“Years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
Stitch Trip #1: 4 day – 3 night cruise from Los Angeles, CA to Ensenada, Mexico on the luxurious Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess.
On Friday, January 30th, I had the extreme honor to cruise down the Californian and Mexican coasts with 15 other Stitchers and ‘Dear Sandy’ herself, Sandy Lipkowitz, for our first ever Stitch Trip. But before I go into the details of the weekend, I want to address why someone who is under 50 would want to go on a Stitch Trip with Stitch members, when it is not in my job description for me to do so. For me, I felt like it was very important for me to be around our Stitch members, and let them get to know someone who is behind the scenes of Stitch. I also really wanted to get to know them – learn about who they are, their desires, and their opinions of Stitch so far. Stitch has mainly been built on member feedback since the very beginning, so it was great to be face to face with real members during the entire weekend. Also, just because I may not be exactly in the same age range, it does not mean I cannot have fun (Which I definitely had a lot of)!
Recap of my Stitch Trip experience:
Concluding a day of travel to the Los Angeles Port, it was a very welcoming sight for all to see a bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a voucher for a cruise photo from Stitch and We Make Travel Easy when entering each of our cabins. After settling into our new home away from home, and the Stitch members getting to know their new cabin-mates, the whole group was able to get together at the ship’s lounge. There everyone was able to introduce themselves, and go over the long weekend’s numerous activities the ship and Stitch had planned. We all then ate dinner as a big group, continuing to get to know each other over a delicious meal.
The second day, as we were out at sea the entire day, was full of on-board activities. Princess did an excellent job providing numerous activities for all passengers. Our group attended an art auction, took a wine tasting class, relaxed by the pool, enjoyed several entertainment options, plus much more. But what was special about being a part of our group was we received complimentary Zumba and Salsa classes, taught by the amazing, J’aime. These classes/lessons were not available to anyone else on the ship. J’aime had us up and moving during our Zumba class, and effortlessly moving across the dance floor during our Salsa lessons. It was truly a unique opportunity for all of us.
After a fun day of numerous activities aboard the ship, our third day was finally the day to explore Ensenada, Mexico. What is so great about Princess Cruises is they offer many excursions to participate in while on land at the ship’s destination. Not all members of our group went on the same adventure, but everyone went on an excursion with someone else from the group. The excursion I, and half of our group, chose was a three part excursion. We first took a bus to participate in tasting 4 different wines produced at Baja California’s oldest winery. Second, we went and explored an old gambling casino that was at its height in the 1930s during America’s prohibition era. The likes of Desi Arnez would frequent the casino in its heyday. Lastly, we made a stop in downtown Ensenada, where we tried some delicious tacos, and were able to do a little shopping. Before we knew it, we were back on the ship, departing back to Los Angeles.
But the cruise was not over yet! We still had one night to go, and a Salsa lesson to attend. After learning some more moves from J’aime that will definitely come in handy in the future, we all cleaned up and took in the magnificent champagne shower to celebrate Princess Cruises’ 50th anniversary. Then before we knew it, we were all sitting around each other at our final dinner, reminiscing about the amazing memories we all had made over the last couple of days. Though the weekend went by very quickly, everyone was so glad that they decided to join Stitch on this adventure. But what I think is the most gratifying part of the weekend, looking back, was the new friendships that had blossomed during this long weekend (There were many phone numbers and emails being exchanged during the last dinner).
Now that I am back on dry land, what excites me now are the upcoming travel opportunities Stitch will be offering to verified Stitch members in the future. The next Stitch Trip will be a 7-day Alaskan Princess cruise setting sail on Saturday, August 8th, with other trips being announced soon. This trip to Alaska cannot come soon enough! This is a great opportunity for Stitch members traveling solo to be paired up with other solo Stitch members to save money and to get to know someone new. If you would like more information on or have questions about our upcoming Stitch Trip to Alaska, feel free to leave a comment below or contact Sandy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, let us know below if there are specific locations you would like Stitch to travel to. We are all ears!
A couple other photos from our first Stitch Trip: