I’m leaving on a cruise today for a few days. It was a last minute booking that I made once I realized that Rosh Hashanah, which starts next Friday at sundown, coincides with my Catholic husband’s birthday. We’ll be spending next weekend apart, but with our respective children, with me in
So a few weeks ago, I started looking for something to do this weekend, the weekend before his birthday, to celebrate. And the cruises were inexpensive. We’ve cruised before. My husband had been on many cruises before we started dating but I was a virgin. My first cruise was with him after we had been together awhile. Because he has cruised so many times, we are Diamond Members on Royal Caribbean. I got to marry in to the membership. This allows us to board and disembark separately from the masses. We get a special cocktail party during the cruise where we get to meet the captain. And a few other amenities which add to the fun.
My husband started going on cruises years ago as a way to escape his restaurant world. On a cruise, you don’t have to drive, cook, or clean and cell phone use is so prohibitively expensive that we keep ours off the entire time. And you only have to talk to other people on the ship if you want to. Plus we live in South Florida and it is easy to get to Port Everglades or the
With the help of my neighborhood girlfriends, I’ve arranged the kids’ pick-ups from school for today and tomorrow. They’re with their father this weekend and he can just pick them up at my friend’s house. Being divorced makes it fairly easy for me to pack my bags and take-off. I’ll miss the kids. I always do. But they’re in good hands. And they wouldn’t be at my house this weekend anyway.
So we leave today. Our cruise stops in
We’ll be back first thing Monday morning. Rested, relaxed and renewed. Ready to celebrate the start of the Jewish New Year and looking forward to all it has to offer.
Bon Voyage. Wish you could come with us. Maybe next time?