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Another cruise!

This year started off with another “Crusin’ with Susan” cruise which was fantastic.  I had it all set up to post daily entries (which I still haven’t gotten to do – and still may post since I have the notes.

We got back from that cruise and the next Sunday my DH had a heart attack followed by triple bypass surgery and months of rehab. I cleared out a room so he could have an office to work at home and start a new business. I moved almost all that stuff into the “sewing room”.

Then, over the summer my mom decided she would move in with us which required a LOT of moving stuff, getting rid of stuff, painting, clearing out a place for her things. She took over the “sewing room” so all that stuff had to come out…

At the end of the summer, my long-time best friend in the world died suddenly and I acquired her website – Power Surge which required a LOT of work.

I am so ready for a break and to go on this cruise.  It’s identical to the cruise I took with Susan in January except that we’re on another cruise line, Norwegian this time.  We are on the same ship (the Jewel) that DH, DS and I took in 2009 so it’s déjà vu in a couple ways!

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Calgon Norwegian – take me away!

Beach Buddies

MaryO

New Orleans, LA, January 10, 2013

New Orleans

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Neither Susan nor I have been to new Orleans so we decided to go a day early to see what’s what…

My flight from DCA departed on time and arrived a little early at MSY…through a thunderstorm. The landing was a bit bumpy but I’ve bee through worse.

Walking to baggage claim, I saw a TShirt I’d have loved to buy but I figured they’d have them everywhere.  Of course, they didn’t.

I got to baggage claim and Susan was there.  Her plane had arrived an hour earlier but she’d had to have a connecting flight and left much earlier in the morning.

My suitcase didn’t take too long to arrive but it was wet from the rain :(

Susan had already reserved a shuttle, so we went outside and got on. Unfortunately, we had to wait for the shuttle to fill up before we left.

Because of the rain, we couldn’t see much of the city, but we were first off the shuttle.

We’re at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and we are next to the Mississippi.

After a short nap (during which I started coughing – they had duck feathers in the pillows), we headed over to the Riverwalk Marketplace.

Riverwalk

 

 

The Riverwalk was a major disappointment. Most stores of the stores closed, no restaurants open. We got chocolate for later.  They turned the lights out on us at 6:30PM!

Gordon Biersch

We decided to look around for dinner and headed out to Gordon Biersch.   I had Pineapple mojito. Moroccan chicken. Bread pudding with ice cream, pecans, whiskey sauce.

We went to Walgreens for some incidentals.  Even they have beads and masks for Mardi Gras.  The parades start the 19th this year because of the Super Bowl.  I got a TShirt and Alavert for that cough.

Cruisin’ With Susan, 2013

Caribbean Cruise 2013

Caribbean Cruise 2013

I’m so excited!  Just over six years ago Susan M, one of my Cushie friends, invited me on a cruise to Bermuda. I was delighted and excited to go. Then I found out I had kidney cancer and had to bow out at the last minute – the cruise embarked the day I left the hospital. My surgeon said that there was no way I could postpone my surgery for another 5 or so days so someone else went in my place.

So, that was it for my first (and only!) Bermuda cruise.

Then in 2008, I heard from my friend again, asking me if I wanted to do the cruise then! Of course, I said yes… She said she was celebrating and upgraded the whole cruise to the Western Caribbean. We had a superior balcony stateroom and I could wear some of the clothes I got for the non-cruise.

You can read all about our 2008 cruise here: http://www.cushingsonline.com/cruise/cruise.htm and see a slideshow of pictures at http://www.cushingsonline.com/cruise/cruise.html

Last year, September of 2011, we went on a land trip to Gloucester, MA.  Blog posts and pictures for that trip start here http://maryoutandabout.posterous.com/last-trip-for-awhile.

I was at work today when I saw Susan’s name pop up on my cellphone and knew she wanted to go on another trip.  As soon as I got in my car, I listened to her message.  YES!  Another cruise!

We talked on the phone and decided on this trip:

January 2013 Cruise

January 2013 Cruise

Then, Susan booked the cruise and called back to say it was even cheaper than we thought it would be.  Major WooHoo.  And, we have the all-important balcony.

Stay tuned!

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Beach Buddies

MaryO

Cruisin’ With Susan, 2013

I’m so excited!  Just over six years ago Susan M, one of my Cushie friends, invited me on a cruise to Bermuda. I was delighted and excited to go. Then I found out I had kidney cancer and had to bow out at the last minute – the cruise embarked the day I left the hospital. My surgeon said that there was no way I could postpone my surgery for another 5 or so days so someone else went in my place.

So, that was it for my first (and only!) Bermuda cruise.

Then in 2008, I heard from my friend again, asking me if I wanted to do the cruise then! Of course, I said yes… She said she was celebrating and upgraded the whole cruise to the Western Caribbean. We had a superior balcony stateroom and I could wear some of the clothes I got for the non-cruise.

You can read all about our 2008 cruise here: http://www.cushingsonline.com/cruise/cruise.htm and see a slideshow of pictures at http://www.cushingsonline.com/cruise/cruise.html

Last year, September of 2011, we went on a land trip to Gloucester, MA.  Blog posts and pictures for that trip start here http://maryoutandabout.posterous.com/last-trip-for-awhile.

I was at work today when I saw Susan’s name pop up on my cellphone and knew she wanted to go on another trip.  As soon as I got in my car, I listened to her message.  YES!  Another cruise!

We talked on the phone and decided on this trip:

January 2013 Cruise

January 2013 Cruise

Then, Susan booked the cruise and called back to say it was even cheaper than we thought it would be.  Major WooHoo.  And, we have the all-important balcony.

Beach Buddies

MaryO