Bummer. My Iceland cruise is essentially sold out. I rather go in 2016 when I can get the type of cabin I’d like.
So, we’re now looking at a cruise that leaves Dover, England with stops in Spain, Portugal, & Gibraltar. I’d get a chance to see England before the cruise starts and since the cruise ends in Spain we could tour around there, too.
Spain would give the twins a chance to use their Spanish. DynaPapa visited Spain a lot as a kid but that’s where his family was when they learned his 16-year-old sister had been killed in a plane crash in Peru during a high school summer tour. So, it would be nice to give him some newer, happier memories of Spain.
Spain & Portugal have also become extremely gay friendly since shedding their dictators. In fact, Spain was recently ranked the most accepting & friendly place for gay tourists in Europe. Would be nice to throw some tourist dollars their way.
We looked at other European cruises but they’re either at the wrong time for the twins’ school schedule or have stops in Russia. I refuse to spend one moment in Russia given its brutal government policies towards LGBT people and Putin’s drive towards a Cold War resurgence.
I did see a 15-night cruise that leaves Port Canaveral, FL with stops in New York, Newfoundland, Iceland, England, Norway, and Denmark. But it’s May 15th & I think the school would freak if the boys missed two weeks of school even if I put them on Independent Study status. This status allows the school to continue collecting daily funding for the twins, despite their absence. But, if they’d approve the absence I’d do that one in a heartbeat.
I can’t say enough wonderful things about cruising especially since I’m typing this as I sit on our verandah and watch whales surfacing next to our boat. In about an hour we should reach the glaciers. Can’t wait.