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all i want is to be your harbour

Posted on: 12 February 2011

I can still feel the ship moving under my feet. Pitch and roll, pitch and roll. Though not as much as the first day back.

Last fall, Kevin’s good friend and mentor from Minneapolis invited us on a ten-day eastern Caribbean cruise. Something about accumulated credit card points. We’d sort-of-not-really cruised once before, a brief two-night sailing tucked into our honeymoon in 2008. It was a timeshare promo thing. The ship was old and cramped, and last I read it had been sent to the scrapyard.

A good first cruise, since we had nothing with which to compare it. But nothing like the Celebrity Equinox. She’s breathtaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t think I really believed it was for real until the week before departure. Then I blitzed about, reading everything I could think to find – reviews, weather forecasts, deck plans.

It was a dream.

Snorkelling in St. Thomas. Souvenir hunting in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Swimming in Barbados. Cavorting in Middleham Falls in Dominica, a rainforest monsoon drenching us on the hike there and the Caribbean sun drying us off on the way back. Sifting for shells in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Dancing with Sandor. Balmy air and pearly sunrises. Silken waters and silver coastline and blue, blue horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not usually reluctant to be back from vacation … there’s always been a sense of, “Ah, that was fun, but it’s nice to be home.” This time, though, I MISS EVERYTHING. And I feel kind of idiotic because obviously it’s the cruise line’s objective to build this alternate reality for me, why is it so hard to wake from the dream?

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