First days at sea
Trip Start Apr 17, 2009
14Trip End May 06, 2009
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Getting back to the ship, one of the first things we did was head to the spa and purchase 2 passes to their exclusive spa lounge. The spa has Jacuzzis, a Hydrotherapy pool, saunas, steam, and heated ceramic lounges in a large quiet room on deck 12 forward with a great view off the bow. When we made it back to the cabin, our luggage had arrived so we unpacked, then had to go to the muster drill, then go up on deck while we sailed out of NY harbour. Got some nice pictures of that here.
Now it was time to get to work. Huh? Yeah, I know. This is a vacation. Let me explain. We joined a roll call of fellow passengers on the Cruise Critic website, and we offered to arrange a get together for the roll call once we got onboard. I also designed a T-shirt for the cruise which I sold on the roll call. I ordered the shirts from a website and had them delivered to a person on the roll call who lived in New York. So after picking up the shirts from said person, Diane and I spent much of Saturday night and Sunday morning delivering the shirts and name tags and reminding people of the Meet & Greet scheduled for Sunday at 11am in the Magenta dining room.
The Meet & Greet went off well. People liked the shirt design too. Everyone was very appreciative of our efforts, so that was nice to know everyone was happy and had a good time. Approximately 80 people (out of 100 on the roll call) showed up and made some new friends. The Gem sent 8 of their officers as well to introduce themselves, answer some questions and wish us a great holiday.
So after all that was out of the way, our vacation could now start. We spent the afternoon chilling out in the spa. Those heated ceramic lounges are to die for. After dinner, we lost a little money in the casino, and retired for the evening. On Monday morning, the roll call is having a cabin crawl. Thankfully I'm not arranging this one. About 60 people will be meeting to go walkabout the ship viewing various cabin types from inside rooms to the grand Garden Villa up on the private deck 14. I should have some pictures of that to post later.
Til next time...