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Trip Report Cruising with an old person--the deluxe edition.

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Deluxe because we're taking Celebrity this time. We'll see.

The old person in question, my 86-year-old father, likes HAL, but their Bermuda run was out of Boston and $150 more a head. This time we are joined by my sister and her nine-year-old son, in two inside cabins. This will be interesting.

We are still about ten days out, and we're crossing our fingers that nothing will go wrong. Dad had a health scare in February, but the doctor cleared him to go, so we're going. Sister has thrown her back out, and has been informed by me that she is getting on that ship even if she spends the entire trip lying flat in the cabin. She agreed that if she's going to be miserable with a hurt back it might as well be on a cruise ship with masseuses and hot tubs, rather than in New Jersey. And we're assuming that they let my nephew on the ship, even though his passport expires in three months. Sister is bringing his birth certificate.

We have new beach towels, snorkels for sister and nephew, fancy new walker that converts into a wheelchair for Dad, new aluminum cane with butterflies on it for me (I have balance issues), swimsuits, cover-ups, and t-shirts with fish.

I am trying to persuade sister not to bring too much. She's a chronic overpacker, and every time we go anywhere, we're playing luggage Tetris in the back of her CRV. In response, she'll bring up every single instance of my having had to buy emergency underwear in the last twenty years.

We still need to buy sunscreen and bottles of wine for the cabin, and possibly something else. What I'm not sure, but Dad's suit and the gray evening dress that was my mother's and is a communal emergency back-up need to get cleaned.

I have also not decided if I'm bringing a computer or not. Over the last couple of years I have half-accidentally wound up with a secondary career as a writer of niche romances, and I might theoretically get some work done. I also have a book theoretically coming out in June and I haven't gotten the post-proofs back yet. Last cruise I had the edits for my second book due, but I was able to email them from Florida when we stopped in Port Canaveral. I hate dragging the computer around, and even though I do back up (e-mail to myself rather than Cloud storage), I'm terrified of losing or breaking it. I'm also not a fan of paying cruise ship prices to email my less-than-deathless prose. I will remind the publisher that I'm incommunicado, and hopefully they can live without contacting me that week.

More to come. I probably won't update from the actual ship, though, so it may be a couple of weeks.

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