Not long ago, I alluded to a cruise in my future – a new adventure! Yes, indeed, The Artistic One and I are going on a cruise. We’ll traverse the roadways to Portland, where we shall board a plane that will ply the skies and deliver us to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We will spend a day there, then board a Holland-America ship bound for the Panama Canal, with stops in Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, the Canal (of course) and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. We have excursions booked for each of these stops, including a historic nature walk, a submarine underwater adventure, a sunset cruise, a dolphin encounter, stopping after entering the first lock of the canal at Lake Gatun where we will depart the ship and take a land tour traversing the Trans-Isthmus Highway from the Atlandtic to the Pacific, with stops in parts of Panama City, rejoining the ship in Colon, Panama. From there we will travel to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, where we will take the Veragua Rainforest eco-adventure and tour the Tortuguero Canals.
We will spend two days crossing a sea or two and a bit of the Atlantic Ocean to return to Fort Lauderdale, where we will take the Everglades Airboat Ride and then transfer to the Fort Lauderdale airport, for our flight back to Portand. We, or at least I, anticipate those two days at sea will be welcome – I expect we (or I) will be ready for the rest and relaxation.
You do realize, don’t you, that to have an adventure like this, one must have a proper wardrobe. Since my at-home wear consists primarily of jeans and sweatshirts or tees, it was necessary for me to – shop! Shop! Shop! Some things were found locally, some things required the internet (thank goodness for the internet!). Between the cruise shopping and shopping for the changes I’ve been making in my house, effective NOW, I can do no more shopping. Effective NOW, I must start putting away pennies for future adventures. NOW = the time before we leave for the cruise, and after we return from the cruise. NOW does not include while we are on the cruise.
Let me share with you what this shopping has reaped:
outfits for the two formal dinners
The cruise is a ten-day cruise with two formal dinner nights and the rest smart casual dinner nights. If you’re counting, you may note that there is one too many outfits here, so one of them may have to be daytime wear. Actually, I think more than one will get worn daytimes as well as at dinner. Because, you see, I will also be taking casual tops to be worn with capris or skirts
the first swimsuits I have owned in over 20 years and a serape (the very first I have ever owned) because one cannot be in tropical weather and on a ship with a swimming pool without these necessities.
The camera will go with me of course. In fact, since my 16GB SD card will only allow me to take between 2,000 an 3,000 pictures, I felt a need to get two more cards – 8GB each. So I can take between 4,000 and 5,000 pictures. You’re invited to come over when we return and look at every single one of them. That excites you, doesn’t it?
The iPad will also go, and I’ve purchased an SD card reader that will allow me to upload a picture or two now and then. I do not know how much time I will actually spend posting or emailing, because onboard the ship, it is necessary to pay for internet time.
I am ready to go. I am wondering if my one big suitcase and a carry-on will be sufficient. We shall see, won’t we? Sixteen days till we leave. But who’s counting?