Calm, relaxing day at sea



Today is the last day of our short and sweet birthday cruise and it is going to be a beautiful day.  By the time we prepared for breakfast the sun was already high in the sky and white clouds were slowly drifting by the ship.  And, oh my, the color of the water was a beautiful sapphire blue.


We decided today to have breakfast in the dining room.  We were seated at a table for two.  We were delighted to see our wonderful evening server Wayan approach the table to see if we were ready to order.  We thought this was especially nice as where we were seated was not in his area but he came over to make sure we were taken care of.  I ordered the French toast and it was absolutely delicious.

As we slowly sipped our coffee we looked over the Cruise Compass to see if there was anything we would like to do.

There was so much to choose from.  There was a bean bag toss, various trivia games around the ship, scrapbooking workshop, and a towel folding demonstration, art auction, a scavenger hunt, a belly flop competition, dance classes, seminars, bingo and so much more.

In the end we decided that we would just do nothing.  We spent the morning exploring the ship enjoying the weather and delighting in everyone else enjoying their last day before returning home.


Sparkling Mai Tai

Sparkling Mai Tai




We would stopped for a time poolside to listen to the sounds of Caribbean music by Riddim Waves and enjoyed the drink of the day.  The Sparkling Mai Tai was cold, refreshing and delicious!






At one point during our walk, I looked out over the bow of the ship and noticed that straight ahead and to the left the sky was beautiful and clear while to the right there were storm clouds and rain filled the sky.


While walking around the promenade deck we came upon Bob and Dennis.  Connie and Sandy were off shopping.  We sat for a little while then continued our walk.

We went inside walking through the shops and purchasing a few things.  Then off to the casino to use our free pulls and an extra promotional $5.  I won $17.00.  First time ever!




I could not believe it when we looked at our watches; it was time to prepare for evening cocktails and dinner.  Since we did not have lunch I decided to have a full dinner.  I started with a shrimp cocktail and a  Caprese salad for starters.


For my entrée I ordered the Chicken Marsala—sautéed chicken scaloppini, Marsala-mushroom sauce, buttery mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables.  The chicken was so tender.


I topped off this wonderful meal with the BBB Crème Brulée (Baileys Irish cream-flavored crème brülée with caramelized bananas.  Every bite was a sheer delight.


View of the evening sky through the dining room window.

As we enjoyed our dessert I noticed that the sun was setting filling the sky with hues of yellow and red.  The sky was just beautiful.  As I looked at the sunset I thought, “What a beautiful ending to a wonderful cruise with our friends”.

Dinner was, as always, fun as we talked and laughed and just enjoyed each other’s company.  We all thanked Wayan and Daniel for making our dining experience so wonderful.

We said our good nights and returned to our cabin to finish packing.  The cruise had come to an end and we would be leaving the beautiful Majesty of the seas and returning home.



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Having fun in Nassau at the Tiki Bikini Hut and Sharkeez

View of the harbor lighthouse from Junkanoo Beach

View of the harbor lighthouse from Junkanoo Beach

One day I am happily sharing a short and sweet cruise to the Bahamas with friends and then an unexpected and painful pause.  I had an oops moment walking across a wet and soapy floor injuring my wrist.

After a shot of painkiller, X-rays, application of a splint from my elbow to the tips of my fingers and a few days of rest I am ready to continue sharing the fun moments of our cruise on the Majesty of the seas.

View of downtown main st street Nassau through our very small window in our cabin

View of downtown main st street Nassau through our very small window in our cabin

The third day of our cruise took us to one of our favorite places to visit, Nassau, The Bahamas and a visit to Junkanoo Beach.

The morning we docked was a beautiful, sunny day.  The temperature was predicted to be in the mid-eighties with a slight breeze.


Over the years we have enjoyed visiting and enjoying many of the sights and restaurants on the island of Nassau.  One of our favorite places to visit is a tiny and fun watering hole called the Tiki Bikini Hut at Junkanoo Beach.

The beach is within walking distance of the pier and has become more and more popular over the years.  There is a lovely white sand beach and clear turquoise water to take a dip in.  Need a cold drink to cool off or a light snack then you can head over to the Tiki Bikini Hut.

The last time Bob, Sandy, Dennis and Connie had been to Junkanoo Beach the met one of the owners of the hut.  They struck up a friendship with Amanda and were eager to introduce the rest of us.


Having fun in 2012 at Junkanoo Beach

One of the things I find interesting about the Tiki is its ever evolving look while maintaining its fun atmosphere.  The first time we visited with Bob and Sandy we sat on these rickety red metal chairs that sank into the sand every time you moved and you had to hold onto your bottle of beer to keep it from falling off the table.


Having more fun at Junkanoo Beach 2013

The next time we went we were treated to free shots to go along with our beer all placed on tables that now had tablecloths.

This year hand-made Adirondack-like chairs were added around the bar with wispy stretches of cloth draped over some the chairs for a welcome respite from the hot sun.

The gang with Tiki Hut owner Amanda

The gang with Tiki Hut owner Amanda 2016

Lucille and Bob

Lucille and Bob

What has not changed over the years is the welcoming and fun atmosphere.  As soon as we arrived there were hugs and kisses all around as Amanda welcomed us all.  We started with a round of bottles of cold Sands beer followed by two delicious shots.  But Amanda did not stop there offering us samples of two dishes prepared on the premises.  I really liked the jerk chicken.  Everything was great.




One thing that made Amanda very happy was a copy of the Nassau insert that was included in the Cruise Compass.  On the front of the insert is a section called, “Port Highlights” Sights.  And there it was Junkanoo Beach listed as #1 with a write-up that read: A lively hotspot that is a favorite among cruise guests.   She was so excited and asked if she could keep the copy.  “Of course,” I said.  I brought it specially for you”.

Back view of Tiki Bikini Hut

Back view of Tiki Bikini Hut


Sandy and Bob

While the others spent time talking and taking pictures, I took a walk around the beach area.  The sky was a beautiful, clear blue with just a few white puffy clouds.  The water was so clear you could see down to the sand and shells below.  To the right of the beach you could see the two cruise ships in port and straight ahead was the beautiful harbor lighthouse.


Dennis and Connie

Dennis and Connie


Such a beautiful day brought many people to the beach to spend some time relaxing in the sun and cooling off in the calm, cool water.  It made me wish I had brought my bathing suit.






After a while we said our goodbyes and headed back down to Woodes Rogers Walk to have lunch. Connie wanted to try a restaurant called Sharkeez Bar and Grill so off we went.


Enjoy the drink of the day, Bahama Mamas at Sharkeez Bar and Grill

The bar was offering two-for-one Bahama Mama drinks so we all ordered a round.  We decided that they tasted more like bad tasting juice and switched to bottles of cold beer for lunch.   The bar was empty except for our group and perhaps two other couples.   To be fair, it was the middle of the week and there were only two cruise ships in port.  We enjoyed very much the nachos we ordered.  We ate, laughed and in a blink of an eye it was time to return to the ship.img_6366

We spent the rest  of the afternoon just hanging out on our balcony before preparing for cocktails and dinner.  After dinner we were invited to an “Exclusive reception for our Crown & Anchor members” in the Spectrum Lounge.  Our entire group went and had a great time.


Our cruise director, Shane, introduced several of the officers and staff of the Majesty.  They each took a few moments to say a few words of welcome and shared a little about themselves.  This was followed by a musical treat by two members of the production cast singing several familiar songs from the sixties.

It had been a busy and fun day and we were ready to retreat back to our cabin for a little rest before turning in for the evening.

Tomorrow we have a day at sea as we slowly make our way back to home port.




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A day of celebration on the Majesty


From left-Bob and Sandy; birthday boy Dennis and Connie; Randy and Mary and Bob and Lucille

I woke this morning to a day teetering between beautifully clear and dark and stormy.  The humidity was so thick it was like walking into a steam room when we stepped out onto the pool deck on our way to meet the others for breakfast.


On our way to the island of CocoCay on an overcast, humid morning.

As I mentioned yesterday, this was going to be a short cruise.  We would only be making two stops this cruise.  The first was on Royal Caribbean’s private island of Cococay and the other stop would be at Nassau.

CocoCay is a place with an abundance of things to do or to just kick-back and relax in the sun.  There is an aqua park, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing and the Straw Market for those who want to take home a little something for the loved ones back home.

Today we will be taking a tender over to CocoCay for a day of walking on white sandy beaches, sitting under coconut palms, eating a delicious barbeque lunch at Blackbeard’s Grille and enjoying the sounds of island music by Island Vibes featuring Riddim Waves.


But before heading over to the beach we gathered at the Windjammer for a birthday breakfast with birthday boy Dennis.  Everyone gathered to wish Dennis a wonderful day and ply him with birthday cards and gifts.




We all agreed to meet on deck 1 to catch the tender together to take the short trip over to the island.  As I mentioned, the humidity was very thick.  As soon as I opened my camera the lens fogged over giving the appearance of everyone posing behind a thin veil.


As soon as we docked we hurried over to our favorite spot and stopped in our tracks as we came close.  What stopped us were the many changes we saw.  The beach seemed very crowded, there were many coconut palms missing, the wires that had been placed over the picnic area were gone and there were signs of construction everywhere.


We were disappointed in the loss of the shade from the palms but we finally settled on a line of lounge chairs that were partly shaded.  Barely settled Bob made his way down to the water, followed by Sandy and then Dennis.


img_6284I love CocoCay.  I love watching as young and old alike delight in splashing in the water, watching the gulls flying just above unsuspecting beach goers looking for a small morsel they can steal away, seeing people dancing as they pass by the bandstand, watching people delight in seeing the island roosters walking through the picnic area.  So much to see; so much to enjoy!


img_6280Before we knew it Blackbeard’s opened and everyone was invited to the table for lunch.  There is always so much to choose from.  There is barbeque chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, rice and beans, corn on the cob, salad fixings, dessert and drinks.  My favorite lunch is creating a nice salad topping it with rice and beans and spooning a little juice from the barbeque chicken for dressing.  YUMMY!




It was Dennis’ birthday so I treated him and Connie to a drink from the bar.  I decided to order the drink of the day. The Blue Island is a tasty combination of Bacardi Silver Rum, Curacao and pineapple juice on the rocks topped with a splash of Sprite.  In other words, delicious!


We enjoyed our lunch but could not help but notice that dark clouds were moving in.  Normally we stay on the island until around 3:00pm but not today.  Unfortunately, we waited just a little too long to make the decision to leave.  The skies opened up and we were drenched by the time we reached the tender.


When we arrived back on board I was happy to see that not everyone had returned and the Centrum was clear.  This was a perfect time to take a few pictures of my favorite area on the ship.


“The Crown” by Nicolaus Widerberg



I love the polished brass and glass staircases.  I love the beautiful sculpture in front of the Guest Services desk by Nicholaus Widerberg called, “The Crown”.  I remember so well having my picture taken in front of the sculpture on our 1996 cruise.


We made our way back to the cabin for showers and a little rest before evening cocktails.  As we entered the cabin we saw another wonderful dish of chocolate covered strawberries.  How wonderful; I thought.  These lovely morsels were courtesy of the Crown & Anchor Society.  They were gone in a heartbeat.


Cocktail time and dinner were wonderful as always.  It was formal night so, once again, I enjoyed one of my favorites the Carved filet of beef tenderloin with Morel-crimini mushroom sauce and creamy whipped potatoes.  This meal never disappoints.


When dessert time rolled around the head waiter walked over to our table carrying a delicious looking slice of chocolate mousse cake.  With candle burning, Dennis made a wish as everyone sang happy birthday and then he blew out his candle.



Photo taken on the Majesty in 1996


On our way Randy and I stopped for a photo by the piano.  I remembered having my picture taken on formal night in 1996.  The photographer said she was closed but I explained to her that we had gotten engaged on the Majesty and on formal night had our picture taken and she graciously relented and took our picture.  Lovely!


We all agreed to go up to the Schooner Lounge for a birthday toast before heading to the Chorus Line Theater to see a production show called Signed, Sealed, Delivered.


The show was great!!!  There was jazz, disco, soul, Motown and Rock & Roll to tickle your musical fancy.  The entire show was high energy and fun to watch.

It had been a long day so Randy and I decided to return to the cabin to relax a little before turning out the lights.

Tomorrow we dock in Nassau.




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Short, sweet cruise to the Bahamas on the Majesty of the seas


Just ten short days after disembarking the Oasis of the seas we are boarding the Majesty of the seas for a short, sweet cruise to the beautiful aquamarine waters of the Bahamas.  On the Oasis we celebrated our friend Bob’s birthday, on this trip we will be celebrating our friend Dennis’ birthday.

As we stood in line to sign-in and board the ship I could not help but reflect on the fact that we just cruised on the one of the largest ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet and we were about to board a ship that was about half the size.  To put it in perspective, the Oasis can accommodate a maximum of 6,296 passengers while the Majesty accommodates 2,744 passengers.


Connie took the picture above while we were on our Oasis cruise which shows just perfectly the difference in the size of these two ships.  The large ship is the Oasis; the small ship is actually the Empress of the seas.  The Empress is just a bit smaller than the Majesty.  What a difference!


Before boarding the Oasis Randy presented the ladies with Crown and Anchor earrings that he made today he presented them with Crown and Anchor pendants.  Is that cool or what?

The last time we were on the Majesty was in 1996.   We cruised to the Western Caribbean with Randy’s family.  A fun note is that on that the cruise Randy and I got engaged.  During the cruise a major storm stirred in the Gulf of Mexico and wouldn’t you know it at the height of the storm Randy decided to propose.


the camera was a little low and cut our heads off but definitely captured the moment!!


The box Randy put the camera on that stormy, wonderful night!

It was formal night and we had just finished dinner and he asked me if I would like to take a walk around the Promenade deck.  I looked outside and thought that he was mad!  The skies were black, the sea was turbulent and rain was lashing the side of the ship.  But, I went anyway.  When we got to the back of the ship, Randy stopped and placed our camera on a small silver box, put it into automatic mode, came over to me and asked, with ring in hand, “Mary, will you marry me?”  Without hesitation I threw my arms around his neck and said, “Yes”, just as the flash went off.   Unfortunately, the camera was a little low and cut our heads off.  Too funny!



We continued our stroll around the ship quietly sharing memories of that wonderful week.We decided to stop for a bit at a bar overlooking the pool so I could enjoy the drink of the day.  The Tropical Sunset is a tasty combination of Smirnoff vodka/peach schnapps/Chambord with cranberry and pineapple juice.  Yummy!

img_6216We stopped by our cabin and had to laugh when we opened the door.  I had forgotten just small the cabins were.  We both laughed and spent a few minutes looking to see what upgrades had been made to the cabins.  I was pleased to see that they had added a safe.  In the past I had to lock our valuable in our luggage.  Overall, we were pleased to see that the ship had been kept in remarkable condition.  I was very happy to be on her once again.


Before we knew it, it was time to head down for the safety drill.  We met up with Bob, Sandy, Dennis and Connie.  Bob and Lucille were in a suite and had a different drill location.




Right after the drill we made our way back up to the pool deck for the sail away party.  We met our friends and watched the Florida coastline slowly drift away while watching happy passengers dancing and relaxing in the pool.




We returned to the cabin to prepare for the evening and were pleasantly surprised to see a beautiful plate of chocolate covered strawberries from our wonderful travel agent Andy awaiting our return.  They were delicious!

Celebrating Dennis’ birthday was but one celebration for this cruise.  Another celebration involved Dennis, Connie, Bob and Lucille rising to Diamond level and Bob and Sandy rising to Emerald level in the Crown and Anchor Society.  Attaining a new level represents the number of nights spent cruising on Royal Caribbean and affords members additional perks.


Tonight Bob, Lucille, Dennis and Connie would be joining us in Viking Crown Lounge for cocktails as Diamonds.   There is no designated room on the Majesty for Diamonds and Diamond Plus members so they rope off a section of the Viking Crown Lounge from 5:30 to 8:00pm for cocktails.


As Emeralds Bob and Sandy had to sit on the other side of the rope.  We had to laugh when Bob walked over and put the rope up to his nose and appeared to be sighing that he could not join us.  The good news is that Bob and Sandy will be Diamond members in January.


I was not very hungry so I skipped the appetizers and salads and chose one of my favorites from the menu.  I chose the Horseradish-Crusted Fillet of Atlantic Salmon with celeriac-potato mash, snow peas and lemon beurre blanc and sweet mustard drizzle.  The salmon is flaky and delicious and cooked just perfectly.  No dessert this evening.

We decided not to attend the evening’s entertainment in the theater and retreated to our cabin for a good night’s sleep.

Tomorrow we stop at Royal Caribbean’s private island of CocoCay.




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Hectic last day as we slowly cruise to Ft. Lauderdale



The last day of any cruise is a hectic one.  All those last minute things you wanted to do are suddenly crammed into one last day on the ship.


We were up early to get ready for an early morning navigational bridge tour.  A quick run up to the Diamond Club for coffee and we were on our way.  I love bridge tours.  There is just something magical about standing in the center of the bridge and looking out over the bow of the ship.  Wonderful!




The young officer who guided the tour was wonderful.  He was kind, informative and very patient as he answered every question asked; and there were many.  We were shown the ship’s throttles, the radar systems and the main navigational controls.


Next he introduced us to the ships extensive security networks for both public and some non-public regions of the ship.  The new system is considered an important tool for the safety and protection of everyone on the ship.  Everyone in the room was quite impressed.



Johnny Rockets


Still hungry we decided to head for the Boardwalk to have a breakfast at Johnny Rockets.  While we were eating we noticed our friends way up on the sports deck watching people zip lining. Later that day we learned that Bob Dulee and our birthday boy Bob Kessler had both zipped that morning.

Birthday Bob

Birthday Bob

Our wonderful friend Bob Kessler flying high above the Boardwalk.  You go Bob!!!


I love the Penguins of Madagascar!

Next on our list of things to do was to join the hundreds of other passengers on the Promenade to do last minute shopping.  When we arrived at the Promenade I noticed that the Dreamworks Penguins of Madagascar where holding an appearance and photo opportunity.  I absolutely could not resist.  We stopped.

We continued our leisurely walk through all the shops.  We bought a few things and then made our way up to the photo shop to pick our souvenir pictures.  That done, we went down to the Casino to play our three free pulls.  We never really anything significant but it is fun.


Park Cafe in Central Park

We had plans to attend a show in the afternoon so we returned to the cabin to pack and then went down to the Park Café for a light lunch.


img_6182bWhen we cruised on the Oasis in 2014 we were privileged to see a dress rehearsal of their then new show, CATS.  Randy and I have seen CATS twice before but were eager to see it again and it was wonderful all over again.

Late afternoon was fast approaching so we returned to our cabin to prepare for the evening.  We made our way up to the Diamond Club and ran into one of my very favorite bartenders, Raymond.  We hugged and said our goodbyes.


From front–Randy and Mary, Bob and Lucille, Dennis and Connie and Bob and Sandy–Great group!

Then off to the Coastal Kitchen to meet the others for our last dinner on the ship.


Roasted chicken with vegetables


Caesar salad in crouton bowl


Creme Brulee

I loved the last night’s dinner so much I ordered it again.  I ordered the Caesar salad in crouton bowl, the Roasted Chicken and vegetables and a Crème Brulee for dessert.  It was all just yummy!


We had a great time talking about the cruise and the two Bob’s taking the plunge and zip lining and our morning plans to meet and disembark.

By the time we returned to our cabin I could not believe how fast the day had gone by.  We finished our packing, put our luggage outside the door and settled down for a good night’s sleep.

Tomorrow we disembark, catch a shuttle to pick up our car and make the 4 hour ride home.



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Celebrating Bob’s birthday on Cozumel


What a day, what a day, what a day!

Today is Bob’s birthday and I wanted it to be perfect.  When I first stepped out onto the balcony I was a little dismayed at seeing dark clouds but as the morning wore on and we pulled into port the darks clouds started to disappear promising us a beautiful day on shore in Cozumel, Mexico.


img_6070Bob, Sandy, Dennis, Connie, Randy and I decided we would start our day on the Boardwalk having breakfast at Johnny Rockets.  We all thought this would be a perfect way to start the day with a cooked-to-order breakfast and, to start the day with happy birthday wishes to our wonderful friend, Bob.  We ate our breakfast slowly while Bob opened his birthday cards and talked about what we would like to do on shore.


The International port is located about 3 miles outside of town so we agreed to meet on the pier and grab a taxi for the ride into San Miguel.  But, first things first, we stopped to have a souvenir picture taken with our beautiful ship in the background.

When we finally made it out to the street the cue was considerably long.  We needed a larger vehicle for the six of us but, fortunately we did not have to wait long.  We all started laughing when the driver opened the van doors.  There was no stuffing in any of the seats!!  Every time we hit a bump we hit metal.  Thank heavens the ride into town only took a few minutes.

We really had no plans except to walk around town stopping here and there in shops to look for that special something to take home.  I have always enjoyed visiting Cozumel because the people are friendly, the food at the local restaurants has always been very good and we have always felt safe.

I must say though that this time I felt a little crushed by the amount of people out on the streets trying to encourage tourists to go inside the stores.  It was not an easy walk especially if you wanted to walk alongside someone.


We walked the entire length of the waterfront and had fun looking at some jewelry, picking up free charms, checking out some tee shirts.  As we were walking we came across an open area that I did not remember seeing the other times we have visited so we decided to turn into the open space and see what was there.


We came upon a large plaza with a large, colorful sculpture of the word, Cozumel.  Of course we had to stop and have our picture taken.



We continued our walk around the square stopping first in a jewelry store that enticed us in with a free beer, then we stopped at another very small shop to taste test a brand of tequila I had never heard of and finally coming full circle to see a wonderful mural by South African artist Jack Fox.  The mural is one of many by an group international marine conservation group called PangeaSeed-Sea Walls – Murals for the Oceans.


There was a message on the wall explaining that, “63% of global fish stocks are now considered ‘over-fished,’ which is simply the taking of wildlife from the seas at rates too high for fished species to replace themselves…”  I loved the simplicity of the black and white image and was struck by the sad look on the fisherman’s face.  I found it to be quite thought provoking.img_6098c

Before leaving the ship I had taken the time to look over the Cozumel port shopping map and wrote down the names of two local restaurants I thought everyone might be interested in.  The first was a restaurant called Palmeras Restaurante & Bar and the other Pancho’s Backyard.  We had passed the Palmeras earlier and a server by the name of Alejandro called to us and said that if we came inside he would give us each a free margarita.  We told him we would be back.

As it happened the Palmeras was right there on the street facing the waterfront at the entrance to the plaza so we looked for Alejandro.  He welcomed us back and within a few minutes produced 6 glasses of ice cold margaritas.


We settled in and, and after clinking glasses, once again wishing Bob a very happy birthday and having our picture taken we set about looking over the menu.


We all decided to order one dish per couple as we would be going to the Coastal Kitchen for dinner and would be eating a large meal.  Randy and I love local food so we ordered the House Nachos made with 3 crisp corn tortillas with refried beans and melted cheese, topped with tomato sauce and sour cream and served with jalapeños and guacamole.

I was intrigued by the tomato sauce.  The nachos were very good as was the margarita.  We enjoyed our lunch tremendously.  We were a little surprised when our checks arrived and we were charged for our margaritas.  We brought it to the attention of Alejandro that the margaritas were to be free.  After a little discussion we paid for our lunch and he gave us three free margaritas to go, one per dish.

As we started to walk back to the center of town, Randy and I talked about a little bar/restaurant we took Bob and Sandy to several years ago called Mr. Chile’s.  We decided take Dennis and Connie there today.


On our way we decided to cross the street to the Waterfront Promenade and enjoy some of the sculptures.  One that we thought that was very impressive was copper sculpture of man and woman scuba diving off a coral reef surrounded by wide array of sea life.    It was quite lovely. The sculpture is surrounded by a fountain made in the shape of a starfish.  The fountain was not working today.  I would have loved to have seen that.


Randy, birthday boy Bob and Sandy.



We had the best time!!  To get to Mr. Chilies you have to walk through a long bar that has swings for seats into a courtyard with several small, round tables and a circular bar in the center with saddles for seats.  Too funny!


Sandy, Connie and Dennis.

img_6128bWe all decided that we would stay a while and have a beer.  Well that one beer led to one more celebration of Bob’s birthday.  There were funny balloon hats made, a birthday shot for Bob, Bob dancing with the bartender. more beer and much, much laughter.

We had an early dinner time so we decided we had had enough frivolity and went on the hunt for a taxi to take us back to the port.  Once again, we had a van that had no cushioning at all much to the dismay of our posteriors but the cause of much laughter.


From front of table–Bob and Sandy, Bob and Lucille, Dennis and Connie and Randy and Mary. Lovely group!

The day had been a bit exhausting so I took a brief nap before preparing for the evening. We met everyone at the Coastal Kitchen restaurant.  I love this restaurant.  I love the view, the clean look to the restaurant and I love the food.

Bakes chicken and vegetables

Bakes chicken and vegetables

Caesar salad

Caesar salad



I ordered a Caesar salad in a crouton bowl, a Pizzette with pesto, grape tomatoes, greens and shaved Parmesan cheese and baked chicken with sauteed vegetables.  Everything was absolutely delicious!

Once again, we had a wonderful day.  I do believe that this was a birthday that Bob will remember for a very long time; I know that I will.  We were off to the cabin for a good night’s sleep that I was sure would be filled with many wonderful dreams of our day.


Tomorrow we are at sea as we slowly cruise back to Ft. Lauderdale.




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A quiet, lazy. fun day at sea

Threatening clouds and a chance of thunder storms

Threatening clouds and a chance of thunder storms

I love sea days!  I love being out on the open water especially if the skies are clear and the waters are calm.


When first we woke, it looked as though we would be having cloudy skies and rough seas but by 10:30AM the skies had cleared, the clouds were a beautiful marshmallow white and the sea had quieted down.

Our only commitment for today was a dinner engagement with the others at Chops Grille.  We dressed, made our way up to the Diamond Lounge for a quiet morning of coffee and pastries and talked about what exactly it was that we wanted to do.

Randy, still not feeling 100%, did not want to do much so we just walked around the ship.  I mentioned to him that I had a wonderful time while he was confined reacquainting myself with some of the beautiful, and sometimes whimsical, artwork around the ship.


I remember the first time we cruised on the Oasis in 2010 and how I loved walking up and down the forward and aft stairwells looking at all the artwork on display and falling in love with one particular painting in the forward, starboard stairwell by British-Argentinean artist Rakel Bernie.  The piece called Down by the Water, 2007 a mixed media done with Okaward Japanese paper.  I think it is so beautiful!

Look through those eyes and see wondrous things!

Look through those eyes and see wondrous things!

We started our journey around the ship in search of some of the small, funny and beautiful photographs on the Promenade. The two artists responsible for these ‘small wonders’ are Americans Peter Bahouth and Larry Kirkland.

img_5814bThe first, and one of my favorites, is a stereoscopic photograph by American Peter Bahouth called Road Trip.  The accompanying plaque reads:

“This shot, taken right at the surface on the far side of Maui, captures the way a road points to the horizon especially when it’s empty of cars or people”.  This is one of my very favorites because Randy and I traveled down this road on our honeymoon.

img_5824bThe next also by Peter Bahouth is a stereoscopic photograph called Orchid.  The accompanying plaque reads:

“When viewing this orchid in perfect bloom, you can see the contrast of its amazing color set against the green leaves in the background”.


img_5864bWe continued on and looked through the lenses to see a photograph by Peter Bahouth of a Sycamore tree just beginning to bloom in early spring.  The accompanying plaque reads:

“Although a tree from the early spring may not seem like much to look at, the seed pods and vapor trail from a passing airplane add depth to this photograph”.



Next we stopped we saw a photograph simply entitled Monkey 1 by Peter Bahouth.  The accompanying plaque reads:

“While riding in a small boat somewhere in a deep jungle in Thailand, these two suddenly came down from the tops of the trees to say hello.  They are as intrigued by us as we are by them”.


img_5817bTwo of my very favorites of Larry Kirkland are of seashells, quartz and other small wonders.  We stopped at one that displayed sea shells (Alabaster, Murex, Trochas, Didyma, Polinices, Turbos Bruneus and Turbinidae Astraeinae)-Mixed media.  The plaque reads:

“The spiral beauty of gastropod external skeleton has infinite variations in the many types of sea shells.  Spirals occur in nature from the tiniest of shells and plants, to hurricanes and galaxies”.

img_6163bAnother of Kirkland’s that I enjoy is a Brazilian Agate with Icelandic Spar – mixed media.  The plaque reads:

“Agates are a microcrystalline form of quartz – fine grained and colorful.  Thin slices reveal patterns remarkably like terrestrial formations.  Vikings used the light transmitting qualities of Iceland Spar to tell direction of the sun on cloudy days and called this transparent crystal a “sunstone”.

There are 42 of these small wonders located around the ship, we have yet to find them all.  Perhaps when we board the Oasis in February I will make that a mission.  We shall see.


img_6146bAbsolutely one of our favorite pieces of artwork is the Flock of Seagulls sculpture by Puerto Rican artists Carlos Betancourt and Alberto Latorre flying high in the forward elevator shaft. In an article in the Denver Post writer Bob Kelley wrote, “The sculpture features 88 aluminum birds boasting three sizes, four design shapes and 12 signature tail configurations.  Each gull has its own distinctive hand-painted floral pattern.  The entire flock is suspended, free-floating, on long cables so that the slightest movement of the ship captures the beauty, movement and elegance of flight”.

All I know is; every piece of artwork on the Oasis is beautiful and worth a few minutes of everyone’s time to just stop and enjoy!


As we continued our walk we ran into Bob, Sandy, Connie and Dennis sitting in front of the Globe and Atlas Pub.  We stopped for a while and chatted then retreated back to our cabin for a rest.


We returned to the cabin and found a very nice treat from room service awaiting us.  They did not last too long.  They were delicious.


While I was taking a short nap Randy decided he needed to walk around the pool deck for a while.  While there he ran into the others and watched at Bob Dulee zip lined high above the Boardwalk 10 decks below.  Everyone applauded his wonderful effort.




By the time Randy returned to the cabin it was time to prepare for the evening.  We were to meet the others at Chops Grille at 5:30PM in Central Park.  I love Chops Grille.  It is by far my favorite specialty restaurant on the Royal Caribbean ships.



As always the dinner was beyond delicious.  I ordered the 9 oz. Filet Mignon with béarnaise sauce; garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.  The entire meal was mouth watering and delicious.

After dinner we all ran back to our cabins, changed clothes and made our way down to the Comedy Club for a late-night show.  The two comedians were Robbie Printz and Andrew Kennedy.


img_6050bPrintz had the entire audience laughing so hard I am sure everyone’s sides hurt as bad as mine did.  On the other hand, Kennedy was a flop.  His brand of humor just did not resonate with the audience.  Impatient with that, he resorted to insulting the audience.  We all agreed that had we not been sitting where we were, we would have exited the club shortly after he started his routine.

Oh well, this one little blip in our day could not take away the wonderful and fun time we had looking at beautiful things, applauding a friend for his bravery, eating a delicious dinner and spending time with our friends.

Tomorrow we dock in Cozumel, Mexico.



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