January 30

TCM Classic Cruise 2013

Posted by lori . 21 Comments


On Monday, I hinted that I just returned from a cruise, but it wasn’t just any cruise, it was the TCM Classic Cruise!

TCM Cruise 2013 Banner

TCM stands for Turner Classic Movies and was the focus of a “Love This” post in 2012. This was my husband’s and my first cruise.

TCM Cruise 2013 Miami

We flew to Miami on Sunday. When we booked the cruise, we didn’t know what the weather was going to be like in January, so we wanted to get there the day before boarding. It was nice because we had time to relax and not be hurried.

TCM Cruise 2013 Setting Off From Miami

Monday, we boarded the ship and set sail. Bye-bye, Miami.

TCM Cruise 2013 Stairway

We sailed on the Celebrity Constellation. It was a beautiful ship.

TCM Cruise 2013 Celebrity Theatre

Being the TCM Classic Cruise, the activities centered around movies.

TCM Cruise 2013 Ben Mankiewicz

On board…Robert Osborne, Ben Mankiewicz, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Arlene Dahl, Sally Anne Howe, Norman Lloyd, Alex Trebek, Rich Little and Casey LaLonde (Joan Crawford’s grandson).

TCM Cruise 2013 Cayman Islands Welcome

Tuesday, was a day at sea. Wednesday, we stopped at Grand Cayman.

TCM Cruise 2013 Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman is a tender port, which means that the ship anchors offshore and you disembark to a smaller boat (a tender) that takes you to the island.

TCM Cruise 2013 Catamaran

The shore excursion we chose was the “Catamaran Sail & Stingray City.” We set sail onboard the 60-foot “Cockatoo” and headed to Stingray City.

TCM Cruise 2013 Sting Ray Swimming

At Stingray City, we had the chance to get off the catamaran and touch and feed the southern Atlantic stingrays. It was very cool.

TCM Cruise 2013 Cozumel Dock

On Thursday, we docked in Cozumel. The shore excursion we chose in Cozumel was “San Gervasio Ruins and Beach Break.”

TCM Cruise 2013 San Gervasio Arch

We got to explore the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio, enjoy a scenic ride around the island and spend a little time at a beach club.

TCM Cruise 2013 Cozumel's Best Tour Guide Alex

We had the best guide ever…Alex. He was wonderful.

TCM Cruise 2013 Between Ships Cozumel

All too soon, it was time to board the ship.

TCM Cruise 2013 Miami Congress Hotel

Friday was a day at sea, and we arrived back in Miami on Saturday morning. Our flight wasn’t until Saturday evening, so we used the day to tour Miami. I was excited about that because I’d always wanted to see the Art Deco District of South Beach.

The cruise was WONDERFUL, and I hope I get to cruise again in the future.

Want more? Check in on Thursday, February 14th and I’ll let you in on the adventures (the ones I know about) of two special guests we took along with us.

TCM Cruise 2013 Pip & Puddles Teaser

That’s right…Pip & Puddles joined us as part of Pip and Puddles’ BUCKET World Tour, and “yes” alcohol was involved.

P&P Bucket World Tour Badge

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21 Responses to " TCM Classic Cruise 2013"

  • Sue says:

    WOW! Youy lucky girl. I am so jealous. Looking forward to hearing more.

  • Daisy says:

    Alcohol and Puddles and Pip is a given.

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. A great way to beat the cold.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • sue taylor says:

    Oh Lori what a wonderful holiday to have, looks fantastic! look forward to hearing more

    Sue and the Taylor pack xxx

  • OMG! A movie cruise ship. How cool is that! Your pictures are making me drool and my eyes water. The colour of the sea is so intense. Beeoootiful! I have a capoeira friend who moved to Cayman a few years back. He now teaches capoeira there. I wonder if you might have passed him by LOL.

  • I didn’t know there was a movie cruise ship. Sounds like fun. I have a friend living in the Caymans now and it looks so beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Patty says:

    That looks like a wonderful cruise! Jeff and I took a cruise many years ago and it didn’t turn out so well. LOL Seasickness…I think we over-medicated ourselves trying to prevent it and we ended up getting really sick. I think cruising is a great way to travel, but I don’t see us ever doing it again. LOL

  • houndstooth says:

    Uh oh! Having Pip and Puddles along screams “international incident”!

    Your cruise sounds absolutely amazing! I’ve never cruised, but it sounds like something that would be fun to try.

  • Heather says:

    The pictures make the cruise look like a dream come true! I have never been on a cruise before, but hope to some day. Please post more pictures soon πŸ™‚

  • Oh my Dog, that looks like heaven on earth, swoon!
    When I saw the colour of that water I wanted to throw myself into the murky, grey depths of the North Sea and drown myself, LOL.
    Lynne x

  • Val says:

    That’s looked like an awesome time. Warm weather…so jealous!! Hope you stop by–mentioned you in my post today!!! πŸ™‚

  • Fern Reed says:

    You are a lucky girl!! I have never been on a cruise!!! Did live in Miami for a few months in total though once 87 years ago!!! LOL
    We will just have to wait for next year for more pretty flowers!!

  • Wow … I have never, ever been on a cruise. For some reason I’m very nervous of trying it. I suppose it’s because you’re kind of ‘trapped’ on the boat, and then, if I wanted to disembark at exotic locations, I’d need vaccinations and anti-malarial stuff (depending on where it was, of course) and I’m even MORE nervous of those!

    But it does look fun. I’m quite envious.

  • O M D…O M D…I can not get overs dat big freakin’ ship…and da water…holy cow! I has to say my mind is blown by everything! I thinks I could get used to livin’ in a place likes dat real quickly.

    Hehehehe…I likes da drinks withs da little umbrellas, those are my favoritists.


  • Rob Lenihan says:

    Oh, my, I am soooo jealous! I live for old movies and I love TCM. I’ve got to attend one of their events.

    Great photos!

  • I was on the cruise too! Love your pics!

  • This was perfect for our family of 8 – 2 grandparents, 2 parents, and 4 kids, ages 12-18. Chip picked us up at the appointed time, and our bus driver told us about Grand Cayman on the way to the sailboat. Once we arrived, we hopped aboard, and off we went to Stingray City. Chip and Bart clearly know their way around marine wildlife. They anchored a bit away from the other crowds, and immediately several large rays came to see us. We were instructed on how to pet and feed them and also how to watch out for the rays’ barbs. We then had plenty of time with the stingrays – up to 4 feet across – and Chip held several of them out of the water for those of us who were a bit more timid to see and pet them. After a long time with the rays, we boarded the boat, weighed anchor, and went about 1000 yards or so over to the reef for some snorkeling. The water was rough, which made it a bit unpleasant, but Bart was an excellent leader and tour guide, and helped some of us who weren’t strong swimmers. He took us to a rock where his friend “Psycho,” a wild green moray eel, was lurking. Bart brought the eel out of his hiding hole, fed him, and we were able to get a very good look at a 4-foot long rare animal without ever being in any danger. It was great! After snorkeling, we were treated to some fresh fruit, water, and other beverages on the smooth sail home. Chip wasn’t done showing us stuff, though. He put on a mask, tied a rope to his waist, and dived into the water while the boat was sailing. He soon came up and pulled himself back to the rear, a huge starfish in hand. Chip fished a few more creatures off the bottom to show us before putting them back in the water. We were even greeted back at the dock by several iguanas. All in all, this was a fantastic outing, particularly for the low price. I would very, very strongly recommend it. Stay away from the cruise-sponsored cattle barges headed to Stingray City and go sailing!

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