Not that we are cruise crazy having only done about nine cruises since 2001.
We have completed cruises of a 28 day cruise duration, 14 days, 10 days , 7 days and a wedding anniversary cruise of 3 days last year (May 2011) on the Golden Princess from Los Angeles to Vancouver.
|Golden Princess at Ogden Point (by Robbar)
It was all sea days, lovely , relaxing and we went from warm to cool days as we cruised up the Pacific Coast. When we docked it was a zoo with four ships in Vancouver at the same time and thankfully I booked us overnight at a boutique Hotel with a chocolate fountain instead of rushing back to Vancouver Island.
The above is to set the stage for this cruise per my prior post.
This year we elected to celebrate our wedding anniversary (May 2012) by another short cruise but on the Island Princess from Los Angeles to Vancouver for 5 days ( a repositioning cruise ).
|Princess Cruises: Island Princess Web Cam (by Princess)
As it would dock in Victoria we received approval to disembark on the 4th day. That would save us the expense of a oneway Air Flight to Victoria from Vancover including an overnight stay in a hotel.
Going down we booked air from Victoria to Los Angeles with an overnight hotel in San Pedro and a minisuite. Then it was to be on to the ship for some sea days and a day in San Francisco, even found a special prepaid SIM card and rate for using our mobile in the USA .
About three weeks prior, got all the papers from my Travel Agent, printed out my Sea and Air tickets including luggage tags. Discovered though that Air Canada only allows one bag per person at a charge while two or more are very expensive.
Two – three weeks prior came down with a cough and felt all would be fine but it developed into a hacking cough all the time and any idea of it being fine to board the ship became very remote.
Saw my physician who said it had gone viral so going onboard a cruise ship would go against the health question form for sure in bringing onboard.
So, two days prior I had to cancel all the arrangements.
It was a tough call but the right one as the hacking cough got worse during what would have been our planned cruise days,
Hopefully we can do this again for 2013