is the Bermuda Triangle. It extends from Bermuda to Puerto Rico (one leg), Puerto Rico to Florida (second leg) and back to Bermuda (third leg). Several ships and planes were lost and nothing was ever heard from them again.

The ship was enormous. Over 3,400 people on board and 1,500 in help. The Central Promenade on the fifth deck was comparable to a mall with shops and bars in Las Vegas. Gambling nightly (except in port) was a large part of the entertainment. A show a night also kept us busy.

Our cabin was supplied with U.S.A. television stations and a huge porthole window. Oh yes, also a lovely shower.

Eating and drinking on board were everywhere.

Bars and cafes with different themes and music were abundant.

Karaoke in one bar, Latin Music in another. A Ben & Jerry’s open all day. Tropical drinks (Pina Colada and Bahama Mama).

On board was a 900-seat Ice Rink where we watched a thrilling ice show, with ice dancers from around the world. Mind Boggling!

During the day the guys retreated to one of the six hot tubs on board. Congeniality and camaraderie are two of the secrets to a hot tub experience. Pleasant conversation and not ogling the gals too much is another handy tip.

After five days I learned the difference between fore and aft. The food was good, not great. Cabin was roomy and comfy.

Next week – Bermuda!