Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I've been comtemplating a cruise. I must be nuts!! Got it in my head that I might like to hop on a ship and go to Nova Scotia, Maine, Mass. etc. this fall.  Like I say I must be nuts. The squirrels have done been messing with my thinking cap.

So, I get online and look up cruises going north. The shiplines used to depart from Norfolk, right in my neck of the woods, but all they do now, I think, is the Carribean area cruises. Don't want to go south.

Now, I was getting excited about the whole thing but then I got to thinking. Dang, that thinking gets me in all kinds of trouble. I remember being aboard a ship once, long ago, and it was AWFUL..

The family sailed out of Honolulu for San Francisco after Elbert's tour of duty in Hawaii and Midway Island was over. He thought it would be a fantastic experience for us. There is that THINKING getting someone in trouble again.

Here we are with three children, a 7 year old, a 3 year old and one that is not quite 2. Elbert's years as a sailor makes him think that we will be fine. There was one problem. Mama (that's me) got very seasick - I mean I got seasick before we ever cleared the harbor and, I stayed that way for 9/10th of the trip (which, by the way, took an entire week). I could keep from upchucking if I lay in my bunk and didn't lift my head so it was Dad's duty to take the children to the mess hall for each meal. Poor babies, they were hungry little buggars. The steward would ask, 'Missy sick again?' and he'd send me crackers and oranges. Great way to lose weight but you don't want to try it. Trust me!!

Oh, did I tell you that we were on a Navy transport ship, a far cry from the luxury liners they have today. No comfy stateroom. No, we had four bunks in our cabin, maybe a chair and a built in bureau. That was, after all, over 50 years ago. Do you think perhaps the pharmaceutial companies have come up with better seasick medicine by now?

I'll let you know if I think it's worth taking a chance on. Hmmmm... there I go thinking again. Bad sign.


  1. We went on a cruise to St Thomas, St Croix...Bahamas...LOVED it!
    The ships today are nicely built but be SURE to go on a cruise line that does Not cater to the young bunch (unless you like screaming, drunks etc).
    Can't wait to see what you decide!

  2. I have never been on a cruise. They
    sound so nice but I would hate to be sick the whole time. I can't wait to hear if you go and what you think!

  3. I've never been on a cruise and have no intentions of going on one, but I THINK you should go. I THINK you would enjoy it!

  4. I'm voting on you going on a cruise. They have patches to go on your ears and meds to prevent sea sickness..... plus the cruising ships are smoother than what you experienced.

  5. Except for the sea sickness....it sounds like a great adventure! I admire you for contemplating it, no matter what you decide.~~~ (I enjoyed your comment about my Moses post....his Mother was probably a mixture of bravery and desperation. Good thing God was in control)

  6. My goodness you were so thin and glamorous to be a seasick mom of three! I have been on one cruise and it was awful for me too, though not for the same reason. I was actually expecting our first baby (she's 30 now) but I wasn't seasick. I just didn't enjoy it. Too windy and the food wasn't good. I doubt I'll ever sail again although I am a pirate ...

  7. By the way Latane, I hope you don't mind my saying this publicly but you have my condolences on the loss of your husband in January. My father-in-law went home to Heaven on January 8th, 2011. He was 85. We are headed up to Ohio this week to see my mother-in-law for the first time since the funeral. They were married 62 years and it has been a difficult time of adjustment for her. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a happy Independence Day holiday! And please do come back and visit me at IHATH!

  8. Hello Latane. I don't think you should let a terrible ship ride that happened so long ago influence you!!!! Go and enjoy! Look who is talking...ME...I have never been on a big ship..LOL!...give me our ski boat anyday. But I am anxious to know what you decide. This is a great post....again.



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