Posted June 14th, 2011, 11:16 AM
Right now I am on day four of my fantastic trip. We are in Hatti, at Royal Caribbean's private beach. I am not getting off the ship today, as there is only me and I don't want to rent an entire cabana, for just one little old person.
I am walking OK, but can't walk for a long time. Sometimes it is like I don't have a walking problem and other times I look like an old lady hobbling around. This problem is really strange. Perhaps when I loose all the weight I want to loose it will be better.
We boarded the ship in Port Canaveral, which is slowly becoming a large Floridian port. The Disney Dream departs from here and also one or two Carnival ships. The port is easy to get to, and the process of embarking is quite painless and relatively fast. I was on the ship at about 11:15. Cabins on Royal Caribbean are not ready until 1:00PM, so I busied myself with making special dinning reservations at the two wonderful restaurants they have on board. Then I went to the Promernard to get a bite to eat and read for a while. I am reading the new book about Sarah Palin, called "Blind Ambition", which I am sure she will have plenty to say about. It's really insiteful, and very interesting, to see how she rain her campaigne.
Later I visited the Schooner bar for my triditional drink to celebrate my beginning a cruise. By that time the cabins were open so I ventured up to deck nine and found my cabin. This time I have a junior suite, which is similar to but larger than a Princess mini suite. It has a lovely walk in closet and a very nice sitting area with a lounge chair as well as a couch. Right away I thought a nap was in order and I rested for about an hour. Then my luggage arrived and I spent the next twenty minutes unpacking and putting everything in it's proper place.
Then came the drill and after that I went up stairs to the diamond lounge to meet Willie, one of my favorite concierges. He is usually in the Concierge lounge, but is just recently back from vacation, so I guess they put him up here for a while. I greatly prefere the CL to the diamond lounge, as it is much warmer, and I think friendlier, but this will have to do, as it was I had a bad experience with the concierge in the CL when I went there yesterday to ask one simple question, so I will stay up stairs in the diamond lounge.
After having my evening cocktail I proceeded to dinner at Chops grill. I had the mushroom soup, a very small portion, a lamb chop and a half of a chicken sausage, plus asparagrass, all delicious. I happened to sit next to this couple and they started talking to me. About mid dinner, the man started to get very rude, I was appauled, and told him that I wished to end our conversation, but he kept on. I finished my dinner quickly and left. So unfortunate, but sometimes people drink too much, and things come out that should not. His partner was appaulded.
You know me, not much for the night life, so I retired to my cabin, had a nice warm bath and went to bed.
Monday I was up early and went to the diamond lounge for breakfast. Had some wonderful fruit and some cheese and turkey slices. It was very good. Had a nice conversation with Willie, posted on the computer a little, and then left for the meet and mingle party upstairs at the Viking Lounge. Meet some really nice people there, then I went outside to see the outdoor movie screen that was pool side, sports were playing on it so I didn't stay, instead I went gambling and won 11 dollars. I hadn't won anything in a little while so I decided to quit while I was ahead.
Went to lunch in the dinning room and met Gerri, a lovely lady whom I had met at the hotel Sunday. She was having a great cruise.
Later I went to the jewlery shop to see if they had my penent they did not, so I went window shopping for a while then up for my nap, after reading a while. Very low key traveling here.
I was invited to dinner with the hotel manager, so I went to that, and it was grand. The food was wonderful, even though I ate very little, and the conversation with a lady from guest relations was marvelous.
Back to my room for a nice bath, a good movie, a short read and finally bed...I love my bed.
Today I have done nothing except visit Willie, chat with a few people and post on cruise critic. I will be doing some reserch soon, so I hope to accomplish something today.
Joanne, it's almost over and you will be free to go to the beach.
Have a great day.
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us and the world will be as one" John Lennon (Imagine)
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