It was our first cruise.

We were to travel from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas and back. And while I was looking forward to it, I wasn’t sure cruising would be my forte. To think I might be confined to a boat for six days felt a little stifling. I am more of a wanderer, a free spirit, and there would be others/strangers in my space.


But it was our idea to gather the family for a Disney Cruise to bring in the New Year. We ranged in age from 3 – 85, and I must say, The Disney Wonder set the bar for future cruises. Not only, was it a great way to gather family, there was something for everyone, any time of day.

Including me.

I was up everyday with the sun while the rest of the boat seemed to be sleeping off the previous evenings fireworks. Mine were in the morning.

And up at dawn means I didn’t miss a thing.

Every port called for a sail-a-wave party.

Everyday was a day for fun and/or sun. The kids loved the pools and splash pads, and the cloudy days brought opportunities for juggling instruction, trivia competitions, and drawing classes. And there was no shortage of great company.

Excursions took us to both Cabo and Ensenada, Mexico. The picturesque beach cities along the Baja Peninsula offered shopping, local cuisine, adventure, and beach fun.

And we come away with cherished memories and surprises…for the grandchildren. Pirate night was their favorite.

Yo Ho, Yo Ho. a pirate’s life for me…..

The best portion of your life will be those moments you spend smiling with those who matter to you.

Wind Kisses, Donna

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