Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cruise 2009 - The Real Story - Day 2

Early wake up. 7-ish. Shower, breakfast and head to Cape Canaveral.

We dropped the car off and were driven to the ship. We checked in and found our way onboard.

WOW. I was most certainly a first time cruiser by the expression on my face. I didn't know what to expect. I WAS very happy to accept a drink about 20 feet onto the ship. Then I promptly signed up for the soft drink package. We headed to our stateroom. Which was about as low and aft as you could get on the ship and NOT be part of the crew. It wasn't large. But it was big enough. We dropped off our carry on's and headed out to explore. We found the shops and the buffet. Then we found the sit down dining room. Ours was the early seating. Which turns out to be the most popular seating. It was lunch time so we ate. The food was good and plentyful. The bread was really good. Small sourdough rolls. A pat of butter and..... have you got a light.

We attended a shopping seminar. Steph is a big shopper. She loves a good deal. So I tagged along. Then we had the mandatory boat drill. Turns out that it was raining out side. The staff on our boat happened to be the shopping lady and a lady from the shows. One of the singers. Turned out to be the best singer on the ship. WOW what a voice. She was marvelous.

We met our table mates at 6pm. A couple from San Antonio, TX (Sally and Jules) and a couple from Hungary (Christina and Zortan) who happened to be living in Ireland. Both couples were in their early 50's. I thought that was kind of odd. Considering the average age of the folks it onboard. We found out that we could order from a pretty large selection. There were chicken, pork, beef and vegetarian dishes. The appetizers were amazing. As were the desserts. AND WE COULD ORDER AS MANY AS WE WANTED. All included in the cost of the cruise. Talk about spoiled. All we had to do was show up and sit down. AHHHHHH.

After dinner we went to one of the lounges. Ended up talking to a couple on their 20th cruise. They were so cute. The lady reminded me of my darling middle child. Or rather I could picture my middle child looking like this lady when she gets older. We chatted with them for a bit and then hit the sack. The beds were quite comfy and the covers were heavy but not too hot. Perfect.

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