Hummel Hopscotching (continued)

Though favoring comfort, the Hummels are not above pinching a penny. During their Baltic cruise, Cindy wrote,

“It was mentioned at the beginning that we weren’t supposed to buy ‘drinks’ off the boat and bring them back on board. Since a 1/2 liter (2-cup) bottle of water was sold on board for 1 Euro or about $1.35, we decided this was ‘highway robbery’ so bought 1.5 liter water bottles at convenience stores on shore for 1 Euro and brought them to our rooms. We also purchased two bottles of local red wine, figuring we could drink them in our rooms.

“The first night we enjoyed a bottle of wine, but then at lunch were asked to bring any bottles up to the bar where they would save them until our trip ended. I wasn’t willing to cooperate, so in the afternoon while we were waiting for the boat to be refueled, the four of us finished the second bottle. We didn’t want to ask for glasses, so cut off the tops of the plastic water bottles which accompany lunch and dinner, thus making impromptu glasses. Thus outfitted, we drank the rest of bottle #1. Then we tried to decide what to do about bottle #2. Should we turn it in, or have our little drinks in private here before dinner. We were told that the Coast Guard can confiscate the bottles and fine the boat company $1000!!

“I decided to stay in our cabin while the rest of the group went out in the thunderstorm and rain for a walking tour. One of the employees came to the cabin and told me that inspectors were coming onboard to check out the cabins for ‘drinks.’ I decided that it wasn’t worth the worry and possible fines to hide the bottles, so turned them in. We’ll get them back when we leave. Apparently the restaurant rule comes from the government, not from the boat company.”

Hummelvision. Here is a selection of Cindy’s recent travel photos. They’ll be nostalgic for some of us, and for others, food for planning.





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