Saturday, October 11, 2008


If you've haven't been following my Twitter postings, I just returned today from a Royal Caribbean cruise from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ to Bermuda. It was my first cruise ever to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary.

My parents love to gamble. The original plan was to spend a few days in Las Vegas. My brother Sherman then took it one step further and decided a cruise would be better. Everything my parents like to do would all be in one place. It turned out to be the best gift for them.

Mom and Dad pigged out at the buffet at ALL meals. They stayed in the casinos at least until 1 a.m. Slept in and napped whenever they wanted. After 2 days, we stopped going to our assigned dinner table because we preferred the variety and flexibility the buffet offered. We were booked in one of the luxury suites, so we got satellite on a flat screen TV and the option to watch whatever DVD's were in the library. Dad self-serviced himself frozen yogurt everyday after lunch and/or dinner.

For me, I brought my laptop but couldn't get wireless access. I ended up going to their online center, but they charged $0.55/minute for usage. I needed my online fix, so I coughed up the bucks. Twenty minutes goes by really quickly. I treated myself to a Swedish massage, and used the gym facilities twice during our 5-day cruise. My brother Sherman, the fitness junkie, went to the gym daily. My sister Cindy sat out on the balcony outside our suite to gaze at the ocean for hours on end. Everyone got what they wanted out of the cruise.

It looks like this is going to become an annual outing.


drc said...

Glad you enjoyed your cruise. Small correction: You cruised out of Cape Liberty, not Cape May. Cape May is a nice little shore town on the southern tip of NJ.

Lani Chin said...

thanks for the correction!

Josh Tretakoff said...

If it's gonna be annual, here are some tips:
1) Stock up on the DVD's and bring them with you, so you aren't restricted to the library. Better yet, if the TV in the suite is a flatscreen, connect the laptop to it and watch movies off of your hard drive.
2) Consider a 3G card for the laptop, if it'll work out there. Verizon lets you try theirs out for 30 days, and return it if you don't like it, so you can actually "borrow" one, if that works. Or, see if you can use your Blackberry as a modem by tethering (

Welcome back!
3) If the cruise does offer