Water water everywhere
Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
18Trip End Mar 07, 2008
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March 2nd we took advantage of the Laundry rooms. The boys had gotten started earlier than we had. They gave us the ins and outs of Laundry Roulette over breakfast while they kept a watch on the time... 30 minutes until they had a load to remove. Timing is everything. They were just minutes after the load that they were washing was finished and a woman had already removed it. Of course she didn't know how long it had been stopped but it felt like a violation non the less. Your odds on a dryer were less than those on the washers. The washers took 15 minutes longer than the washers and it usually took two runs to get your clothes dry... That meant a full hour on drying, twice that of the washer. Finding a washer and dryer in the same laundry room was rare so you found yourself running from laundry room to laundry room. Since the boys were drying stuff we organized a system. They only needed half of the time on their dryer on the second run so we would put our wet cloths in that dryer use the extra 15 minutes and then do a full cycle after the 15 minutes. It was hilarious watching all of the people scrambling from laundry room to laundry room.
March 4th we were up in Sky-walkers lounge drinking Listerine and playing cards when the ship shuttered. It wasn't the normal rock of waves or the crash of the waves against the hull. The glasses behind the bar rattled against one another. Everyone that was in the lounge gasped. We started looking out the windows to see if we had hit anything. We were in the back of the ship so we could see the trail left by the props behind the boat. We had been on the ship long enough to realize that it wasn't right. The starboard side didn't seem to be pushing the water like the port side. Cory looked down and said I think we just threw a prop. No announcements were made and there were a few more shudders and then things seemed to even out a little. 5 hours later when we were getting ready for dinner (I was putting on my Titanic style necklace.) the captain came over the P.A. asking for the assessment crew to meet on deck 3 section 7. I laughed and told Cory that it was only appropriate that we have this happen on formal night when I was dressed for dinner. A few minutes later they announced that normally calling the assessment crew was the first step in ship evacuation. We had lost the pumps on the starboard props but that the crew had been able to use backups and get the ships steering back under control. Too funny Cory knew 5 hours before that something was wrong with the starboard prop! Crazy!!!
Before dinner there was a Captains cocktail party with free drinks. We showed up and started drinking. Most of the drinks were watered down. In fact I couldn't tell the difference between the non alcoholic and the alcoholic fruit drinks. It was still nice. As we were there some man had set his bottle of wine down in one of the potted plants while he talked and socialized. Well the boat was rocking like a Greenday concert. Of course the bottle fell out of the plant and on to the floor. One of the waiters passing by reached down to pick it up to help the guy out. His friend then blurts out rudely... "was he trying to steal it?" The poor waiter stuttered that no he was just trying to help but you could tell he was offended and hurt by the comment. Who wouldn't be?One of the movies during our days at sea was The Nanny Diaries. It was a look at a wealthy woman that treated her nanny like crap and neglected all the important things in life. There were many times watching it that I thought of some of these obnoxious people we saw on the ship. I am still in awe of how badly these supposedly cultured people acted toward the crew.
After the cocktail hour we went to dinner. After being moved we had told Roxie and Steve about the whole thing. After hearing about it they started requesting the same area at the same time. The first night they were two tables away and we spent the evening talking to one another to the chagrin of our resident crab cake. The next night they got the upgraded table treatment and then were seated right next to us. We had such a good time. The waiters trusted our judgment in people and included Roxie and Tiger, as Jordan called Steve, in the fun.