Art's surprise cruise for Jan 5th was the final gift we opened tonight with Art's sister and boyfriend here and our close friend Jeff.
I acted like we were all done for about 20 minutes, and then "happened" upon the unopened gift bag under the tree.
Art opened the bag, sifted through the tissue paper, and came upon a booklet-sized package wrapped in tissue paper (our cruise docs).
He was first happy to see we would be on Royal Carribean again (it's been more almost 2 years since we sailed on that line). Then, I pointed out to check out the page that I had marked with a Post-It -- then he was *really* surprised that we leave in a matter of *11 days* for the 4-nighter on the Monarch to Catalina, Ensenada and San Diego from Long Beach.
I guess I was a better fibber than I thought because Art said he had no inkling I had booked it, thinking the docs etc that arrived in the mail were for our Feb 1 cruise on the Pride. Further, he said he was so spurprised how soon we were leaving and joked that he should start packing now.
All in all, it was a great surprise. Glad I could share it all with you.
Harry: Isn't it fun surprising someone? Sounds like a great one on your part. I'm glad it worked out. How exciting.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
Harry, congradulations for keeping the secret for so long (don't think I could have done it). We were on the four day Monarch Dec. 1st. Pretty ship. Don't miss the Dueling Pianos in Bolero's, it was great. Have a good time and I'll see you on the pride.
P.S. If you have any questions about the Monarch, just e-mail me.
Harry, I gotta hand it to you. That is some gift and some ruse--and a good Christmas story for the telling. I might do something like that for my wife some time in the future.
Get packing and enjoy the cruise. I gotta wait unitl March--most impatiently, might I add.
I may dwell on the land, but I live at sea!
Sensation 2/03 I disembarked, but never really left the ship.
Sensation 04/05 The vessel made me do it!
Summit 03/06 to Hawaii, Where God left his fingerprints, in memory of Margaret.
Carnival Freedom (March 08)
\X\Mercury (January 09)