Upcoming trip plans
Posted on Nov 11, 2013 by
I guess it`s that time of the year when we start planning our trip(s). In my case, I have trips already planned for 2 years.2009 was just finalized tonight, and I`m really excited about it. It will be back to Europe, but quite unique. This year, we`re going to the Hawaiian islands in July; and in November, we`re going to Tennessee, Walt Disney World in Florida, and a 5-day cruise out ofUpcoming trip plans to Cozumel and Belize. Next year, we`re going back to Tennessee in the spring. Then the trip to Europe starts in late August. This is what we have finally decided on: We`re going to fly to Boston and stay overnight and the next day until our flight at 6:30 p.m. to Dublin. (Since I can`t take flying straight from the West Coast to Europe without a break anymore, we`ve decided we`re going to start breaking up the flights from now on.) My daughter picked the Parker House in Boston, and it`s right on the Heritage Trail, so we`ll have time to explore it again. We`re flying Aer Lingus (Ireland`s national airline) to Dublin, and then staying 4 or 5 nights at the RitzCarlton near Powerscourt. After that, we`re flying to London, and Royal Caribbean will pick us up at the airport and take us to Harwich embark on the Jewel of the Seas. Now listen to this itinerary for the trans-Atlantic cruise (first time they`ve ever gone to Iceland): Harwich, England; Le Havre (Paris), France; Cherbourg, France; Cork, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. John`s, Newfoundland; Boston, Massachusetts. I`ll be able to see Paris again, and -- this time -- the battlefields in Normandy (last time we had a port call in Cherbourg, we went to the Saire Valley instead). And Cork is where my father`s side of the family came from and where there are pages of Goggin(s) in their phonebook, so I`m excited about seeing it again. Belfast will be new, and - of course - Iceland. St. John`s, Newfoundland was a port I was supposed to go to on my New England / Maritime Canada cruise years ago, but had to be skipped because of a huge storm with high winds. The captain announced very early in the morning that he had to turn around away from the storm. That day was all at sea and quite stormy, but I enjoyed walking around the decks (the only person who did this) and feeling like I was really on a ship. The cruise ends in Boston, and we`ll fly back to San Diego that day. I can hardly wait for this trip! I`d love to hear what YOU have planned.