Day 2, Friday January 13, At sea, Formal

Trip Start Jan 10, 2012
Trip End Jan 16, 2012

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Friday, January 13, 2012

I am by nature a bit of an early bird, and when at sea prefer to rise
about 5 and start the day with a 5-mile walk before breakfast. The
Jewel has one of the smaller tracks of ships I've been on at 30 laps for
my 5 miles. The walk did go well, and ended about 7 with a visit to WJ
(Windjammer, the main self service restaurant). I lingered in WJ until
the time of sunrise, about 7:30, although a full cloud cover prevented
any real viewing of sunrise. While the sun came above the horizon then,
it never made it above the solid layer of clouds. Later in the morning
I discovered it is almost possible to circle the ship down on deck (with
a brief diversion to deck 6 around the bow). I will see if that really
works in the morning.
It was a fairly subdued day at sea. There were 2 team trivia sessions.
In the morning my team did fairly well, correctly answering 14 of 21
questions, although the winning team had 17. The afternoon session was
a disaster with 7 out of 25. The youth were mostly tucked away in
Adventure Ocean although they did seem quite excited around the ship
with an afternoon scavanger hunt. A mens bellyflop contest was held in
the afternoon and attracted a lot of interest although most of the
contestants looked like better candidates for a 5k race. I never lacked
for enough to do although many of the activities like the shopping talk and art auction did not draw my interest.  In his noon update Captain James reported a forcast of smooth seas and calm winds for the remainder of the trip to Cozumel.

Today was the formal night on the ship.  It was not extremely formal as the attire was split relatively evenly between Tuxes, Suits, Jackets, and evening gowns vs dress shirts with ties and less formal dresses.  Most everybody looked very nice.  Captain James also held his welcome aboard reception in the Safari Club between dinner seatings.  He announced we have 2222 guests from 30 countries on board this cruise.  When I returned to my room there was a lovely towel rabbit on my bed.

I am definitely not a night person.  The Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers performed "West End to Broadway", and while I heard most of the music I had a lot of difficulty keeping my eyes open.  What I saw and heard was excellent and the cast deserved much better, but that is the way I am.  A bit later there was a rendition of "The battle of the sexes".

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