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Blues Cruisin’

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We had one of the funnest vacations ever on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.  The entire ship is chartered for blues music fans and musicians.  We’re talking live music day and night all week long!

The Holland America Koningsdam is a brand new ship and it’s beautiful.  We were very comfortable leaving Ft. Lauderdale in high seas and lots of wind.  The cruise had a rocky start when the power went out to the entire Port Everglades. Luckily, we arrived early and were already checked in through security and allowed to board.  Everyone else had to wait in long lines outside until power was restored.

The ship made 3 stops and we had 3 days at sea.  We’ve taken cruises before but they were nothing like this one.  First of all, all of the old people were really cool and there were NO kids!  The entertainment was all music with 6 venues and musicians performing multiple times all week.  By the end of the week, they were joining each others performances and jamming together all night long.

There were theme nights where people got all decked out in costumes. No formal night – it was pajamas! We enjoyed the casual atmosphere and people-watching. It looked like the crew was really having fun along with everyone else.

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Bon Voyage!
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Back to Cat Island

The HermitageOur last trip to Cat Island, an out island in the Bahamas, was in 2010 on our boat.  It was a lot easier getting there by plane although we did have a weather delay out of Ft. Lauderdale that left us with very little time before our connection in Nassau.  I was happy to land on Cat Island after a 45 minute flight on an aging plane with no air-conditioning!

Our best sailing and traveling buddies, Rick and Eva, invited us to stay with them at one of their favorite resorts, Fernandez Bay Village on Cat Island.  Our little cottage on the beach was the perfect setting for a relaxing and fun vacation.  Continue reading “Back to Cat Island”

Road Trip West – Part 2

On our way to Durango we stopped and visited our good friends and cruising buddies Mike and Angie in their cabin near Hartsel, CO.  We haven’t seen them in a couple of years so it was great to catch up.  They followed us into Salida where we enjoyed lunch by the river. Continue reading “Road Trip West – Part 2”

Road Trip West

We made a beeline for Denver on our third summer road trip out west.  It was 3 long days of driving but once we got out there we spent 10 fun days with Jen and Bill. Continue reading “Road Trip West”

Split, Croatia

Split is the second largest city in Croatia. Its origins go back to 450 BCE. We visited the Diocletian’s Palace in the center of the old city. The palace is a marvel of ancient construction Continue reading “Split, Croatia”

Sailing in Croatia – Part 3

Our next stop was Stormorska, a small village on the island of Šolta.  When we arrived there was only one spot left at the dock (thanks to Roko getting a reservation.)  He squeezed us in with little room to spare! Continue reading “Sailing in Croatia – Part 3”

Sailing in Croatia – Part 2

We awoke to grey skies and thunderstorms on Wednesday.  With open seas and waves 3-4 meters (not feet!), we ditched the plan to visit Vis.  Roko contacted a friend in Stari Grad who reserved a space for us at the docks. Continue reading “Sailing in Croatia – Part 2”

Sailing in Croatia – Part 1

We left early for the Tube and express train trip to Heathrow airport.  The flight to Split, Croatia was about 2 hours.  Upon arrival, we caught the Sunsail bus to their charter base in Agana, about 1/2 hour north of Split.

Sunsail has everyone departing on the same day so it was pretty crowded with people anxious to get on their boats and leave.  Because we had a skipper, we didn’t have to go through the normal checkout routines on the boat. Continue reading “Sailing in Croatia – Part 1”

London and Sailing in Croatia

Our latest adventure took us to London for a few days followed by a week’s sailing charter in Croatia.
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