Sunday, December 20, 2009

Getting Ready

Six months of talking and now we are down to one week for our luggage pick up. Sounds like a simple chore but really it is monumental. Everything we need, medicine, casual clothes, dressy clothes, touring clothes, warm weather,cold weather, books, glasses,hats, sun tan lotion, has to fit in our suitcase and then in our stateroom.

I have read about the ports where we are stopping, and they are all very exciting. Picking shore excursions is very hard. I want to do them all.

Marcia and Don Stone introduced us to their cousins who are seasoned cruisers. Their suggestions have really been helpful. They told me to go on Cruise Critic and follow the thread to the Amsterdam World Cruise. I have met many people who will be on the cruise and we are joining them for 3 tours. Also going to have a meet and greet on the first sailing day. Of course we are the newbees, and I look forward to their travel skills to teach us along the way.


  1. Hello from California (the final leg of your trip) - looking forward to seeing you!

  2. Well, it looks like I'll be able to send you a comment from time to time. Know you will have a wonderful time.

  3. The blog looks great! I'm excited to follow you on your journey, and Mike and I are looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town (fingers crossed!). Have a safe start to your trip!

  4. Hi Lourie, It's Thurs. Jan 7 at 6:30 pm and it's snowing very heavily. I tried to read your Grand World Tour blog, but I can only get the title and no message. Can you write it again?

  5. Hi Lourie and Bill
    My third attempt....may have to wait till I get to Florida to get help. Can't wait for Feb 1..want to get out of the cold. Now that I'm packing I realize we won't be seeing you this year. We'll miss our beach partners. (Hopefully it will warm up enough for the beach) Love reading your blog. Sounds like a great trip so far. Love, Dee and Chuck

  6. Hi,
    Love reading your blogs. Trip sounds wonderful and it sounds like both of you are enjoying it. Wish I was with you. Can't believe that you have been gone three weeks already. Having the Regals, Regals, Gellers, Katz's and Zetzer's for dinner tonight we'll miss you!!! Give Bill a hug for me and tell him to give you one from Nick.
    Diane & Nick

  7. i loved our condo! we are coming back next year! i loved reading your blog! everyone says hi! we are at dianes house for dinner!we miss you and love you! ed and faye