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A zipping good time on a cruise line

We treat ourselves to a cruise every other year. Last week, we took our 5th, cruising the Caribbean on a huge ship, the biggest we've been aboard, that's no longer considered a huge ship. It holds nearly 3000 passengers in addition to crew, measures over 1000 feet long, and boasts a 1/2 acre of grass (real grass!) on the upper deck. And this ship is dwarfed by some new ships I've read about. Amazing.

Regardless of how you size up the ship, we had a wonderful time onboard and off. In St. Thomas, we put on what look like spaceman suit head bubbles filled with air and rode scooters 8' below the ocean surface. It was great fun and a good way to see a shipwreck below us and pretty fish a'plenty all around. 

In St. Maarten (or St. Martin, depending on which half of the island you're on), I went zip-lining in the rain forest. I can prove it, thanks to a hidden camera planted in the trees which took my photo.

We like cruises. I toy with the idea of writing a novel set on a haunted cruise ship. I've begun outlining it several times, but I've never been excited enough about the outline to begin writing. I'm getting closer though. My ulterior motive is that the novel will sell well enough that a major cruise line will put me up for multiple cruises while I give talks on the book or hold writing tip classes or whatever.

Sounds fun, huh? I do wonder how big I'd get after eating fantastic cruise food for a month or two. Maybe those trees I zip-lined between have a weight limit. Or maybe the cable does. I'd hate to end my zip-lining days so soon. 

Aw well, maybe I should hold off worrying about those type things until I come up with a haunted ship outline that juices me up enough to write the novel. Hmm, where did I file that outline? 


 ** Picture rich version of this blog entry on my personal blog: http://keithpyeatt.blogspot.com