Cruise Stories

There are four stories in this series, and all were originally posted on CruiseCritic.com. One of the stories is now an award-winning book, and the other three are here for your enjoyment.

  1. 25th Anniversary Cruise on Celebrity Galaxy – The first story chronicles our inaugural cruise, a ten-day Caribbean jaunt aboard Celebrity’s Galaxy in celebration of our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. The response to this story was so overwhelming that Celebrity Cruises invited us to take a second trip, gratis. Eventually the story was released as a book, What Time Is the Midnight Buffet? Read this excerpt from our jet ski adventure.
  2. Father and Son Cruise on Celebrity Mercury – Kris was unable to accompany me on the free trip, so I took our son Ryan who had just been discharged from the Marines and was adjusting to civilian life. We had a blast, and this became the second story.
  3. Cruising With Teenagers on Celebrity Millennium – The third story describes the experience of cruising with teenagers. Kris and I took our then 18 year-old son, Wells, and his best friend, Dan, on a cruise aboard Celebrity’s Millennium. It was a coming of age trip for them, and a true test of parenting skills for us.  What a trip…
  4. Cruising With the Mothers on Holland America’s Maasdam – By this time we were full-fledged cruise junkies, and decided to introduce more family members to the joys of ocean travel. Kris and I invited our mothers to join us on Holland America’s Maasdam on a charter sponsored by Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion gang. I’m still working on this fourth story, but there’s plenty (chapters 1-25) to keep you amused and busy. Use the RSS subscription service to keep up with new developments.
Bon Voyage!


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