Thanksgiving 2008 - Hunting Widow Looking to Travel to ?
I'm a 40-something white, non-smoking (actually allergic to cigarette smoke) female, very light social drinker and I am happily married except for the week of Thanksgiving (aka deer season). I have no interest in a shipboard romance of any kind. I am looking for one or more straight female cabin mates for the week of Thanksgiving 2008 for a 5 to 7 day trip to just about anywhere as long as I'm gone over the US Thanksgiving holiday!!!
You don't need to hold my hand - just share cabin expense. If you are looking for someone to hang out with, do shore excursions and share meals that is fine, too - I'm pretty flexible. I'm respectful of your space and don't need to spend a lot of time in the cabin, though I would enjoy a balcony and I do like to order room service. From inside room to suite I really don't care - I've shared an inside with three other gals and we all got along fine and saved an incredible amount of money on the cheap accomodations. We split to cabin cost 4 ways and it was less than $350 per person - amazingly inexpensive! I'm not a gambler so I don't care if the ship has a casino or not.
If you are interested in getting away for the week of Thanksgiving and you would like to share a cabin please email me with your preferences (inside, outside, balcony or suite), where you would like to go and for how long (or just tell me the cruise you're looking at) and we'll go from there.
Enjoyed your post so much I had to reply. I married a hunter on November 30, not too bright because that is the last weekend of hunting season where we live! So every year on our wedding anniversary he was... HUNTING! I'm happy to say that I divorced him 15 years ago (not because of hunting wild game, more like hunting wild women!) Now I cruise happily single! Just got back from a cruise Thanksgiving weekend, Long Beach CA to Mexico on Carnival Paradise, it was great! If you should ever cruise on this ship be sure to spend some time in the piano bar with Barry, he is terrific! If I were to take another cruise over Thanksgiving I could probably only be gone 5 days, Thursday-Monday or Tuesday, busy time for me the week after Thanksgiving.
You sound just like me. Except our season runs Oct to Jan 2. or so. I felt so abandoned that I decided to find me something to do too. No hanky-panky, just fun. I love it and prices are lower then too.
But, cruising on holidays is more expensive and I'm low in senoirity at work and could never be off then. Let me know if you pick another wk.
That is so sad that your anniversary was the 30th - my sitation is similar in that we actually "fell in love" the weekend of Thanksgiving way back when so to me it is kind of like an anniversary. That first year we went to Tennesssee and I thought, "Cool! Someone who likes to travel and see new things...." Well, he is originally from a state where that is the week of gun deer season so I have spent more Thanksgivings alone than we have together.
There is something to hunt where I live just about all year long. Mountain lions, bears, turkey, antelope, mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, moose, buffalo, small game, waterfowl, gamebirds, etc.. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with hunting, I have a problem with driving over 1,000 miles to go whitetail deer hunting the week of Thanksgiving. His kids and grandkids live in Wisconsin and now that the grandkids are getting older they beg him to come, and then usually treat him rather poorly once he is there (they are usually convinced by his ex-wife to come to her farm and hunt instead of going with grandpa). It's a nightmare. I used to try to go with him but it absolutely ruins my entire week dealing with all of the trauma and drama.
I actually thought this year (2007) we were going to have nice holiday. I had a cow moose permit so while we were on my moose hunt back in early October I asked what he wanted to do for Thanksgiving and he said he didn't care. I asked three times and each time he said he didn't care and indicated he was open to doing something different - so I booked a stay in Vegas at the Venetian and had some fun and romantic things planned. Five days before we were scheduled to fly out I heard him talking to the oldest of the grandkids on the phone and moaning about having to go to Vegas and that he would rather be hunting. It got ugly. To make a long story short he said he would go to Vegas but wouldn't enjoy it so I cancelled the trip in time to salvage some of the air fare and took a $200 hit for cancelling the hotel package. I figured he could make me miserable at home just as easily as make me miserable in Vegas.
After that experience, and all of the rotten holidays before, I vowed to plan every Thanksgiving well in advance and do whatever I feel like doing without him. I like cruising (BTW, I've been on the cruise from Long Beach to Ensenada several times - a blast!) and there is nothing I'd rather do than get to a warmer climate and see new sights, experience new flavors, relax with a book that doesn't have a thing to do with work, breathe in the sea air, see wildlife we don't have at home (not many seals in Wyoming :o ), enjoy some spa services and come home completely refreshed. I know it's a little more expensive to cruise for the holidays, but cruises are still a great value and by sharing the cost it's not so bad. I would love to do January or February but that's when the trade shows take place that I attend every year for business.
I'm hoping that by posting this early I'll get a cabin mate well in advance and we can still get good pricing. I could easily see a family wanting to go but maybe needing a sane roommate for their elderly mother - that's great too. I'm really easy to get along with.
Are-we-there-yet, if you want to do a summer cruise to Alaska let me know. I've never had the chance to do one of those (my sister went on a Celebrity cruise to Alaska and loved every minute of it) and I'm flexible on dates in July, August or September.
Yamaha, my belated sympathies on all of those bad anniversaries - we ALL deserve better than that! November 30th is our last day of elk season here - I totally understand!!!
Been there done that when I was Idaho resident. Now widow living iin SW Florida. I am very interested in Thanksgiving cruise. Was looking at 8 day So Caribbean balcony. Cost about $1000 each for 2. This is great cruise, 4 days at sea Please contact me if anyone is interested.