A cruise represents the ultimate vacation. A rare opportunity to really get away…..and you can’t get further away from anything than the middle of the ocean.With a total of 5 sea days. this cruise had more sea days than we have had on any previous cruise. I usually tolerate the sea days and look at them as a means to an end (getting to my next port) This time I took a whole new approach. I decided to embrace the sea days and make them just as special as the days we are in port. Maybe we'll do something and maybe we won't but my plan was to enjoy each and every day of this 14 day cruise. And we did!!
What can you do on a sea day? Absolutely nothing…and that’s the beauty of it.
On our 2nd sea day, which was on a Monday, we enjoyed our 1st breakfast in Blu. Until Monday we didn't know that Blu was open for breakfast so it was quite a treat to eat at our favorite restaurant instead of the main dining room or the Ocean View Cafe, which is a place open all the time and where passengers can always find something to eat.
|Cruise Critic Gift exchange @ the Sky Lounge
|Sky Observation Lounge (deck 15 - top)
I also finally met up with 78 yr old Sheila from the UK. Sheila was cruising solo. Her daughter had contacted me thru the forum ahead of time to ask me to be on the look out for her mom. I can tell you this, Sheila didn't need much looking after. She was very spry and energetic, She had already left me 3 voice messages by the time we met on Monday, telling me she was doing this event and that event. Her plan for the day was to participate in some ballroom dancing and the next day she would hail a taxi in St Thomas to do some sightseeing and snorkeling.
|gifts for gift exchange
|the band gets ready for Ray Brown Jr
|me at the Molecular Bar
Since we didn't have the same dining assignment as they did, we decided to meet up at our favorite spot, the Molecular Bar every night at 5:00pm for a pre dinner drink and then meet back there again at 9:00pm to do whatever events we had decided on for the evening.
The 4 of us have already booked another cruise together for spring of 2014. It will be fun to see them again!
|Jim & Dell @ The Molecular - Dell samples a Scorpion Kiss
|We had dinner @ Blu with more new friends, Scott & Harvey
We had a great time dancing and singing along to the songs 'we' all recognized from back in the day.
It was a great day!
But, enough about life on the ship, tomorrow we arrive at our 1st port of call, St Thomas, Virgin Islands. We have to get up early for our excursion.
See you then!