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Old 02-19-2015, 08:26 PM   #21
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:34 PM   #22
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A proud graduate of Francis Howell High School (the original one) here. When I left home in 1977 to join the Navy, we lived in Harvester. My mother lives in O'Fallon now and my sister in St. Peters.
Hah, you left one year before me (although I came back a couple of summers in college), and I had a cousin or two in school with you in the original "year round school program." Small world--and CardsFan came in as we were leaving. :-)

My mom and all my sibs (aunts, uncles, cousins) still live in the county, so I get there once or twice a year. Still a cards fan, via box scores; "take the boy out of the country, but not the country out of the boy."
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We were on a road trip in our current home grounds when we decided to never go back.

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Athena: I've taken my elderly mother on flights to Europe - same concerned. While she could still fly, we flew business class to make the flight easier on her - more room, fewer people in close proximity. It is expensive, but better than not going.
We switched to Business Class a long time ago; between using miles when we could and going to Europe less often, we managed it and yes, it did make a difference, but DH still got sick.

I like 2017ish's idea of a freighter, though! Will discuss it with DH. We're both big readers and we're not interested in the mega-sized cruise ships, but this might be interesting.
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Athena, have you considered something like this? https://www.freightercruises.com/sea..._news_1109.php Don't know if it would be my cup of tea or not, but seems like a possibility for someone like your DH--at least if both of you would be content with a long period to catch up on some serious reading.
Thanks for that link - just thought I'd take a peek, and spent about an hour reading passenger stories, and reviewing routes. DW is not at all interested in cruises, and I'd likely feel rather "trapped" on a floating city cruise ship; but the freighter cruise is certainly a niche idea. Marginally economical in comparison, but it doesn't appear to be entirely without the basic creature comforts. The idea of crating up "stuff" to take along is kind of appealing for various adventure travel, i.e. European motorcycle trip.

Too many mornings of subzero temps, coupled with our first year of wintering ER has me searching for cures to cabin fever!
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Thanks for that link - just thought I'd take a peek, and spent about an hour reading passenger stories, and reviewing routes. DW is not at all interested in cruises, and I'd likely feel rather "trapped" on a floating city cruise ship; but the freighter cruise is certainly a niche idea. Marginally economical in comparison, but it doesn't appear to be entirely without the basic creature comforts. The idea of crating up "stuff" to take along is kind of appealing for various adventure travel, i.e. European motorcycle trip.

Too many mornings of subzero temps, coupled with our first year of wintering ER has me searching for cures to cabin fever!
First Athena and now Theseus! If you go, be careful on the color of your sails.

My wife and I are both in the mostly anti-cruise camp, although we may make exceptions for Antarctica, Alaska, and some rivers. Otherwise, 18 passenger dive boat is pretty big for us. In Cozumel, where we tend to pass closely by the docked behemoths, our boat is less than the size of their lifeboats!

The freighters do look interesting though. Would love to hear stories/reports if anyone goes that route.
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I'm glad that you all are planning or have experienced some great transition trips that I guess were an unfulfilled desire at some point, for some.

Frank and I have been too busy enjoying retirement to even think about traveling. Retired life has been great, and so full of fun and new experiences! Just the idea of even planning a trip like many of you have described sounds like work, or at least something I'd rather put off indefinitely.

So far in retirement, I don't even have time yet to explore most of the fun available on the spur of the moment right here in New Orleans.



I thoroughly hate the high crime level here, but other than that I am so glad we decided to stay in this amazing and endlessly fascinating city.
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I went to Hawaii for two weeks shortly after RE. This would probably not be considered a "big trip" but it was my first time visiting Hawaii (Maui and Oahu) and it was so wonderful to have two whole weeks to relax and enjoy it!
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I did not do a 'Big Trip'. Instead, I took two international vacations the year after I retired, one in the Spring, the other in the Fall. Both avoided the busy summer tourist season and were somewhat lower in price. Not bad.

The most important trip is the one your mind takes as you explore your new freedom.
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My wife and I are both in the mostly anti-cruise camp, although we may make exceptions for Antarctica, Alaska, and some rivers. Otherwise, 18 passenger dive boat is pretty big for us. In Cozumel, where we tend to pass closely by the docked behemoths, our boat is less than the size of their lifeboats!
I highly recommend Uncruise.com (formerly Innersea Discoveries) if you're the same type of "anti-cruise" DH and I are. We took them through Alaska twice- the ship held 75 passengers. They're very focused on nature and learning and there are no casinos, Broadway shows, art auctions, etc. The only excursion for which I paid extra was snorkeling because you need to be well-equipped before jumping into 42-degree water. I think that was $40. They're pricey, but that's because they don't get any profits from casinos, places they send you to shop, etc. The ships are US-flagged and the crew generally have advanced degrees in areas such as Marine Biology.

I don't have any financial interest in the company- just LOVE this type of cruising and want to let people know it's available.
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I highly recommend Uncruise.com (formerly Innersea Discoveries) if you're the same type of "anti-cruise" DH and I are. We took them through Alaska twice- the ship held 75 passengers. They're very focused on nature and learning and there are no casinos, Broadway shows, art auctions, etc. The only excursion for which I paid extra was snorkeling because you need to be well-equipped before jumping into 42-degree water. I think that was $40. They're pricey, but that's because they don't get any profits from casinos, places they send you to shop, etc. The ships are US-flagged and the crew generally have advanced degrees in areas such as Marine Biology.

I don't have any financial interest in the company- just LOVE this type of cruising and want to let people know it's available.
+1000 I have been beating their drum a while now, did Alaska, Hawaii, Sea of Cortez, and have booked the Galapagos with them.
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I highly recommend Uncruise.com (formerly Innersea Discoveries) if you're the same type of "anti-cruise" DH and I are. We took them through Alaska twice- the ship held 75 passengers. They're very focused on nature and learning and there are no casinos, Broadway shows, art auctions, etc. The only excursion for which I paid extra was snorkeling because you need to be well-equipped before jumping into 42-degree water. I think that was $40. They're pricey, but that's because they don't get any profits from casinos, places they send you to shop, etc. The ships are US-flagged and the crew generally have advanced degrees in areas such as Marine Biology.

I don't have any financial interest in the company- just LOVE this type of cruising and want to let people know it's available.
Thanks for the link. We've done some very small boat cruises, but it has been a while now.

We did a nice Alaska 100 passenger cruise with Cruise West (now defunct), and The Oceanic Society arranges very small boat trips in ocean mammal habitats. 100 passengers is the largest we've ever done.

Oceanic Society expeditions: http://www.oceanicsociety.org/expeditions
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I highly recommend Uncruise.com (formerly Innersea Discoveries) if you're the same type of "anti-cruise" DH and I are. We took them through Alaska twice- the ship held 75 passengers. They're very focused on nature and learning and there are no casinos, Broadway shows, art auctions, etc. The only excursion for which I paid extra was snorkeling because you need to be well-equipped before jumping into 42-degree water. I think that was $40. They're pricey, but that's because they don't get any profits from casinos, places they send you to shop, etc. The ships are US-flagged and the crew generally have advanced degrees in areas such as Marine Biology.

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I join in the consensus--from the link it looks intriguing. I've forwarded to my travel agent (aka "DW").
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We switched to Business Class a long time ago; between using miles when we could and going to Europe less often, we managed it and yes, it did make a difference, but DH still got sick.

I like 2017ish's idea of a freighter, though! Will discuss it with DH. We're both big readers and we're not interested in the mega-sized cruise ships, but this might be interesting.
If you are interested in freighter's go to cruise critic . There is a guy who wrote a blog on his freighter experience . It was eye opening . It's under special interest cruising .
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My first big trip after retirement was to the exotic land of upstate New York to meet my first grandson and take care of my daughter . I flew in a snow storm and part of it was on a tiny plane that had to be de iced several times and then a scarey ride from the airport but it was all worth it . That was seven years ago today !
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We did a nice Alaska 100 passenger cruise with Cruise West (now defunct) <snip>
UnCruise took over many of CruiseWest's ships, including one we took. One night on board we heard a presentation by the First Mate about taking the ship out of drydock where it had been sitting for years and making it seaworthy again; she was pretty much in charge of the entire rehab project.


ETA: DH and I were watching a Great Courses lecture on the world's most spectacular geological sites last night. The professor keeps mentioning Iceland and the next lecture is on Iceland. Will probably watch it tonight. We've also been through a lecture series on the Vikings and DH and I are fascinated by early versions of English. Icelandic is so close to Old English they don't need to read Beowulf in translation. DH was in Iceland during his years in the Navy; I've always wanted to visit.

I think Business Class for 2 people to Iceland in August might be manageable; there's a 6-hour nonstop from Toronto and we could spend a couple days in Toronto on either side to minimize wear and tear. DH has said that what really wears him out are the plane changes, the long layovers even though we buy lounge day passes, and (probably, but he's too polite to say it), watching me have anxiety attacks over late flights and possible missed connections. I'm far more laid-back when we're not dependent on a connection.

Fingers crossed- I hope this happens!
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