Friday, March 23, 2012

The Cruise Diaries--Sunday At Sea

Every day they change the inset in the elevator.  Pretty smart!
Sunday was Day 2 of our cruise on the Voyager of the Seas. As I fell asleep Saturday night, I could feel the ship's gentle turns as it moved down the Mississippi River towards the Gulf of Mexico, but when I woke up several hours later, things had changed; we must have made it to open water, because the ship was rolling quite a bit. I went back to sleep feeling like I was on a swinging hammock.

The next time I woke up I had no idea what time it was, because our interior cabin had no natural light coming in. The phone was on my side of the bed, but I couldn't read the display in the dark.  (I like to know what time it is, so for the rest of the week I put my phone on airplane mode and used it as my timepiece.  It worked really well.)  Fortunately Hubby Tony was also awake; he was able to tell me it was really morning. We decided to get up and eat breakfast in the Windjammer Caf√©.

When we walked out on the deck, I was pleasantly surprised to see the weather had turned warm and sunny.  The sea was rough, though and the boat was still rocking, which made it a little hard to walk.  After a great breakfast Tony and I caught up with Son Brian and DIL Nicole to get tickets to the afternoon ice show. Yes, The Voyager of the Seas has an ice skating rink, the first cruise ship to build one.  We got our tickets, then everyone went their separate ways, agreeing that we'd meet at the dining room for lunch.

Tony headed towards the casino, where he took a gaming class to brush up on his table game skills, then met me for shuffleboard on the Promenade deck.  It was a very interesting game.  The boat's rolling made it hard to figure out where the disks were going. Shots that I aimed towards the left side of the court sometimes went true, and sometimes ended up on the right.  After our match was over,  I went to one of the ship's lounges where a walking art tour of some of the artwork on the ship was gathering.  While I was waiting for the tour to start, a woman from my gym walked in!

We were eating lunch when the captain came on the intercom and said that even though the ship's stabilizers had been activated to keep the boat from listing, the afternoon's ice show was cancelled because of the rough water.  He also cautioned women against wearing high heels at tonight's formal dress night.

After lunch Tony and I changed into swim suits and played cards by the pool.  While we played, we watched waves of water pour out of the pool every time the ship rolled.  (They finally closed the pool.) When the card game was over, we moved to the hot tub in the spa.  The ship's rolling created some significant waves here, too. One minute the water was at chest height; the next it was up to my chin!

I'm only good for about ten minutes in a hot tub.  I moved to the sauna for another ten minutes, then went back to the room to change.  We met Brian and Nicole again for a trivia contest in one of the lounges, then went to the shore excursion desk and signed up for a tour in Cozumel.  I don't remember what they did afterwards, but I decided it was time for a nap.

Formal night.  We clean up nicely, don't we?
When I woke up I dressed for dinner, then joined Tony in the pub for a drink.  We passed on the Captain's Welcome Aboard Reception, but listened to some music until it was time to go to the dining room for dinner.

The next day was going to be an early one, so after dinner we went back to the room, requested a wake-up call, and turned in.


  1. you guys look great! All that rocking on the boat ...sounds wild! I'd have been seasick for sure.

  2. Oh yes! You clean up beautifully indeed, Kathy. You're gorgeous and your outfit is fantastic!