Aunt Mabel's Bermuda Cruise, May 26 - June 5, 2019

The second youngest member of my Father's siblings, the last one remaining, died at 97 years of age in Wainwright Alberta. Mabel Smith and her husband Jim owned and operated a successful shoe store for most of their adult lives. They never had children, I met them one time when they visited Dad and their other siblings living in the Toronto area. That was 70 years ago.
Well Aunt Mabel left some money to her brothers' and sister's children and some of us are taking this cruise with a portion of the Legacy. [This is the first time this has ever happened.]

[Off subject on May 16, 2019 Conrad Black received a Presidential pardon from Donald Trump. It was in all the papers and media.]

The preparation for our cruise is complete: we'll fly to Newark New Jersey on May 25 and check into the Country Inn and Suites for the night and then taxi to Cape Liberty by noon on May 26 and board the Celebrity Summit for the 11 day cruise to Bermuda and back. Marilyn, Buster, Joan and Garnet are flying on May 26 and Terryl, Jeanette and I go a day early just in case something untoward raises its ugly head on the day of. Terryl, knowing all about changes to flight schedules, feels safety should be adhered to if at all possible. We've pre-arranged a tour of Bermuda on Day One as well as a catamaran and snorkelling episode on Day Three in Bermuda before we sail north to Boston and Bar Harbor, Maine.
On May 25 Terryl and I will be with Lyft on the way to YYZ at 08:00 to meet Jeanette and check in for our flight.

[Off subject on May 23, 2019 Donald J Trump lost on two Court decisions this week. One was that his Tax filings for the last six years must be turned over to Congress, and the other was his law suit against Deutsche Bank if they turned over his financial documents to Congress.]

May 28, 2019 We are enjoying the second of two sea days on calm ocean breezes; enjoyable dining options and a relaxing attitude on the Celebrity Summit which has had a total redo since we sailed on her fifteen years ago. The decor is modern and much like the attributes you see on current new condo offerings in big cities.
May 29 - June 5, 2019 We spent three days in Bermuda, one on a educational tour for four hours through little towns and big towns (couldn't be that big with a population of 66,000) and enjoyed every minute. On the last day in Bermuda a catamaran and snorkelling occupied four hours in the beautiful blue waters. I don't remember having any difficulty with the breathing aspect when Greg, Rob and I were in Hawaii - but this time I did. However, the ride and floating around in the salt water was wonderful, as were the rum swizzles and cookies for Joan, Garnet, Terryl and myself.
We visited Boston on a cold foggy day and decided to stay on board. And then to Bar Harbor Maine with its quaint little shops on a beautiful sunny day.
The Celebrity Summit was in dry dock for 48 days and the changes they made were magnificent.
All in all the entertainment, food and friendship was wonderful. And being with Joan and Garnet, Marilyn and Buster, Jeanette and Terryl was a wonderful experience - one we'll always look back on with great memories. We owe it all to Aunt Mabel's Legacy. Once again, Cheers to Aunt Mabel and all the McDonalds especially Arch, Fred and Mabel.
Buster, Jeanette, Marilyn, Joan, Garnet, Gary, Terryl
and an anchor in Bermuda.


  1. Reading about the Rum swizzles makes me thirsty. Cheers to Aunt Mabel!

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