Have started some planning.. our complimentary CruiseMates cocktail party should be the second sea day late afternoon, so everyone can meet early in the cruise. Once it's set for sure, I'll let everyone know time and place.
I have our two carry ons packed with essentials and almost have the biggies filled with more clothes. Now for the hard part. waiting for our fly date and acknowledging being another year older for both of us in February. (I guess that's better than the alternative of no longer getting older and heading for that long cruise in the sky-and I don't mean NCL SKY!)
Now that the holidays are over and we had wonderful visits with our kids and grands in Baltimore and Memphis, it's time to get serious about this cruise.:-D
We had to wait for Ruth's passport renewal, which expired in Dec and also changed to a new married name. Passport arrived last week. Boarding pass and suitcase tags are printed and now it's time to figure what we will be doing in the Islands. Hotel is booked and we went with Priceline and got Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Pedro. We arrive on Friday, Feb 25. Ray & Helen and several of you are arriving on the same day and maybe we can get together for dinner that's close by?
We plan to take Prime Shuttle from LAX to hotel and since I have three kids that reside in So. CA, my youngest son will pick us up at terminal when we arrive back from Hawaii and we will get a chance to visit with all of them before flying back to Little Rock from Orange Co. Airport. I need to purchase tickets with Soutwest in the next few days.
Looking forward to seeing old friends again and meeting a bunch more on this cruise. We can finally say......"See you next month."
We could probably arrange a get together at the hotel, and if you go to Restaurant.com, you can get a discount certificate to use in their dining room. I think that I still have an email offering 50% off their discount rate. (I did call the hotel and the certificates are really honored there. Our $50 cert cost us $4.) If we meet at CP, those staying at other hotels can use the shuttle to get there, and we would avoid having to use a shuttle to go elsewhere.
We're coming in on the 25th too and staying at the Crowne like a bunch of you. Frank, can't wait to meet your Ruth and are looking forward to seeing all of you again. Dinner sounds like a great plan to me and I'll sure go look for that coupon in the event we eat at the hotel. We leave Friday for a short 7 day Cruise so when we return I'll need to do the laundry so I can re-pack that stuff. The other clothes are already in the larger suitcases we will use so we, like most of you are READY! See you shortly as it won't be as long as it has been.
I won't be coming in a day early this time, as we're only flying in from Pheonix... so made better sense to fly in day of.
But I think it's a great idea for you guys to start of with a pre-cruise CruiseMates dinner.
I have decided on one more CM fun activity for the cruise. We're gonna have a CM team treasure hunt on one of the sea days. Some of you have participated in these before, and I think enjoyed. The rest of you... it's really easy to learn
It is the BLU RESTAURANT @ Crowne Plaza.
We will be arriving a day early because you cannot depend on Colorado Weather and we don't want to be waving from the pier as you all sail away!!! I also have a hair appointment at the spa at Doubletree. I also have to get some Dr Pepper for the cruise:-) I don't want to have a grumpy husband suffering from Dr P withdrawal.
Frank and all the rest who will be at the Crowne Plaza on he 25th. Yes we will love to have a dinner meet.
Our flight on AA arrives at about 3:35PM on the 25th at LAX. We will be using the Primetime Shuttle also so we should be at the Hotel I hope around 5 PM.
Looking forward to this. We will have a wheel Chair for Helen and I will be riding my scooter. Denise will be pushing Helen.
C U all
I thought you were using Red Van Shuttle. Not that it matters, I just thought that is who you recommended because they pick up at baggage claim. Want to be certain I have made the correct arrangements.
Kuki, are we still going to do the gift exchange? Thanks!
Yes, of course. So far we'll have the cocktail party, treasure hunt, slot pull, ugly shirt contest with gift exchange.
I'm thinking at the cocktail party I'll probably hand out trivia sheets, that folks can work on over dinner with their tablemates, and turn them in the next day, then we'll give results at one of the later gatherings.
All we can think of is cruising with sun that supplies heat presently we are getting sun but not heat. Waves to look at our only waves are flowing furrows of snow drifting across our yard. Ice cubes melting in our glasses our ice cubes sorry ice sicles are hanging off of our roof.
In sunny northern Alberta we have had a lot of snow some drifts are 4 to 5 feet high, Piles of snow in cleared lots at least 20 feet high, and road that are just not passable. Snow and more snow we never even opened our store today no point people are just having a hard time getting around but the good news was no snow today so they cleared many roads but the bad news in minus 25 by next Saturday. With all the goods and the bads we are blessed to have a cruise to look forward to.
We were blessed(?) with a foot of snow last night, the schools are closed. and our solar panels have the day off because they are covered with snow. Our son, who is preparing for another tour in Afghanistan, left cold Kansas for training in what should have been warmer Fort Polk, LA, but the south has snow also. Some days you just can't win.
On the bright side, we are one day closer to the Sapphire sailing. We are heading to town for a Dr appointment...let's hope that the cowboys with their 4 wheel drive pick ups are staying home. They seem to believe that 4wd is magic and drive like hell.
See you later.Aloha
We had our first snowfall yesterday in AR. Here in the Village, we received 2 1/2" of powder snow and schools are closed for today. This morning the driveway was cleared of snow, thanks to my electric snow blower I brought from AZ. Ruth cleared off snow from table and chairs, banisters and floor of back deck and it's covered. Woods behind house look like a Winter Wonderland.
Another day closer to our cruise:-D Temp in Honolulu the other day was a high of 81 and a low of 71. I'll take that as temp here in AR is a cold 31.
Snow? Ha! Here in the real Upper Mojave Desert (Eastern Sierras) we finally saw all our snow melt, after a week. We used to get approx 6 inches once a year. This year, we got approximately 8 inches, so far - and this isn't even the coldest time of year. I know, you are saying "oh boo hoo", with our 60 degree (F) days and 35 degree nights - can't blame you ;-)
They have cleared many of the main arteries but the residental areas and industrial areas have not seen any snow removal. I arrived at the store this morning pulling in to the area of my parking spot and was greeted with a pile of snow 12 feet high and 20 feet long by 10 foot wide after working my way to the top of the pile and parking my car in my parking spot I call the property owner asked when they were going to move the snow pile as parking on top was a hard job but getting out of this spot without a disaster was not going to be easy.;-) Really maybe by the end of the week I will have my parking back. Travelling anywhere is so much effort and walking is downright treacherous.
We are leaving here on February 24 that will give us 2 days in case we have snow storm problems. We are also staying at the Crowne Plaza.
We fly into LAX at 6:00 p.m. on the 25th and will be staying at Double Tree, San Pedro. Do you have recommendations for restaurants?
Hi Pixie! A group from Cruisemates will be meeting for dinner at Crowne Plaza. I checked the prices on their menu, and they seem very high - BUT! Marianne did come up with discount coupons we can print out. I'm still looking at possible alternatives, most the restaurants I'm interested in are only open for breakfast and lunch - here's her post: We could probably arrange a get together at the hotel, and if you go to Restaurant.com, you can get a discount certificate to use in their dining room. I think that I still have an email offering 50% off their discount rate. (I did call the hotel and the certificates are really honored there. Our $50 cert cost us $4.) If we meet at CP, those staying at other hotels can use the shuttle to get there, and we would avoid having to use a shuttle to go elsewhere.