Our last evening on the cruise, I found myself reminiscing about all the highlights of our sea days, trip to Ensenada, Los Angeles and finally back home in Florida.
What we enjoyed most about this cruise was the enjoyment we received each and every day at the dinner table and crossing paths with other members of our group.
The first few days at sea we spent most of our time relaxing and reading and watching two classic movies, “Some like It Hot” and “Overboard” poolside and a wonderful talk about the Hawaiian monarchy by our Cruise Director Dave.
A really special day on the ship was Valentine’s Day. We attended a fun wine tasting event with Diamond, Lee, Max, Crystal, Frank, and Rosina. We enjoyed tasting a variety of white and red wines and one dessert wine. All were tasty and, of course, we all had varying opinions of which one(s) was the best.
Later that afternoon Randy and I participated in a renewal of vows ceremony along with Frank and Rosina, and Max and Crystal in the Piazza conducted by the ship’s Captain Vincenzo Lubrano.
The Piazza was filled with people participating in the ceremony and onlookers as Hawaiian enrichment ambassador Lelalhoa started the ceremony reciting the Lord’s Prayer in Hawaiian and then she and husband Dave performed the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” and “I Can’t Help Falling In love”. The captain then conducted the renewal ceremony ending with, “So, I now pronounce your vows officially renewed. You may now kiss”. As an added touch, each couple was presented with red velvet cupcakes topped with red hearts. The whole ceremony was beautifully done and we were glad we participated.
The next day we had fun watching Mary, Richard, Larry and Linda participate in a competition to build a vessel using only items found on the ship that would float across the pool carrying fix full cans of beer without sinking. Points for the competition were valued on construction, audience participation, and writing a cute little poem or cheer.
The SS Hops was made from a variety of interesting items and indeed looked sea worthy. “Don’t be afraid, who no fear. Our boat is here to hold the beer,” Mary and her group chanted as they paraded around the pool before the competition began. There was a sprinkling of our group among the many who gathered around the pool to cheer Mary and the SS Hops on to victory. But, it was not t be. The vessel was able to cross the pool with incident, but as soon as Mary placed all the beer cans on the vessel, it toppled over. It was a funny sight watching the beer cans bobbing up and down in the pool.
As always, our evenings were filled with attending shows, looking through the shops and stopping by the Piazza to people watch. We have two more days at sea, a stop at Ensenada, Mexico then home.