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Cruise Diary: Setting Sail for the Baltic

Award-winning author and writer Jeanette Hurt is cruising the Baltic on Prinsendam with her entire family to watch her parents renew their vows. Enjoy her words and her husband (and professional photographer) Kyle Edwards’ photos. You can also follow her on Twitter @JHurtAuthor or www.jeanettehurt.com.

For some, cruising is all about the culture – docking in different ports, experiencing different cultures, tasting different cuisines. For some, it’s all about the ship – the lure of the open water, the pull of the ocean currents, the wind tossing waves.

But for some, it’s all about the people – traveling the world with family and friends – and sharing the experience together. For our 3-year-old son, QJ, this is what our Baltic cruise is all about. When he’s not playing trains with Uma Mary and Upa Tom, he’s playing sports with Ada (uncle) Jim and Ana (aunt) Karen or dancing with Ana Julie and Ada Joe.

In fact, on our first full day at sea, or rather, traversing the Kiel Canal (the world’s busiest canal, in fact), most of the day was spent playing croquet with Ada Jim and Ana Karen, and then, together, QJ and Jim played bags.

QJ, Karen and Jim playing bags on the sports deck.

QJ, Karen and Jim playing bags on the sports deck.

QJ and Jim playing croquet on the sports deck.

QJ and Jim playing croquet on the sports deck.

View of the Kiel Canal.

View of the Kiel Canal.

View of the Kiel Canal.

View of the Kiel Canal.

View of the Kiel Canal.

View of the Kiel Canal.

Ada Jim won the cruise bags tournament. “I couldn’t have done it without practicing with QJ,” Ada Jim says. And I’m sure, before this trip is over, he’ll be getting in a lot more practice time. QJ will make sure of it.

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