Friday, December 15, 2006

The Cruise!

You asked for it!

Cruise info and pictures . . .
Meet Danny and Brittney - a young couple with a keen eye for HUGE bargains on cruises. Thus they were able to take us. (They got too much sun this day)
We entered in a drawing for spa stuff on the boat and of the four of us Brit was the only one who did not win anything until towards the end, when she won a pedicure. That was fun. :-)

With our winnings, I got my hair cut and highlighted (a first), and my hubby got a clean shave. I have neva felt that man's face so soft!

And Brit and I got a massage while the boat was tipping and rolling . . . there was stormy weather for the first three days . . it was kinda funny . . . like being drunk without alcohol.

The joke that the ones that did have too much to drink were the only ones walking straight. No one got sick though - that's good. It didn't do much for the conga line through the dinning room that we all joined in on either . . .

We only joined in on the conga line because our waiter, Yig, from China looked so uncomfortable and sweet when he asked us to join in the line, we couldn't just leave him all alone up there! Thanks to him we learned how to say "Thank You" - something like "shee-shee".
On the way to dinner, every day, we passed by this mural. The lady had NOTHING on, and her hand placement was . . .well, questionable, so I had them all stand in discrete places to take this picture.

That dinning room was one of several places you could get food. The motto was "Eat free, eat often" except here. This dinning room you had to pay for. It was at the top of the ship with a glass staircase that when from the deck below it on up, going over an 8 deck drop. (I told you not to look down, Brit!)
One morning we were just walking around when we came here and heard worship music. We were amazed and so sat down to enjoy it. Soon we met a young lady named Danisa from . . . were, again? Chek republic? I think, anyway - she just glowed.
Turns out the worship CD was hers. She told us that just the day before she was on the phone with her mother of how she felt very alone. Her mom told her to pray and so it was an answer to prayer to meet with other sisters in Christ to encourage and pray with her. We did. I- being the sap I am- didn't make it through the prayer without crying. It was . .. way cool.

Thanks to the lovely young couple with us, I got in more Karaoke in one week than I did in my whole lifetime . . . I did one song, my hubby holding my hand the whole time- hated the sound of my voice and am now CURED of any urge to do Karaoke EVA AGAIN!
My beloved mostly slept . . . which is EXACTLY what he needed! Other times, we played games or cards . . . the guys when scuba diving a couple of times. We stopped at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and-or favorite spot- Puerto Vallarta.
There was one glitch,

When D&B where making the reservations they accidentally, and without realizing it, only booked one room for the four of us. After much begging and pleading to many, many, many people to change it, because after all we were two married couples . . . ehem . . . but it was all to no avail. The ship was booked. Whats more the room had one queen bed and bunks.So to work out . . . e-hem! . . . private time . . . we put to use this:

There are so many stories. This is one of the several towel animals that greeted us when we returned to our rooms at night, beds turned down, little chocolates on the pillows.
I miss this turn down service, and the way they straightened the room everyday. The fact that I didn't have to cook AT ALL and they took care of all the dishes and menu planning. It was fun. THANK YOU DAN AND BRIT!

Bye now!


Rhonda said...

Thanks for sharing! I've wanted to go on a cruise since I was a little girl!
My husband though, won't hear of it. He saw Titanic, and that was it!
Someday, we're planning a chick trip. Yeah!


local girl said...

Your room situation is so funny! Glad you were able to work out some kind of system! LOL!

sarahgrace said...

Wow, that looks like such a fun time! What a blessing. I've always wanted to go on a cruise, but my hubby is convinced that he'll be bored out of his gourd on one. We've had many people tell us, that is SO NOT the case. Hope I can convince him to go one day...

Shash said...

That trip sounds amazing! What ship line was it? The dining room looked like it was out of the good ole days of cruising, how much was it extra?

Kate said...

Aaaahhhh! Danny and Britt, looking about 14 years old! Good lord, I didn't realize they'd been on a cruise (or maybe I blocked it out due to sheer terror), but I'm glad you all had a fun time :-D