Island tours are done, the ship is now homeward bound. We will be at sea for two days. Two days of sleeping in, sitting by the pool and just enjoying cruising on the vast ocean blue.
On our first day at sea, I stepped onto the balcony to a warm breeze, clear blue skies and wonderful puffy white cumulus clouds. No whitecaps today just rolling mounds of blue sea water. Every once in a while if you looked closely you could see tiny flying fish skittering across the water. These tiny little fish remind me of little hummingbirds.
Once again we enjoyed a delicious continental breakfast of sliced fresh fruit, pastries and coffee before heading upstairs in hopes of finding lounge chairs at the Solarium pool. We did not. They were all taken. However, we did find a stack of chairs near the hot tub and availed ourselves of two. The location was perfect; in the shade.
The hours just drifted by as I read my second Vince Flynn novel since coming on board and Randy read his motorcycle magazines. It really was a great location as we could hear the music from the main pool and all the activities happening there. We managed a quick break and had a quick lunch at the Windjammer Café. At 1:00pm the belly flop competition got underway. Even in our spot we could hear the cruise director announcing each competitor, rally the crowd. It was really fun to hear.
Before we knew it, it was 2:30 and it was time to fold our towels and returned them to the towel station. We had an invitation to a top tier event at4:45 and needed to head down to the cabin to shower and get dressed.
Top pier events are designed to say ‘thank you’ to those on board who come back over and over again to cruise with Royal Caribbean. It is always a simple affair with a few hors d’oeuvres, champagne, rum punch. The captain puts in an appearance as does several other top crew staff followed by a little dancing before going to dinner.
Dinner was simply delicious this evening. I ordered the chilled roasted peach soup and Thai Chicken with edamame and shiitake sauce bok choy and steamed rice. The chicken was very tender and the red curry sauce mild and delicious.
On our way to the theatre, we stopped at the Promenade Café to pick up Randy’s daily coconut cookies and my chai latte. The entertainment this evening was a production show called “Once Upon A Time”. The show is based on famous fairy tales, performed to music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The costumes were eye catching, the cast wonderful, and the sets amazing and, of course, we loved the music. Like all really good shows, it seemed as if it was over just as it got started. Very entertaining.
We had talked about going back to the pool for a little night swimming but decided instead to go back to the cabin. I did not realize just how tired I was. It did not take long for me to drift off with pleasant dreams floating around in my head.
Tomorrow, another fun day at sea.