Catching a Boat

Trip Start Dec 23, 2011
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's been a while since we had the availability to sleep in and have a leisurely morning. Too bad our daily habits didn't allow this to happen as we were still up by 6am. Of course when your alarm goes off at 3:30am five days a week, maybe we need to put it in perspective, 6am is getting to sleep in.

Once up, we quickly decided to get up and ready then go have a nice breakfast and do a little more looking around. Heck, we had all morning as we couldn't board until 11:00am.

Breakfast was pretty much the usual overpriced buffet but did the job and then we were off and running for a day of new adventures. The first thing was to run over and get a peek at our cruise ship, the Voyager of the Seas. When we turned the corner of the hotel, there she loomed and we were still a block and a half away! You read up and know that these ships are huge but you just don't grasp that until you get up next to one. Needless to say at that point we realized! We did our scouting out and headed on back to pack and get ready for our first cruise.

About 10:30am we were packed and I was pretty much ready to head over and convinced Ruthanna that if we're going to sit around, let's sit at the port to get on board, to which she agreed. We got over to the port at 10:40am and we even walked with our baggage in tow (which was not as difficult as we first thought it might be). We quickly dropped off all but our carry on items and got in line to start the process. After checking in and going through the scanning process, we were seated in a waiting area as we had about a 10 minute wait for them to open up the gates and start letting us board. When the announcement was made, Ruthanna and I looked at each other and both said, "now we are on vacation!" We've been together too long (running joke we have when we started thinking and stating the same thoughts).

Once on board we were directed to the promenade cafe for a lunch buffet which was really delicious. I also took a look at my watch as we stood in the buffet line and it was just 11:20am, a very quick boarding considering we had to wait 10 minutes for the doors to open.We finished up our meal and decided to go look around while we waited for our room to be ready. Not much was open yet but it did give us a feel for the amount of walking we might be doing this next week.

At 1:00pm we went to our room and the first of Ruthanna's surprises was waiting for us. As part of an anniversary package that I had purchased, the room was decorated for our anniversary. Along with the anniversary package, I had also ordered a plate of chocolate covered strawberries to be delivered to the room, which there they sat on out coffee table. Needless to say, Ruthanna was quite surprised and loved it.

About 4:00pm the announcement was made that the required muster drill was about to take place so we got our jackets on (only 55 degrees F today) and headed to our designated spot to be accounted for and get the necessaries out of the way. The whole thing wasn't nearly as bad as we had heard as it only took about 15 minutes, not the half hour to forty-five minutes we had read about on line. Afterwards, we headed back to room and surprise, surprise, there was the other item I had ordered for Ruthanna and myself, a 2ft. Christmas tree. It was wonderfully decorated and fortunatly i had brought some battery operated Christmas lights tomhelp decorate it a bit further. We also unpacked our lighted Christmas wreath and decorated the front door. The rest of the afternoon was spent unpacking, just checking out the ship and getting tickets to some evening shows we wanted to see.

The afternoon went pretty fast and before we knew it it was time for the sail away which we had been asked to join the group we ate dinner the night before up in the top of the ship at the Viking Lounge. Once we got up there, it was packed and we quickly decided we'd had enough crowds for the moment and headed down to the main promenade area to get a drink and a quick bite as we had a show to make at 7pm.

Our first show was a Christmas special of singing and ice skating in the on board ice skating rink and studio/theater. Now who would have imagined that a ship would have an ice skating rink! The show was wonderful and glad we had also gotten tickets for their regular ice show later in the week.

Our plans for after the show was to don our bathing suites and hit the hot tub but it was outside and a little too cold for our taste (yes, we know the hot tub is hot but you still have to get out at some point), so we just relaxed in the sports bar a bit and then back to the cabin to rest up for the next day.

At about 2am, I awoke to realize that it was obvious we were out of the river an in the sea! That however starts a whole new day and I'll post that later.

Merry Christmas everyone!
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Robbie Zeske on

Merry Christmas you two! Sounds like you are having a blast! Hope you brought clothes with stretchable waistbands! lol!

MLJ Family on

Merry Christmas you guys!!!

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