As a dedicated travel planner, I love hearing what my clients have to say about their trip. Jackson a/k/a “Jax” Geach is an amazing young man and a rising Hollywood star. He is an actor, model, singer, musician and songwriter among other talents. Check out his Facebook Page here. Jackson loves all things Disney and I had the privilege of booking his family’s first Disney Cruise. I was very eager to hear all about their adventure at sea. Here’s my short post-cruise interview with Jax and a few pictures his mom shared with me after their trip.
What was the first thing you said when your parents told you that you were going on a Disney cruise? I said, “Wow this is awesome!” but in my head I was thinking ,“We’re not going to Disney World?” Usually we go to Disney World every winter so this was a change for me, but as the days went forward I started researching Disney Cruise Line and started obsessing over going on the ship. To be honest, I asked every single day leading up to it.
What is the first thing you remember after you boarded the ship? We went during the Christmas season and the first thing I remember is the beautiful colors, lights, and gorgeous Christmas tree! I also remember the crew calling out “And here we have the Geach family!” It was a very magical moment for me and the rest of my family.
What is the first thing you did after checking into your room? The first thing I did was the “Interactive Detective Agency” with my sister Makenna. It was really fun because it showed us everything around the ship from the restaurants, to the shops, and the art gallery. I would definitely recommend it. It is the best way (and most fun) to learn your way around the ship.
What was your favorite food on board? My favorite food was actually a soup. I loved the bacon potato soup from the Animation restaurant.
How was the weather during your cruise? If it rained, what did you do when it rained? It was (mostly) nice and sunny during our cruise. When it rained I rode the AquaDuck and watched movies from the room.
Who was your favorite Disney Cruise Cast member onboard and why? Was it your server? My favorite Disney Cruise cast members were from the restaurants. They were very friendly, and kind. One of the cast members gave me an origami swan.
Which was your favorite restaurant and why? My favorite restaurant had to be the Enchanted Garden because I loved the design from the flowers to the tables; it was amazing. They also had a great breakfast buffet.
Did you make any new friends on board? Yes, I met this girl named Tori at dinner the first night and we would talk every night afterward.
Did you go to the kids’ clubs? If yes, what did you think? I did one activity at the kids’ club which was the Star Wars Training and it taught us how to use the “Force”. However, there were so many other great activities to do I just didn’t have time for more.
What family activities did you participate in? We participated in the AquaDuck which was one of our favorite things on the ship. We loved how it went over the water and that it went around the whole perimeter of the ship. We also participated in the Pirates of the Caribbean pirate night. I loved the fireworks, music, and the dance party at the end because I showed everyone my moves. The thing l loved the most was participating in the tree lighting. It was a great way to feel the holiday spirit throughout the entire trip. I can’t wait to go on another Disney Cruise!
Jax is already looking forward to his next Disney Cruise! Are you ready to walk in his scuba shoes and book your Disney Cruise?
One of the most daunting tasks I have as a mother is explaining away the disingenuous behaviors of others.
If it sounds too good to be true, it is – there’s no “probably” about it. There’s an unfortunate downside to teaching my children to be men of integrity, who respect others and honor their words. They expect the same treatment in return. Teaching to be good and to do good must come with a cautionary warning: Most people don’t have integrity.
Since graduating high school, my middle son has sought out an interim post graduation program that will help him to develop as a student-athlete. Promises were made by well-known coaches and prestigious institution officials to secure his attendance at an elite prep school only to renege on every promise mid-season and usurp thousands of dollars and time that can never be recovered. A lawsuit worthy cause? Perhaps. My first priority, however, is to piece together the broken pieces of my son, his shattered dreams, cast cold-heartedly to the ground and discarded.
“Son, people are not who they seem, they are just people. Riddled with flaws and self-centered motivation.”
Shall I address the Bronx body shop, where my eldest son took his new car to tap out a dent that a fellow motorist caused while it was parked innocently on his college campus? As if the hit and run wasn’t enough, the body shop swapped several of his car’s factory-installed parts and replaced them with a few “chop shop specials”, unbeknownst to my son. Several weeks later, there is smoke rising from under the hood. “Don’t worry son, just bring it to the dealership and have it checked out.” Well, the underhanded work of the body shop was quickly uncovered. As for his new car warranty, well that was voided based on the unauthorized replacement of the factory-installed parts. Will the body shop owner ever admit what was done? Of course not. Will filing a formal complaint help recoup the financial losses associated with the unlawful act? Not likely. The burden of proof lies with you and unless you have video documentation of the theft by the shop mechanic, it is a waste of time. “Son, all people can not be trusted. Research, investigate and choose wisely. I wish I could protect you from every charlatan, every deceiver, every thief and heart-stealer. My dearest son, I’m so sorry that most people do not have integrity.”
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We were the envy of the neighborhood, well at least our friendship was. The joy of our youth was evident in the brightness of our smiles and infectious laughter. The walls of our friendship were impenetrable, like a mansion reinforced with pure gold. You were always the beauty queen, I suppose I was the sidekick but most superheroes have one so it never made a difference to me. Neighborhood acquaintances since birth, best friends since preschool, surely we were a match ordained in Heaven. How convenient that our houses were parallel to one another, a quick hop over my backyard fence, a little neighborly trespassing, and there I was, knocking on your door. Sure I was the one doing all of the fence hopping but it didn’t matter, we were peanut butter and jelly, a perfect combination.
It was always fun visiting your house, hanging out with you and all of your sisters. And the coziness of having both parents around was a welcomed glimpse into my alter life. Living in a dual income home you surpassed me on the economic scale and getting a ride home from school from time to time was a welcomed luxury. My mom didn’t drive, didn’t have a car and worked 2 jobs so life was slightly different for me even though I lived just around the corner. It bothered me sometimes that your mom never let you spend the night at our place but our friendship could not be shaken and I was more than happy to stay at yours. We were ebony and ivory, “living in perfect harmony” as I danced to whatever beat you played.
How awesome it was to get to attend private school together! I’m not sure how my mother ever afforded it but I was so glad to have a friend to call my own as we entered elementary school together. Boys always liked you better, that was a given. We were just a couple of schoolgirls growing up and being silly. Sometimes we dated boys that were best friends too just so we would never have to be apart. Ugh! Remember that boy whose backpack I threw in the garbage because he kept getting on my nerves? And the one who visited his grandfather every summer and dated nearly every girl in our crew, one after the other? Boys. Yuck!
Academically we were always at the top of our class. Our dynamic duo was destined for greatness until life as we knew it took a dramatic turn. I was skipped a grade and you weren’t. How could they do this to us?! To make matters worse, your parents transferred you to a different school far away. My new classmates were horrible. I often turned to my sister, who was now only a grade ahead of me, for comfort. You were gone, and I was left sitting alone in a boat without a paddle. I stayed home sick more times in that one year than I had throughout all of my school years combined. We saw each other from time to time but life as we knew it was changed forever. That first year without you was the longest year, at least it used to be. When you re-enrolled for junior high school we were peas and carrots again – just like Forrest Gump and Jenny!
Our celebrated reunion was short-lived. We were the same, but different. There were a few noticeable changes in our lives. New friendships had formed, new habits developed, and our common interests were separating. High school continued on this course with the two of us traveling at different speeds.
Like interlocking circles, I had my friends, you had your friends, and sometimes, not often, it was just us.
High school nearly killed me, literally. Perhaps you didn’t know that or maybe you did but didn’t really care. I’ll never know. Your new clique kept you pretty busy while I was treading water just to survive. Graduation couldn’t come soon enough and before long I was on my way to college in sunny Florida. Our buddy time was further reduced to occasional Spring breaks and holidays but it was always good to see you. We kept tabs on each other from a distance and good news, as they say, always travelled fast. Life doesn’t always work out the way we intend it to but we do the best we can with what we have been given.
Transitioning into adulthood we made a few similar choices. Having our first sons born within months of each other would rekindle the bond between us later on as our children would become regular playmates and even greater friends. Parenting was our specialty. Day trips to the parks, birthday parties and barbecues became part of our regular routine – and we loved it! By the time we were both pregnant with our third child, going to the beach bearing our big baby bellies was the glory of motherhood. Remember when we took turns spelling words on each others’ backs with sunscreen? We’ve been skinny together, fat together, then skinny again and sometimes in between. Happy together, sad together and just trying to figure out what everything means.
Now I suppose a friendship like ours was not meant to last because now we have bad blood, as Taylor Swift describes best.
It was no secret that he was never good enough for you. Not a bad man, just not good enough for you. After countless years of trying to understand the attraction, I think we all concluded it was a mystery that could not be solved. So what do you do when you don’t know what to do? You go along with the program, just to keep the peace, because life with you was far better than without you.
What appeared to be a mansion constructed with bricks and mortar turned out to be a sandcastle, washed away in the first wave. Few losses are greater than when friendships crumble.
As a single mom, family vacations always felt so out of reach. In fact, it was not even part of the conversation. There was always some bill or some “thing” that had to be paid and living paycheck-to-paycheck was par for the course. We had just survived another New York winter and the birds were beginning to chirp again, signaling that Spring was just around the corner. Continue reading →
Travel is both my profession and my passion. I love to travel and cruising has become my preferred vacation choice. With cruises, my vacation begins the moment I step onto the ship. My sons, ages 14, 19 and 24, all love cruising too. Greater than birthdays and holidays, it’s our most anticipated time of year. Whether young or mature, cruises offer a variety of activities and unique experiences for every age. Continue reading →