It's a nice way, though, to finish our vacation and solidify the memories of what was a very, very good vacation. It's now hard to rank our cruises. Our first was incredible because it was a lovely cruise and it was our first. Our second had fantastic on board entertainment with what we're coming to understand as the king of cruise directors and we met what have proven to be some really neat friends in Pete and Moe. Our third would be ranked last for a number of reasons, but we can't overlook our great time on Grenada on that trip, as well as the fact that I was formally introduced to cricket, one of my now-favorite sports to watch. 2014's cruise didn't surpass #2 or #1, but it's got to be considered among their company if for no other reason because this trip included Aruba and, from my perspective, some fun photography opportunities. More on this below.
We left at the crack of dawn on Sunday, 2/2. I'm not real crazy about Sunday to Sunday trips, particularly this year when I'll return to work within 18 hours of arriving home while running The Clinic solo. (Other-Dr. Gates, or ODG as he's known in my online community of veterinarians, left yesterday for St. Croix.) But this cruise had the itinerary we wanted, and S-to-S was a worthwhile price to pay.
Our first stop was St. Thomas. Jenn and I have come to not care too much about stops in St. Thomas. We made it a priority to get off the island, so we booked an excursion on The Jester. This was the perfect way to enjoy St. Thomas.
Next on our family travel and vacation agenda is Disney World this October with Grandma Laura and Grandpa Dave. The kids are already as excited as they know how to be, and I anticipate this will only increase as they grow through the summer.
After that, the travel plans for 2015 are very much up in the air as I move to add a new doctor at The Clinic. Their competence, and my comfort level with leaving The Clinic in their hands, will impact when and where Jenn and I take our next marriage-building vacation.