Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Desert Storm: 25th Anniversary Reunion


I’ve been invited to a Desert Storm 25th Anniversary Reunion next year.  It’s for vets of the war in general, so not my specific union or battalion.  It’s a cruise, which I wouldn’t mind doing, since I’ve never been on a cruise.  At least, unless you count the Catalina Flyer, which was when I was in the Girl Scouts.  I got terribly seasick on that and spent the entire trip on the stairs, enough below decks to cut the motion and still in the fresh air.

It also goes to Honduras and Mexico, and the only overseas countries I’ve been to have been courtesy of war.

But the cost is making me hesitate.  I think I will be able to afford it at that point, but I’m kind of wishing they’d put this in Las Vegas where it wouldn’t cost as much as this.

It certainly would be a different experience — not like a high school reunion where everyone is comparing everyone else’s success, because most of us wouldn’t know each other and yet we have this unique shared experience.  I think if this had been done on the 10th anniversary, I wouldn’t have done it because I didn’t have enough distance from the war.  But 25?  It would be a very different experience.

What’s your take on it?  Have you been on a cruise?  What was it like?  Did you get seasick a lot?

Desert Storm Reunion October 11-18, 2015

Desert Storm Reunion October 11-18, 2015

7 Comments

  1. I hope you go for it. I’ve never been on a cruise, and I’d love the opportunity. And it could be very interesting too. How big was the Catalina Flyer? I think a big ship wouldn’t be as bad–usually.

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    • To me, since I was probably 10 or 12, it was enormous, but it’s actually more like a ferry — only costs $70. Here’s a picture of it: http://www.catalinainfo.com/

      My main issue with the reunion cruise is simply the price. It’s a lot of money! And that doesn’t include the airfare. But it’s also a little over a year off, so it’s not like there’s not enough time to save the money. Still, I haven’t ever been on a trip that expensive before …

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  2. I’m booking it. It seems discounted a bit to me, so take advantage of it. We did a 3 day cruise last year and we paid the same amount as this 7 day. We could feel the ship moving. There are tablets you can take and they even make wristbands for motion sickness. We brought some tablets just in case, but never needed them. Do it, Linda. You won’t regret it.

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  3. tracy marie

    HI there I am going on that cruise! I paid my deposit last night with Carol the cruise agent. Like you I will not know anyone one the ship either, but we do have 1 thing in common.
    Tracy Marie

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    • Cool! Hopefully there will be a lot of women vets!

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  4. tracy marie

    I agree about the money. I got a single room so I had to pay for double occupancy. PLUS the plane ticket to Texas. The deposit was the most and you can pay the rest over time.

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