Hey, I liked your expose, Lindsay!! Ditto on the reading, writing, exercise (yoga mostly), straight-ness, preference for warm weather, and frankness.
I've done the Alaska cruise, last cruise in Nov. was Lisbon to Rio, fantastic transatlantic. Have been to the Caribbean several times. Lately I've been researching that Moscow to St.Petersburg river cruise.
Next month I'm heading to San Diego for a couple of weeks and had hoped to make the Mexican Riviera Ryndam cruise but couldn't find anyone to go with and now they are sold out. Oh well, will just spend time in that beautiful city and perhaps pick up a short cruise at the port.
Best time for me to cruise is in the fall, Oct./Nov. or the holidays through Feb. Charlotte, NC is beautiful in the spring and I have lots of yard/garden so I like to be here, and for summer, the coast is only half day away.
Do keep in touch,