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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

cruise 2

Saturday evening, still April 5th, we got ready and went to our late seating – 8:30pm – at the Golden Restaurant. The restaurant and table was assigned and we sat with two other couples from our group. We ate while we talked and laughed, the food was good, as was the dessert but the conversing and fellowship was even better.

We finished about 10pm and went with the other couples to the “welcome to the cruise” show. One part of this was to pick four folks out of the audience to perform for everyone and it was hilarious. One of these was from Augusta but I didn’t know her. This reminds that as we were leaving the port on Sat evening and as I was watching this event, a young lady nearby asked me if I was from Augusta as she was. I was at a loss as to how she might have guessed this until I realized that I had a “Master’s” had on – from the tournament we have in Augusta every year – didn’t know her either.

The comedian that followed the audience participation stunt was reasonably comical; although he forgot a couple of times that this was a family audience. After the show, some of our fellows spoke of going to the midnight buffet but this old guy had had enough and we went back to the cabin to crash for the evening.

We got up and out about 9:30am on Sunday morning – April 6th – had a leisurely breakfast at the buffet restaurant, the largest on board and set out to explore the ship. We crossed paths with several of our group from church and chatted a while. I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible unless I am doused down with sunscreen and that wasn’t the case, so we decided to go back into the restaurant during their slack time to find a table by the window to view the ocean.

We came upon some other good friends and just had a wonderful time laughing, talking and viewing the blue-green waters. It was after lunchtime so we decided to get a bite to eat while there. We continued to converse and discovered that they had found a part of the ship that we had not, so they led us to the gym and exercise part of the ship. Many were taking advantage of the equipment there.

We then poked around in some of the shops on board out of curiosity but didn’t buy anything at that time. We then came back to the cabin to kick back a while, in fact I dozed, it was just a very relaxing day. The day had been warm and while the seas were not like glass, they were mostly calm. It had been a bit choppy last night with even this large ship shifting around a bit on occasion.

The dining for the evening was declared formal and we had brought clothes somewhat in that direction. My version of this was slacks, sport coat and a navy t-shirt – much more formal than many of the guys at our seating. The Spice, as always, looked very sharp in her finery. This was one of two formal nights we were to have on the voyage.

Instead of going to the nightly show after the meal we did a bit of exploring and went topside for a look-see and deemed that the night was dark, made more so by the lights strung along the top of the ship. We shortly went back to the cabin for the evening feeling blessed to be on the trip and being amazed by God’s handiwork. ec


Blogger Kila said...

Sounds wonderful :)

4/15/2008 01:00:00 AM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

I have never been on a cruise, never wanted to go but reading your post I can see I have missed a lot.
Betty G

4/15/2008 02:29:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

kila - It was a great get-away.

itsboopchile - There were folks of most every age, with a great number of older folks. I saw many that were in wheel chairs - the ship had special folks assigned to help them in the boarding and such. ec

4/15/2008 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger ancient one said...

I have a couple of friends that went cruising recently... but I know they were home last week...

One got sick and declared that was his last cruise... They have been on several and never had any problems before..

4/16/2008 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

ancient one - On a ship is not a good place to be sick. The Spice had to take something for motion sickness a few times but it didn't seem to bother me. ec

4/16/2008 11:43:00 PM  

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