May 7, 2022.
Ted and I make a pretty darn good team. I write (and talk) and he takes photos (and listens). Every once in a while I try to get him to write a blog post, but he prefers the status quo.
Today is different. This is all Ted:
Summing it all up.
We had a lovely dinner two nights ago, celebrating the anniversary of another couple who are celebrating 44 years this year. There was also a third couple celebrating 44 years. Conversation turned to what was most memorable from the cruise.
My first reaction was seeing the glaciers as we rounded South America. I was awestruck by the beauty and the colours. When the captain turned off the engines, and we could listen to the ice… wow. Nature is grand, and we are so small.
As much as I enjoyed the historic sites that we visited, I think the natural beauty of the world is what I felt the most. The oceans, so vast. The desert, mountains, sunsets… so many moments of grandeur. I think that if we ever do this again, I will try to emphasize the excursions that would allow me to experience more of the natural beauty of the planet, and less to what we have done to it.
However, as I continued to think about what I will hold onto from this cruise, it is the people. The last two years have been so depressing and discouraging as we went through COVID times. This cruise has allowed us, for a few precious months, to put all our woes behind us. It has been cathartic…
What I have noticed, and enjoyed so much, on this cruise is seeing happy couples who, like us, enjoy being together. This is what inspired me to see if Viking would help Rose and me celebrate our 44th anniversary in a special way. With Damian taking charge, did Viking ever come through. And, I think much to our surprise and delight, the Viking crew and so very many Viking guests celebrated with us. I hope it was a joyful event for all that were involved. It certainly was for us.
I am basically a very shy person. I never impose myself on anyone, and I never initiate conversation. I have trouble remembering names. Thank goodness Rose is far more open than I am, because I have certainly enjoyed getting to know many people on the cruise.
This also goes for the Viking crew. Without exception, they have been wonderful at taking care of us. Someone said that Viking hires crew based on personality. Their philosophy is that people can be trained for any job, but people skills are much harder to come by. It shows in every interaction with every member of the crew.
Coming out of two years of isolation and sadness, with the help of Viking’s terrific health protocols, this journey has been the best experience of a lifetime for me. It was exactly what was needed. I think, at this moment, this Viking Star is probably the happiest place on earth. I know that there is nowhere else I would rather have been.
So, to all the guests and all the crew of the Viking Star 2021-2022 World Cruise, thank you. Thank you so much for all that you have contributed to making this a remarkably memorable journey that I will never forget.
Love to you all, and I hope that all your future experiences measure up to what this one has for me.