My handsome Dad. Can you believe he is 80?
Chuck's son Gabe and his wife Madelyn were there for a visit before we left on the cruise.
Dad and Inez met us at the terminal. We were all so excited!
This is the promenade. It was amazing to see all of this inside a ship. Shops, restaurants and a barber shop; they even had a pizza parlor and Ben and Jerry's and a coffee shop on this deck. I think a Champagne Bar, too. I didn't get photos of the ice skating rink or the many other clubs or the large theater. They put on a show every night from a comedian to a Cirque de Sole-like show. And one night there was an ice show. Can you believe that? Everything was just gorgeous and HUGE!
Here is a view of our ship on the left "parked" next to the Explorer of the Seas, another Royal Caribbean ship. The one on the right looks bigger from this angle, but our ship was 90 feet longer than theirs. This was taken at St. Maarten, I think.
Here we are on the first of two formal nights. Front row: Monica, me, and Inez. 2nd row:Chuck, Ed and Dad. (can you believe he is 80?) Top row: Becky, Janet, Steve and Cindy. We have lots of pictures from that night and I will share them with you in a later blog.
The Lebanese Couple. One of the poses the photographer set up for Becky and Janet was so funny. I loved it! Janet called it her I Dream of Jeannie pose!
Dad and his kids.
We had a wonderful time. I loved spending all that time with my family and it was so much fun getting to know Janet better. She and Becky were childhood friends. Janet is a nurse and lives in New Orleans with her husband, Jimmy, who she left at home. We all laughed so much and boy did we ever eat!
Our favorite late-night hangout was Olive or Twist. A quiet nightclub up on the 13th deck. Quiet music, a few cocktails and lots of laughs. It was a lot of fun.
It was especially great to spend a whole week with Dad who I don't get to see nearly enough. He and Inez stayed up with us to the wee hours of the morning a few times. By Friday, they were ready for a nap, but so were we all.
Like I said, I am heading out again tomorrow morning for 10 days on the Cape. I will follow up when I return with lots more pix.
Here are some Previews of Coming Attractions:
Ed surfs on the Flow Rider on a Boogie Board. Steve, Janet and Becky did it too. And I have photos!