Did you miss me?
Could I have been any luckier....?
The Lenster and I decided to spend New Years Eve
with 2,000+ strangers
on board The Norwegian Gem (I loved this picture I took one early evening from the dock)
sailing out of NYC and going to the eastern Caribbean. It was a fantastic WOW experience !
for one thing...we met some of the most wonderful people...
Our week was made after meeting Arnie & Wendy Yudell from Toronto...we hung with them almost the entire cruise.
Now I have no actual idea who this guy is...but obviously a sports fella (from Europe I was told) who I'm sure plays basketball !!!
7 foot 6 inches next to my 5 feet...hilarious ! I look like his pet !!!
Thought I'd show some amazing highlights, like the Holocaust Memorial built in 2012 in San Juan. Puerto Rico has one of the largest and most important Jewish communities in the Caribbean.
When we got to St. Thomas we were delighted to go to Shabbat services at the oldest synagogue on the island.
the floor of the synagogue is made of sand. There are two theories behind this unusual occurrence. One is to represent the Israelite journey through the desert. Another theory is that it represents the Conversos who were forced to convert to Catholicism. Many continued to observe Judaism, so they usually met in their cellars and would use sand to muffle their prayers.
The ship was delicious !!
I'm not particularly a sun worshiper but I did soak in some rays each day we were at sea.
I also got to sing with their FABULOUS entertainer Laurie Anne Gardner. Take 5 minutes and watch one of her super enjoyable videos on YouTube.
In the pix below we are singing "Time to Say Goodbye"...only Laurie is singing in Italian and I am faking it !! It was a damn good laugh! I fell in love with her...as I'm sure everyone who meets her does.
THEN....we come to find out the funniest thing EVER....the 6 degrees of separation theory...
In the course of completely casual conversation we find out that Lennys sister Jane was also Lauries doctor when she lived for many years in Nashville.
GO FIGURE !!!
the ship had wonderful shows and terrific talent
Now...here's some island life photos that I hope will take you on the journey we made
that concludes todays tour....I have to unpack and repack tomorrow cause on Friday I head out to California for CHA....so..I'll share more of our trip tomorrow