compromise...instead of taking her on a 7 day cruise, take her on a 3 day weekend cruise and buy her the "rock" while you are on the island or buy it at home and surprise her on the ship at dinner at the supper club
Wow, you are in a tight spot. It would be a hard decision for me to choose. I don't envy you. I guess you may have to ask her. Or have envelope A that discribes the cruise and envelope b that discribes the bling you have chosen and let her decide.
Get the cruise and buy some lovely little earrings. They don't have to cost a ton.
Life is too short to let the ship of your dreams sail without you.
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Carnival Dream MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2011
I'm with Donna, I would definitely prefer the cruise over the "rock".
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I'd have a difficult time choosing one. I love cruising. And I love bling. Like mother like daughter. Actually, I am hoping to find a deal for diamond studs on one of the islands during the Cruise of the Century.
As you said She WANTS a rock, but NEEDS a cruise. Sounds like your 12th anniversary is improtant to her, and the ring will be forever. You'll figure out a way to get the cruise in if not now then later.