There are typos galore, cause I didn’t feel like going through everything and fixing it all.
Cruise Day 1- Departure
Spent the night before at Edward and Jessica’s house. Early in the morning we went to Walmart for a few last minute items and breakfast. Back at the house, I found my first “trackable” while geocaching on property. After prepping the house (and the cat) for our departure, we were picked up by friend, Jen, and driven down to Tampa to the port of departure. I closed my eyes as we got close, cause I didn’t want to see the ship from afar. It seemed much more exciting to open my eyes and see a huge ship in front of me, in a kind of overwhelming sense. Our luggage was taken by some friendly port workers and we headed up to check in after saying bye to Jen. As we waddled through the long line of fellow cruise goers, I was reminded of one important item that I had left in the front pocket of my largest checked bag. My birth certificate. I needed that to check in and it was now hidden amongst possibly thousands of other bags. After being checked through security, we found a manager, who managed (haha, see what I did there?) to bring me back down to bag check and get my bag in the fastest time possible. Where it usually would have taken over an hour to find my bag, the amazing workers only had me standing in an almost panic for about ten or fifteen minutes. As soon as I had my birth certificate and anything else I needed, the manager took my back through security to meet up with my waiting party. We checked in and were off to the boat, only stopping for a second to get our picture taken.
Once on the boat, I silently gawked at the beautiful structure and deep rich colors that I loved very much. It was all so luxurious! We went to our room to collect ourselves and then headed off to explore. The buffet was packed with people, but there was no shortage of delicious looking food, and as long as the line seemed, it moved quickly. I also found, to my delight, that the coffee bar had everything I needed to make my signature mocha mix. After food, we attended a required training session about emergency situations on the boat in the Venetian restaurant, which, I have to mention, is gorgeous. It was so gorgeous, in fact, that we decided to have dinner there that night. But I’ll talk about that in a minute. Before dinner at the Venetian, we headed to the front of the boat to sit, relax, and watch the ship leave port. At first it was slow going through the channel, but as we got out into deeper, wider water, we picked up speed and were headed to the Tampa Sky Bridge. This is where we decided it was time for dinner, before the rush. While Edward and Jessica went back to the room to grab a jacket and whatever else they needed, I checked in and snagged a table next to the huge, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows at the very back of the ship. I was greeted warmly by the servers and constantly bombarded (in a good way) by questions about if I needed anything and how to correctly pronounce my name. It wasn’t long before my companions showed up and we were ordering our food. For an appetizer, I had the Tomato Garlic Polenta, Edward had the onion soup, and Jessica had the broccoli-cheese soup, much to Edward’s distaste. The main courses are especially hard to choose. I had the broiled lobster and red snapper. The snapper was amazing, but the lobster seemed slightly overdone and dry. Edward had the chef’s special, chicken breast and spanish rice, and Jessica had New York style strip steak. In the middle of dinner, from the large windows, we watched as the the ship passed right under the Tampa Sky Bridge. It was lit up and very beautiful, and we watched as it got farther and farther away until we could no longer see it clearly. Dessert. Oh my goodness, the dessert. I have to say it was my favorite part of the night, in terms of food. While Jessica nommed on bread and butterpudding and Edward fawned over his key lime pie, I was enthralled with the taste and texture of my chocolate (no sugar added, yay) panna cotta. It was so amazing in both presentation and taste, that I forgot to take a picture until I was halfway done. The desserts were shared around, but it was clear the each of us had definitely chosen our own favorite.
After dinner, we parted ways for a while. I changed clothes and explored the ship for a while, then met Edward and Jessica back at the cabin. It wasn’t long before I was our the door again, headed for the single’s social at the Star Bar. I was very late, arriving close to the end up the meet, but everyone was still there and mingling, and I was quickly accepted into the group after a quick introduction by the facilitator. The group dispersed not long after and I went to a game called Majority Rules with someone I met at the social. It was a fun game, though some of the (spicy) questions made things a little awkward between my new friend and me. The game was over and we had different plans, so I headed toward the Welcome Aboard show to meet Edward and Jessica by myself. The show was a mix of funny and informative as speakers, dancers, singers, and impressionists entertained us for what seemed like a good hour. I had to leave for a minute halfway through to get some ginger from the sushi bar down the way. I was getting dizzy and wanted to nip my seasickness in the bud. The rest of the show was great. While Edward and Jessica stopped for a quick bite, I headed off to a game called Sing It If You Know It and meet up with some others from the single’s social. Edward and Jessica arrived a little later. The game was hilarious to watch and by the end, instead of being a game show, it became a dance club. However, it wasn’t a normal dance club. This one was fun and even the crew members got into it. Next to where I was sitting, a waitress, holding a tray half full of dirty glasses, was smiling and solo salsa dancing to a popular latin-style song. Even Gangnam Style was played, enticing quite a few of the crew members to do their very best, full-hearted impression of the dance (mostly resorting to what seemed like extremely enthusiastic line dancing). I got up and danced for a bit, but had to leave cause of a minor headache that I didn’t want to aggravate. After some ibuprofen, a cookie, some water, and a nice long stand at the front of the boat where the breeze was strong, I was feeling much better. I explored for a bit and headed back to the room for a shower and sleep. All in all it was a great day.
Cruise Day 2- At Sea
Edward, Jessica, and I woke up early this morning. Though, through tiredness and procrastination, it took us about an hour to get our of the cabin for breakfast. Just as we got to the buffet floor, the sun was just coming over the horizon. It was red and brilliant, with rain clouds in the distance, making patterns over the water that I could have stared at for hours if my stomach wasn’t complaining. Like I had been craving for weeks before, I made a beeline to the bagel and locs. Something about smoked salmon on a bagel with cream cheese makes me very happy. I forgot to see if there was any dill, but my tastebuds didn’t seem to mind. Coffee and orange juice completed my breakfast, though, in hindsight, I should probably have had some fruit. Fortunately for me, as I’m writing this just after coming back from breakfast, hindsight serves me well, especially with the knowledge that the buffet is still open. So, fruit it is. With a quick trip to the buffet, my fruit-guilt was quelled along with some orange juice and part of a slice of french toast.
After a short siesta, I watched part of the excursions presentation, then checked out the cooking demonstration. Unfortunately, as much as I love cooking, the lack of excitement and overwhelming amount of accent from the “host” kept my interest at bay. I changed into my swim gear and headed to the pool. After making some friends and deciding that the hot tub was insufficiently hot, I tried to give my legs some color while rereading “Seize The Night” by Dean Koontz, the second book in his Christopher Snow series. At some point, I found myself intrigued with the Mr. and Ms. Norwegian Cruise contest, and entered myself. Didn’t win, but I got a free beach ball. That and Jessica ended up appearing at some point and taking pictures/recording the whole ordeal for my enjoyment later. After tanning for as long as I could before I went through motion withdrawal, I headed back to the room to change and try to do something with my unruly swimming pool/air dried (more like tousled or thrown) hair.
I met Edward and Jessica back at the room and learned of their lunch at another restaurant in the ship, which included a show from some wild dolphins, and a cameo from a mysterious shark. I could mention that seeing dolphins is something I’ve been looking forward to since I stepped on the ship, but really, if we get on a cruise ship, you’re gonna be looking over the edge every once in a while, hoping to catch of glimpse of dolphins in the waves, whether you realize it or not. Hoping to have the same experience, I decided to have lunch at the Blue Lagoon. The tomato and basil soup and mozzarella panini were both wonderful, but I was slightly disappointed when I was unable to procure some fresh strawberries for my cheesecake. Oh well, maybe next time. With lunch over and done with, I set out to find a warm spot in the sun where I could let my hair down and continue my book. The front of the boat seemed like a wonderful place, and after some reading, seemed like a great place for a nap. With my purse at my side and my book on my knees to keep my skirt from blowing any farther upward, I dozed off. I woke up to one of the deck hands folding up the other deck chairs around me, just before sunset. I was able to get out of his way quickly and headed back to the cabin where Jessica was napping and Edward was reading. I thought about trying to close my eyes for a bit in my bed, but with dinner less than an hour away, I decided against it.
So, without being able to take a nap and with nothing to do outside the cabin, I decided to watch Whisper of the Heart again, at least, as much of it as I could before dinner. I did get hot chocolate through room service though, since the cabin temperature is set securely at FREEZING. We headed out to dinner at the single Teppanyaki restaurant on board. Once seated, we quickly made friends with the couple sitting next to us through some light-hearted, tasteful, asian-centered jokes. My personal favorite quip was “It feels like we’re moving”, which was quickly responded to with “We’re on a boat”. The chef was entertaining and talented, making sure to not leave a single person out of the fun-making, including playing catch-the-flying-piece-of-egg-in-your-mouth with a few guests, including Edward, who was the only person to successfully catch. Soon, our food was in front of us, a little at a time, and a perfect amount to make everyone happy. The only negative aspect was the ongoing, although courteously hushed, conversation between two ladies across from us. Immediately after dinner, we went straight to the Stardust Theatre for the “V” show. It was relatively entertaining with only a few issues in the vocal department. Edward and Jessica went to the 70’s Disco Dance thing at Spinnaker’s Lounge while I went back to the cabin after having a short chat with Daniel, one of the shipmates. Back at the cabin, I ordered chocolate ice cream and an expresso to have while watching more of Whisper of the Heart. Edward and Jessica came back after an hour and ordered pizza from room service before we turned in for the night.
Cruise Day 3- Roatan, Honduras
While Jessica and I woke up and got ready, Edward went downstairs to the Venetian to see how the line was for breakfast. We wanted to eat quickly so we could get off the boat as soon as it was docked and cleared. At the Venetian, I had my normal Bagels and Locs along with a cup of coffee, orange juice, and tomato juice (not all together, of course), while Edward and Jessica enjoyed their own style of eggs and orange juice. We made one final check to make sure we had what we needed to get back on the ship (room card and photo ID) and headed to the gangway.
Once off the ship, we were greeted by enthusiastic tour guides, offering prices and tours amidst the local music and dancers. After haggling around, we found a lady who offered a car to wherever on the island we wanted to go, for however long we wanted, unlimited wait time, for $50. It was a great deal, especially since both the lady and her driver were interested in learning about geocaching and becoming geocache tour guides for travelers looking for adventure off the beaten path. Dario, our driver, told us about the countries history, specifically that of the island, as we headed toward our first geocache. However, as we made our way to the other side, the car began to act funny and then died. We were stuck on an uphill. Dario checked the engine and called another driver to come get us, leaving his own car on the side of the road so he could complete his job as tour guide. His friends came in almost no time and we crammed ourselves into the SUV, Dario in the back. The very back. Dukes of Hazard style. Off again to the geocache, we ended up on the other side of the island, at the Half Moon Bay resort. We were greeted by what appeared to be the owner, but when we said we were sight seeing, he asked if we were looking for the geocache! The employees had moved the geocache inside so that children wouldn’t try to steal it. Jessica showed the container to Dario and his friends and explained what everything was. Then she signed it, followed quickly by me, of course.
Our next destination was a place called The Butterfly Garden. We had to explain to our guides that this was a virtual geocache where you had to take a picture to prove you had been there, so there was no container and no paper to sign. It was a beautiful area, so we took a look around. Now that our mission for the day was complete, I had a mission of my own. Find wifi and call my dad. There was a small bar and grill near by that had wifi, so we stopped for drinks. Unfortunately, my dad was in a class and my mom didn’t answer, so I called the only other person I had on my vonage list. Her name is Ricki, a very nice lady from San Diego. We got along very well and I tried to visit her when I could, though, I hadn’t kept in touch very well. We talked for a bit, but since we had to leave the wifi area soon, I said bye and texted my mom and dad, letting them know I was leaving and would call again tomorrow.
Before we returned to the car, we spotted an interesting looking shop called Yaba Ding Ding. Ok, it was more the funny name that caught our attention, not the shop itself. Inside were a bunch of clothes and trinkets marketed directly to tourists. I spotted very little that interested me and nothing that specifically called out. I did, however, find my mom’s christmas gift. Jessica bought a sarong. Dario and his friends drove us back to the boat and we paid $10 more to try and assist with the repair of Dario’s car, then said our goodbyes. Before getting on the boat, we explored some of the dock shops, but there was nothing of particular interest. It is definitely worth mentioning that we saw a Bojangles and were told about a Wendy’s on the island. It was unexpected, to say the least. On the trip around the island, we briefly discussed sports, mostly touching on soccer and why the USA didn’t really take to the part as much as Basketball and Football. It then dawned on me that playing soccer was difficult for the USA because one of the rules was that you could’t touch the ball with your hands unless you’re the goalie or on the sidelines, tossing the ball back into play, and everyone knows that the USA can’t keep it’s hands off of anything.
Back on the boat, we dropped our things at the room and went for lunch at the Blue Lagoon, sitting next to the window that looked our onto the dock. It was a beautiful sight, and from that high up, you could see the clear, blue water below, all the way down to the coral on the floor. Lunch was pleasant, with only a few issues. No longer hungry, we headed back to the cabin for a nap.
Edward and Jessica headed out before me to see a short film called “Destino”, a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Ali. I followed not-so-close behind, just barely catching the end of introduction to the short. The boat pulled away from port about halfway through the film. It was definitely an interesting film, and if you have the chance, I’d suggest trying to find somewhere to watch it. For dinner, we chose restaurant “Aqua”, but still had a good 30 minutes before it opened. Edward and Jessica opted to stay in the area while I headed upstairs to check out the java bar. Nothing on the menu piqued my interest, so I headed outside to get a few pictures of Roatan from a distance. On my way out, I ran into Chris, the boy I met at the Single’s Social on the first night. We chatted for a bit before I had to go back downstairs to meet Edward and Jessica. He gave me his room number to leave a message on his room phone, so we’ll hopefully be able to hang out again.
Dinner was nice. I wasn’t very hungry, so I ordered a french onion soup and picked off of my friend’s plates. Wild Mushroom Ravioli is definitely on my list of “have again”. Dessert was decent, but nothing to write about at much length. After dinner, I headed back to the room while Edward and Jessica went to the Spinnaker lounge for Battle of the Sexes. A short nap later, I was choosing an outfit to go see Dancing with the Dawn Stars, where I was supposed to meet Chris again. I think I enjoyed that show more than any other show so far. It was hilarious! Chris and I headed to the front of the ship to look at the water before we parted ways again at the elevator. I headed back to room, followed quickly by Edward and Jessica. After deciding on a quick before bed snack, we headed to bed.
Cruise Day 4- Belize City, Belize
Today started out rather slow. Edward and Jessica left for breakfast, leaving me to sleep a little longer. I woke up and got dressed, a few minutes from being ready when they returned. On there way back, they had gotten tender tickets to take us ashore to Belize, and their numbers had been called only moments before, so they were in a slight rush to get to the gangway.
The boat was two stories. I was in the mood for a view and some wind, so I opted to sit on the second level while Edward and Jessica played it safe on the first. Especially since we couldn’t leave the port, as Belize was by far the least safe of all the ports we were planning to stop at, it was less than exciting, and at one point, a little disappointing. Wanting to call my parents from the port, I scoured out some wifi. After paying $5 for the password and another two for a real-sugar coke, I found out that Belize had blocked vonage, so the app I was trying to use was useless. I explained my situation to the owner of the shop, an American who had found her home in Belize a few years back, and she let me borrow her iPad, which was equipped to make international calls for free. This time, my dad didn’t answer, but my mom did, however, it was so loud and the signal apparently not strong enough, so the conversation was broken and a bit yellie. My goal had been accomplished though, as minimal as it was.
Jessica and Edward had found another geocache at the port and we signed the log before heading back to the ship. I was tired and hungry, so we immediately stopped at the buffet for food. Usually, I would only get a few things and eat all of it, not wanting to waste food, but today was a little weird for me. I pilled my plates high, sampling whatever looked interesting, and I definitely didn’t clear my plates. Except for the veggies. Those were gone.
We went back to our cabin for a bit. I grabbed my book and headed as far to the front of the boat as I was allowed. Grabbing a deck chair, I opened my book again, reading a few chapters before the humid, muggy weather drove me back inside and to the cabin. I thought of taking a nap, but when I turned my computer screen on, I decided to organize some files and read a bit. Edward was reading and Jessica was napping, but we were all soon very annoyed at a random fly that had made its way into our cabin. We tried smacking it half-heartedly, but I was the only one to land even a soft blow. Fed up with the flying menace, I grabbed a hand towel from the bathroom and cornered the bug in the window. I told Edward to duck, but before he did, he grabbed Jessica’s glasses out of harm’s way. Satisfied that the glasses weren’t in danger, I flicked the towel forward, not realizing that Edward hadn’t ducked completely yet. The towel swung back, having missed the fly, and struck Edward right in the eye. After apologizing profusely, I tried one more time, this time making sure Edward was ducking. I hit and killed it dead on. Finally.
Tired of playing on the computer, I jumped into my own bed and opened my book. A few chapters later, the room phone rang once, then stopped, just as Jessica had moved to get it. A minute passed before it rang again, this time, for longer. Jessica answered. It was Chris, calling for me. He wanted me to meet his parents, since he had met Edward and Jessica. They were heading to the buffet for drinks and I had nothing to do at the moment, so I promised to join them, despite Edward and Jessica’s heckling.
Playing on instinct, I entered the buffet on the same side they were sitting and within moments, was sitting across from Chris’s dad, introducing myself. We chatted for a while before Chris’s mom wanted more tea. I had yet to get a drink, so I offered to join her to the drink counter. We had a light, pleasant conversation about their family and headed back to the table. I tried my best to be polite and convey an aire of elegance, but I felt my nervousness and klutzy vocabulary shine through. Chris and I had planned on going to the Single’s Social Dinner, but his parents invited me to join their family for dinner, seeing as how the first Single’s Social had at least nudged both of us in the right direction, so there was no need to meet with a crowd of “looking” people again.
The rest of Chris’s group was gathered a little before 5:30 and we headed down to the Venetian with an odd numbered group. I felt a little out of place for a bit, seeing as how I was causing trouble for the cruise staff. My uneasiness left me as we were seated and I got to know the rest of the family a little. I was more keen on listening and learning than bragging about myself and my skills, despite the subject of talents and skills coming up. I felt, if things moved forward later on, showing my skills as an unexpected surprise to the family, would be more awe-inspiring than just talking about it. I didn’t want to come off as conceited either. It was a fun dinner, many fist-bumps exchanged between Chris’s dad and myself as a celebration of our similar humor, much to Chris’s embarrassment, I’m sure. We decided to move as a group to the Stardust Theatre to watch the live acrobatics show. It was definitely amazing, something I’d recommend to anyone who has a chance to see it.
Chris and I said goodbye to his family, after they invited me to have dinner with them again, and headed to the Spinnaker Lounge to watch The Perfect Couples gameshow. At first, I thought it would just be answering questions or something, but it became a very physical show. Hilarious and physical, not for children in the slightest. It was awkward at some points, for Chris and I, as things got sexual, but we laughed it off. Edward and Jessica were also there, so I made sure to tell them about the acrobatics show, which they had already planned on going to. I found myself feeling rather tired, so Chris and I parted ways after the show, only to meet again on the staircase leading up to our rooms for a moment. We said goodnight and parted ways again. Back at my cabin, I jumped into my bed and read more of my book. I was halfway through already.
Cruise Day 5- Costa Maya, Mexico
As we pulled into port at Costa Maya, Edward and Jessica left for breakfast. I took my time getting ready and met them for breakfast. Today, I decided to wear my pants (rolled up as shorts) and a t-shirt, but after breakfast, I went back to the cabin and switched the pants for a skirt. This was the first time in a very long time (possibly forever) that I felt awkward in pants. We gathered in the atrium and went ashore.
There was a little drama and all three of us parted ways to go do our own thing. I browsed the shops and searched for wifi, all the while being hit on by almost every guy I passed. Not used to this at all. Finally, I found some wifi and with a little flirting, got the password without having to buy anything. Tried calling dad, no answer. Tried calling mom, no answer. It was rather early, so expected that they were in the middle of getting ready for the day or still asleep. I took a few pictures and headed back to the ship for a nap. About an hour and a half later, Edward and Jessica returned and told me about their adventures outside the port, which I dared not venture alone. They had rented a golf cart, which broke down and was replaced by a gas powered golf cart. I should mention that this happened in the poring rain. I wanted to try calling my dad again, so I headed back out and to the source of the wifi. This time, I was approached by men in native animal costumes, who almost pulled me to take pictures with them. According to one of them, I was the prettiest girl he had seen, especially without make-up. I assumed he told that to all the girls, but it still made me smile.
I went back to the ship, watched from the deck as the other cruise ship pulled out of port, and headed to the cabin. However, as I approached the cabin, the door was open. I was only 20 feet from the door when it closed, a sarong tied around the door handle. A 180 turn sent me back to the elevators. With not much to do, I headed to the front of the ship to watch the rain move in. The breeze quickly turned into strong gusts, one after the other, as I looked over at the tip of the ship. The rain was only a quarter mile out at this point. I was going to turn and leave, but I noticed a small group of people napping on the deck chairs. The rain would be a quick, heavy, unpleasant surprise, so I woke them up. We all made it into the ship as the first drops of rain hit the deck. Within minutes, it was a full down pour, making it hard to see out of the windows. Again, without anything to do, I headed down to floor 9, where Chris’s room was located. I contemplated knocking to see if he was back from his tour, but as I rounded the corner, I spotted him coming down the corridor from his room. It was perfect timing, yet again. His mom was just behind him, and invited me to join them for a snack.
They coaxed me into trying the chilled pineapple soup, which, to my surprise, wasn’t sicky sweet and textureless. We had a nice chat about the day, intermixed with jokes between Chris’s dad and myself. Chris’s mom asked me to join them for dinner again, and I gratefully accepted. I doubted that Edward and Jessica wouldn’t enjoy a romantic dinner, just the two of them, especially today. Chris and I were left alone for a bit and then parted ways before dinner. Unfortunately, I had failed to obtain the details of dinner, and only realized it when I was already downstairs at the Venetian, since that was their favorite restaurant. When it was past the vague time frame of when we were to meet, I headed back to my room and tried calling Chris. No answer. Unsure whether to wait or try to find them, I went with my gut and headed to their rooms.
As I neared their rooms, Chris’s mom poked her head out of her door and spotted me. They had realized what I realized and weren’t sure what to do either. My going to the Venetian had been a good thing, however. The line was quite long already, so we opted for the Aqua, a less frequented restaurant on board. We met up with the rest of the family, and to top it off, our waitress was the family favorite! Like the night before, dinner was nice. Chris, his dad, and myself, made geeky jokes that his mom barely understood, and Chris’s mom and I did our best to embarrass him just a little. He took it well, thankfully, and even went with me to the Karaoke Competition Warm-ups/Auditions. I went through three songs before I finally found one that I could sing well. There were a number of potential contestants, but only 7 would be chosen in a lottery style. The three judges would be picked from the remaining names. I ended up as a judge. Most of the contestants were very good singers, but one in particular stood out to me. When all the singers had performed, the judges were to pick their favorites, and from those three, the audience would choose their favorite. My favorite was Jolleen. Her voice was well controlled and not at all forced. The audience agreed and Jolleen was declared the winner. A little perk of being a judge was that I got a free drink of my choice. Orange juice with a shot of Midori, a japanese melon liquor, was my poison. Also, as a judge, I got the best seat in the house for the next show, The Second City Scriptless Show, a comedy improv show. Chris and I sat across the stage from each other, which was fun, since we got to easily watch how the other reacted to the jokes. We definitely had a similar sense of humor.
The White Hot dance party was next. I had no interest in it, especially since my next morning would be a rather early start, but Chris was going to stay, so I said good night and headed outside to look at the water before going back to the cabin. That’s when I ran into Edward and Jessica, also on their way back to the cabin. On our way to the elevator, I ran into Jolleen and actually had the chance to talk to her. Then it was up to the cabin to order some tea from room service and go to sleep.
Cruise Day 6- Cozumel, Mexico
With our excursion at 10:15, Jessica and Edward went for an early breakfast so they could go ashore and do some shopping. I woke up with 45 minutes to spare, had breakfast, and left the ship. The group met at the end of the dock. I talked with a lady from another cruise boat about future plans and what we did before the group departed, going straight through the mall and to a taxi pick-up area. With 8 to a taxi, we took up 3 taxis. We arrived at the beautiful dolphin swim building and were filled into groups. After changing into swim gear and getting our life vests, we went down to the pools and were introduced to the two dolphins we’d be swimming with, Marina and Liko. Our smaller group got into the pool, which had a platform that was 4 feet deep and then there was a drop off that lead to 15 feet. We swam out into the deep water and into a line where the dolphins swam by to let us feel them. A couple of times, one of them would swim past me, then circle around past me again, basically ignoring the rest of the line. One by one, we were allowed to ride on the dolphins belly as they took us from one end of the pool to the other, then dance with them and hold them for pictures. We had 40 minutes, but it passed so quickly. It was so worth it. We went to the giftshop and were able to nag an amazing deal that gave us almost 40 pictures on a CD, a 8-10 minute DVD of the highlights of the encounter, and 3 prints of our choice. While we waited for everything, we had a light lunch at their restaurant.
On the way back to the port, we stopped for a couple geocaches, and took a look at the ocean-based water park. I decided that on my next visit, I would dive in there, but this time, we had too much to do before departure. We shopped around the mall and I scoured out wifi to call my dad. There were a couple parrots that I got to hold and I finally found a souvenir for my sister, before I headed back to the boat.
At the boat, I changed and read more of my book before heading to the Meet and Greet with Greg London, the singer/impressionist. It was a great session where he talked about his life as a talent and answered questions. Afterwards, I was the first in line to re-introduce myself. I also got a chance to invite him to dinner with us at the Italian Restaurant, La Cucina. He said yes! But he had to greet his other fans and sign stuff, so I excused myself to let Jessica and Edward know of our new guest. I went back up and waited patiently for him to be completely done with everything. We walked down to the restaurant together and found the two already seated. Greg sat down with us, but couldn’t stay long, so he ordered a drink. The conversation was great, our own little one-on-one meet and greet. He asked about what we did and got to know us and our hobbies, including geocaching. After we promised to go to both his shows, and sit in the front row, he excused himself so we could eat dinner.
Dinner was awesome, as expected, but the highlight for me was the dessert menu, specifically one item: Affogato. A scoop of ice cream with a shot of expresso. However, I tried something new, and chose Macadami Nut ice cream. At this point, Edward and Jessica had left to get to a show. Later on, I met Chris at the Spinnaker for 55 To Stay Alive, where Edward and Jessica were already. Chris then accompanied me to sing karaoke before we wandered the boat and went outside to talk. We actually talked so much that we forgot to check our watches. Liar’s Club had already started by the time we noticed, and we booked it back to Spinnaker. It was probably the least amusing of the shows. Afterwards, Chris and I headed up to the cafe for drinks and talked more before I wanted to go to bed.
When I got back to the cabin, Edward and Jessica were already fast asleep, so I turned on the bunk light and finished the book I had been reading.
Cruise Day 7- At Sea
Today was a sleepy day, at least for me. While Edward and Jessica started early, I was in bed until past noon and only woke up when Jessica came to get me for lunch. It was a event we had signed up for called Presumed Murder. Basically it was a mystery theatre lunch. Hilarious and incredibly interactive, we had a blast and the food was decent, to say the least. I noticed a pattern though. This cruise did not specialize in desserts.
After lunch I went back to the room and took a nap. Jessica and Edward came in later, for almost the same reason. I woke up when the phone rang. Edward answered and handed it to me. It was Chris, inviting me to dinner with his family. I wanted to, but I needed to get to the Stardust theatre for Greg’s first show at 6:30. He talked with his family and they all agreed to an early dinner so I wouldn’t be late. We ate at the Venetian as close to 5 as we could get. I was able to get a few bites of dessert before I had to leave. Chris would join me later. Our seats were front and center, as planned.
The show was about an hour long and it was funny, awe-inspiring, and touching. Jessica was the victim of one of the impressions, along with two other girls. When he did an impression of the lead singer of The Doors, at one point in the song, he stopped singing and just stared at me before “snapping out of it” and getting back to the song. Between the two shows, the theatre closed, so Chris and I went to the cafe and got drinks. For the second show, we had almost the same seats. It was basically the same as the first show, but it was the little details and differences that made it completely new. This time, I recorded the show and Greg actually came up right in front of me, sang to me and pointed me out while doing an impression. Later in the show, he pointed out Chris and me and announced us as lovebirds to the audience. After the show, Edward, Jessica, and Chris headed to the Spinnaker for another show from the Second City Comedy troupe, while I went to get my picture taken with Greg. We talked for a bit, but he was busy, so we said bye and good luck with everything and I went to meet up with Chris.
The Second City, like always, was hilarious and a joy to watch, but it ended all too quickly. Chris and I switched to some open seats between that and the next show to sit with Edward and Jessica. Jessica and I then excused ourselves for a bit. When I got back, the game show had already started, so I sat down and cheered on my team. Part way through, with Jessica running around in the scavenger hunt, Greg surprised me by sitting down in the empty seat next to me. Not only did he want to watch, but he helped us and participated in the game, even going so far as to untie his shoes in case one of the items was a pair of men’s pants. The game got weirder and weirder until the stage was filled with a drag queen beauty pageant. After the game, we spent some time talking with Greg at the bar, where he told Chris and me that he was protective over me and really liked Chris, so he wanted us to stay in contact and stay good friends. He kissed my hand and said goodbye.
Edward, Jessica, Chris and I went to the elevator to go to our rooms. My floor was one below his, so when I got off the elevator, I thanked him for a great time and gave him a small kiss on the cheek. Back at the cabin, we ordered pizza and tea. I put Greg’s CDs on my computer and packed my clothes before going to sleep.