Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

1st day at sea-a reality of the cruising life-good health is valued...

After patient & partner are loaded safely aboard the rescue 'copter; it's...

Beautiful sunset of the 2nd day & 2nd medical emergency that altered...

as close as we got to Great Inagua Island, while we waited...

We are ready to enjoy the "World Class Dining" at the select...

"Wow" what a dinner! Maine Lobster, King Crab, Steak & Champagne-a night...

"Old father time 2009" getting in his last few "kicks" left in...

"Father time 2009" with Cruise Director, Jamie Logan & Captain Genemario Sangeovetti

"Baby New Year" sucking on his preferred bottle

"Wild" conga dancing by all guests & crew at the New Year

beautiful, bouncing "babes" or a least they looked that way at midnight,...

"Baby New Year" finishing his bottle for the night


Our 1st few days upon launching our 2010 Bonus World Cruise started with a few missteps and reverence for appreciating life and good health. For the past 2 days our cruise has been interrupted with 2 cruise passengers (& their spouse/partners) having medical emergencies serious enough to have one medi-vac'ed by the Coast Guard back to a Miami hospital (yes, we had to turn around for 6+ hrs. to get w/in 80 miles of Miami so the only available Coast Guard rescue helicopter, at the time could get the affected passenger & return). The next day, another passenger experienced the same, or similar medical emergency but was in better health to be evacuated by helicopter again, to Great Inagua in the Turks & Caicos Island chain. The rescue operations were interesting but were limited by staff & crew keeping all passengers inside, away from the staging area (top deck that had been cleared of all lounge chairs or anything else not lashed down or secured to the ship).

We hope all of our other fellow passengers (and ourselves) have excellent health for the rest of the cruise. Time for a sunset cocktail (or two or more!!!) On to our "technical stop" (of at least an hour as required by the Jones Act of international travel) of Cartagena, Columbia, then though the Panama Canal, to Puntarenas, Costa Rica, the West Coast of Mexico, (& Baja) & then, Bon Voyage! (the actual World Cruise starts in San Diego--or we think so and hope nothing changes).

Debbie Alpert, Ellie's daughter is joining us for 3 legs of our cruise & will fly back home to Tampa from Hong Kong. She is getting accustomed to "luxury cruising," enjoying the caviar & champagne, Cordon Bleu dining, World class service and tasteful accommodations. Ellie & I are gradually remembering all the wonderful features of the ship & "extras" that we learned about from our past World Cruise. This Cruise is truly a "Bonus" and greatly savored, in that we are getting this lifetime experience twice!

New Year's eve dinner was sumptuous and the festivities of New Year was a "wild" party by lots on this cruise. We will be in Cartagena by tomorrow morning & "immediately" setting sail for the Panama Canal



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