Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MSC Cruising, Take 2

Back in April, Ed and I had a fantastic time on the MSC Divina, enjoying all the musical performances of progressive rock groups on Cruise to the Edge. While we dubbed it the 'cruise to sleep deprivation', there was no question that we'd return to CTTE and the Divina the next time that CTTE left port.

There was a bit of surprise in August. The promoter (On The Blue) was hosting another full ship charter on the MSC Divina, this time for Celtic music, but he hadn't hit the numbers needed to break even on the event, and sent out an announcement to the alums of his other charters that contained a deal too good to pass up. Put it this way: We could either eat, or pay for a hotel for 4 days for the rate we were offered.

The boys were asked 'Would you like to go on a' and we didn't even finish asking before we got excited affirmative replies, so I booked and looked forward to showing Chef and GameTeen all the things that Ed and I had talked about for six months, while also getting to see more of what the Divina had to offer that we missed in our enjoyment of many musical performances.

Now back for over a week, I can say we definitely got in a lot of relaxation, did a bit of running around, and the boys are also fans of cruising (and unlimited buffets!). We added one more country to our list of places traveled (Bahamas), and I added a band to my 'must purchase' music list (Gaelic Storm).

Some pictures from our adventures:

Celtic Thunder banners, before they were hung around the Promenade


The first of many cocktails enjoyed over the four days


GameTeen enjoying the move into open waters from the Miami harbor


Morning in Nassau, Bahamas



Sunset in Nassau


Moonlight as we slowly travel to Coco Cay, Bahamas


Chef enjoying a nap beside the indoor pool


The view of Coco Cay from the Divina


One of the pictures from my short trip over to Coco Cay, with the Divina behind me


The last tender back to Coco Cay








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