Archive for 2002

Holiday Newsletter – 2002

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Season’s Greetings,

This year has flown by. More accurately, it sailed by. To mark our 25th anniversary, Kris and I took our first cruise. Although we were initially a bit concerned that cruising might not be our cup of tea, the experience was extremely waverunenjoyable. Our first try at jet skiing was especially memorable. We should have tried it years ago. Oh well…

Kris is settling in to her new teaching career. Although her workweek is still incredibly…

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Letter from Celebrity Cruises

This is the letter I received from Celebrity Cruises in response to the Galaxy cruise story on CruiseCritic.

Dear ChesterH:

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ms. X, and I am the Director of Loyalty and Direct Marketing Programs for Celebrity Cruises. We have very much enjoyed your dialogue(and of course your wonderful cruise review) on Cruise Critic, and it occurs to me that we might be able to do each other a favor.

It seems that you may still have a bit of a case of island fever (Irie mon), and might be tempted to step aboard…

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Coco Cay – Sample Chapter from What Time Is the Midnight Buffet?

Friday, July 26, 2002

We were due to anchor off Coco Cay at 10:00, with passenger transfers beginning at 10:30. When we awoke at a little before 9:00, the ship was stationary. Off the verandah a small flat island was visible, a couple of squat structures rising above everything else. The sun was winning the battle for dominance, and the seas were sloshing at 1-3 feet. A ferry carrying staff and supplies was halfway to the island, and another was loading directly below us.

Raj set breakfast up on the verandah, and we watched the preparations continue. A pair…

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Some reader comments from the original cruise story posting

Cool Cruiser
08-25-02, 08:03 AM
Thanks so much, Mr. X!!!
I have been one of your VERY loyal followers for the entire 3 weeks. I have absolutely loved your review series. Each installment, I felt like I was reliving my Galaxy Eastern Caribbean cruise from last spring while learning much about the Western Caribbean cruise experience that my husband and I will be enjoying this fall.

It is with great sadness that I see your series come to an end (although I’ll be sure to

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