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Boats, Planes and Automobiles: Adventures a-plenty!

April 6, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens

So today is recovery day. Tomorrow I hope I will be able to walk a straight hallway without feeling like I'm swaying or carrying/pushing 40+ pounds worth of luggage.

We spent our Easter holiday on a cruise ship to the Bahamas, bookended by a couple of days in the Palm Beach/Ft. Lauderdale parts of Florida. There were several ups and downs, even though the sea was calm. My mother - who was kind enough to share this trip with us - pointed out this cruise line did a bait-and-switch on her. Our "upgraded" suites were merely small rooms, and in one case barely a cubby hole that could fit a full-size bed. The cruise ship was overbooked, so there was no way to change rooms. But we resolved the issue ourselves (we had to do that a lot on this cruise) by spending more time poolside and the kids splash pool area instead.

There were other misfires, such as the shuttle bus driver we nicknamed "screwy Luey." Not only did he refuse to listen to directions (which resulted in missed turns and extra time directing him to turn around and NOT drive the full length of a road marked "Dead End - Service Road Only") we were also outrageously overcharged for the privilege. Luey also may have had some "issues" when we decided to rent a car for the rest of our time in Florida. (We didn't answer his several phone calls to our cell phone to find out.)

But the gorgous sunshine and palm tree scenery in both Florida and the Bahamas made up for the mishaps. I found myself wondering why I don't live in Florida instead... until I watched the 10 o'clock news. Living in paradise has its dark side.

This trip definitely made me appreciate "Minnesota nice" and good customer service much more. (In fact, the most helpful service worker we ran into was a graduate from the University of Minnesota!) There are several more anectdotes from the trip, but most importantly was the time with my family and the fun "adventure" memories that will last the rest of our lives.



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