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MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105219 11/13/11 10:52 AM
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On November 12, 2004, a number of us experienced a "happening" on a Mexican Riviera Cruise. All of us expected it to be a fun cruise filled with laughter and a gathering of a bouquet of new friends. Our expectations were exceeded. Want to see why...

http://ray-penny.smugmug.com/Vacati...e/5454637_NDxNmP#1582047579_jGgzRfM-L-LB

MINT is "Mariner November 12"

MINT Itinerary:
Nov, 12 Fri - Los Angeles
Nov. 13-14 Sat & Sun - Sea Day
Nov. 15. Mon - Mazalan
Nov. 16 Tue. - Puerto Vallarta
Nov. 17 Wed. - Cabo San Lucas-cancelled a/c weather
Nov. 18 Thur. - Sea Day
Nov. 19 Fri - Los Angeles

How about a laugh from those good natured cruisers who couldn't cruise MINT and therefore made up their own humorous acronyms:

I am a MINT "SNOB"......Suzie not on board.
For the rest of us "left-behinders" on LCT:
SO NOT ON BOARD!


You guys are all are experiencing your own cruise: S.A.R.S (Staying At Residence Sucks!) think you'll be with us in spirit!


LINT
Left behind
In
Need of
Trip


Top 5 list of things to do while we are left home alone.

5. Run with scissors

4. Drink milk out of the carton

3. Spell Ngaire's name wrong in all our posts.
(Niree, Nagair, Nagerie)

2 Call Brown and Keene and ask if they have
Prince Albert in a can

1. Have a teapot contest to give ourselves a
name. We can find a really macked out
tea set like this Silver Imperial Tea Service made by Faberg� for Czar Alexander III in 1880:

How about SCUM
Sad,
Crying...
Unable to do
Mint!

It's true...I'm SCUM.

My mother is so proud.


Some of us non-MINTers may want to MOAN.

MINT:
Obviously Left
And
Neglected (just teasing)

I came up with a game - WISH (Why I Stayed Home)

1. I've already cruised 16 days this year
2. I am going on PIP Next year
3. No more money for a cruise now
4. I've gotta work sometimes
5. Somebody has to keep posting on LCT
6. Bar Set up in my room is not included
7. No Butler service - no stateroom here
8. No dogsitter available......


Top Ten Reasons why I missed MINT:

10: I've spent so much time on CC and LCT that I forgot to book it.
9: I had to sell my house to afford my last cruise, and we're still trying to get out of the shelter.
8: I tried to sell my body to afford MINT, but there were no takers.
7: Due to my last cruise, I can't fit into any of my formal dresses.
6: DH can't find the Tuxedo T-Shirt that he wears on Formal Nights.
5: Ran out of bubble wrap to smuggle booze on board...oh wait, that was on Celebrity!
4: Couldn't decide between MINT and PARTY, so I decided to pick a daisy to help me choose, but since it's Fall now I couldn't find any.
3: Used up all my vacation time in Mexico.
2: Drank so many margaritas in Mexico that the ground still feels like it's rocking...so I thought I WAS on a cruise.

And the number one reason:

1: I thought it had something to do with Altoids, which just has a BAAAD connotation....


Top ten WISHes (Why I Stayed Home)

10. The laundry pile has reached hazmat status
9. Gary has TDD (tennis deficit disorder)
8. I have ADD (Aviation Dread Disease)
7. The grandbabies are up in arms about their favorite cookie supplier's excessive absences;
6. The accumulated mail has become a fire hazard
5. I need at LEAST three months to get my buff bod back after China .. and all that spare Halloween candy isn't helping!!
4. The mailman has filed for disability after lugging all my held mail to the doorstep
3. SOMEONE's got to hold down the LCT fort
2. Duty has called again; and

The number one reason I'm staying home ...
1. The pets have whiplash from the number of trips they've been taking to the petsitter already this fall


I have only 2 WISH'es (Why I stayed Home)

2. I won a cruise and work wouldn't let me off!
1. I still haven't won the lottery and darn it all still have to work for a living!

Now...if number 1 changes, number 2 doesn't really matter.


OK guys....I give up. Cannot think of one clever reason nor any cute acronym (never mind a top ten list!)for why we're staying home and not going on MINT!

So, not only am I sadly not sailing (SNS?)but I'm also currently unclever (CUC?)


B! I'm SNS also and permanently CUC, or is that...PUC?

Re: MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105220 11/13/11 11:24 AM
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Talk about a blast from the past! And to think it was all happening seven years ago right now!

Thanks Ray and Penny!


Suzanne
Re: MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105221 11/13/11 11:29 AM
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Ray, that is the funniest thing ever...brings back such fun memories !! That was such a great cruise and no flight involved!! Thanks for sharing with us old timers.
In case the video doesn't work on some computers, here are Ray's still photos.
http://ray-penny.smugmug.com/Vacation/LCT-MINT-Cruise/LCT-MINT-Cruise/5454637_NDxNmP#333508903_Jvb6b


Marcie

Re: MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105222 11/13/11 12:43 PM
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Ray, you've outdone yourself this time! Great video! I loved watching and wish I could have been there, although I'm not sure I could have kept up with all of you!!!!


Kathy
Re: MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105223 11/13/11 01:57 PM
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Sure does bring back memories - we were on our first ever cruise, Diamond, Sept 2003 and second Diamond Jan 2004 and THEN MINT!!! Mariner, upgraded to suite, and met so many wonderful people!!!! Rest is history as they say cheer cheer


Joanna
Re: MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105224 11/13/11 02:40 PM
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What a blast we all had; Remember all the upgrades to the Mariner Penthouses for like $200 or something. I remember when Ngaire had thought Carla and I had crashed one of the B&K parties for free drinks.. Great Memories.....

Re: MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105225 11/13/11 02:44 PM
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Amazing - no one aged in the last seven years - must be the Sea Air!



"Life is far too serious to be taken seriously."
Re: MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105226 11/13/11 02:52 PM
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yes upgrades were for peanuts the good old days :) still wish they'd sell upgrades for reasonable cost to folks who have spent many nights on Regent - why they leave those cabins empty vs letting us upgrade seems odd to me


Joanna
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Ray, I don't know how you found all those posts from those not on, but they were priceless! Thanks for sharing!

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Wow it is amazing what we did in one short week and almost no ports!! That was the BEST GIFT GAG party ever and could never be matched. RAy you did a stunning job on this video and I really enjoyed watching that.

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Great video!!! Just wanna know --how did we miss this one????


Peggy
Re: MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105230 11/14/11 01:09 PM
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I remember your photos being posted from sea as I called Don into the room to introduce him to this fun-loving group (what an understatement) we just HAD to join :) .....& the rest is history!

Well done, Ray!


Michele
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Greetings:

And thanks to you who liked the video. I must say that each time I added something to the video time line, I'd smile once again. What fun!

Have received several emails about the MINT video suggesting a 10-yr reunion. Now that sounds rather appetizing.

Cheers! Ray

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What a great video, Ray - I sure enjoyed seeing footage of those who we've already met (and geez, no one has changed a bit!) and all the others who we'd still love to meet. A-1 as always, Ray! You are the best!
:app: :app: :app:


Kristin

Paul Gauguin's Tere Moana-12/14
Voyager-10/08, 11/10
Navigator-05/07, 5/09, 10/11
Paul Gauguin-6/06, 12/07
Silver Shadow-12/06
Silver Whisper-11/05, 12/04
Silver Wind-4/04
Re: MINT Cruise - Nov. 2004 #105233 11/15/11 04:09 PM
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Just watched it again. Oh what a good idea for a 10 yr. reunion! Maybe by that time, some of the "now" parents (masaki and Amanda) and the parents of young ones at the time (Anthony and Paige, and Ana Louisa with the Irish twins)) are ready! Please don't wait until they are in college And we haven't seen George and Marsha and so many others in a long time!

Remember the name, MINT. I think Todd found this cruise because we were saving a mint and found the words to suit the name! Ah, the days of those "deals" are long gone :mecry:

What fun it was, and they even gave us a nice FCC because we missed Cabo.

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Ray,
Thanks so much for sharing. MINT was my mom's first cruise - it was such a treat to see her in your video. A ten year reunion would be a treat - just wish Regent still had specials like the one they ran for MINT!

Mary Ellen

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OH MY! :app:
Really brings back memories of a great time
we had on board "MINT"


Jim

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Great times. Great video Ray!


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