Hello, I’m back after a nice (though shortened, thanks to the sea beast) visit from Rich last week. We went to Disneyworld and efficiently maneuvered the crowds, Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island, where I had not been before), and Nassau (a nighttime trip to Atlantis’ aquarium and casino). We also celebrated Andy and Kevin’s birthdays on Friday. It was a fun week. I’m now in Phoenix once again for a Sonic shoot.
Three weeks to go. It’s hard to believe. On the plane this evening I started getting a little sentimental, mainly about people I would miss. There are some great Norwegian crew folks who I’ve really come to like, and I’m also realizing that soon the end will come for our cast. These are all people I’ll see back in Chicago (although Paul and Sue are signing on for another 4 months), but it’s doubtful that we’ll work together as a group again. Except for maybe the huge blowout Norwegian Dawn Inaugural Cast Celebration and Barbecue/Reunion in 10 years…look for your invitations in early 2015. On the last hour of the plane ride they were showing trivia on the TV screens, and one question had to do with state capitals. A couple of weeks ago, some of the us were in Star Bar after our show, and we just started naming all the states and capitals…and we got through all of them. I really enjoy being a part of a group that delights in remembering that Augusta is the capital of Maine and Olympia is the capital of Washington. It’s the little things.
I don’t know if you heard about a Royal Caribbean (I think) ship that ran into a pier in Mexico, resulting in a 42-foot tear through the hull, but I predict one more ship-related incident in the next few weeks, and then various morbid “Cruise Ships: More Dangerous Than We Thought” news pieces. Other title options would include “The Love Boat…If You Love To Die,” “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’,” “That Sinking Feeling,” and “Hell Boat.” You heard it here first.