Norwegian Jewel of the Seas

May 6, 2018 – Boarding Norwegian’s Jewel of the Seas in San Juan

It’s boarding day!

There was no rush to get to the port, so we took our time with breakfast and getting re-packed.

The hotel called us a cab and the fare to the cruise port was $25.00.

While waiting for our cab we met several other people who were headed to the same ship!

Easy Check In

On most of the cruises we’ve been on, the check in process is sometimes slow and a little stressful. There are often long lines just to get to the check in agents and then another long wait for your group to be called so you can actually join the line of people boarding the ship.

Well, none of that happened this time. Check in was pretty simple and, once that was complete, we were able to board the ship immediately – no crowds – no long lines.

Once on the ship, we were also able to go directly to our cabin. That doesn’t happen often, either. But this allowed us to drop off our hand luggage. Our checked luggage would find its way to our cabin, eventually.

Exploring the Ship

We spent time exploring the ship and learning our way around while waiting to set sail.

Great Dinner Companions

We were lucky to find we had great dinner companions at our table and made introductions all ‘round.

Evening Entertainment

Our first evening’s entertainment was a Canadian comedian – Landry – and he didn’t disappoint.

And, before we knew it, we were on our way. Rome, here we come!

Geoff at GoldenGate

2018 Mini Birthday Trip (For Geoff’s Birthday)

We were hoping to have another Mega Trip in 2018. After all, the last one was in 2014 and we were longing for another extended trip.

Sadly, it was not to be for 2018. But that didn’t stop us from planning a shorter trip – complete with a TransAtlantic cruise – just at the right time to celebrate Geoff’s birthday.

Although this trip may not be considered “short” by some standards, it felt that way for us. We would be traveling for less than a month – unusual for our trips.

Here is our itinerary. We’ll go into more detail on individual blog posts.

  • May 3 – Drive to Thunder Bay. Stay at the Valhalla Inn.
  • May 4 – Fly from Thunder Bay (YQT) to Toronto (YYZ) to Atlanta (ATL) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJO). We’ll explain why there were so many flights on that post.
  • May 4-7 – Howard Johnson’s in San Juan
  • May 6-20 – Onboard Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas from San Juan to Rome. More about all the ports of call on individual blog posts.
  • May 20-21 – B&B just outside of Rome.
  • May 21 – Flight from Rome to Lisbon, Portugal
  • May 21-23 – B&B in Belém just outside of Lisbon
  • May 23 – Flight from Lisbon to Toronto
  • May 23 – Days Inn in Toronto
  • May 24 – Flight from Toronto to Thunder Bay – picked up car and drove home

As you can see, the trip was just barely over three weeks, so we couldn’t call it a Mega Trip.

However, it was a great way to celebrate Geoff’s Birthday. We were on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands for his birthday on May 14th.

Moonscape

The Adventure Begins

Moonscape

Our slogan is “Because you’re never too old”, but the reality is we know that, at some point, we are going to prefer sitting and rocking on the front porch to skiing down a black diamond hill. Actually prefer is not the right word but now that just getting up off the couch is accompanied by numerous grunts and groans it seems inevitable that we will have to find enjoyment in less physical activities.

We have lived and worked most of the past ten years on the small island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Our house is not grand but it is on top of a hill in the middle of the island which gives us spectacular views of both the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans. We had a lot of plans for this house but they will take time to realize and time is the thing we are most short of.

We had to make a very difficult decision and choose between staying in paradise or exploring the rest of the world. It’s a big world and we just can’t do both so we decided to sell our house and set out on a new adventure.

We have already been to almost every state and province in the US and Canada plus most islands in the Caribbean. We’ve done Mexico, and a little bit of South America but hardly anything in Europe. So that will be the focus for the next few years.

We plan to get a motorcycle (trike), a trailer camper and travel from place to place, blogging as we go.

We write this having just listed our house for sale. With the world’s economy in the dumper this is not a good time to sell but we have priced it so aggressively we hope it will sell quickly.

If you or someone you know has a dream of owning a home in a tropical paradise check out our home in Eleuthera.

The Adventure Continues …

Update – January 18, 2019

Plans change and new adventures arise.

Here we are, updating this post almost NINE years later and a lot has happened over those nine years.

The plan to sell our home in Eleuthera, buy a motorcycle and travel around Europe never materialized. But, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been adventures – and a lot of them.

We still own our home in Eleuthera and come here every winter now.

We also own a home in Schreiber, Ontario, Canada and spend part of each year there, too.

Along with other adventures, we did our 7-month long 2010 Geezers in Gear Trip and our almost 4-month long 2014 Mega Trip

There are still adventures that we have not yet blogged about but plan to soon.

For example, in May/June of 2018 we took a TransAtlantic cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Rome and spent some time in Lisbon, Portugal before returning home to Canada.

More Adventures in the Works

We will not only be updating our blog to include adventures already taken, we have many more adventures in the works.

Next up:

Fall 2019 in the UK, Scotland and Denmark, plus a TransAtlantic cruise from Copenhagen to New Orleans before ending up back in Eleuthera for the winter of 2019/2020.

We’ll also be telling you how we’re able to travel as much as we do even though we are now seniors living on a fixed income.