Sunday, September 2, 2018

Saying goodbye is hard to do

The Allure of the Seas
Puerto Casa Maya
August 31, 2018
Chris and I and the family walked down the gangway of The Allure of the Seas this morning for the last time officially ending the retirement cruise. It was sad. We had experienced a fantastic week aboard the grand ship and visited four fun ports of call. We were blessed with good weather, fair seas, and light winds. Amazingly, there was no rain and the sun shone brightly on us all week until our return to Fort Lauderdale this morning.

The Allure was a majestic and fun-filled ship. The food was very good, the entertainment was fabulous and the libations flowed freely.

I resisted the urge to purchase a gaudy, large watch that I do not need. But the shopping was fun.

In the coming days I will bore you, my readers, with stories and images, both still and video, of the family's adventures of the past week.

August turned into September while we were away and that means that summer's end is drawing near. Sadly. It is Labor Day weekend. Tomorrow is a holiday for me to recover before heading back into day-to-day life.

Looking back on the week, I loved sitting on the balcony of our stateroom enjoying the sunrises or just looking at the ocean as it raced past the ship. At night we were often treated to bright stars and lightening on the horizon. We did not get to enjoy any sunsets as they happened during dinner time and we dined in the middle of the Grand Restaurant in the aft portion of the ship.

The trip was even more special, however, because the entire family had the opportunity to sail with us. We were a bit apprehensive about how it would work out, but it was great! It was good to be with our children, their spouses, and our grandsons for an entire week. I believe we all bonded together and overcame the fractures caused by the daily grind. It can be tough getting 10 people to all head in the same direction and so we allowed plenty of alone time for the individual families.

And now I am winging my way home to Maryland.

Soon this week will be a distant memory, but our family will always be closer for having spent the time together.

Thank you Royal Caribbean and Allure of the Seas for a memorable voyage.

— Bob Doan, writing from 35,000 feet over the Carolinas
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