The day finally arrived to make our way down to Ft. Lauderdale to board the Oasis of the Seas for our cruise to Europe for the first leg of our journey, a 12-night repositioning cruise to Barcelona.
Friends and neighbors Bob and Sandy picked us up for the short ride to parking lot behind the McDonald’s on 441 to catch our bus to the port. We were especially excited today because Bob and Sandy, after dropping us off, were heading to Port Canaveral to board the Enchantment of the Seas for a leisurely cruise to the Bahamas.
We arrived a little early and the four of us decided to eat a quick breakfast at McDonald’s. While we were eating we watched as a man tumbled and fell in front of the McDonald’s. Fortunately, he was with three other people who helped him up and gave him assistance. What we did not know at the time is that the gentleman and his wife were passengers on our bus. He looked terrible. He had scraped knees, scraped hands but the worst damage was to the side of his face. The couple that had been with them ran to the CVS and bought bandages, medication and ice.
The entire ride to the port I kept looking over and became alarmed as I watched his face swell up and his eyes blacken. I could only imagine how bad he felt and, I could not help but wonder if he would be allowed to board the ship. Unfortunately, once we arrived at the port we lost sight of the couple. We could only hope that he would be okay, and if they got onto the ship, they would check in with the onboard medical staff.
By the time we finally got on the ship the cabins were ready so we headed to the cabin to put our carry bags away before walking around the ship. The first thing we noticed as we entered the cabin was our Diamond pins.
Now, you are wondering why is having diamond status so important. Well, each level you achieve affords different benefits. Now that we were diamonds there were additional discounts on beverages, internet usage, and laundry services, purchases at he onboard shops and, one of Randy’s favorites, a complimentary cocktail time each day in the Diamond Lounge.
While I stored our clothing and toiletries Randy was searching for bars on his cell phone. Before we knew it, it was cocktail time. We learned that there were so many Diamond level, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle passengers aboard for this cruise that they had to open several lounges to accommodate everyone. We decided to go down to the Blaze. The Blaze was a fun place to be. There was a bar and many chairs and sofas to lounge in. Hors-d’oeuvres available as well as beer, wine, soda and an assortment of selected cocktails were available. I ordered a Cosmopolitan, Randy ordered a beer.
We sat at the bar and while enjoying our cocktails I met the most delightful woman named Marie from Denmark. We talked like we had known each other forever and had a wonderful time sharing stories about travel and family. What a great way to start our journey. By the time we left the lounge to go to dinner there was standing room only and the noise level was incredible.
We have enjoyed the menu choices on many Royal Caribbean ships so it was easy to choose my dinner. Randy and I chose the Mojo-marinated grilled pork with whipped potatoes and vegetable.
After dinner we attended the wonderful play “Hairspray”. We had seen the play on the Oasis in 2010 and loved it. The music, costumes, choreography, sets, and acting are just wonderful. After the play ended we went to the Promenade and enjoyed an after dinner drink at Boleros while enjoying a wonderful selection of Latin music.
It had been a very long day. We sat on the balcony for a while enjoying the warm night, clear skies and beautiful moon before settling down for the evening. We fell asleep happy in the knowledge that we did not have to wake up to the sounds of an alarm clock.
Tomorrow a fun day of sitting poolside.