Update – June 30, 2016:
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Having fun with an alien aboard the Windsong
in Tahiti, 1997. Charlie’s favorite photo of then-CEO of Holland
America Line & Windstar Cruises Kirk Lanterman as an alien
(he had a “ray gun”, too! – that’s what he
called his phaser anyway . . .), along with CT friend, the lovely Lydia
Reminisces of our last adventures & past CT Family and
announcing Cruise Trek 2017: “California Gold”
Hello, Cruise Trek Tribe!
It’s been too long for sure . . . and simply getting back to
reality after our grand South America adventure has not been all that
I am simply too desirous of wanting to go adventuring all over again!
More so, I miss our people! Remember Cape Horn day . . . cruising the
Beagle Channel & more? It was another amazing trip . . .
but, this one got to my core. At times we were so immersed in natural
beauty and yet still able to see humanity and its effects on our planet in
both good and sometimes not so good ways. It was a truly life-broadening
Our passion, intellect & cultural curiosity were hugely piqued
and so much so that I am still seriously missing our CT tribe. Perhaps
maybe it was just because we shared it all together . . . taking meals
together in culturally enriching Buenos Aires and exploring the many
ports of call could have not have been any more enjoyable.
Family style dinner in the Argentinian way at our home base hotel
in Buenos Aires and touring the city together will always be ingrained in
my fondest of memories. And the 20-day long second cruise segment
left me wanting for so much more.
In fact, these feelings are shared by more as we even have some
of our CT family booking additional cruises with us this year as they
loved being away and the adventures so much! And then to balance all
the inspirational brain food was the zany silliness we also had on-board,
which only comes from being able to enjoy each other at a higher and
more intimate level.
In any case, thank you very much for the opportunity to share our
commonalities and our curiosities, as well as for perhaps broadening
our human perspectives.
Though speaking more of silly, generous, and wonderful, we all
remember our friend Dominic Keating (Enterprise’s
Malcolm Reed) sharing very personally/intimately of his start in show
biz, his talents and his work regarding the Iliad while in South America; he just
recently performed the same piece in front of a live audience in DC.
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Next time he performs, I hope to get the word out to all of you for
your own enjoyment.
We also had the ever-energetic Jerry Hardin with us on such a grand
trip and at 86 years young!! I aspire to be just like him!
Then additionally, we had our friend and visual effects guru Ron
Moore (5-time Emmy award winner), for the first time, sit down with
actors to discuss the very essence of the movie/TV business at a very
personal level. It was certainly enlightening.
Besides getting back into the reality groove upon our return, we have
been changing our computer system to allow being on the road more
often. We might become even more vagabond-like (remember Rolf Potts
and his book Vagabonding?).
With that, we have changed our CT phone line to be a “Magic
Jack” or VOIP line. This way we can bring or forward our phone
line anywhere in the world while we travel. A really cool device/app and
one we thought to recommend as a way to avoid land line costs.
NO WORRIES THOUGH. WE WILL KEEP THE SAME MAILING
ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBERS, AND EMAIL ADDRESSES.
And perhaps more importantly to the CT Tribe, we have also been
researching alternatives for our next CT adventures for 2017 and
beyond . . .
With that, we have the pleasure of announcing our next adventure,
this time, much closer to home –
September 24 – October 1, 2017.
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~ Fun in California! ~
Griffith Park Observatory
Los Angeles Science Center
We will sail from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, San Francisco,
Monterey, and Catalina Island, and then to Ensenada, Mexico, to meet
the Jones Act requirements. In Los Angeles, we will gather for our
pre-cruise hotel (Universal Studios area) and perhaps tour to several
places including the Griffith Park Observatory (and the Leonard Nimoy
Theatre within), JPL for a science lesson, and the Reagan Library (and
it does not matter your political affiliation – this place is just cool
for all, especially history buffs).
And on the day of our transfer to the pier, we will stop at the Los
Angeles Science Center, where the Space Shuttle Endeavor
is displayed . . . by itself, a fun day to be had for all . . . and again . . .
there’s no telling which actors will join us on all of it!
A possible optional tour may include a Central Coast road trip to
Hearst Castle (overnighting near Cambria) and perhaps to Paso Robles
to a special locale.
Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, a part of our next adventure,
is a sight to behold. Then we’ll enjoy all that the Bay Area has to
offer. In any case, options for this day and night are still in development,
though we may tour the Napa Valley wine country and/or trip over to
Lolita Fatjo’s for a barbeque or simply explore the city and hang
for a CT family gathering/dinner. We will let you know as it all evolves.
Other possible excursion options include visiting the Monterey Aquarium
or Golden Gate Park (Remember The Voyage Home?).
Also, the 17 Mile Drive, Carmel (home to Clint Eastwood), Cannery
Row, are additional scenic possibilities. Driving the Central Coast on
Highway 1 is consistently listed one of those trips you have to do before
you just can’t.
Then there are meals and/or tours in other ports to plan.
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How about a family outing (if not simply a big party) in Ensenada at
a local restaurant? Remember past festivities at Carlos &
Charlie’s? We were last there a few years ago on our Hawaiian
cruise . . . great food, great people and good times! We will be arranging
this afternoon beforehand. And we’ll let you know as this one,
In 2018, we are looking forward to a European River cruise once
again . . . how about from Budapest, Hungary to Bucharest, Romania?
More to follow.
As an additional side note – looks like the
Star Trek® model my father worked on so many years
ago has undergone a huge renovation –
“Smithsonian Sets Phasers To
Restore On Original Starship Enterprise”, NPR.
I know he would be happy to see it displayed in a much more worthy
locale. Enjoy . . .
Once again, we believe Cruise Trek 2017: “California Gold”
will be another great opportunity for family, tribe, and friends both new and
Though sadly, we have lost a few CT Tribe members these past few
months – Tom Pacuk and Jug Tivald. My memories with them will
always be fondly cherished. Again, and of course, my sincere condolences
go out to their respective families. Loss is difficult.
Looking forward to seeing you once again . . .
Best of safe & bold travels,
Charles C. Datin, Cruise Trek
Mail to – PO Box 4277 Malibu, CA 90264
Phone – (310) 456-7544
SKYPE – cruisetrek
Update – January 22, 2016:
~ Cruise Trek 2016 Fun ~
Highlights, left to right – Stanley penguins, Punta Arenas
National Park, Osorno Volcano in Puerto Montt, and Llama farm.
Hope you all had wonderful holidays . . . and thank you very much
for all the cards and notes.
Alas, we have been fairly busy seemingly running about the world.
After an enjoyable Cruise Trek 2015 event to the Caribbean and all the
related prep and work, we returned home to prep for our departure to
Paris and the UK very shortly thereafter. We had a Shakespeare
Festival event to produce and direct on Cunard’s QM2 out of
As always, Paris was just wonderful in spite of the heightened
security for the Global Climate Conference. Even so, the Christmas
Markets certainly lifted the holiday spirit. Leaving Paris, we took the
Chunnel for the first time to London. . . So much easier than a flight!
And as an FYI, if booked way in advance, it’s way cheaper!
And then London was amazingly festive at holiday time and finding
a Whole Foods during our Trek to Piccadilly Circus was cool even if a
juxtaposition. Plus, to see an ice skating rink as inspiring as Rockefeller
Center was lovely as well.
Sailing out of Southampton, we were off to the Canary Islands,
Lisbon, and Vigo with voracious Shakespeare fans. To top it off, we
did a trans-Atlantic crossing back to NYC on the same ship with
back-to-back snow & hurricane-force storms! Ironically, we docked
in NYC with 72 degrees on Christmas Eve! Wow. . . Sharing a hotel
stay in Times Square with CT family is an experience like no other!
LOL Indeed, it was all very adventurous and the lesson was that it is
still very true: travel simply expands life like nothing else!!
We enjoy sharing our experiences – so please feel free
to inquire if you want to know more.
Speaking of adventurous travel. . . we certainly have one coming
up with our grand “South America Passage.” In fact,
everyone I speak with is like, “Oh, my goodness, I have always
wanted to do that!”
And I am goose bumped every time I speak of South America. And
if it does not hit you over the head as to what you will experience during
the trip. . . it most definitely will do so upon your return!
With that, if there are any of you on the sidelines or undecided about
going or think that it is just too much of trip. . . Please, please get to us
and we will help in any way possible to see you aboard this awesome
& enlightening adventure of a lifetime. For me, to experience the
local cultures, flavors, the Beagle Channel (named after Darwin’s
ship) and so much more are simply extraordinary. And, as always, it is
so much more amazing to share the adventure with the comradery and
commonality that comes from traveling with our family of friends!!
Importantly – For those of you already booked for Cruise
Trek 2016 “The South America Passage”, please go to
the following link for more information on our upcoming adventure
Additional information for CT 2016
Feel free to reach out if you need to. . .
Be well and safe travels!
With appreciation & respect,
Charlie & Aaron
PS #1 ~
Are you looking for something a little simpler and/or a Dr. Who
Please check out what our friend & Dr. Who
Fan (Dan Harris at
is producing for his next cruise event. . .
We are handling the bookings and some onboard arrangements
for this event. . .
Albeit, it is on Carnival Cruise Line, and the sailing date conflicts with
our South America sailing date. . . and so it will be different.
But, Dan has a very interesting & fun list of attendees &
PS #2 ~
If you are new to Trek events and/or wish to go down memory lane,
here is another blast to the past and a great reference for what we are
largely about –
CruiseTrek – The Cruising Adventure Is Just
First page of past CruiseTrek Updates