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Sunday, May 8th – Miami (at Sea)
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Woke up this morning at 5:45 a.m. since we had to meet up at a friend’s house at 6:30 a.m. to get the majority of the group into the two minivans we rented. When I woke up I realized the clothes that I had set out (that sounds way too feminine) were very wrinkled and I had packed away my iron (yes, I take one every year). It took a few minutes into ironing before I realized that since irons are know to get pretty hot it would be tough to shove it back into my suitcase. It was now 5:55 a.m. and with my mind in full swing and I came up with the idea of sticking the iron in the freezer. Yes, it looked as funny as it sounds but guess what? It worked!
Now my next task was getting my Girlfriend Jamie out of bed. Months ago I had made the mistake of kissing each of her closed eyes to make them open and now find myself doing this most mornings. Go ahead and laugh but you know you do dorky things in the privacy of your bedroom too.
Anyway, we met up with 13 of our 17 and headed down to Miami. We arrived at the thrifty rental return around 11:00 where Jason, who just met most of us that day, presented our group with a cardboard box containing Bud Light. We all agreed that this Jason guy is OK.
We got to the terminal around 11:45 and it only took us about 20/25 minutes to make that glorious stroll up the gangway. There were a few newbies with us this year and it was fun to hear “is this the ship?” I’ll never get over how open the Promenade makes it feel as well as the overall stability of the ship. We all headed up to our rooms and decided to meet back down in the Crown and Kettle. Upon entering my stateroom I was appalled to find a Gold Crown & Anchor book… the horror! I found our attendant, Delroy, and he got me my platinum book (which has some nice coupons).
Our group headed down to what would become our second home/meeting spot…The Crown & Kettle. It’s a great place for Karaoke, people watching, pints, and just has that pub vibe. The proximity to Café Promenade for quick pizza & cookie trips doesn’t hurt either. After a few hours of Corona’s, XX, Guinness, Harp’s, Irish Car Bombs, Broken Bottles, and BBC’s (our male buddy Dakari is such a pansy) we made our way up to the 11th deck for the sail away. Honestly, this is better then below average sex. What a feeling to know you have six or so days ahead of you of doing as much or as little as you want. Spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the ship and getting ready for our late seating dinner.
Unfortunately our group was split up between 3 tables with two different sets of waiters. Luckily all 3 tables were next to each other so we everyone switched around each night. Our main waiter Erkam from Turkey was great but our assistant Adrian was poor. Oh well, it wasn’t the best service I’ve had but it was still better then being at home. That night I had the Vidalia onion tart and the stuffed chicken breast, which was different and better than the old one.
After a long day of traveling we hit the sack around 12:30.
Day 2 continued below...
My 2004 Explorer review----> Alcohol, NFL running backs, & naked debauchery…my EOS review with pictures.
Pics of my 2004 Explorer cruise----> http://community.webshots.com/user/grizzyfla
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Pics of my 2005 Explorer cruise---->