Learning to dance in the rain

December 16, 2010

Cruise Memories

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Our cruise was AWESOME!

Saturday 11/27

We left home at about 11 am the day before the cruise. I always spend the night at a hotel the night before a cruise. Partly to start my vacation earlier, but also because I’m always worried about not getting to the port on time. What if there is a traffic accident? What if one of the roads is closed and we have to find a different route?

Anyway, we got to the hotel early, and had to wait to check in. So we decided to drive down to the port and look at the ships. You can’t actually go into the port, unless you want to pay a $20 per day fee for parking, so we just drove by it. Michele was mesmerized by the size of the ships. She’s never seen them in person before. I told her….. “You see that building over there? Well, that’s a ship.” She was stunned.

We found a great hotel that allows you to pay for one night, then park your car there for the duration of the cruise. Thus saving that $20 per day parking fee.  I was so excited when I found this! The hotel was nice, not luxurious, but nice.

Sunday 11/28

We were suppose to take the hotel’s shuttle to the port, and we met out front at about 10:15. There were about 30 people waiting with all of their luggage to get into a couple of vans. Michele and I looked at each other and both said, “Let’s catch a cab.”  We both get claustrophobic, and thought that was a better idea than riding in a small van with alot of other people.

We arrived at the port early, and had to wait for check in. Of course they took all the “priority” customers first. But we did check in and got our cruise cards only to realize that we could have checked in with the priority group because I still have “elite” status from when I had my travel agency. I thought that they had taken that off my number. Oh, well.

We boarded and wandered around the ship and unpacked our clothes before the safety drill. Then were standing at the ship’s railing, Pina Colada in hand for the bon voyage party. As we were leaving port, dancing to the music, we looked over onto the beach that you pass as you leave port, and some kid was standing there mooning us!!! It was so funny! We spent the evening having dinner, and hanging out on deck. We met a really great couple, Will and Dave. They were sitting at one of the only smoking tables on deck. We talked with them for about an hour before finally deciding to go to our room. Thought it was time to leave the deck when it started raining on us. (just a little sprinkle).

Monday 11/29

We woke up as we were pulling into Princess Cays, in the Bahamas. The water was so beautiful. We had priority tender tickets to leave and return to the ship at our own convenience. So we left the ship as soon as they said we could. We had reserved and rented a private cabana on the adult side of the beach for the day. Wow, what an experience. We got off the tender boat, and they took us by golf cart to the private side of the beach. Before we could enter the area where the cabana’s were, we had to show our reservations. Nobody was allowed past that part of the beach if they didn’t have reservations for one of the cabanas. We changed into our swim clothes, and decided to try to go swimming. Michele actually braved the cold water. Me, on the other hand, sat on the beach and watched her freeze! While we were there, we had lunch, and ordered Pina Colada’s in these hollowed out coconuts that were cut and shaped to look like monkey heads. Of course we took them home with us.

It was here at the beach that Michele and I decided to make a “commitment” with each other. We’ve decided to officially be in a committed relationship. It was really romantic there on the beach.

Tuesday 11/30

Our first sea day. I love sea days they are my favorite. I woke up early, and called down for a pot of coffee. I sat there on the balcony watching the sun rise with my coffee in hand. It was so peaceful. After a little while, Michele woke up, and came onto the balcony with me. She looked a little funny. She looked at me and said, “I don’t think I feel very well.” Followed immediately by her slapping her hand across her mouth and running for the bathroom. She was sea sick. So most of the day was spent in the cabin with her passed out on Dramamine. I went down to one of the shops and picked up the sea sick arm bands. They press on a pressure point in your wrist that is suppose to help with the sea sickness. They did work somewhat. Thank God, because it was formal night, and we had reservations for one of the nice restaurants. We got all dressed up. I had on a little black backless dress and stillettos. She had black pants, a silver shirt and a loose red tie. We looked good (if I do say so myself). Dinner was great at the steak house. We were going to stay on deck and watch a movie, but it started sprinkling, so we just went back to the cabin and had a nice quiet evening together.

Wednesday 12/1

St Maarten. I’ve sailed to St Maarten before, and wasn’t impressed the first time, and was still not impressed the second time. The port always seems to be under some type of construction, so it’s either pay for a water taxi, a road taxi, or take a 30-40 minute walk to get into town. We went to the beach and put our feet in the water (just to say that we did), then went through the shops in town. We bought a few things, then headed back to the ship, and spent some time in the pool and hot tub while everyone else was still in port. The pool deck was nice and quiet. Watched a movie from the pool on the “Movies under the stars” screen. It was great. Finally left port around 6. All in all it was a good day.

Thursday 12/2

St Thomas….. The home to my favorite place in the world, Megen’s Bay. It is rated one of the top 5 beaches in the world. We woke up early, and headed off the ship as soon as they would allow. We caught a taxi and told him to take us straight to Megen’s bay. It’s weird riding around St Thomas. They drive on the opposite side of the street as we do, but yet their steering wheel is still on the same side as ours. We pulled into Megen’s Bay, and after a short dispute with the cab driver over how much we owed, and how he wasn’t suppose to drive that far, we walked onto the most beautiful beach in the world. It took me time to convince her, but finally got Michele to swim with me. Because the waves were rolling a little, it was churning up the sand, and she couldn’t see the bottom, and started to panic a little. She likes to see where she is putting her feet. So we swam for quite awhile, and even when she got out, I stayed in, and swam out deeper. I just love that place. After she finally coaxed me out of the water, we changed into dry clothes, and went to the little tiki beach bar and had an early Pina Colada. Sat there by the beach, and just enjoyed having time together. We headed back to the port and did some quick shopping at the little shops that are there. Then back onto the ship for our second formal night dinner. We went to the regular dining room, and had an amazing meal. Then to the theater to watch a movie. But by that time, we were out into the ocean again, and Michele wasn’t feeling well. So back to the cabin, and she passed out on the dramamine again. I watched tv for a bit, and sat on the balcony some before going to bed myself.

Friday 12/3

Our second sea day. I’ll give you 1 guess what we did for most of the day…… good guess, stayed in the cabin close to the bathroom. Michele was really sick again. I wandered around the ship a little on my own, but really didn’t like being by myself, so I ordered room service for lunch and dinner, and spent most of my time on the balcony watching the beautiful water go by. Still a good day for me.

Saturday 12/4

Grand Turk. I had never been there before, but went online to check it out. Even online they didn’t really do justice to the size of this little island. If you stand on the deck of the ship, you can see the entire island. It’s tiny. When you get off the ship, you walk down the pier, and head straight through this little shop. The out the other side is an entire shopping center. Off to one side is a Margaritaville, complete with a swim up bar! If you go just to the side of that, there is a beautiful beach. Michele actually took advantage of the hot day, and sunshine and went swimming while I went shopping. I had decided to go and find her, when I looked up and she was there, she had come looking for me. She got bored and lonely without me. (ok, all together now… aaawwwwww) There really isn’t all that much to look at on Grand Turk, so we wandered around the little shops together for a few minutes, then went back to the ship. We again took advantage of everyone being in port to make use of the pool and hot tub. So quiet and peaceful. We again went to dinner in the dining room, we found out it was seafood night. We both had lobster. It was really really good. Then onto the pool deck to watch a movie. Dispicable Me. That movie was ssoooo funny!! Of course they had popcorn and ice cream  there for everyone. Gotta love it. When we got back to the cabin, we had to pack everything and have our bags outside our room before we went to bed. So we changed into our robes, and packed everything except the little things we would need the next morning, and the clothes we were going to wear the next day, and put our bags outside our cabin door.

Sunday 12/5

Woke up knowing it was time to go home. We ordered coffee early in the morning and watched the sun rise one more time on our balcony. We cursed the land as we saw it approaching, wishing we could have just one more day. We had to wait until about 9:30 before it was our turn to leave the ship. Of course, then we had to go through the big warehouse of luggage looking for ours. It wasn’t too difficult. Although we have black luggage, I have made the genius move of putting red ribbon with white polka dots on the handles of my luggage to make it easier to spot. We finally retrieved all of our bags, went through customs, and walked out of the port. Michele pretty much had to drag me kicking and screaming, but we found a cab, that took us back to the hotel where our car was safely parked.

It was really a great vacation. I was so afraid that Michele wouldn’t want to cruise again after getting so sick, but all she said is that she loved it, and that next time she was going to the doctor to get some sea sick patches. Hopefully that will help.

I’m planning another cruise for next December, so if any of you are interested, let me know and I’ll get you the information.