[December 31, 2018 Alexandria, VA, US]
New Year’s Eve 2018 was spent in Washington DC onboard one of the two dozen or so remaining operational paddle boats, the “Cherry Blossom”. It was a rainy and foggy night. Very foggy. In fact is was soooo foggy, you could not see the fireworks at midnight! Just bright flashes in the sky. At the very very end, we saw five or six faint fireworks. I think this was the first time I have been fogged in during a fireworks display…
That was fun in itself, as it was a totally different experience: on a paddle boat, in the middle of the Potomac, visibility near zero and you knew there were other boats out there… To top it off, as more and more fireworks were set of, the more and more dense it got. Eerie kinda cool.
Inside the mood was very festive, with the three hour cruise (10:00pm to 1:00am). There was a ton of sandwiches and finger foods including dessert. There was no shortage of food, which was different – I expected the food to run out just like most large events. Nope, food was there all throughout the cruise. And of course beer, wine, and spirits too. All included in one price. Oh and sparkling wine at midnight of course. So it was a fun fun cruise.
The paddle boat, the Cherry Blossom, is open to a public cruise only twice a year – New Year’s Eve and July 4th. So, if I am in DC on the 4th, I will definitely do the cruise again, and this time (hopefully) no fog! Here are some pictures from the cruise (click on the pic or the link to view them all):
New Year’s Eve 2018 Washington DC River Cruise
Here is information on the paddle boat, Cherry Blossom.
[OCT 07-23 2015, Camden, UK]
So I have been to the UK a bunch of times and posting the same pics each would be not-to-exciting. So, this time, I stayed in Camden and took the canal boat from the Camden Lock to Paddington. If you ant speed, take the tube; if you want to go slow, take the boat. About an hours ride.
This boat started at Camden Lock and went to Paddington. Now there are canal boats that go through the lock itself so that might be cool to do next time… Anyway, here are the pics:
Canal Boat ride from Camden Lock to Paddington
[Aug 28, 2014 – Sep 01, 2014, Prodvinciales, Turks and Caicos Islands]
This is my vacation from my vacation. Just relax and do nothing weekend at Club Med booked through SinglesCruise.com. No, it’s not a cruise, it was a land only thing. The picture below is from the Sunset Cruise on Friday night. For more pictures, click on the pic or link below 🙂
Sunset Cruise on Friday
[November 12-19, 2011 – Miami – St. Martin – St. Thomas – Bahamas]
Okay, went on another SinglesCruise.com cruise. This time I hit all the islands (St. Martin, St. Thomas and The Bahamas) that I have not yet been to, so that was a bonus. I think this was the biggest singles group I was with, something like 120 or so cruisers.
In addition, the NCL Epic has a “studio lounge” section where solo travelers can get a room by themselves and not pay the double-occupancy rate. There is an accompanying solo lounge and we also have our own ship’s solo cruisers gathering every night at 5:30 for an hour or two. We get our own cruise director, Natalie and our own bartender, Joyce. So that was an awesome setup. Skip the massive hoards of people on deck. (And the lounge turns into a breakfast area with Yvette in the morning so again, a nice quite private area in the morning.)
So between the SinglesCruise.com activities, Solo Lounge Activities, and my own island exploration, it was a hopping cruise. Here are the pictures from the cruise. I shot about 900 pictures and edited the list down to 453. (That’s a record number of pictures I took in a week). Even with 900, I still ha non-duplicated fuzzy pictures so I loaded those on the slide show too. Have fun!
Singles Cruise on the NCL Epic
[June 10 – June 14, 2010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL] This was a four day long weekend cruise with singlescruise.com. As usual, there was a day before party at a designated hotel Bahia Mar Resort (sorry, no pictures from there). A few dozen showed up. (The whole group was a little over 70.) The group was more or less cohesive throughout the cruise so it was more fun than my previous experience (where everyone just splits up into mini-groups and do their own thing). This is the most massive number of pictures I have taken, so I hope you have a good internet connection! 347 pictures!!!
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas