Thursday, July 17, 2008

Clipper Pacific Is An Old Friend - My Introduction to Cruising

I was reading Cruise News Daily (a favorite of mine) this evening and discovered that the Clipper Pacific is the old Royal Caribbean Song of Norway. She is the first cruise ship I was ever on.

An old girlfriend of mine, Kelly S., worked for a design firm in Coconut Grove, Florida (while I was doing my law clerking thing) and they were awarded the contract to, among other things, design the Viking Crown Lounge and casino on the Song of America. Well, never having been on a cruise ship Royal Caribbean thought it best that they sent Kelly to better understand what it was all about and how it all worked. I, of course, being the supportive boyfriend (and a broke, struggling law student eyeballing a free vacation!) was there for her.

We had a blast sailing out of Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman. (Side note: This summer I am taking a Royal Caribbean cruise to...you guessed it...the same ports. Too weird!) We met a great couple from Alaska who were on their honeymoon. I will never forget that cruise...or attending the christening of the Song of America.

So I wish the Clipper Pacific well...and hope that they take better care of "my" ship.