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Update – February 14, 2011:
I hope this February 2011 Update finds you all very well. This month
(if not this week) we are snail mailing to the Cruise Trek Family and past
passengers three booking information sheets and itineraries and follows
up our website, the Cruise Trek Yahoo group board and Facebook
announcements from January 1, 2011 of our next three Cruise Trek
Adventures. . . please see below for same.
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In this Update we have corrected, changed, or clarified a few small items
on our booking information sheets. Plus, because we are so late in getting
this printed material sent out, we have extended the early booking discounts
for Alaska slightly. However, please remember we can always book you
depending upon space available – but, it is important to book as early
as possible for the best choice of cabins. Also, now that we are sailing on
Holland America once again, there is one new item to be aware of: if you are
a stockholder of 100 shares or more of CCL (Carnival Cruise Lines) common
stock, please send us proof of ownership and we’ll arrange for $100
Ship Board Credit. . . restrictions and limitations apply.
More good news is that after speaking with Lolita Fatjo (past sscript
coordinator and now actor rep) yesterday she excitedly related to me that
quite a few actors were calling her about going on the cruises. . . very
For our Seattle cruise departure to Alaska we are working on hotels, a
bon voyage dinner the night before the cruise and, for those of
you who are Twilight fans, we are developing a full day tour to
the Olympic Peninsula area including Forks and La Push. The website
can provide more information on these very quaint story-based towns. Maybe
we could even have dinner in Bella Italia Restaurant featured in the book by
Stephanie Meyer!!?? So, to help us further in the planning stages, please
give us a heads-up if you are interested in any of the hotel, tour, dinner
On a more personal note – wow – it is officially 20 years
since I have been in the world of Cruise Trek – January 15, 1991 was
our inception date. . .
Hope to see you on at least one of our upcoming adventures!!!
Update – January 1, 2011:
Hey there, Cruise Trek Family!
Hope you had a really nice Holiday season! Been a while since our last
adventure and my last contact with all of you! Speaking of our last trip. . .
admittedly, I have been very slow to ask you all a little favor as I have been
focused on getting all the new cruise information dispersed. My apologies. . .
but, here it (almost all) is!!!
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For those of you who stayed at the Grand Savoia Hotel in Genoa and if
you were appreciative of the staff, service and the hotel itself as much as I
was. . . I ask humbly and respectfully that you go to
and post a positive review for them. Please know you’ll have to
create an account to do so. Anyway, for me, not only did I really like this
Italian old world and culturally different hotel but I also found the staff so
endearingly kind, soft, gentle, and helpful that I, in turn, asked them what
I could do to help them. They said, “Oh – please simply post
your kind words to www.Tripadvisor.com.” And, so I did. . .
Our last cruise adventure from Genoa was indeed (as I inferred
beforehand many times) very culturally different, diverse, and thus a true
adventure. . . and that is to say it included or created some truly adventurous
trials of travel or maybe just some good tales. For me that is what travel is all
about. . . to learn, to explore, and, while at the same time and as best as
possible, to fit into or meld within the visited culture. This was perfectly
stated by long time passenger, CT family member, and all around wonderful
guy, Brent Stein, “. . . we are all safely home (arguably still sane)
and no worse for the wear, albeit more experienced for the next time we
travel overseas and meet new foreign people! What FUN we had!!”
John de Lancie graciously offered an even better description and/or if
you may, an analogy in a much appreciated email after the cruise.
Dear Charles and Aaron,
Again and again and again I want to thank you for a
wonderful time. Marnie and I had a ball and I hope, neck brace not
withstanding, so did you both. I really enjoyed the Italian ship. [ ]. . . walking
the open air deck with all those people singing and dancing and slathering
their leathery skins with gallons of suntan lotion was a hoot. All I could think
of were those old movies of the immigrant ships sailing to America. I have
always thought those crowd scenes were a little too ebullient (singing,
dancing – albeit no suntan lotion) but not now! A ship full of Italians
is like no other.
The only downside was the paltry minutes allotted for
each port. Next time you need to arrange a shipwreck where we get a
full week in a port of choice. But what’s most true about these
trips is what they’ve come to mean to us. We are so grateful to
have been included so many times and please know that these trips make
up a very significant part of our lives – first, with the boys and now
And here’s a great Facebook conversation/exchange between
Cruise Trek newbies, newlyweds, and wonderfully fun Meg and Brian and
a friend of theirs: (Thank you!! – M & B – hope you
don’t mind me sharing?! Your exchange below was wonderful and
keeps me producing it all and with joy, peace and strength!!)
Friend of Meg: umm...what is this trip that you went
on?? It looks like there were some star trek actors there?!?!
Meg: hey! Yeah, it was called Cruise Trek. Some of
the actors come with our group on an organized cruise; we went to Morocco,
Spain, and Portugal for 9 nights. John DeLancie who plays Q and Rene
Auberjonois who played Odo were there, as was one of the writers/script
guys Eric Stillwell, who was super fun to chat with. I didn’t know
you were a trek fan! lol.
Friend: OMG, i just googled it. I secretly am! haha,
sounds like an awesome cruise to be on!!
Meg: It was. Having a group of people all organized
on such a big cruise was so worth it. And we got to play like, Trek Pictionary
with everyone and other such games during our days at sea. I really loved
it; a cruise without them wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. The guys
who run Cruise Trek were fantastic too, their travel advice was priceless.
I’ll let you know when they announce the next trip!
Friend: Sweet!! Now, I just need to convince the
wife to go...haha, he goes crazy when I’m in my trek phases
Meg: it would be a blast even if you’ve
never heard of Trek. It was a great group of people to spend a week with.
Plus the cruise and all...: p
For me the cruise highlights were our first time “Block Party”
and the meeting space we had continuously for the entire cruise where we
could gather to “hang” or play cards like a real family would
do. Oh and I really enjoyed lunch with a small group (Robert#1, Robert#2,
Mirrani, Eirian, Meg & Brian) in downtown Lisbon! That was just simple
and very cool. Plus, I, like John de Lancie, just loved the different cultures on
board. . . and to see that all they wanted was to have a good time or loads of
fun in their own way. . . was wonderful! Not that much different than what we
do within Cruise Trek. . .
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Anyway as for me, I have been busy continually working on different
remodel work/projects here. . . and well, hoping the economic recovery and
back issues recover all at once! ;-) Oh – on a side note – and
to share in my latest learning curve – and in trying to be a bit more
conscientious of my footprint – if you can find LED light bulbs on sale
or in bulk – they are really, really great at reducing electrical
But, wow, guess I should get to Cruise Trek stuff & new destination
announcements!! Not only am I swinging a hammer and carrying a screw
driver for this or that. I also have been working on finding some cruise lines
to work with and thus future cruise destinations. . . of course, with your input,
inherent limitations, and keeping as many circumstances in mind as possible
for the greatest part or good of the “whole” – we are
very happy to announce the below adventures. . .
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
Cruise Trek 2011:
“Alaskan Adventure IV” – September 18-25, 2011
These past few years we have indeed been busy exploring far away
and exotic destinations. So much so that we decided to offer something a
little closer to home for this year – well, at least for those of us on the
North American continent! So, please join us to enjoy a 7 day Inside Passage
Alaska cruise round trip from Seattle, Washington, USA!! Yes, we have
cruised Alaska before but it has been many years. In fact our last Alaska
cruise was in 2002! I, for one, have sailed the waters of Alaska more than 10
times and never, ever tire of its beauty. Well, then having the CT family
aboard makes it so much more! That said, there are new additions to this
trip – one new item is that we embark our ship in Seattle, WA . . .
and the good ole USA! Plus, we get to see beautiful Victoria, BC and get to
go back to my favorite Alaska port – Sitka. . . Not to mention that
we’ll sail the Inside Passage and witness all its beauty. . .
Cruise Trek 2011:
“Rhine Winter & Christmas Markets Voyage”
– December 10-17, 2011
Back by popular demand. . . and for those of you with voracious travel
appetites!! Once again we will board AMA Waterways and their beautiful
Amacello. . . Honestly, our 2008 Danube river cruise was so
enjoyed by all that several within the Cruise Trek family have requested
(and already booked) this cruise that takes in the absolutely magical Holiday
Markets along the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam. In fact, it was
enjoyed so much so that we decided to invite the rest of the Cruise Trek
family. . . though more so as an informal CT family adventure – but,
who knows. . . if enough of our CT family joins in the magical and colorful
holiday surroundings you never know which special guest(s) may want join
More tantalizing to all of this is that you can begin your journey with a
visit to two of Switzerland’s most famous cities. That is, AMA
Waterways offers a pre-cruise package that includes shore excursions,
motor coach transfers, 2 nights in elegant Zurich, and 2 nights in captivating
Lucerne. Here you will enjoy lakeside excursions, magical Christmas markets
(some are even themed medieval or renaissance), and winter Alpine vistas.
Then we’ll continue to the legendary Black Forest region, the
medieval town of Strasbourg, the university city of Heidelberg, and historic
Cologne, famous for its majestic Cathedral and bustling Christmas market.
Conclude your fabulous winter voyage in Amsterdam, amidst legendary canals
and more colorful holiday surroundings.
Please remember this cruise/land package includes most excursions and
wine for dinner! For this cruise & tour package we are happy to forward
discounts to past passengers of AMA, senior citizens, payment-in-full and any
more we can find!! And, if you join us on the Alaska cruise as well –
we’ll offer extra CT savings. Please contact us for further details as
the applicable discounts do get a little cumbersome even for us. Or, please
see the Booking Information Sheets. . .
Cruise Trek 2012:
“Hawaiian Expedition II” – October 20 – November
Ever want the option of having the most relaxing cruise ever or to be
busy with Trek activities or simply hang with the CT family??? Well, I think
this one is it!! However, I am running out of room in this writing to offer more
tantalizing tidbits – but, I think you get the picture!
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