The Good Ship Lollipop
Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
30Trip End Oct 02, 2011
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So backtracking to when I left you – we had a pleasant Friday evening in Washington – had a few drinks in our hotel, met a nice couple from Perth WA and at their recommendation went over the road to the Hyatt for dinner – which was indeed good. We then had a relatively early night and were in bed by around 9.30pm. But we had to be up by 4.45am on Saturday for our transfer to the airport so of course you know how it is – after sleeping through to about 1.30am I then woke up every half hour to check the time!!!
Finally just got up at 4.30am and our transfer arrived bang on time at 5.37am – who could believe they’d be that precise
It’s almost impossible to describe how vast, magnificent and luxurious this ship is. We’ll be trying to take photos but you just can’t capture it all on camera. So within about 20 minutes of our arrival at Port Everglades we were sitting, absorbing and watching others boarding, in the Schooner Bar and having a little Heineken. We then went to see if our cabin was ready – it was and our cases were just being delivered – all this accomplished in less than an hour – what an amazingly slick operation. We’ve got an inside cabin which is really quite spacious – certainly much bigger than the space you and I had to manoeuvre in Sharon! We have a king size bed, a wardrobe with hanging space and shelving, a dresser area with cupboard and storage – really all well designed to maximise the space. We also have a settee and a little coffee table as well as a fridge and flat screen TV. There is both bright and subdued lighting selections and mirrors everywhere which makes it look bigger too. The bathroom is equally well designed, loo, shower – quite roomy really – with fitted cupboards, racks for your toiletries and lots of hooks.
We had a bit of a wander around – mouths hanging open much of the time
We were booked for dinner at 6.15pm - you can take pot luck and possible have to wait or you can do My Time Dining which allows you to specify a time and ensure there is a table available for you straight away and you can plan around any shows you’re going to see or any shore excursions. We had an absolutely delicious dinner –they even have a Vitality menu which gives you calorie counted food. I decided I’d try that since otherwise by the end of the week I’ll waddle off the ship, not to mention that it sounded really good – and it was! Mushroom and baby spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette, followed by panfried sea bass with green beans and capers and then strawberry pavlova for dessert. Craig had the chef’s selection – onion tart, followed by Pork Medallions with mashed potatoes – also delish he said. Unfortunately when I had made our booking for one of the shows – Hairspray – which is only on 3 times – I chose 9pm that night – not realising that we’d have been up since sparrow fart and therefore be absolutely knackered
And now it’s morning – Craig had warned me that he wasn’t getting up early – I got up around 8.30am and had a shower and washed my hair and did a bit of undie washing and then I’ve been bringing you lot up to date. It’s now 9.30am and my body is crying out for a coffee – I think I might need to ring room service. I’m off now to see what photos I’ve got and get them ready to upload to this. I’ll need to visit Guest Services first to get myself set up for internet access and then I will need to be very disciplined – upload my travelblog, add the photos, check my emails and I might have to ignore Face Book this week – the internet charge is 65cents a minute and we all know how easy it is to while away time online!
Love Anni xx