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Then it was time to go to the back of the ship to our laser tag appointment.

 

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We were early and there wasn’t a session going on yet, so we asked if we could go in and take some pictures. I only got night pictures here, but I believe Cass came back and got day ones another day.

 

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The theme is Atlantis and I’m still not real sure what a serpent has to do with Atlantis.

 

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It was then time to strap up and get our guns.  We had to watch a quick video and then we were given a few more instructions and let loose.

 

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We had a lot of fun, but it was way too short.  They had a score board  that went with your gun number. Mine did not match…because if it was me, my gun was not functioning.  Oh well….we had a lot of fun.

 

Next up was our go-cart ride.

 

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We still had time I believe, so took a few pictures.

 

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It looks so pretty all lit up.

 

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This band was playing good music.

 

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We went to check in and were told no phones, cameras or anything on us.  And they would not let us leave it on the ledge (though others had). Cass pointed that out and he said he wants to put a stop to that right now. UGH!  He acted like he might have a little too much power in his own mind.

 

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We scuttled off to our room to drop off everything.  Our beds had been turned into twins and we had a few goodies waiting for us.

 

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Of course our room is forward and the race track is aft, so we made the trek back and then got assigned to our cars.

I will give you my experience, but I want to let you know that Cass LOVED it.

I am not a tiny person, but I fit in the seat, I just felt cramped with the way my legs were in.   Then they handed me a helmet and I told them it didn’t fit. He told me it would and slammed it back on my head and started pushing. I yanked it and said NO it doesn’t fit. You can push all you want but it’s not the size of my head.  They brought me another which fit perfectly.

 

Once we took off I was one of the first cars.  Cass passed me immediately.  She was whizzing all over the place. My car didn’t seem to have the speed that others did.  Could be my weight (though there were some big guys in some of these) or I just had a dud. I have heard people can shoot your car from the side and it will make it go faster. I guess I never got that speed boost.

Then turning…..no power steering and my arms were dying by the end.  And it had a ton of turns. 

Over all…I am glad I did it, but it’s not for me.  It was too much work and my arms hurt for 2 days after from it.

 

We then rushed back to our room to get out phones and we heard booms….are we moving?  We weren’t supposed to leave till midnight and fireworks were scheduled for 11 I think.  We knew we would cut it close for fireworks but we were surprised to be moving.

 

We quickly headed up to see that yes we were moving and fireworks were going off.

 

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They didn’t time it right.  They had a barge on each side putting off fireworks but we were so far back and with the front of the ship so big, it was impossible to see it very well.  They should had started them a little later.

 

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I tried to take some video of it.

 

 

 

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They were better than Disney’s but then again, they shoot them right off the ship. At one time I swore I heard pirate music.

 

Even though they started them too soon, it was super cool and we felt special!

 

We then kind of chilled and listened to music.

 

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And took pictures of Miami as we sailed away.

 

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We then just walked around a bit and people watched.

 

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Cass wanted to show me the observation lounge so we headed that way. 

 

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I guess they sometimes have snacks out here, but I rarely saw any anywhere in the lounge.  They did have some basic breakfast items in the morning though.

 

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There were a few monitors around the ship to show where the ship was.

 

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The lounge is HUGE.  It takes quite a bit of each side and meets in the front.

 

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Another snack area. This one did have snacks out every so often.

 

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And a bar right up front too.

 

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Cass went off and I lingered a little more and found a model of the ship.

 

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I thought I took more pictures…maybe not? Or maybe I did another day.

 

I headed back to the room and grabbed a 20 and told Cass I was going to go gamble.  I am horrible, but I do like to play the slots.  Since I know I am bad, I rarely will spend more than $20- 30 per day. It’s basically a donation when it comes to my skills.

 

It didn’t take long and I was back in the room. Cass laughed at how fast my $20 went.

 

We were beat and so tired and went to bed…except I think we kept chatting and laughing till after midnight. It was so much fun though!

 

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Nov. 22, 2019, Day at Sea

 

I will put a disclaimer out now.  I recently got a new phone…. after this cruise. I tried to transfer the pics off the phone I used on the cruise to my computer and my computer is past its prime and it was having issues.  I tried to back up the pictures to the cloud as well and it kept stalling out. I thought since I transferred pics to my computer, I would be ok just deleting a bunch…..I’m sure you know where I am going.  Yep, many pictures didn’t make it to the computer and now are lost forever! I still have a bunch of pictures from this day, but I am missing many and I may have gaps in the day that I now can’t remember what we did without the picture trigger.

 

Cass wanted to watch the sunrise, and I am not sure if she actually made it or not. I know she set her alarm each day and I told her to wake me, but she let me sleep and so I think I missed most of the sunrises on this short cruise.

 

We headed off to breakfast.  The last NCL cruise I was on was on the Jewel.  I remember that the whipped cream was the best stuff ever!  It was super sugary and just delicious!  I was hoping it still would be like that this time around.

 

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It did not disappoint!

 

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When it comes to cruise ship breakfast I pretty much have the same thing daily. I get a waffle or pancake (or both), sausage, and a hash brown type item or any combination of the above. Sometimes I get a donut as well if it is offered.  I did try the bacon this time because it looked fairly crispy and I like super crispy bacon.

 

After we were done filling ourselves up, Cass went to water pick and I walked around.

 

We had laughed about these signs on the floor.  Don’t dance on the bacon is my interpretation.

 

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Today they were offering classes and talks by some of the big wigs onboard.  The original schedule I had gotten didn’t look to bad and I thought I might try to do one of the talks.  They changed the time once onboard and I just couldn’t go that early and sit in a theatre with 100’s of people that early in the day.  I was told from several that they learned no new information, so it really wasn’t all that great, except that they went to a live talk rather than watching it online.

 

I decided it was time to take some pictures around the ship…except that I didn’t get too far and got distracted.

 

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This bar was popular. In the evenings I could hear music (often a live entertainer) and people singing along.

 

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There was a photo booth in this bar too. I forget if I looked at the price or not, but I do know I heard it was kind of expensive for a novelty thing.

 

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This is Maltings Whiskey Bar.  This was more midship in the 678 area.

 

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There was some unusual art around the ship.

 

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This is that hangy thing again.

 

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The Mojito bar, Sugar Cane.

 

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I have never had a mojito and I kept saying I will get one this cruise to give it a try.  After all, I wasn’t paying for it, so now is the time to do it.  It never worked out. I went once to get one and it was one bartender and the area was busy and I just wanted to grab it to take with me. I had no time to wait, and other times it was closed when I thought about it.  So it never happened.

 

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And the lovely light fixture. Hahahaha

 

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The shops were open so I went to look.  On the outside in the hallway they had Encore themed items.  This was the only area that had anything I was interested in. 

 

I ended up getting 2 t-shirts, a magnet and a Christmas ornament. I think that’s all I bought. I did get a discount on Encore themed items being that I was silver.

 

I didn’t get this shirt, but it was cute.

 

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Cass met up with me and we looked around in the stores.  She asked if they had the charm bracelets like she bought for me when she sailed the Escape but no one seemed to know what she was talking about, so I will take that as a no.

 

We did some more looking around.

 

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The Cavern is there where the Beatles cover band plays.

 

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We never made it to this show, but someone told me that each night they played a different era of Beatles music and had the look to go with that era.  Actually, one lady told me each band was different when they changed eras too. It wasn’t the same guys every night.

 

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I hear this is extremely popular and you better arrive early if you want a chance to see it.

 

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Cass and I were playing with taking pictures of the chandelier.  It was white, but it would come out blue on our phones and even somewhat on my cameras.  I used photoshop to try and get it back to white.  Throughout the day you will see we kept taking pictures as we went by it.

 

As you go up the steps, you can literally touch the light.  It is like a hard plastic with bumps….though it really looks like bubble wrap, with snaps on it.  Really strange.

 

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There are 2 rumors going around about what it is to represent.  One is that it is supposed to be like roses.  …..I don’t see it, except maybe when it turns red.  The other is that it is to represent ocean trash and make you aware to keep the oceans clean.  Well, it does look like trash to me! Hahaha!

 

Really though, I can’t believe they approved this!

 

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Ocean Blue is an upcharge dining option.  I would have loved to have tried this, but it wasn’t meant to be.

 

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The casino!

 

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It was kind of laid out different than other ships I have been on.  It was in the 678 area and just all around the floor and some machines are randomly here or there. It wasn’t an actual casino room.  There was a closed off room though for the smokers with machines in there too.

 

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This is the guest services area again.  We wanted to peak in on Starbucks to see how crowded it was.

 

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We didn’t want anything, just curious.  It was busy ALL the time.

 

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We moved on then and walked by Q BBQ.  I have heard mixed things about this place.

 

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Some say it’s fantastic, but I hear more people say it’s not too good and generic bbq.  I never went inside to look but I think Cass did at another time.

 

Food Republic.

 

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Now this picture of offerings….it looks like playdough.

 

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I am hoping the food really doesn’t come out like that. I like sushi, but this looked odd to me.

 

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Out on deck 8, if you look up you can see the slide.

 

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I never saw this gelato place open and there was a bakery that I never saw open either.

 

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Now this is the time I lost some phone pictures.  Cass and I went to the back of the ship and just enjoyed the view and stood on the see through glass.

 

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I lost my picture, but here is the one Cass took.

 

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I believe there was a window looking down at the Manhattan room (one of the main dining rooms) from there and we looked down.  I am pretty sure I snapped a picture and it is forever lost!

 

 

We lingered here a while and then went to the front of the ship to the observation lounged to just chill….and have a snack.

 

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I got another Mango Meltdown.  MMMM!  They are so tasty.

 

 

We moved on then.  This is the hallway towards Cagneys and Los Lobos.

 

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The A-List bar is between them.

 

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Cagney’s is the one place I would always recommend.  Sooooo good!

 

Los Lobos is getting mixed reviews currently.

 

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We walked down the Manhattan room.

 

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Of course a private function was going to start, but I took a peek in anyways.

 

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It has a very different feel than the other 2 dining rooms.

 

And a little more exploring.

 

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Le Bistro.  Cass said it was located at a different spot on the Encore.

 

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This sign directed you towards the American Diner. I thought it looked pretty cool.

 

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This is the running trail around the ship.  It’s kind of weird as it runs around through lounge chairs. 

 

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The top outside decks are kind of set up a bit strange because each thing takes up space.  They are great things like the speedway, water slides and laser tag, but it leaves very little room for pools and lounging in the sun.

 

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The pool has some strange sculptures too.

 

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There are 2 pools but only one is deep. Cass said the other is like 2 ft deep or something like that. 

 

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Not much pool space for the amount of people this ship holds.

 

They did have hot tubs as well and I believe kids can go in these too.

 

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There were bars at each end of the pool deck too.

 

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We were walking around and Cass, who is always good with noticing things, says “There’s Andy!”  Now Cass hates to have her picture taken and I am not a fan, but I sure as heck won’t miss a chance with Andy!  I handed her my camera and after he was done talking to someone else, I asked if I could get a picture with him.

 

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He was very nice and I did some small chatting with him and told him we would miss him when he left, but I didn’t want to keep him.  Also, a few years ago at a convention, my friends and I saw Adolfo from Carnival out, and we asked for a pic with him…and when we got done there was a line up.  I am sure he was thrilled about that!  Hahaha.

 

Here’s my Adolfo picture for a few years back.  We did it at the Carnival booth and they printed them out right there and gave a little frame.

 

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We headed back to the room for a bit. I wanted to drop off the big camera and we waited a little bit for lunch.  I saw a big ship out in the distance.

 

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Today was going to be the Seafood Buffet.  We had seen pictures of this from the previous specialty sailings and I was all in!  It was not having the normal offerings that they do for a regular cruise. This was going to be the good stuff!

Cass doesn’t really eat seafood, so she was coming with me for moral support.

We headed down and it was already crowded.  I got in line at the first pod and had to wait for quite a bit.  I should have gone down to one of the other ones further in and I am sure the line would have gone faster.  Cass went and got a table.

 

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It was all decorated.

 

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49264373647_a5fe2fcb60_z.jpgsea14 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

A lady came up and asked if the crabs were still moving.  Hunh?  She said they were walking around a little earlier and trying to escape the display.  OMG…I thought it was all just plastic décor but it was real and they weren’t even dead yet when they made it up!

 

49264181516_d84cdb4862_z.jpgsea8 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Then I started to smell a fishy smell.  Like rotting fish.  One fish further down the line of décor had its eye hanging out.  That’s enough to make you sick.

 

The smell was getting pretty bad and I actually thought about skipping out.  I was also having migraines this trip and some made me nauseous to begin with and this wasn’t helping.  I stayed in line though. I would never have a chance to eat a seafood buffet like this again in my life!

 

49264181596_be19055352_z.jpgsea6 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

There was lobster, snow crab, king crab….to name a few.

 

49263807613_c9b68b1dd7_z.jpgsea18 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49263714533_d705556508_z.jpgsea13 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I also lost a lot of pictures from this time period, but luckily I posted several to Instagram and Facebook and could find them there.

 

49269637417_0f79072b44_z.jpgsea44 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It was delicious!  It is a lot of work eating crab, but yum yum yum.  I think I went back and grabbed more crab, but some things I only took a bite. I tried a lot but I had my favorites.

 

Desserts!

 

49263714638_159436c368_z.jpgsea9 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49264373787_09a99991f2_z.jpgsea10 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49264272521_8c93d8a32d_z.jpgsea16 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

After I was rolling out, we were going to go to the American Diner for Cass to have lunch.  When we got there it was closed!  Bummer!  I was going to get some fries or something to try.

 

Oh well, we decided on the Local then and went and got a table.

 

We ordered the pretzels with cheese.

 

49269637222_f4c13dc506_z.jpgsea43 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Sadly, they weren’t good.  The cheese sauce was weird and the pretzels were just not flavorful.

 

I noticed on the menu they had a grilled cheese with tomato.  I mentioned to Cass that I thought it was weird and Skip (my husband) is the only person I know who has ever talked about that and wanted one.  I guess he’s not so odd after all.  I was a bit surprised when Cass ordered it.

 

49268976393_34897fd6e9_z.jpgsea45 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

When it arrived, Cass said, this isn’t what I ordered.  I was puzzled and said yes, grilled cheese with tomato.  Then she realized her mistake. She thought it was grilled cheese with tomato soup!  Hahahahaha!

She tried it and was not impressed.  I believe she ordered something else then, that was better, but not great.

 

I got dessert and this cheesecake was devine!

 

49264465827_523516160d_z.jpgsea19 by Jenseib, on Flick

 

I also got a drink with my snacks.  I can’t remember the name but it had citrus juices, including grapefruit juice, if I remember correctly.

 

49367645601_e866c5187a.jpgsea135 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It was tasty. Not something I would order often, but it was still good. I like drinks that taste like punch, if I can taste liquor than I usually don’t like it.

 

We now were full…or at least I was…and the migraine was going strong, so we headed back to the room to chill out.  I decided to take a little nap and hope that my head would be a little better after that. I set my alarm and went out.  I got a cat nap but woke up feeling awful. Head was still pounding, and I was super nauseous.  It felt like the citrus drink had mixed wrong with everything in my stomach….aka the seafood!

 

I told Cass I was going to get some fresh air out on the balcony.  I just knew that would make me feel better.  I stumbled out and plopped on a chair, leaving the door open. (I always have a fear of being locked out).

This is when I met one of our neighbors. As soon as I sat down I realized I was facing the wrong way. The sun was beating right in my eyes! I then hear the neighbor on his balcony and he goes “I hear you! Where are you? I know you are out here!”  He is looking up and down and to the other side, but not at towards me, but I piped up and said “I’m over here”.

He then introduces himself and starts talking.  I am sitting cocked over in the chair with my hand over my eyes to block the sun. He is talking away and I just feel awful and my head is pounding, but I was being polite and talking to him. He was nice, just caught me at a bad moment.

Then he looks at me and says “Are you Drunk?”  hahahaha.. “No, I just have the sun right in my eyes and it’s hard to see you” and my thought in my head was …no, I ate too much seafood!  He says, “well why are you sitting in that chair, move to the other so the sun isn’t bothering you.  So I did and he kept talking. I felt rude with my back to him. Then he brings his wife out and introduces her and again, I try to look around to see her but it’s impossible with the beating sun.  We chat a bit, both of us are invited to a cocktail party this afternoon. She is getting dressed up for it, and I planned to go in jean shorts.  They finally leave and I don’t feel any better with all the effort to be polite and make small talk.

 

I walked back in the room and Cass is totally laughing that he asked me if I was drunk.  She couldn’t believe he asked such a thing. And if I had been, what business was it of his? LOL!!!!

 

I still felt awful and decided the only way to feel better was to throw up.  I headed into the bathroom….and after a while succeeded in that task.  This is the first cruise I have ever gotten sick and thrown up…and it wasn’t from alcohol or sea sickness….it was too much seafood!  But I am sure the migraines had a lot to do with it too.

 

I told Cass what I did and she was shocked ….and kind of laughing too.  But I did feel better.

I do have nausea meds for the migraines, but that was sitting at home on my kitchen counter, so you know….that did me no good!

 

At some point today, Cass said she found Cagney’s reservations on the app and booked it.  Yippee!

 

After a bit of resting and chatting, I decided I better go to this cocktail party. I had been specially invited and I should at least go for a little bit.

 

49264512072_2de3f3be6f_z.jpgsea39 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It was held in the observation lounge, towards the front of the ship on the port side.

 

49268976368_34a4295d88_z.jpgsea46 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

There were tons of people talking and laughing and mingling and drinking.  There were some super dressed up and some like me in just cruise day clothes.

 

I didn’t recognize anyone there.  I had met various people so far and talked to them, but I didn’t spot a single one now. I just found a seat and plopped down and watched the view.

 

49264272331_b8f8f38ea7_z.jpgsea20 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I did sip on a glass of champagne, but otherwise it was pretty boring.  A couple other, out of place ladies, sat down by me and we all twiddled our thumbs.  They did have a speaker and he mostly congratulated people I didn’t know.

 

After I spent what I figured was enough time I headed back to the room.  It would have been different if I knew others, but I did not and I just wasn’t feeling it. 

 

Back at the room, we watched the beautiful sun set.

 

49251053537_18ef7eed8e_z.jpgsea2 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49250375718_24fe9169ff_z.jpgsea4 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

My neighbor and his wife were not back yet, but I never did see them at the party either.

 

49251053452_fba7f9be48_z.jpgsea5 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49269436866_45985d639f_z.jpgsea42 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49264465447_da5bc2de4f_z.jpgsea22 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I watched the sun dip lower and lower.

 

For this next picture I said it looked like we were on Tatuine because it looked like 2 suns going down.

 

49263807403_f18908a884_z.jpgsea23 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49264272191_3f4bf2279b_z.jpgsea24 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It was time to make our way to Cagneys.  Again, to remind you all, they were telling us we could not make dining reservations this cruise. I talked to others who said they were given hard times as well but some said if you stood your ground and bugged them, they may give in.

 

We headed off to check in and there was no record of our reservation.  Of course it didn’t show up on the app, but it did show on our TV screen.  I even said I would go take a picture and she kept saying they had all reservations filled and an event would be going on taking all tables.  I believe our reservation was for 5:30.  We weren’t the only ones there either. There were several that had 5:30 reservations and were turned away.

 

One group just kept on them and finally they said they would make room for them.  It wasn’t too hard….since the dining room was empty!  So I said what about us and they kind of went with the spiel of it being full for the night.  I kind of just let them know that I saw no one there and we would be quick….and basically wasn’t going to leave till we had been seated and ate!

 

She then asks for our room number again and takes us to a seat.  Yippee!

Now before I go on with the food, I want to say that we were there probably just over an hour or so.  At 5:30, I believe just us and the other group was seated.  At 6, I think 1 or 2 tables were seated.  At 6:30, I don’t think anyone was seated.  That’s it!  The restaurant was EMPTY.  We could see a section set up for a large party, but they had to have come at 7 or later.  Why aren’t they seating people?????  Why turn them away?

 

Our waitress was very nice and she brought over rolls and took our orders.

 

49269436886_5206c35362_z.jpgsea41 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I believe I got the lobster bisque. 

 

49264465637_a4516bc738_z.jpgsea25 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It wasn’t like bisque I have had before and wasn’t that great, so I only ate a bit.

 

Cass got her tomato soup that she had wanted for lunch!

 

49264272151_0dd9f26bdf_z.jpgsea26 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We both got the filet.

 

49263807228_e979fa4dfc_z.jpgsea27 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And the garlic au gratin potatoes.

 

49264465522_34e942dccc_z.jpgsea28 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The food was awesome!  But I was still worried about my stomach and only at a small portion.  I wish I could have eaten more, but I just wanted to be sure I could handle it.

 

Cass got dessert and I passed.

 

49263807168_97a4bc9412_z.jpgsea29 by Jenseib, on Flickr

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We wanted to see the comedian tonight so we dashed down and got there early enough to get a seat. However we wanted to stay in the back as we planned to watch Kinky Boots later and would have to leave this show a little early.

 

49264271991_07c9b4ca97_z.jpgsea30 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The first guy was just ok. He was kind of raunchy and I saw a group of people get up and leave when he was getting a little vulgar.  I can handle it, but he really needs to think about what all people will take.

 

The second guy, who was the main attraction….HILARIOUS!

He was talking about how we would be going to NCL’s island tomorrow and just across the way you are going to see one of the coolest islands ever and wonder why you can’t go to that one instead. (That would be Perfect Day at Coco Cay by Royal Caribbean).  He just kept making jokes about it and everyone was laughing.

 

He did some other funny stuff, and one I remember is talking about where people were from and one guy has like 1/16 Indian or something like that.  Then the comedian starts going “1 little, 2 little, 3 little Indians”.  Everyone was cracking up.  He asked someone who was in her 20’s if she knew the song and she didn’t.  He was talking about being politically correct and how the younger generation doesn’t know common things we grew up with….like sitting Indian style, which is now criss cross applesauce. And they don’t know the counting song using Indians….and he asked if we all would like to sing it for her.  Heck yeah!  So we all sang it….and were laughing so much!

 

If you don’t know the song, then here it is. This is a jazzier version…but you get the idea.

 

 

 

It was a lot of fun and I hated that we had to leave a few minutes early.

 

We arrived at the theatre and checked in and then found seats near the front.

 

49263854243_9e66eb4e7c_z.jpgsea31 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They had a ton of reserved seating and probably half of it never was filled.

 

49263854193_d5e031ce4c_z.jpgsea32 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The show was fun and had a lot of catchy tunes.  In my opinion it was a little too long.  I believe it was 2 hours, maybe a bit more.  For a cruise ship show, that is long.  There were a few slower parts and I think they could have taken some of it out to shorten it.

Now this show is about Drag Queens. I have no issue with the topic, but I have read some people are upset with this show and topic and that it is not family friendly. I would take my daughter, but she just turned 15. I probably would have taken her when she was younger, but it just depends on your family style.

 

So early in the show I asked Cass how many did she think were girls verses guys dressed up in drag.  She said all were girls except the main one.  I told her no, I am pretty sure at least half were guys…but some were so beautiful, it really was hard to tell. As the show went on, we eliminated more and more and by the end we concluded the “Drag Queen group” were all really guys!

 

No pictures during the show, but I snap them when they come out to bow.

 

49264512302_b579f0b032_z.jpgsea33 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49264319806_39f50ea057_z.jpgsea34 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49263854063_d5f8198ede_z.jpgsea35 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49264319691_dae26931b1_z.jpgsea36 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And our cruise director came out to talk.  I don’t remember his name and I rarely saw him this whole cruise.

 

49264319641_92a7e0a60d_z.jpgsea37 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We had gone to the late show, so it was late tonight.  We slowly made our way to exit but in no rush to be swarmed with crowds.

 

49263853968_c205648f41_z.jpgsea38 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I think we actually went up the outer side and got out pretty quickly.

 

I had planned to take my $20 to gamble tonight, but it was too late and I was too tired.

 

We decided to call it a night.

 

Today was just a sea day and this is the route we went….actually I think this was taken right before we got to the island tomorrow, but you get the idea.

 

49301861182_801ebacf16_z.jpgcass3 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The sailing before us complained how rough the seas were the whole time. They also had a bit cooler weather.  I guess people were getting sick.  For us, it was like floating on glass.  We putted along slowly and had really no waves and it was easy to forget you are on a moving ship.  It was one of the smoothest cruises I have ever been on.

I guessed we totally lucked out!

 

Tonight we were too tired to stay up and talk.  We had one more day of fun tomorrow and I was super excited about my upcoming excursion!

 

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On 1/27/2020 at 11:09 AM, jenseib said:

I now tried to look at some of the specialty dining venues. I never made it to all of them and some I walked by the outside but never got pictures.

 

This is Cellars I believe, which is a wine bar if memory serves me right.

 

49244013148_6547f0ac0b_z.jpginaug148 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

A lot of places had signs like this each day.  With so many special people onboard they had a lot of private functions.

 

49244013088_8c58b9f233_z.jpginaug149 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49244698227_1bf4ff3d39_z.jpginaug150 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This is NCL’s new restaurant, Onda.  I hear it’s great, but it wasn’t meant to be for us.

 

49244699017_2f2a21beba_z.jpginaug131 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49244483806_950232ceac_z.jpginaug151 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49244012808_d1637c266d_z.jpginaug152 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Back to the room!  Follow the fishes!  One thing I did not like was the narrow halls. The doorways indented in and if someone was walking towards you, one would have to duck into a doorway to let the other pass.  Luckily, we didn’t have to put bags in the hall this trip, but I can’t imagine how people can easily get down the hall if bags are all sitting along the walls.

 

49244052417_d378f0b43e_z.jpginaug117 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49243836596_6960d4ebc7_z.jpginaug118 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Our event was going to start soon.  We chilled in the room a bit and got dressed into a little bit dressier clothes.  Cass said she did read on one of our handouts that they did not want people to wear shorts to this.

 

We enjoyed our balcony a bit.  My pictures came out super overexposed and I tried to fix them as best I could.

 

49310935992_fca7e72bd7_z.jpgmiami37 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49310733311_1bbfd3fdb4_z.jpgmiami38 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49310935817_b203412a52_z.jpgmiami39 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49310233758_2c06a3ba8d_z.jpgmiami40 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49310233638_0e077ac22d_z.jpgmiami41 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

Over exposed?  Super overexposed?  No way!!!  These are some of the best pictures ever!!!  

On a separate note--You should seriously consider becoming or trying your hand at being a cruise ship blogger!  You are amazing.  Once you have enough viewership/readers, you'll get paid to place ads and maybe cruise ships would give you free cruises to rate and write about them!!  

 

 

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, smrtypnts said:

 

 

 

Thanks! I am not even sure I would know how to go about doing a real blog with a lot of followers. I do have one that I usually post my stuff on after the fact (and terrible at keeping it up) but I am not savvy enough to do it so others can see and follow it. 

Maybe I can look into it more if I get some free time ...hahaha

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Nov. 23, 2019, Great Stirrup Cay

 

Today was our only island day!

I got up and watched as we got closer and closer.

 

49332812903_3ff87cd139_z.jpggs2 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Then I went to get a bite to eat.  They have hand washing stations now on their newer ships. 

 

49333276191_1cdec2771d_z.jpggs3 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I never once saw a washy washy person, which NCL is famous for. I am not sure if they are doing away with them, or if they just didn’t bring them out this sailing.

 

I got a plate of food and set down to eat.

 

49333501517_28b503b83f_z.jpggs5 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

With a beautiful view.

 

49333276151_aac2b79e7d_z.jpggs4 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

After I was done, I decided to take a few pictures.

 

This is the ice-cream machine. I have no clue if it ever was open or not this sailing.

 

49333501652_27cf26015b_z.jpggs1 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49332925603_b30c78b9b9_z.jpggs6 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I went and signed out a towel.  This process is odd because you sign it out, but they have bins on the island to throw them in or they take them from your stateroom, so I am not sure how they keep track if you return or not.

 

49333391086_5eb66d393a_z.jpggs7 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49333391056_4f1f4065e2_z.jpggs8 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49333391001_76ba2bda15_z.jpggs9 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49333613637_327922092c_z.jpggs10 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49332925423_59ec2a1b65_z.jpggs11 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This port is a tender port, so we don’t get too close.

 

49333613492_8ef6747ae7_z.jpggs12 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And the “other” island.

 

49333613442_b2545b54f6_z.jpggs13 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It really is sooo close!

 

Another shot of the running track.

 

49332925323_f0f5fa14c8_z.jpggs14 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49333613347_33694a1f63_z.jpggs15 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Tenders are coming.

 

49335157061_2285901e49_z.jpggs16 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49340273317_c589452748_z.jpggs25 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This is how you open doors out to the deck.  You put your hand there and it turns green and it opens!

 

49335156961_7402269d2f_z.jpggs17 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Since I had an excursion, my excursion ticket allowed me to get on a tender at any time.  Those who didn’t had to get a ticket or wait till they no longer were calling numbers. Cass was just here a few weeks before and she had a heck of a time getting off.  There was also another ship in port and she said it was a mess. I believe it took over an hour before she got on her tender and then the island was just too crowded. On top of that, people were smoking everywhere! Even IN the water.

Now I have no issues with anyone that smokes, but I do expect smokers to smoke in designated areas. I do also know that many of these islands do not have the same smoking laws that the US has, but I did see designated smoking areas on the island.

 

I headed off to catch a tender and it was walk on. I texted Cass and she couldn’t believe how easy I got onto one.

 

49334689258_8c03f14b04_z.jpggs18 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And off we went!

 

49335156766_44d6e7f547_z.jpggs19 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I never was able to get any good shots of the ship from the tender.

 

49334689138_d264d54c35_z.jpggs20 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49421013458_6694bb8ccd_z.jpggs196 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49340049446_6b069edc4f_z.jpggs21 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Our tender was full and many were crew heading to the island to work.

 

49421013368_a3d7c1d825_z.jpggs198 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49421702302_e2575005c8_z.jpggs199 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We go into a little cove type area to get to the island.

 

49425855082_e1b5d857a1_z.jpggs201 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425855052_9be7886066_z.jpggs202 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Once we got to the island I had to walk around the crew to actually get in to the official area.

 

49339594113_361692c7b6_z.jpggs22 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I stopped to get this cute picture of this crew member.

 

49353021602_c394b1cfd6_z.jpggs88 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49352812781_4500996dd0_z.jpggs89 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49339593853_20c52ac978_z.jpggs26 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

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They did have a table set up with waters for everyone and I grabbed one and set out to look around.

 

49352417733_eeabce5faa_z.jpggs91 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49340048906_3a202460fe_z.jpggs27 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

There’s our ship!

 

49352872341_db104baff8_z.jpggs92 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It’s a beautiful island.

 

49425157618_0ee7014e1c_z.jpggs204 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425854782_ecaabea5d1_z.jpggs206 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425157418_d9f5807fb7_z.jpggs205 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They were setting up an extra spot to serve lunch items.

 

49425854717_27c1a077c0_z.jpggs207 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They have zipline from this lighthouse.

 

49425626836_3131283e3d_z.jpggs208 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425728951_75bb1a144f_z.jpggs212 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425955297_0b2153fd07_z.jpggs217 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425955382_41bd88398a_z.jpggs215 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I believe this island just recently won an award for best cruise line island.

 

49425626786_025f2cc902_z.jpggs209 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425157288_53dd3452f2_z.jpggs210 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

My personal opinion though is Castaway Cay is nicer.

 

49425955142_81fa0c6686_z.jpggs211 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I felt that they didn’t have enough beach areas for everyone, especially if 2 ships are in port.

 

49425258698_6009a35988_z.jpggs213 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They do have a lot of activities though…..see the people way out there on the paddle boards.

 

49425258643_6fbe5c01d4_z.jpggs214 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425728771_7ce7e16d0a_z.jpggs216 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They did have towels on each of the chairs too.

 

49425955242_009fb5d470_z.jpggs218 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They have a ton of cabanas and all were booked. I think many were for big wigs. I never looked to see if we had an option to get one or not.

 

49425728606_cab7b6abe9_z.jpggs219 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425292933_a6c2cfa53b_z.jpggs221 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425292883_c3e933e786_z.jpggs222 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I crept up to one to get a few pictures before the guests arrived.

 

49425988707_9425b3e15c_z.jpggs224 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49425988627_4005984b94_z.jpggs225 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49352872291_369f202f8c_z.jpggs94 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It didn’t appear that their beach was private for them.

 

49352872236_ca37d4154c_z.jpggs95 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49352417423_9a1ed6dee5_z.jpggs96 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Time for a terrible selfie!

 

49352417353_7a5900a11a_z.jpggs97 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49421478046_92d5a4a7ba_z.jpggs192 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

As I took a picture of this lunch truck someone told me that they had a picture of the day and you could show it to someone onboard and get a little prize.  Today was the lunch truck.  I never did do that, but I thought it was a neat idea.

49421477996_913cf4a0b1_z.jpggs193 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49361909281_715f64cae5_z.jpggs104 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49340048776_f5081640cf_z.jpggs28 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49353081132_754a1a103e_z.jpggs99 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49352871881_9e953f8e5a_z.jpggs100 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

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I then found cabanas that were ground level.

 

49361909386_313b092d20_z.jpggs101 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49361909351_67750ee878_z.jpggs102 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And a little crab hanging out.

 

49421477961_b3bfc2c6ee_z.jpggs194 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They were doing tours of the upscale area, but I didn’t have time right now.  I never did make it back since it was the far side and I didn’t feel like walking all the way back again.

 

This is where they serve lunch.

 

49426523471_cc143aac73_z.jpggs226 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49426524016_9f6818fdc0_z.jpggs227 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49426053468_5ec5ea0cbd_z.jpggs228 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49426523971_659e8f7aa2_z.jpggs229 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I went in search of where to meet for my excursion.  It was not clearly labeled.

 

49426749427_b8e95590a8_z.jpggs230 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I ended up asking and they pointed to where to go.

 

49426749277_30cec5a484_z.jpggs233 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They said they didn’t have a pig sign so to go to the stingray area. When I went there they said to go further down to another flag.

 

 I decided to take a potty break since I still had time and look around a little more.

 

49426749377_871730acb1_z.jpggs231 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49426523851_c54e62f447_z.jpggs232 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49426523446_8dc7fcf980_z.jpggs234 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49426523736_8ea67e8918_z.jpggs235 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

There is an area of shops.  I didn’t have any cash with me and I think someone told me they only took cash in those little local stores.

 

49426749122_e77eb0fcb5_z.jpggs236 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49426053128_6f34e70b71_z.jpggs237 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I then went and signed in for my pig excursion.

 

49361909146_7a7f907b21_z.jpggs106 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The cruise before us told us this was the easiest one to get and still had availability even the day of.  This cruise it sold out in hours.  I heard people talking about trying to get into it and they were told to try to be waitlisted once they got on the island.  We had several people waiting here in hopes to be added to the group.  We were the first group and if they didn’t make this one they would have to come back each time a new group went and hope to be called.

Also because there was no clear signage, many people went to the stingray tables as told at the excursion desk on the island, so it took a while to get everyone who was signed up to actually be in the right area.

Eventually they did call several extra people to join the group.

We had a long walk to get to the boats that would take us over to the island for the pig swim, but it wasn’t a bad walk.

 

49426053048_107d30bf76_z.jpggs238 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We boarded a couple of little boats and then they did a roll call.  There ended up being 2 extras and they couldn’t figure out how they got with the group but they did allow them to come.

 

And then we set off for a short boat ride over to Treasure Island.

 

49362113712_f4dfaf2d6d_z.jpggs107 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49339593353_16ca26dfc6_z.jpggs29 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49340270707_1337d89e5b_z.jpggs31 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49361446263_70457db2e8_z.jpggs108 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And soon we arrived.

 

49362113632_b0091246cd_z.jpggs109 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And pigs were chillaxing.

 

49340048401_a8202f88fb_z.jpggs32 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Now they had a floating dock because of tides and the tide must have been low because going up the ramp was HARD!  It was so steep!  We made it up but I heard a lot of complaints about it.  We then went onto the deck and waited for instructions, though the first one as we arrived was not to go near any pigs till he talked to us further.

 

49435501302_ebbb04d8b2_z.jpgpig41 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

There were piglets everywhere and we just wanted to scoop them up and cuddle them!

 

49435279466_e7f3da7064_z.jpgpig42 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435279421_c82a585785_z.jpgpig43 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49340048261_cf46c2fe4d_z.jpggs33 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49363328041_04256d1837_z.jpgpig21 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

He then went on with the rules.

 

49363328096_486cb626aa_z.jpgpig23 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We were not to touch the pigs unless they came to us.  Especially the little ones.  If they got upset they would squeal and let their mamas know they were being bothered and those mamas would not be happy and could charge. And if they were really worried they would let out a noise to the main pig boar.  He was basically fenced in on the other side of the island with a big area to roam.  He said if he got worried you would see trees moving and falling just like in Jurassic Park as he made his way over to see what was going on.  LOL!

 

To call the pigs, you could make a clicking noise with your tongue.  When he did it, all the little pigs came running. It was so darn cute.  If you didn’t have food though, they didn’t stick around long.

 

 

 

49435279261_7ee23b0ccd_z.jpgpig46 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

He then explained how to feed the pigs pieces of apples off a skewer.

 

 

 

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He then asked for some volunteers and they would have them lay down and sprinkle apple pieces all over them and the pigs would cover them eating the apples. It was hilarious.

 

49435501382_4c75643d24_z.jpgpig47 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This gal is a social media influencer.

 

49435279191_08ab22bcaf_z.jpgpig48 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I was asked..  ”Do you ever watch MSC videos? Well that’s her”  Hmmm. I have never seen one with her in it and I did look when I got home, but still haven’t found any.

 

49435279006_6f2cf5a997_z.jpgpig50 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435035573_afbc6c998f_z.jpgpig52 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Now there were signs saying no cameras in the swimming area.  They take pictures to buy I believe.  So they kept having us raise a hand with our camera or phone and then he would say put it down and leave it on the table.  Then he would ask..”is that what you want to do?”  and we would say no!  And finally he said…OK then, take those cameras and take tons of pictures and post them on social media!  Wooohooooo!  This is not normal, but since it was a special sailing they were allowing us to promote their business!

 

49435508841_f364d98a99_z.jpgpig53 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435731057_6cb4646529_z.jpgpig54 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I debated my phone or camera but I decided camera since I knew it was 100% waterproof.

 

49435731032_95a4d972b4_z.jpgpig55 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Be prepared for a zillion pig pictures.

 

49123777278_df4d786d09_z.jpgpig1 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435035743_6fbfcdffaf_z.jpgpig56 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We all got a skewer and put apple on it and the pigs would come and snatch it right off.  They had a couple guys with baskets of apples in the water so we could refill easily.

 

49124460872_55f6cb1654_z.jpgpig2 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They kept reminding us that pigs will be pigs and they have no manners.

 

49435730922_c8308b40a1_z.jpgpig57 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

If a pig happened to poop in the water you were to call out applesauce and they would come and clean it up right away.

 

49124460822_d6c9fce078_z.jpgpig3 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Come get some apple!

 

49124460767_259e2da1cd_z.jpgpig4 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Taking pictures of fast moving pigs was not an easy feat!

 

49435730862_6f2f94f280_z.jpgpig58 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435829217_7e26686947_z.jpgpig61 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435829197_042688dedc_z.jpgpig62 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435829127_860cf474b5_z.jpgpig64 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49124460592_5e4f5e349d_z.jpgpig6 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49124460472_c385f259e2_z.jpgpig8 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49124460537_857561413f_z.jpgpig7 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49123776848_edbc740ede_z.jpgpig9 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49123776778_23f676ff5a_z.jpgpig10 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The pigs had cute “pig names”…like Kevin Bacon and Wilbur. 

 

49435605931_5dff33d0b8_z.jpgpig68 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435605916_67fac88254_z.jpgpig69 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435605871_b409aa392f_z.jpgpig70 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I believe this one is Kevin Bacon.  He was super piggy and made the rounds to everyone quickly.

 

49435828947_7797bdb250_z.jpgpig72 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435132613_78d7c14c72_z.jpgpig73 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They then offered to take pictures of everyone like the picture below.  I got in line, posed and looked later only to find no picture. I think the guy didn’t know you had to push the button all the way down rather than halfway for it to just focus.  UGH!

 

49435605721_326f42879f_z.jpgpig75 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49436305391_7b3ba8e42a_z.jpgpig77 by Jenseib, on Flickr

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Hello cutie!

 

49436305361_53ff4b1882_z.jpgpig78 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435829673_b829d10c8d_z.jpgpig79 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49436305291_92cf1a7f83_z.jpgpig80 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49436528497_561344b026_z.jpgpig81 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435829573_434b600fef_z.jpgpig82 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49436528442_b076a064c8_z.jpgpig84 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435829498_45d9d167f4_z.jpgpig86 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49436528312_064f245114_z.jpgpig89 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49124557401_50e00ab512_z.jpgpig11 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49124742347_9d88cfe101_z.jpgpig12 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I tried to do selfies but with a camera it was hard. I also took a lot of pictures with my finger in it! If you look at my camera roll I have like 20-30 tried selfies. 99% bad!

 

49124557341_1beff6d57c_z.jpgpig13 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49124061133_c46faa96b5_z.jpgpig20 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49124742117_bd8b71dffb_z.jpgpig19 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49124742167_b1fe21437a_z.jpgpig17 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We spent what felt like a long time in with the pigs, but sadly our time was over and we had to get out and head back up to the deck.

 

49124061278_d1eb78f2f8_z.jpgpig15 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

There was an adorable piglet pile right by the deck!

 

49124557306_869635bab0_z.jpgpig14 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49435858858_0834c26f8f_z.jpgpig91 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49363328066_8441d78310_z.jpgpig24 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49340047871_d850bd0c12_z.jpggs35 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They were now super friendly knowing we may have food.

 

49365894153_c6aeb22d36_z.jpgpig27 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49366568977_b51418d7da_z.jpgpig28 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Those piglets are just sooooo cute!

 

49366568387_cf73709dc9_z.jpgpig30 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

So as we are all drying off a few pigs started getting frisky down on the shore.  We were all laughing hysterically.  The guy said to post it to social media hashtagging it “pigporn”.

 

49366568822_829ea8c868_z.jpgpig32 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They told us it really was mostly girl on girl.  Hahahaha

 

49366568682_4acbf1c898_z.jpgpig35 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Ummmm…someone needs to explain the birds and the bees to these guys.

 

49436557267_fb59407186_z.jpgpig93 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And look at the little piglets just running around.

 

49365893803_454c15f47a_z.jpgpig36 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49366355596_5904cb7426_z.jpgpig37 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49436557172_704f3c6cee_z.jpgpig94 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It looked so beautiful!

 

49435858603_eac149bc9d_z.jpgpig95 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49366355501_4ec73c3f5e_z.jpgpig39 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And a few of these guys were all tired out now.

 

49366355996_792362f807_z.jpgpig26 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Then it was time to head back down to the boats. The ramp was still really steep, but we made it!

 

49365893593_f818db39b9_z.jpgpig40 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

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The water color was just gorgeous!

 

49365956203_3b5f972663_z.jpggs113 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49366417166_71a05fdd0c_z.jpggs114 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

When we got back, the next tour was waiting to jump in our boats and head over. I am glad we had the first one of the day. I am not sure if the pigs get full or not, but at least we had them super hungry!

 

This is one of the best excursions I have ever taken.  It was a bucketlist thing for me and I enjoyed it so much.   I would do it again if I ever get back to Great Stirrup Cay. 

 

We walked back to the main part of the island at our own leisure and I took a few more pictures.

 

49426053003_8f65dc9a60_z.jpggs239 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49426748922_da8605e67b_z.jpggs240 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I decided it was time for a Mango Meltdown!

 

49426523526_a31f82a738_z.jpggs241 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49426052793_fdb9f8034e_z.jpggs242 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

MMMMM!

 

49366417156_66550e3921_z.jpggs115 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I found a seat and just enjoyed my drink.

 

49365956098_8fa3f5807b_z.jpggs116 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I got to talking to the lady next to me.  She had been on the cruise before as an invite and then she won this cruise so she really got to enjoy the ship.  She said she was trying different things each time, but this sailing was nicer than the one before.

 

I went and found some lunch after a bit.  I really wanted some potato salad but it wasn’t meant to be.  I didn’t think they had much of a selection, but I grabbed a few things and ate.

 

49366417236_a5382995d0_z.jpggs112 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I ended up only eating a portion of it.  I wanted fries or something else and this was not hitting the spot.

 

I did have a beautiful view though.

 

49340271477_4c5e5df653_z.jpggs36 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I decided to leave then.  I didn’t want to swim by myself and I figured I should check in with Cass.  Who knows what kind of trouble she is getting herself into!  LOL.

I made a potty stop before leaving and the potty lady was hilarious!  She was moving people through fast and cracking jokes.  She said she had over 5000 people there the other day with 2 ships in port and there just is not time to dog around when you need to move that many people through the bathrooms!

 

49340047131_12bce5d860_z.jpggs37 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49366417071_3ede59bc6a_z.jpggs118 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They have 4 tenders, but only 2 were running. I don’t know if they only run 2 per ship or since our sailing had less people they only ran 2.

 

49366416991_d28c6d078f_z.jpggs119 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49340271247_a4e28325c6_z.jpggs38 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49340270562_4d56cdbdf7_z.jpggs39 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49339591708_d422322d78_z.jpggs40 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Back on the ship, I found Cass and we chatted a bit and I got cleaned up and into fresh clothes. She did a lot of exploring today and also swam on the ship I believe.

 

One of the options they had for this cruise was touring several different types of rooms. I kept meaning to do it, but it’s hard to fit everything in….and rest!  I decided I better do it now and get it over with. I knew I would regret it later if I didn’t.

 

I took a lot of pictures, but I’ll just post a few.

 

49340046841_a18a2d9d09_z.jpggs41 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This room was huge and looked over the front of the ship.

 

49365955948_e182e52321_z.jpggs120 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The cast of Kinky Boots were out there and they were dancing around and having fun.

 

 

 

 

 

49340270792_47de5aa96a_z.jpggs44 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This room was similar to ours. Some rooms have the bed when you walk in and others have the couch first.

 

49339591028_0a253c3182_z.jpggs45 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I believe this is one of the single studio rooms.

 

49344398993_8628295413_z.jpggs49 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49344853676_cd8631d75f_z.jpggs50 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It’s perfect for the single traveler or one that is going with family but they only need a room for just themselves.

 

49345564416_36770dfb4a_z.jpggs51 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49345103493_31ea12c0f9_z.jpggs52 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49345564321_00542236da_z.jpggs53 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I tried doing video in these rooms but there was a guy touring on the same route as me and he would talk EVERY single time I would start to video.

 

They also have a lounge for the single travelers staying in these studios.

 

49348053291_f058422cd6_z.jpggs62 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49369608651_771bfd69e6_z.jpggs126 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49369819672_1fd27172c2_z.jpggs127 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49348259987_a63ca05078_z.jpggs63 by Jenseib, on Flickr

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And this is an inside regular room.

 

49369819602_2a5dd58103_z.jpggs129 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I have actually earned another free cruise through Norwegian and we will be sailing on the Joy this summer. This is the type of room we have been assigned. It’s small, but we will be fine with just the 2 of us. Our room only holds a max of 2, so we shouldn’t have those bunks on the sides of the walls like this room does.

 

49369147583_b32b6909fa_z.jpggs130 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And the bathroom is a nice size too, so that will make a big difference!

 

49347590878_9d92bf4144_z.jpggs64 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This particular room had a different shower and set up.

 

49352249598_68dc6c5fac_z.jpggs73 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And another different set up stateroom

 

49352249353_6ec4ed8d01_z.jpggs75 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49369147408_34ccd8f2e9_z.jpggs137 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49369147283_345b97e0ce_z.jpggs139 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I looked out and the Kinky Boots cast were still out there.

 

49352703811_88e79e0f7e_z.jpggs77 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

I toured all but 1 room on the list.  Most look pretty much the same as my room, some without a balcony, but just different locations on the ship. The final room I decided not to look at because it was so far away and up several floors.  I was tired!

 

It was now close to sail away time. 

 

49369608391_56120b767b_z.jpggs134 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Cass messaged me to go down to the guest services desk as they had some pads of paper and buttons, so I did just that.

 

49369147248_a8bfd7002a_z.jpggs140 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49352249233_c32035a102_z.jpggs78 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And I got wild and ordered a cocktail!

 

49369608166_ab286320d7_z.jpggs141 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I met back up with Cass then and I was needing a snack.  I didn’t eat much on the island and I wanted something before dinner time.  My idea was good in theory.  We went to the local and I think they forgot about me as it took forever and a reminder from us to actually bring the food.

 

49369607576_cb70171692_z.jpggs142 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It was tasty and hit the spot, but it took way too long.

 

We then watched the beautiful sky as we got ready to sail away.

 

49369608096_67c7c164bf_z.jpggs143 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I think we actually got separated and I went to find Cass and she went to find me and we kept missing each other.

 

49369147023_d6306f41f5_z.jpggs144 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49369607996_b93f219d29_z.jpggs145 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I went on to take some more pictures as I was looking for Cass.

 

49352703691_1d06ea7dd6_z.jpggs79 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49352249168_653c35c29e_z.jpggs80 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49369146908_51f0b0a0d5_z.jpggs146 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

A sunset at sea is one of the most beautiful and peaceful things ever!!!

 

49369818892_4a239df1fb_z.jpggs148 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I think I went and gambled a little to use up that $20 from last night since I never used it!

 

Then it was time for dinner and we decided on the Manhattan dining room tonight.  As we made our way there we noticed the Skyline bar, a place we had not noticed at all yet.

 

49369818852_387053ab5a_z.jpggs149 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49369818692_22d0c7f087_z.jpggs150 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We got seated fast and made our orders.

 

49369838427_d36480110e_z.jpggs151 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49369627351_3f6af64b87_z.jpggs153 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The food was good again tonight for me.

 

The dessert was just Meh.

 

The ice cream was great but the deep fried pockets needed powdered sugar on them.

 

49369166468_24a62af141_z.jpggs154 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This wasn’t too bad.

 

49369627266_7a3d006e1a_z.jpggs155 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We had reservations for Choir of Man tonight, so Cass ran off to water pick her teeth while I finished up and then we met back up to head to the theatre.

 

We like the end of a row but all the ones in the location we wanted were full, so we went in a few seats and sat down.  We allowed one seat between Cass and the people at the end of the row for personal space.

 

49373498756_b61fdfc1f4_z.jpggs160 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The cast will come out early and invite the audience up for a beer.

 

49373497936_6b90692661_z.jpggs161 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I do like beer and Cass insisted I go up.  Twist my arm!

 

49373699337_87d9b3489e_z.jpggs162 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49373699042_2e616d8300_z.jpggs163 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Cheers!

 

49373046353_d1d3eaa8d6_z.jpggs158 by Jenseib, on Flickr

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See the good looking guy in the maroon shirt?  That’s Mark…he talked to me!  Swoon…..

 

49373696072_0c3b8c9c48_z.jpggs156 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Cass also already noticed that hot looking guy too!  Hahaha.

 

49353022062_2929b8ca5d_z.jpggs81 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Now see the guy in the previous picture who is kind of bleached out and behind Mark.  I totally forget his name, but he and a group of people sat next to me.  They did not leave a seat between us and they had plenty of room in the row to do so. That guy was on top of me the whole show! And he was talkative….to the point of annoying.  I am friendly, but I don’t need to talk to someone else when my friend is right next to me at a show.

 

This guy reminded me of my friend’s brother and I thought he was pretty cute too.

 

49353021927_6f8f0938e5_z.jpggs83 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

So the show starts and I snuck pictures and videos throughout…..Only to find out towards the end that they allowed it!  Had I known that I would have taken WAY more!

 

49373497286_2e1b607950_z.jpggs164 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Choir of Man is basically a group of guys in their Irish bar who sing and dance….kind of the locals of the bar and know everyone.  It has a great mix of music and the dancing and stunts are great!

 

49373496996_9950c53a8e_z.jpggs165 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They jump all over and sing and play music.  Amazing!!!

 

49373041063_452e51e8d4_z.jpggs166 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This guy came and sat by us as the show was starting and then headed up on stage.

 

49373496856_6fb6350ea2_z.jpggs167 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

 

49373698377_0229d1d3da_z.jpggs168 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

They had some people from the audience come up as well.

 

49373040953_ec782db152_z.jpggs170 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49373496371_1891ec4672_z.jpggs169 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

This guy tapped dance all around and was good!

 

49419863428_356e7beb85_z.jpggs171 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49420330646_a345744146_z.jpggs172 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

 

This guy was looking for a new love and they asked if anyone wanted to be with him and some lady gets up dancing (and I think drunk) and is waving all over and says yes. He looks at her and says…ahhh no!  It was so hysterical.

 

49419863163_1f9cf5ff3d_z.jpggs173 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49420550072_d2a4835741_z.jpggs175 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We then moved on to the Urinal scene.

 

49420330606_9fc6604d5e_z.jpggs174 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

 

49420330451_b7eb12e5cf_z.jpggs178 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49420549922_df1ca75ce6_z.jpggs179 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

 

49420330531_92d45ea047_z.jpggs176 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49420330496_1eca9d9062_z.jpggs177 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49420330346_75d9cbcf57_z.jpggs180 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49420609397_7a5049b751_z.jpggs181 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

 

49419923388_843ab8edd3_z.jpggs182 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49420609347_639fff7abb_z.jpggs183 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

49420390161_9943c7b8a7_z.jpggs184 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

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49352358533_569e65278a_z.jpggs85 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49420609277_9bbbacc8a0_z.jpggs185 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

 

The show was AMAZING!!!!  Probably one of the best cruise line shows I have ever seen. It was so much fun and these guys are talented!!!!

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We made our way out and Cass noticed the Kinky Boot cast, so I stopped for a selfie.

 

49419923263_23e2080ef1_z.jpggs188 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Cass’s version is better.

 

49420609217_d48a884543_z.jpggs187 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

The Choir of Man cast was outside waiting so we went to the side that had Mark.  We found his picture but it didn’t really look a lot like him.

 

49420609142_417b6e018c_z.jpggs189 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I crept right in between Mark and the other guy I thought was cute. Hahahaha.

 

49420390126_e83b09bbca_c.jpggs190 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We got back to the room and found some gifts waiting for us.

 

49352358443_b31d13919a_z.jpggs86 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

It was fine oil, salt and balsamic vinegar.

 

49352358413_e9caf41242_z.jpggs87 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I have tried them at home and they are really good!  Cass has limited luggage space and had to move things around to get them home, but I think she managed.

 

It was our last night, so I decided to go gamble another $20 or so and lost as usual.

 

I took a few more pictures before I headed back to the room for the night.

 

49439153671_72d899da42_z.jpggs243 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49438682408_6f85a63f5e_z.jpggs244 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

And we crashed then.  Tomorrow we had to head home.  It was just such a short cruise. I was happy to have been part of it all, but it was WAY to short!

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Nov. 24, 2019, Going Home

 

I didn’t take too many pictures today. It was the typical “it sucks we have to go home kind of day!”.

 

We were already in port when we woke up.

 

49439611108_d7d84956bd_z.jpgmia3 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49439611188_b1f1431391_z.jpgmia2 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I believe I got a quick breakfast and just enjoyed the last of my time on the ship.

 

49439611048_559b3d026c_z.jpgmia4 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We were in no rush to get off and kind of lounged around till it looked like the line wasn’t too bad to get off.

 

We wound around and went through the arcade.

 

49439610958_6b5974d98a_z.jpgmia5 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Wait??? There’s an arcade?  Cass laughed and said yes!  We walked through it when we boarded too!  Hahaha. I was so set on following her to see about dining reservations, etc, that I didn’t take in what we walked through.

 

49439610893_5259c587eb_z.jpgmia6 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We made our way off and through customs and then to find where we could catch an Uber.  A new batch of people were getting to arrive to sail on the first official “real” sailing of the Encore.

 

49440308507_9c2d128280_z.jpgmia7 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

49440308477_0f9b4bbddc_z.jpgmia8 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We made it to the airport easily and I checked in at my terminal and Cass had to walk a little ways to go to hers. We were then going to meet up for lunch.  I had a small line, but it wasn’t bad.  Once I got my bags checked, the guy kind of stood there waiting for a tip….very obviously.  Now I usually give a couple bucks when I check bags in if I see a tip jar, but this seemed like pressure and I quickly set my tickets aside and fumbled for a few bills. I am pretty sure I shoved the tickets in my back pocket…..maybe?

 

I had a little time till Cass got through her line so I walked around a bit and then used the bathroom and walked a bit more and she arrived at my area and we decided on Margaritaville for lunch.

 

We got right in and we both ordered the club.  If we were smart, we would have shared it as it really is too big for one.

 

49440082606_25bfbae258_z.jpgmia9 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

We chatted and enjoyed the last of our time together. We both boxed the rest of our sandwiches up and took them with us. I figured I would eat mine during my layover.

 

We paid and headed out and I went for my tickets.  Hmmm not in my pocket.  Looked through my bag…Nope.  Shoot! I lost them somewhere. Did they fall out of my pocket while I walked around? In the bathroom? At Margaritaville?  I did a swoop around just to check but no sign of them.  It wasn’t a huge deal because I could pull up my boarding passes on my phone.  However, they bag claim sticker was on one of them.  One thing I did see on United’s app was that you could track your bags and the claim number did show up, so I went to that and did a screen shot just to be safe.

 

We went our separate ways and I took a seat at my gate and read some magazines and listened in on others and people watched.  There was a lady standing in line to board before I even arrived and she stood there the whole time! Over an hour!!!  Her husband would come and go.  I assumed they needed extra help for boarding, but seriously, sit and wait till the call those who need help to come up. 

 

That’s them…first in line!

 

49440082576_5b725a873a_z.jpgmia10 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Boarding started and they got on right away and I waited for my boarding to be called and got in line.  I went to my seat, which was a window…..and guess who is in my row?  The wife.  Now United boarded with window seats first, then middle then aisle.  These 2 each had an aisle seat across from each other.  When I motioned that this was my row I got a dirty look that she had to stand up.  Now I already know she loves to stand….she did it for an hour already.  Hahaha.  And she had to know that being in an aisle seat she would have to get up to let others on.

 

This flight was full too.  No luck on an empty middle seat this time around.  The young lady next to me was tiny though and slept the whole time.  It was kind of funny as she would kind of lean on me at times and then realizes it and move to another position.

 

They also were moving some flight crew and the girl behind me was one of those.

 

We waited and then they announced that they had some maintenance to do on the plane before we could leave.  I am all for a safe plane, but I knew I had a pretty short time between my connections.  I texted home to let Claire know that I might not make it and there is a chance I will be on the later flight home.

 

This was also the lovely weather outside currently.

 

49440082456_16df0a3b11_z.jpgmia11 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

Finally we pulled out and they said they would try to make up time in the air, but for those with short connections, check your app, because United may have already changed your flight.

I took a look and was listed for my current flight…and the one later (several hours later actually).  I asked the girl behind me and she said most likely I would be on the next flight, but they are keeping my spot on the current one too.

 

I just figured there was nothing I could do about it, so why worry.  I was not looking to spend several hours in the airport, but I would live.

 

When we landed, it still showed both flights, but would not let me pull up the boarding pass for either.  The flight attendant told me to check in at the desk when I get off and they will get me to the correct spot.  And of course I was in the back of the plane.  Even if I wanted to do the mad dash, I couldn’t.  The “lady” on the aisle was so worried that I wouldn’t make my flight, but I told her it is what it is.

 

I got off and went to the desk and she typed some info in and said yes, no, yes, no, not sure if you can make it as it’s in a different building and it’s pass boarding time.  The lady next to her said, let me see and pulled up something else and said “they are holding the plane for you…run!  Ah…ok…where?  She directed me to the shuttle and I got on…and waited till it filled.  So much for hurrying.  Once it took us over to the correct area I hurried to my gate.  I let them know I don’t have a physical boarding pass and she had me pull out my ID and printed it and handed it off.  Then they said the carryon had to be gate checked.  Shoot! I have an expensive camera.  They told me to quickly take that out and they would take the suitcase and I could carry the camera bag on.

I then have to head outside to board this plane. Thank God I was not the only one!  There were 2 others behind me.

Of course it is super embarrassing when you are one of the last boarding a plane and they all know it was held up because of you….and not to mention…I had no chance to go to the bathroom between flights.

 

When I sat down, I told my seat mate (only 2 per row on this flight) that I was not technically late, it was my flight and they had told us we would be rescheduled, but when we landed I found out the plane was being held. 

I sure felt stupid! 

I did text Claire and let her know I was on the flight home! I made it!

 

Luckily this flight wasn’t too long and soon we were coming back into Detroit!

 

49440309002_6f0cd4cfa1_z.jpgmia1 by Jenseib, on Flickr

 

I had been tracking my bag as well and it made it too! I couldn’t believe it!

 

When we landed I made my way off and was in no rush to get to the bags. I knew it would take a few minutes.  Welcome back to reality!  The weather let me know it was definitely not Florida!

 

Once I got my bag, I texted for my shuttle to take me back to the car park and made my way over there.  It came fairly fast and soon I was reunited with my car and on my way home, with a stop at McDonalds to load up on dinner and a much needed diet coke!

 

I came home to a daughter that missed me and I shared with her some of the treats I had gotten at the christening.  She was devouring the macaroons! 

 

And then back to real life and just a few days later I took my husband in for a shoulder replacement, then Thanksgiving, then the Christmas holidays and a January work trip to Universal Orlando…..so yeah…I am still trying to catch up with life!  Hahah.

 

Thanks for reading along!

 

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This has been a really fun read!   You've totally made me want to cruise on the Encore if only for the shows!  I've heard nothing but good things about Choir of Man and Kinky Boots sounds like a blast!  Thanks for the thorough recount of your adventure.  

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17 hours ago, brigand13 said:

This has been a really fun read!   You've totally made me want to cruise on the Encore if only for the shows!  I've heard nothing but good things about Choir of Man and Kinky Boots sounds like a blast!  Thanks for the thorough recount of your adventure.  

 

 

Thanks for reading!

 

1 hour ago, AKR2011 said:

Thanks for the review as always! Enjoy the rest of your winter, and I'll be looking forward to your review of The Joy! 🙂

 

I'm excited to sail her. I have been working on my flights lately...not impressed with those costs!

 

28 minutes ago, Arzeena said:

Enjoyed the read and the pictures. Thanks for posting.

 

 

Thank you

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