Our American paddlewheel cruise for 2019 includes – from
left to right – Louisiana musicians, New Orleans’ French
Quarter, Civil War history at Vicksburg, cruising the Mississippi River.
Update – February 10, 2019:
(Please note: To keep abreast of our
ever-evolving events, some past Updates are included herein or
Hailing Cruise Trek Family of Travelers,
We hope this latest update find you and yours very well. We
have been busy with travels and as vagabonds. Which have taken
us on additional adventures – like a month in the Bahamas
on a small cay – though, especially enjoyable was again
crashing with Eric & Laurie Menyuk in between travel days! And
well it looks like we may continue with another great trip this March
– a 28-day cruise from San Diego to Tahiti and back . . . Which
again, begs the idea that if any of you hit a time (like maybe after
retirement) when you could ever join us on a different adventure
– please let us know. We would love to share.
In any case, this is our first snail mail piece for our intimate CT
family Mississippi River Cruise adventure from New Orleans to
Memphis aboard a genuine steamboat paddle wheeler. And with that
we have extended our discounts so that they now expire April 15,
2019. Is there any other way we can help you make this trip?? This
year we are responding to requests for the Mississippi River in an
effort to stay closer to home. Alas, then easy airfares!
Please check out the following link for this adventure –
Malcolm Oliver’s WaterWorld..
To offer more apt descriptions of this remarkable opportunity is that
the lower stretch of the Mississippi, from carefree New Orleans to
vibrant Memphis, is the River of Legends – from the history of
our beginnings & evolution with the river of centuries-old shaded
oak trees, elegant antebellum plantation, cobblestone streets, and
Victorian mansions, to hearing the river’s music in rock and roll,
blues, and jazz. Here it is necessary to note one change – this
itinerary is now with an Antebellum South theme. At the same time, just
imagine the opportunities the senses will have to savor the culinary
diversity with a host of distinctive Creole and Cajun delights. We will
also reflect upon the worlds and words of Mark Twain from his revered
book, Life on the Mississippi.
So, come celebrate New Orleans’ unabashed and
unapologetic joy in the fine restaurants and sidewalk cafes of the French
Quarter, the jazz clubs lining Bourbon Street, and the strolling musicians
in Jackson Square. Music is also the heart and soul of Memphis –
from Elvis’ inspiring Graceland to the blues joints of Beale Street.
The city’s National Civil Rights Museum chronicles a very long
journey to freedom and is also a must-see. The Smithsonian’s
Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum records the rise of a
beloved musical art form. And of course, explore the lives of Native
Americans with advanced cultures and trading routes building large
cities and pyramids.
As always, our Web site also has the itinerary and the booking
information form for Cruise Trek 2019. For 2020 cruise(s), we are
working on them! Please stay in tune to our web site and/or future
snail mail pieces.
To those of you onboard on the Mississippi cruise, we will see in
New Orleans – looking forward to another intimate family Cruise
Be well, travel safe,
Charlie & Aaron
Charles C. Datin, Cruise Trek
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Update – September 27, 2018:
Hailing Cruise Trek travelers,
We hope this latest update find you and yours very well. While busily
readying for our 2018 adventure on the Danube River in Romania, we have
found some time to announce next year’s cruise event. Honestly,
over the years, we have had many requests to stay closer to home and
more so for one of our own North American river destinations.
Basically, the opportunities have now come together to do exactly that!
So, we proudly announce the 2019 event will be aboard a genuine
steamboat paddle wheeler on the Mississippi River from New Orleans to
To offer more apt descriptions of this remarkable opportunity is that
the lower stretch of the Mississippi, from carefree New Orleans to vibrant
Memphis, is the River of Legends – from the history of our beginnings
& evolution with the river of centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant
antebellum plantations, cobblestone streets, and Victorian mansions, to
hearing the river’s music in rock and roll, blues, and jazz.
Here it is necessary to note that in addition to the Trek aspect of this
cruise, there will be a Rock & Roll theme on this sailing! At the
same time, just imagine the opportunities the senses will have to savor
the culinary diversity with a host of distinctive Creole and Cajun delights.
We will also reflect upon the worlds and words of Mark Twain from his
revered book, Life on the Mississippi.
So, come celebrate New Orleans’ unabashed and
unapologetic joy in the fine restaurants and sidewalk cafés of
the French Quarter, the jazz clubs lining Bourbon Street and the strolling
musicians in Jackson Square. Music is also the heart and soul of Memphis
– from Elvis’ inspiring Graceland to the blues joints of
Beale Street. The city’s National Civil Rights Museum chronicles
a very long journey to freedom and is also a must-see. The
Smithsonian’s Memphis Rock ’N‘ Soul Museum
records the rise of a beloved musical art form. And of course, explore the
lives of Native Americans with advanced cultures and trading routes
building large cities and pyramids.
You can also see these links for more descriptions of the itinerary and
the booking information form for Cruise Trek 2019.
Reminder to the 2018 Danube River travelers – cruise
documents will be sent out from AMA Waterways directly to US and
Canadian addresses 2-3 weeks prior to sailing. The others will
receive e-docs. We will also carry to you in Bucharest a similar
“hard” doc packet.
To those we will see in October this year – see you soon!!
And to those of you we will see in New Orleans next year –
looking forward to that time!
Be well, travel safe.
Charlie & Aaron
Update – July 1, 2018 ~
Hey there, CT Family,
Just an FYI and some of you already know . . .
In any case, some months ago we mentioned the opportunity to
sail a Trans-Atlantic crossing with us and back from Rome, Italy. This
sailing takes place the day after Cruise Trek 2018 Danube II. A great
relaxing 2-week cruise at a wonderful price on a newer ship.
So, pricing is in . . .
Please contact us if you are interested in joining us. Availability
and prices are subject to swift changes until booked and paid in full.
Reasonable airfares are also available through the cruise line.
Update – July 1, 2018 ~
Hey there, CT Tribe,
Cruise Trek friends setting sail on the 2018 cruise will be wearing
this stylish fleece-lined jacket, modeled by our CT family friend Eric
We have been busily working on everyone’s files and more.
And so a couple questions came up regarding this year’s CT
Family garment. Of which we need answers (via eMail, please) from you
by July 15th.
In any case, we are hoping to produce a fleece-lined coat/jacket for
all of us this year. And as an FYI they will run a little larger than normal.
This is actually a good thing as then, if needed, you could also wear a
sweater underneath as well. Indeed, the idea of “layering”
is advisable. We also believe they will be water-resistant (if not better).
So, the first question that comes up is because we have a choice of
Navy blue (a very dark Navy) or black. Officially, we are going with black.
And we will have our embroidered CT info on it, as usual. It is simply
However, if there any of you who would prefer the Navy blue, please
let me know before the 15th of July. No guarantee or promises, but we
will do our best to accommodate those where we can. Mostly we are
constrained by our suppliers. Larger sizes may also be limited in this
choice as well.
Also, the other important question for you all is that if your size has
changed (that which you placed on your booking form), please advise by
July 15th so we can adjust. And again, please note these do run slightly
larger in their given size.
Please note these coats are even nicer than what we have done in
the past in that they are more expensive and bulkier to mail/ship. So we
will not be ordering extras (as we have done in the past) unless we have
paid requests for same by the 15th again.
Oh, yes, these coats will be mailed via USPS priority mail prior to your
departure for US addresses only. All addresses outside the US will receive
their coats in Bucharest or on board.
Documents, trip info booklets, bag tags will be sent to all addresses
about 2 to 6 weeks prior to sailing.
I am sure we will be in touch again before our departure! ;-))
Until then have a great & healthy summer.
C & A
PS – again, above is subject to change ;-)) Ricky &
Dinah – you won’t need these in Grand Cayman
– but you will in Europe!! ;-))
Update – March 24, 2018 ~
Hey, Cruise Trek Travelers,
We are getting closer to our 2018 adventure and the more we work
on the production details, the more excited we get about it all. Visualizing
and remembering our own inspection trip we did last year again –
a great word for this trip would be “transformative” if not
Indeed we can all enjoy a fun Caribbean cruise and vacation. But this
River cruise and as most of them are – is a true
“traveler’s” adventure. And as always, getting to
share it all with friends and family is the ultimate culmination of an amazing
So with that, we have some quick notes to mention: we still have some
very limited cabins . . . and an open Male & Female Trek Share to fill.
Interested? Please give us a shout! ;-) And, it is good time to book airfare.
We have been helping to direct folks with air arrangements –
including the Menyuks and Dominic! Indeed, they are joining us if nothing
unforeseen happens. ;-))
For 2019 – working on it and more – and if anyone
would like help arranging a different River Cruise for their own enjoyment,
please feel free to reach out to us. We wholeheartedly think an Asian trip
(on AMA Waterways as well) is a voyage one should do at least once in
Well, and as a reminder, we also have a Trans-Atlantic cruise to do
immediately after this year’s AMA River cruise – anyone
want to join us with a “crossing”???? This one by itself
is an awesome experience.
Want more information – please send us an eMail to get on
our eMail list for information. And when it all becomes available, as we
are waiting for the super duper offers, we’ll be sure to eMail
you! Departure is from Rome on October 28 and arrives in Fort Lauderdale
See you soon! Travel safe & well with curiosity, adventure,
and discovery in mind.
Charlie & Aaron
Update – January 18, 2018 ~
Hello, fellow Cruise trekkers!
I hope this note finds you all very well after the holidays . . .
First to a quick business item – our cruise date &
ship for our Danube II cruise later this fall is just about totally sold
out . . . though we may have an opportunity for a few more cabins . . .
just never know, as inventory changes . . . so if you want to join us
still . . . always and for sure give us a shout-out as inventory changes
all the time.
Now reflecting back to our last event – my thanks
appreciation again – it was amazing to see how self-reliant and
interdependent a group (even family-like) we were . . . from my own
viewpoint . . . you guys are incredible . . . and do you remember our
Rolf Potts, our guest vagabond from quite a few years ago??
Seemingly we are becoming travelers as such . . . a very cool
thing . . .
Speaking of adventures, CT 18 is truly a vagabond opportunity to
be just that . . . it is an adventure to catch spontaneous sites &
experiences for certain, whether they be meals together or meeting
locals or being culturally enriched . . . and opportunities to experience
Excited to share it all with you once again.
Be well and travel safe . . .
Update – November 15, 2017 ~
Hello, Cruise Trek Family!
The exuberant Cruise Trek Tribe celebrating togetherness, memories
and the 50th anniversary in Las Vegas – what a great shot!
Hope this communique finds you all very well.
A few quick new things to mention for the Cruise Trek 2018
“Danube II – Bucharest to Budapest” adventure.
First of all, we extended the Early Booking discount and CT Past Passenger
discounts to January 31, 2018, though it is best to book ASAP as some
categories are very limited and/or waitlisted only.
Another improvement to our program is that we made Trek Shares
available in one category higher. That is, the larger outside cabin
including both the French Balcony & “Outside”
Balcony is now available as a Trek Share as well. This category
(and higher) includes a great new feature on newer river cruise ships
– two sliding doors and with one that actually has seating on an
outside balcony! We highly recommend this higher Trek Share category
because of its larger size, especially for those who are not traveling as
a couple. It simply makes much more sense for many reasons.
Plus, while most of you traveling as Trek Shares have already
& smartly requested a Trek Share for hotels, we also now officially
offer the hotel packages as Trek Shares. In any case, all this is available
to see on the newly updated Booking Form for Cruise Trek 2018 and
Cruise Trek 2018 Itinerary.
Now to another exciting new cruise opportunity (which may have been
influenced by our current “traveling” lives) . . . While we
are certainly flying over to Bucharest from LAX (maybe a week prior to our
embarkation day), it looks like we will be sailing the repositioning
Trans-Atlantic crossing back from Rome, Italy (port is Civitavecchia) to
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
This cruise will depart October 28, 2018, and arrive back in Florida on
November 11, 2018. Besides sailing from Rome, we will have stops in
Spain (Alicante, Malaga, Cadiz/Seville) and Portugal (Funchal/Madeira).
So, our current plan is to fly from Budapest to Rome on October 27, have
an Italian dinner, do an evening sight-see or walk about, & overnight
in Rome – then sail the next evening from the port of
Rome/Civitavecchia. (subject to change per flight availability).
~ Pre-Cruise – Optional ~
October 17 to 20, 2018
City tours in Bucharest and Brasov
CT Family Cocktail Party
Tour Peles Castle
Tour Dracula’s Castle
~ Post-Cruise – Optional ~
October 27 to 29, 2018
Budapest and/or Vienna
City tours of Budapest and/or Vienna
~ Trans-Atlantic Cruise – Optional ~
October 28 to November 11, 2018
Rome, Italy, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida
3 Spanish ports
1 Portuguese port
Do you remember how enjoyable the days at sea were on the crossing
to Hawaii? This adventure is just as lovely and relaxing, if not more so. We
did this itinerary just this last Spring on an amazing newer ship and enjoyed
it so much that we definitely want to do it all over again – and on the
same ship!! For those of you on the post packages, you could even join the
ship in Alicante, Spain, if need be. Sure a little more complicated but also
So, would you like to join us on the Trans-Atlantic add-on adventure
– by itself or do both???? Either or is possible!! And one never
knows who will join us for the Trans-Atlantic!!?? Really relaxed and
enjoyable . . . Kind of like those extra 20 days we did on the South
America trip. Remember how family-like that extra segment was?
Something important to note is that we will not book this until we get
much closer to the sailing date. This is for the purpose of super-duper
pricing on the cruise and flights! In any case, if you are curious, please
get on our list of interest, and we can take care of everything as usual.
We would love to have you share this not-too-often lifetime opportunity!
Just a couple more things for Cruise Trek 2018. Please be aware that
some flights have opened up for those of you wanting to use miles, and if
you desire extra nights at hotels for either the pre, post or other, please let
us know. In fact one fellow adventurous couple is staying one more day in
Vienna to enable a trip for the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Day
Trip from Vienna. Though we are booking the extra hotel night for
them, they are arranging the tour on their own. Is that right, Tammy
Another mention . . . As some of you know, we sailed the same or
similar itinerary for both the Trans-Atlantic and Danube River for R&D
this last April/ May. And both were indeed wonderful experiences from
start to end! It was also good to see that the fellow travelers we met on
both cruises were pretty much the same demographics as us . . .
unseasoned, seasoned, and some even more adventurous. For the
Danube in terms of sites, cultural and historical experiences it will
definitely fill you up! And we are totally psyched to do it all over again!
Suggestions – even though we have a Bucharest City Tour
included in our pre cruise stay, we also suggest the free city tour one
can find online. Also, read up on Vlad the Impaler. This pre cruise tour
is amazing and a very popular and a year round sight/destination. And
the pride of the Romanians was very apparent in how clean the country
was. I noted this aspect to one driver we had . . . funny how he sat up
more and smiled. Additional item to note – Bran’s
(Dracula’s) Castle is not ADA compliant – similar to most
of what was Eastern Europe.
Yes, it may seem like a lot . . . so, any questions? No worries –
just give us a shout . . .
Cruise Trek 2017 proved again it is about family, the commonality, the
connection, and the experiential aspect of it all! Thank you for the cards,
emails and CDs . . . loved it all. I could or should say more . . . though it may
be best to get back to you individually. Be well . . .
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