Guest post written by Derick Burks

I fell in love with cruises after we started taking them each year with my husband’s company. However, my parents have never been on one! This year, we’re taking them for their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise, because the scenery is supposed to be absolutely beautiful there.

Before we leave, we always set our home security alarm (Home Security) since we’ll be gone for the week. Then we take our dogs to the neighbor’s house, so that she can watch them while we’re gone. It’s sort of like a vacation for them, too! We’ll have to drive a ways to pick up my parents on the way to the dock, so we’ll be leaving really early in the morning this Saturday.

Once we take them to the ship, I just know they’ll be amazed by the size and by how many things there are to do on board. My dad will especially love the gambling tournaments and card games, because he has the best luck of anyone I know. My mom, on the other hand, is really looking forward to the formal dinners. She has a great time mingling with people and socializing. Once we land in Alaska, we’ll stay there for an entire day before heading back on the ship. It’ll be such a special trip for them to remember.