About Me

How did I become an expert on the subject of travel?

How did I become an expert on the subject of travel, in particular, crusing for those over 50? To tell the truth, I simply got disillusioned.

I took my first cruise in 1981, more than 30 years ago. It was on the NCL Skyward and I won it in a contest.   We were both poor college students whose families lived in other states. Without enough money to go home for the holidays, a free cruise was a godsend. We decided to take a weeklong Christmas cruise. Not only were we the youngest people onboard, we were the poorest. Our tablemates and fellow cruisers owned steel mills in St. Louis and casinos in Reno. Cruising back then was very expensive and reserved for the more affluent. Fortunately, the seniors got a kick out of us. When I saw 80 pieces of silverware and didn’t know what to do with any of it, they sweetly provided instructions.

I was hooked.

A decade later, I was the cruise editor for a travel trade publication. The average age of my fellow passengers was probably 35. By now, Carnival had popularized mass market cruising and younger people and families were beginning to give it a try.

I was taking three and four night cruises with people who didn’t mind spending the night in a disco and staying up until the wee hours of the morning. I fit in.

As I grew older, I no longer fit in: I changed; my needs changed; my life changed. All the cruises I’ve taken in the past ten years didn’t suit my needs and I became increasinly disenchanted with a vacation opportunity I once loved. It took a cruise longer than seven days to get me excited about cruising again. I was with people in my age group and it made all the difference.

My goal is to pass along everything I’ve learned – and continue to learn – to my fellow baby boomers. I hope  you will recipricate by posting your comments and adding to the conversation.

I live in Florida with my husband, author Marshall Boyd. In addition to this blog, I am a writer, artist and videographer.

…  And  I love traveling!



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9 Responses to About Me

  1. East Coast Tom says:

    Hello- my first cruise was in October of 2000 & I had very recently turned 40. I enjoyed an active social life and staying up late! Now at age 52 & 18 cruises later I prefer the early dinner seating and getting 7 hours of sleep if there is a port-of-call the following day. I like the nature of this site; thanks!

    • Deb says:

      I think the thing that amazed me the most was how much I changed. There’s no choice but to deal with it with humor! I’m glad you enjoy the site. Spread the word!

  2. Kathy says:

    I just found your blog today and I am enjoying it….saw you’re married to Marshall in Florida. Are you Mrs. MJ??? 🙂

  3. Kathy says:

    Loving it!!!

  4. Chris says:

    Your blog is very resourceful, I really appreciate your insightful stories.

  5. Reverge review says:

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after
    I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well
    I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say excellent blog!

  6. Rene Welti says:

    Hi Deb,

    What a great site! A pre-or post Rhine cruise that starts in Basel, is one of the reasons why I receive a number of Americans who book one of my Lucerne Day hikes. People find it easy to fly into Zurich a one hour train ride right from the airport to Lucerne. You find yourself right in a Mideaval 13th Century well preserved with all the amenities kind of place, right on a lake with the Swiss alps in the background. A few days in Lucerne and then the 1 hour train ride to Basel and start your Rhein cruise. FYI – I turned 50, 15 years ago and am now Lucerne’s local outdoor expert. People find my scenic Alp tours easy and fun to do. Am still # 1 on Trip Advisor in the activities / tour companies category. Check me out and tell your friends. And Yes, the Florida outdoors worth the visit especially the area where Deb lives. A San Diego travel writer has just labelled me: Swiss Hiking Maestro after spending a day with me. Sounds good to me.

  7. Elaine says:

    Oh I just love this site. There is nothing out ther quite like this! I love hearing about your exciting and amusing ventures. Going on a cruise tomorrow and hope to have a few of my own! Great tips as well. Thanks for passing that all along.

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