Cruising with friends-At Sea and Homeward Bound

Today was going to be so different after having so many warm, sunny days a cold front had moved in and as we traveled closer to home the wind picked up, there was a chill in the air and the water was more turbulent.

Of course, that did not stop us from getting together pool side at the Oasis Café one more time before disembarking tomorrow morning all to go our separate ways.

I loved getting together for breakfast because it gave us all an opportunity to spend a few moments to share our plans for the day.  Some were heading off to exercise, some were going to attend health seminars, some were getting their last massages of the trip, and some were just going to plant themselves on lounge chairs in hopes of capturing the last bit of sunshine before heading back to the cold.


Randy and I decided to sit around the pool deck and read and take it easy.  That turned out to be a challenge as the wind was very strong and with the wind cold that chilled the bones.  So we decided to just walk around a bit.  While on our walk we would see someone here and there and talk a bit, nothing deep just chit-chat. 

Tonight was the last night for the “Village Group” to share dinner.  I was already sad.

Bill and Vicki made our last dinner together very special.  They had received a bottle of champagne as part of their ‘romance package’ which they kept chilled and brought with them to share with the group.  Our wonderful waiter Adji promptly brought champagne glasses for everyone and poured just a taste in each glass.  Then Bill got up and asked us to raise our glasses and he gave a very nice toast about the group and the trip.  It was very nice.  Good job Bill!!

Ah, tonight I ordered the grilled pork chops with mashed potatoes and applesauce.  And, once again I asked Adji to please bring me green beans I really do not like cooked spinach and he did.  Dessert was great too.   I had this wonderful coconut soufflé with mango-lime sauce that was so smooth and tasty it melted in your mouth.  I ate it so fast I forgot to take a picture.  Life is good!

Tonight we had to eat quickly because the final show of the trip was scheduled earlier than all the others so off we hurried to get good seats in the theater but everyone else at the early seating had the same idea so we were forced to find seats wherever we could.  The show was absolutely wonderful.  The final show was called Elements and filled with interpretive dancing, acrobatics, magic.  There were performers on trapeze above the audience that would drop by bungee cords just above the audience’s heads.  There were performers on stage that did amazing work with ropes, silky material.  It was all just amazing.

The costuming was so imaginative and colorful but my favorite was the finale when everyone was in white.  Amazing!  The stage sets were primitive, there were jungle rhythms and dancing that was mesmerizing.  The final act of the magician was a play on the old sword being pushed into a box with a pretty girl but this was pipes filled with fire.  And then the beautiful girl appeared at the back of the theatre.  Of course everyone was surprised and applauded.  The finale was all in white with a thousand twinkling lights on the back wall looking so much like a beautiful star lit night.  Snow fell onto the stage.  There was so much going on you didn’t know where to look first. 

And finally the captain and many, many crew members marched onto the stage with flags from around the world and sang, “This is your home away from home”.  It was fun and touching at the same time.  Needless to say the performers and crew received a very long and loud standing ovation.  A great ending to a perfect trip!!

The show over everyone headed off to see the comedy show, listen to music in the Atrium, dance a last dance or take a last walk around the promenade or shop for those last minute souvenirs for the grandchildren.    

We were all leaving the ship at different times so not everyone made it to breakfast so we all said our goodbyes before returning to our cabins to pack for our journey home. 

Frank took this picture after we left Belize. Beautiful!





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6 Responses to Cruising with friends-At Sea and Homeward Bound

  1. Trudy says:

    Very nice Mary, thank you for sharing,

  2. mary thibault says:

    wow – i love the towel animal made from the beach towels – had not seen one of those!
    Mary T

    • Hi, Mary–I love the towel animals. We have had them on almost every cruise we have every been on. I always take pictures of them and send them to the grandchildren. They love it. I’m so glad we had a chance to get to know one another a little more while on the ship. Take care. Mary

  3. Jeannette says:

    Mary, so glad ya’ll had such a nice time. It just sounds wonderful.
    Needless to say I’m jealous.


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