The romance of sailing away is undeniable, perhaps akin to being reborn. We would shed our heavy possessions and escape to a simple, more fulfilling life. When we came back we would be different people...if we came back at all. Ha! That's the dream, folks.
Now the reality: in this web log (called at first "The Long Weekend" because that's how I viewed this cruise, as a weekend that would never end) we find pretty quickly that we can change our location but we can't escape ourselves. By our second month, I had retitled these episodes as "Learning to Cruise" because it was clear that our journey had been and would continue to be a learning experience from start to finish.
Enough philosophy. Let's start the cruise!