Day 2. First Day At Sea

Trip Start Dec 22, 2012
Trip End Jan 05, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, December 23, 2012

Slightly overcast day. temperature 23 degrees.
After an early start and full on day yesterday, it was nice to be able to sleep in. We awoke at around 7.30. By the time we all were ready to start exploring it was almost time for the shops to open. The ship has a lovely promenade area, with quite a few shops, however the quality and quantity of the stock in the shops is very disappointing. Prices are not as good as you usually expect on Royal Caribbean ships. Overall the shopping is disappointing.
We decide to head to the buffet at about 9.30 for just a light breakfast as we are all still full from dinner the night before. Small plate of fruit and toast for Darelle and I and pancakes for Sarah.
With breakfast out of the way we head off to the shuffleboard courts. I retained my title as cruising shuffleboard champion, defeating Sarah 50-0 and Darelle 52-5.
We spent the next hour, just exploring the ship, watching other passengers and relaxing.
Off to lunch at just after 12.00pm.
With lunch out of the way we headed off to putt putt on deck 14.
I retained my title as cruising putt putt champion, winning with a score of 22. Sarah scored 26 and Darelle 27.
Went to the ice skating rink to watch the kids and adults have a skate, great idea to have this on a cruise ship. I will probably have a go, but only on the last day, in case I fall and break my arm.
The weather started to improve by this time so we decided to spend some time sitting by the pool. As laying on a deck chair in the sun makes you very tired, I fell asleep in the deck chair and woke up almost 2 hours later, with badly sun burnt, face arms and legs. OUCH.
Darelle came and woke me up as it was time to meet Debbie and Brian in the aquarium bar on deck 4 for a drink.
After our quick catch up with them, it was time to go and prepare for dinner as tonight is formal night.
All dressed and off to the various photography points around the ship, for the ships photographers to take us in various poses.
Photos out of the way and its off to dinner. By this time I was starting to get a very bad headache because of all of the sunburn I had, so decided I would go to bed to get some rest.
Darelle and Sarah went to the casino, & Sarah got $20 out. Sarah put in a quarter ( this is in American dollars). After a few pushes she wins $16 & hits the cash out button. Sarah walks around in the casino putting a quarter in here & there, but then decide to keep what she has in her bucket for another day. Sarah & Darelle then head off to the show, which featured the Royal Caribbean singers & dancers for their Rythem & Dancers show. There were 2 boys sitting in front of them who start talking to us ( only to get Sarah's attention not mine). They introduce themselves, Villy & France . They were from South Africa. One was a very good looking boy, who told Sarah they could meet up in the nightclub later. Sarah didn't attend. Lol
After the show Sarah & Darelle head back to the room for the night.
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