“Captain” Bill’s Top 3 Travel Rules
Maybe you heard about our latest cruise aboard the beautiful Allure of the Seas at the end of August. It didn’t go exactly as we had planned.
Remember Tropical Storm Isaac? Well, he was in the Caribbean when we were supposed to be boarding our ship. Port Everglades was closed and the cruise before ours had to stay out to sea for two extra days. Nice for them. But that meant we had to spend three very wet and windy days in a Fort Lauderdale hotel. And our 7 day cruise was cut down to 5 days. (Sad face.)
We had chosen this cruise for the itinerary – Labadee (ah… a private island); Falmouth, Jamaica (where we had never been); and Cozumel, Mexico. Well… you can’t do that in 5 days, so our ports were changed to Cozumel, and Nassau. (Sad face.)
We had prearranged a resort package in Jamaica that sounded like so much fun, but that got scratched. (Bummer.)
We had really been looking forward to our day in Labadee (Royal Caribbean’s private island), but since that port was cancelled we decided to do a beach excursion in Cozumel. Very nice for an hour or so, and then the skies opened up – thunder and lightning and pouring rain and wind. But we had free beer and pina coladas! (Sad face, but…)
There are some great things to do in Nassau, but we have been there many times, so we were disappointed that that was our last port before coming home. (Yet another sad face.)
But you know, our little group made the best of it. We were on vacation. We had fun! We laughed, we ate, we played, we relaxed! For every little glitch along the way, one of us would remind the others, “It’s an adventure!”
You know, there’s not always someone to blame. Things happen that you have no control over. Decisions need to be made in the best consideration for the safety and welfare of the ship, her passengers and her crew. We could have moaned and whined and carried on. And we could have, and would have, had a miserable time. But we all made a decision to ENJOY OUR ADVENTURE! And that’s exactly what we did!
“Captain” Bill’s Top 3 Vacation Rules:
1. BE FLEXIBLE! STUFF HAPPENS. WEATHER CAN’T BE PREDICTED. ACCIDENTS OCCUR. PEOPLE GET SICK. DON’T WRITE YOUR PLANS IN STONE OR YOU’RE SURE TO BE DISAPPOINTED. GO WITH THE FLOW!
2. RELAX AND ENJOY! NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, REMEMBER, YOU’RE ON VACATION! YOU WAITED A LONG TIME FOR THIS. DON’T WASTE IT!
3. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF! SURE YOU PAID A LOT FOR YOUR VACATION AND YOU WANT EVERYTHING TO BE PERFECT. BUT, LIFE ISN’T PERFECT. WHY LET ONE RUDE PERSON, ONE BAD EXPERIENCE, ONE LOST DAY, RUIN YOUR ENTIRE TRIP.
IN HAWAII THEY SAY
IN JAMAICA THEY SAY
“NO PROBLEM, MON!”
IN THE BAHAMAS THEY SAY
“DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY!”
EVEN IN “THE LION KING” THEY SING
“HAKUNA MATATA!” (IT MEANS “NO WORRIES!”)