Saturday, October 22, 2016

Meeting friends from sea....

and thinking about another Mah Jongg at Sea!

On Friday Barbara and I met with Rita and Donna two new friends from Arizona that we met for the first time on our cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen in April earlier this year.

They were in NYC for the Food Show and we connected with them to visit the 9/11 Museum.  It was a solemn experience but not one not to be missed if you're in NYC or visiting here.

We had lunch after and talked about taking another cruise to sightsee and play Mah Jongg.

Transatlantic cruises are the best for that.... lots of  'sea days' for  MJ and stops along the way for sightseeing.   If you haven't read about our wonderful mah jongg at sea last spring here.  On our 17 day cruise we played with 25 different players on our ship...every morning and afternoon on 'sea days'.

Here's the new cruise we're looking at:

This cruise leaves from Rome on October 26, 2017.  (Yes that's next October...lots of time to plan)
It arrives in Fort Lauderdale on Nov.8, 2017.  It's a 13 day cruise with 2 stops in Spain and 1 in Madeira before crossing to Florida.

It is a Holland America cruise again.  They were so accommodating on our last cruise....reserving a card room for our MJ play every day we were at sea.  They also provided coffee, tea and pastries in the room each day....a nice touch.

If you would like to join our email list to be kept informed about this cruise, send an email to me (Susan) at: and put CRUISE in the subject line.  We'll keep you posted as plans go forward!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Tournament in Scarsdale, NY

Susan and I, along with some friends from our weekly mah jongg games, participated in the SSTTE (Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El) Tournament in Scarsdale, NY.

We love this tournament! Elizabeth Rothstein and her team at the synagogue have been so successful at putting together a great event.  The tournament offers 8 rounds of fast play, plentiful and delicious breakfast and lunch with homemade treats to further entice, spacious and comfortable tournament and dining rooms, and many prizes for high tournament scores and also ones for special hand and high round.  And the players are just lovely! We have come to know so many people through tournament play and we enjoy connecting with them, catching up, and making plans to attend future tournaments.

What a great way to spend a day!! carful what you say in the ladies room during a tournament.  The Mah Jongg world is relatively small and conversations overheard are often about people that other players know.

Before I close this out, just a question…when you are at a tournament do you play more offensively or more defensively that you do at home?? Thanks in advance for sharing.

 ~ Barbara

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mah Jongg at Sea

After months of planning, we're playing Mah Jongg on the Zuiderdam as we cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen.  We've had such fun and met more that 25 wonderful Mah Jongg players.

Looking forward to staying in touch with these players and possibly meeting up on future cruises!

The Mah Jongg Doctors
~ Susan and Barbara