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Relax and Refresh

3/24/2014
Sometimes we get so mentally and physically exhausted, we have no choice but to take some time to relax and refresh.  I have just returned from a wonderful week of doing just that.  My husband and I took the Holland America Western Caribbean cruise.  We had a veranda room with our own private little deck and we just relaxed.  A cruise is always great if you enjoy good food, no work, and being treated like royalty.

We really needed time off so we did not take any of the island tours and took part in very few activities on the ship.  I woke up several times at night and sat on the veranda in the wee small hours, smelling the salty sea and listening to the water bubble and swirl as the ship cut through it.  We had a young man who took care of our room.  Hendry was like an invisible little elf.  We rarely saw him but every time we returned to our room he had tidied and cleaned everything.  For an entire week I did nothing - not even make my bed.  I wish I had Hendry here.  It's really a jolt to suddenly have to cook and clean again.

Cruising gives so many wonderful memories.  I think meeting new people is the best part of cruising.  This trip we were seated several times in the dining room with Anna and her daughter Cathy.  Meeting them and talking with them was really great.  It was so nice to recognize them as we roamed the ship.  We also met Marsha and Robert.  It's meeting people that you really relate to that makes the cruise ship a real home away from home.  I hope we keep in touch with these folks for many years.

I can't say enough for Holland America, the crew and the workers on the ship.  It is obvious they are all committed to making each guest feel like the most important person on the ship.  I am sure we will cruise again with Holland America.



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