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Fantasy Cruise/Florida Trip Report Part III


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I forgot to mention that after the day in Nassau I am RED. Especially the back of my calves from snorkeling. OUCH OUCH OUCH...


Today is the day for "fun day at sea". We got up early again (room service - gotta love it!) and watched us pull away from Nassau (sigh...). We ran around and did all sorts of things that day, from writing postcards to sunning on the deck. We went to the art auction - free champagne - and bid on all sorts of things, had a fabulous time, and ended up getting two great pieces. We went to hang out on the sundeck for a while and found out one of the pipes had burst in the pool and it was all drained. It was supposed to be fixed within 1/2 an hour...2 hours later...no pool. GRRR. Went to the back of the boat to try that pool but it was PACKED with screaming kids - which is why I go on vacation, to get away from mine, lol, so we didn't stay long. We went back to the regular pool area and had lunch. They then did a terrific ice sculpturing demonstration. THEN, while that was going on, one of the staff starts yelling for princess judges for the hairy chest contest. OH YEAH, what I've been waiting for - Jason has a VERY hairy chest and the whole family was bugging him before the cruise that he HAD to do the contest. He's pretty shy and was real irritated with me bugging him to do it - but I finally drug him up the stairs to the stage. There were about 10 "princess" judges, a "queen" judge, and about 6 guys competing. They all had to come down the stairs one at a time and dance...suggestively...lol to all of us, esp. the queen. The first guy I thought was going to kill himself, he threw his legs up onto the railings of the stairs and tried to slide down. The whole thing was HYSTERICAL. Of course they were filming the whole time for the travelogue video...tee hee...anyway, nobody could have possibly beat the guy who won hairiest chest, it was like a sweater. Seriously. BUT guess who won best dancer - my guy! YEAH a ship-on-a-stick!! :D :D Actual 24 karat plastic! :D


We spent the rest of the day just playing around, going from bar to bar and to the casino. Ooops, almost forgot, we tried to get in to the blackjack tourney but there were too many people, so we did the slot machine tourney - nope, no dice on that either. We were playing VP when a guy behind me hits his machine for a royal...grrr...he then turns around to me and tells me his wife hit a royal on my same machine the night before...grrr...STILL I am the only person in the family to not have a royal. RATS! We did some shopping etc. and went to dinner, very good again. Tried bingo again, only 2 away for the $1000 prize and somebody hits it. DARN! We managed to see the end of one of the shows and really, it was pretty good. Comparable to a Vegas show, I would say. We spent the last of the evening in the disco and had a blast. The seas were rather rocky that night - I would just say, don't drink a lot on a ship, you'll end up swaying more than you should. LOL. We then went back to the room and packed everything up, but didn't put it out, we figured it was easier just to tug it along ourselves. And I must say, THANK GOODNESS I packed a large tote and a collapsible case in my bags, they were completely full with all the crud we bought!


Next day was rather uneventful (until we got OFF the ship, that is lol). We had to wait around in the Universe Lounge for oh, about an hour, before our color was called. We headed down and disembarked - going through customs was a breeze and very quick. We had to then go find the Budget shuttle stop. Found it and called home, everybody was excited to hear from us. We got to Budget and on the way, everybody is talking about hurricane Charley. HUH? What hurricane...oh boy...

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Nice review. We had a great time on the Fantasy when we went back in July. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was our 4th cruise and I came back from this one so much more relaxed than the others. She is a beautiful ship and I liked having about a 1,000 less people than the others.

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