About eight years ago my wife and I decided to revisit several of the places where we spent summer vacations with the kids. We were no longer limited to school closing schedules, thus we could travel anytime of the year. Our first trip was to Washington, DC, but it wasn’t until the following year in New Orleans that we discovered many of these cities now had, or were close to, Casinos. The next year was TN. No casinos, but we did stay a couple of nights at Harrahs in Tunica near Memphis. We followed that with South Lake Tahoe (Stateline and Reno for gambling). My youngest son (36) joined us for trips to Atlantic City, Blloxi and South Lake Tahoe again. This year we returned to Hilton Head Island, SC. The last time we were there was 33 years ago. I was all set for ocean swimming, beach walking, sightseeing tours to Savannah and Charleston, and, of course, gambling. Whoa there, bubba boy. There are no land based casinos in SC or Georgia. Casino cruises to the rescue! My wife and I are not strangers to cruising. We went on several before and after the turn of the century. We enjoyed the food, entertainment and the casino. My favorite was formal night when we would show up at the craps table in our formal wear, I in my gown and my wife in her tux. Just kidding of course. I would walk up to the craps table and introduce myself as “Bond, James Bond”. Everybody laughed, and I am sure they said “what an asshole” after I left. So with fond memories, I researched Casino cruises out of SC and GA and settled on the Emerald Princess, which sailed out of Brunswick, GA, about 2 hours from Hilton Head. The nightmare was about to begin. I will continue this on the next post.