Out to Sea

Trip Start Jan 13, 2008
Trip End Jan 20, 2008

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Today is our first day at sea ... all day. After a delightful dinner last night at Windows, one of the large, elegant restaurants onboard, followed by a fabulous variety show in the theatre, I stayed up for hours in our stateroom reading the shipboard newsletter along with all of the research Michael did on the ports of call we will visit this week. Man, I am so excited. He told me about Honduras, but didn't mention Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. This is going to be great. We haven't taken a cruise like this since since we went to the Mexican Riviera several years ago, and that was a blast. 

Arlette and I had agreed to rise early for aerobics class this morning, but unfortunately she has a headache. But I'm determined to keep up my exercise schedule while on board, so I shake Michael awake and drag him up to the deck for a walk. He decides to hang out in the observation area instead. When I'm done with my jog, we check out the fitness center then go over to Raffles, the cafeteria-style dining area, for breakfast. 

As you know, there's never a shortage of food on a cruiseship. The trouble with this being a surprise is that I didn't get to do the diet that women are known to do two weeks before going on a cruise. So that means I need to eat light or else I'll pay for it afterwards. Okay, but this isn't the day for a light breakfast so I'm going for it!

As we walk off our breakfast, we meet up with the rest of our gang at a seminar about the history of the Mayans (which actually turns out to be a jewelry sales seminar in disguise).

Following that, we walk some more to get the lay of the land (or the ship), then head off to another seminar, which totally bores me (they're offering something free at the conclusion and Arlette is not about to miss out on any of the freebies), so I decide to check out the ship's game room. Much to my surprise, there are folks in there doing handicrafts. "Would you like to make a sun visor, young lady?" a pleasant older gentleman asks. I tell him no; that I'm just waiting for friends. But when it seems the rest of the gang will be a while, I give in and decide to make a visor for my mom. With glitter glue and press-on art at my disposal, I feel like a 6-year-old in grade school, but this is fun. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, but hey, it's the thought that counts.

Finally, the others round the corner and catch me in the midst of finishing up my regal creation. I'm very proud of my dragonfly sun visor. Arlette and Ma-ma want to make one, but the lady with the art supplies is taking too long to come back our way and Pa-pa is standing in the doorway indicating that he's hungry ... again. So off we go to Raffles for lunch.

I thought Pa-pa only liked to eat Ma-ma's cooking. Well, he's surprising us all on this trip.
Last night at dinner, he had a glass of wine, after the show he ate Asian fried rice and now he's filling up his plate again. Oh well, have at it, Pa-pa; you're on vacation!

I hate to admit it, but after lunch, I need a nap. It's so sad to sleep when there's so much to do on board. But a girl's gotta get her beauty rest.

Believe it or not, after the nap and a shower, we're ready to head off to dinner.
You see why I'm mad that I didn't get to diet before the cruise? Anyway, it turns out that David is feeling the motion of the ocean and it's not agreeing with his tummy, but he's a trooper and heads off to dinner with us. We try The Garden tonight, a lovely restaurant with Asian decor. David doesn't even make it through the dinner rolls when he has to excuse himself and go back to the room. Poor thing. We all feel sorry for him, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying our dinner.

I order lobster tail for dinner and creme brulee (my favorite) for dessert. Ma-ma orders what I order and Pa-pa orders what she orders; then asks, "So, what did you get?" Too funny. Anyway, our food was yummy, yummy, yummy. And our waitress, Nadia from Bella Ruse, packs a plate full of bread and butter for Arlette to take back to David. That was very sweet. Arlette, on the other hand ... not so sweet. "Don't even think about getting any of this bread, y'all," she tells the rest of us. She knows us too well.

Tonight's show was great.

I'm ready for bed.
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