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1-16 JUNE 2010

THE PLAN . . .


Tom & Jackie's 2008 Mediterranean Cruise [which can be seen HERE] was in celebration of their 25th Wedding Anniversary.


Their 2009 Mediterranean Cruise [which can be seen HERE] featured the wedding of Jackie's brother, Mike, to Tom's carer, Anne.


This year's cruise will be, as Monty Python would say, something completely different: Fourteen days on board ship, with a one-day tour of New York City.

Of course, as Jackie & Tom's CyberFriends, we are all invited along on the cruise, and to NYC.

On 12 January 2010, Jackie writes:


New York New York,
what a wonderful town!
Where the Bronx is up
and the Battery's down
and the people ride
in a hole in the ground!

Like the three famous sailors, I am going to be in New York for one day only on Monday, 7 June, arriving at 7.30 a.m. on the Queen Mary 2 at Brooklyn harbour (to be confirmed).

Tom has booked another cruise holiday: Six days sailing to New York; eight hours ashore; six days sailing home. AND it's a suite so we will have a butler.

14 January:

I'm starting to get really excited about this cruise, I have the dogs booked into the kennels; organised the carers, Nita & Kelly, who used to work for us before she went to university; she got on great with Lex when we were up in Scotland, so I know I get on with her.

15 January:

Tom thinks the four-hour visit to the Rockefeller Centre will be the best for him, and he wants lunch from a hot dog stand in Central Park, just like all the detectives in the movies have. I'm still waiting for the company to get back to me before we make any final plans. I still can't believe I'm going to NYC.

18 January:

Vega Transportation has been in touch and given me a link to help look at timings & access to plan the visit. The two carers are quite excited about the trip, so I think this one is going to be really good.

21 January:

I'm not a big fan of people, let alone crowds . . . hmmm . . . remind me why I'm going to spend 12 days in a confined space with a lot of people and a day in New York. Oh yes, I remember; it's the shirred eggs & caviar or filet mignon for breakfast.

We looked at sample menus last night; the breakfast one was so big, we never made it to the lunch one. Tom had said he was a bit worried, as we would be eating with all the millionaires as we are in a queen's suite. I said I wasn't; I knew which knife & fork to use and we paid for our ticket just as they have.

Then I saw the menus. I may know what cutlery to use, but I've never heard of the food; I'll have to Google the menus before we go for our meals, so I know what to expect on my plate.

29 March:

I have now received the final itinerary for the cruise, so felt confident enough to make a decision on our day trip in NYC. I have attached the details from Vega Transportation below. I think it should be a really nice day out.

I've booked a guide because we could just wander about aimlessly; with only a few hours, we may miss some interesting places or get lost and not make it back to the ship on time.

Ed Kelley, Director of Sales & Marketing,
Vega Transportation, writes:

My suggestion is that we pick you up at 10 a.m. and drive you to Manhattan, where we will meet the guide at 11 a.m., then four hours with the guide, and leave Manhattan at 3 p.m. back to Red Hook.



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On 31 March, Jackie continues:

We will have a scenic drive to Manhattan, where we meet a professional guide. We will go to the top of the Rockefeller building, visit Central Park, Times Square and anything else that the guide thinks we can squeeze in. Lunch will probably be "on the hoof". So much to see, so little time, although we might stop for a coffee somewhere.

24 May:

I've not even started packing yet. I take the dogs to the luxury hotel, at 10.00 a.m., then home to pack my bag, load the car, check the house is locked, and all the other things, then we plan to leave at 6.00 p.m. It's a bank holiday on Monday, so we hope the traffic will have died down by then.

We should get to the hotel in Southampton about 9.00 p.m.; time for a few gin & tonics before bedtime. The next morning, I have to drop Tom and the cases off at the docks by 11.00 a.m., take the car to the parking place and get the coach back so we can board by Noon to enjoy a champagne lunch.

I finish work at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, so I have all weekend to cut the grass & clean the fish tanks (my friend is coming in daily to feed the fish). I groomed the dogs yesterday so they will just need a quick brush through to keep them tidy looking.

Nita is very excited about the cruise and Tom is getting a bit excited. I just get nervous in case I forget something important, I'll get excited when I board the ship.


Just thinking about putting The Wild Bunch in the kennels makes me miss them, but I think they need a spell away just to let them see how lucky they are to live with me. They have all been so naughty this weekend: Mr Mac grabs Mahri's back leg and runs dragging her. We keep trying to stop him 'cos he will hurt her one day and the monkey did it to me - ran past me, grabbed my ankle en route and put me on my derrière, then leapt about just out of my reach, throwing grass in the aire. I'd swear he was laughing at me. Elle has screamed at everything - birds, rabbits, dogs, dandelions, and Mahri had to help her by barking at them. I was glad to go into work today to give my ears a rest.


Rhode Island

Oh, this is going to be fun . . . .


This was a great start! I'm hooked . . . .
Can't wait for the updates!


Here we go and what fun . . . .

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