We woke this morning to very calm seas, blue skies and white puffy clouds. By the time we came down from the lounge the seas had become a little choppier and scattered with whitecaps.
Today we are slowly cruising in the beautiful Caribbean Sea as the ship makes its way down to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Our plan was to do what we do best on sea days go down to the Solarium Pool for a day of rest and relaxation.
By afternoon some of the loudest and funniest activities were taking place at the main pool. There was the Men’s International Belly Flop Competition and the World’s Sexiest Man Competition. Both events attract everyone at the pools and those just walking by stop whatever they are doing and have fun watching these two funny events and voting for their favorite competitor.
After the contestants finish the first round of belly flopping they do a second round on something called the ‘hurt box’. This box elevates the contestants higher above the water and I suppose the ‘hurt’ refers to the pain each will receive as they hit the water from a higher position. The splashes definitely get larger. It is all very funny.
The music is loud, the people are loud and the contestants never fail in entertaining everyone. Randy and I were so relaxed we were content to just hear the commotion and continued relaxing poolside and reading our books.
After lunch we retreated to our cabin so Randy could catch up on his email. While sitting on the balcony, we could hear the familiar sounds of the sexiest man contest. Again, loud music, cat calls, whistles and, periodically, some gasps as one of the contestants does something unexpected.
A little after we got comfortable there was a knock at the door. A crew member delivered a plate of tasty treats from the Crown & Anchor Society loyalty ambassador. There were chocolate covered strawberries and petite cakes. It did not take us long to finish off these tasty treats.
There are so many activities going on around the ship at any given time it is always good to know that if you miss one you can catch it on the closed circuit television station in the cabin. So, we took a few moments to watch the belly flop competition and laughed and laughed. The competition never gets old; it is always fun.
As I lay on the bed, I looked out the balcony door and caught my breath. The view was so, so beautiful. The pale blue sky was filled with puffy white clouds and the sun shining down from high in the sky made the royal blue water glisten like a beautiful jewel.
Once Randy finished with the computer, we made ready for the evening. First, we made our way up to the lounge for cocktails then on to dinner and another lively conversation.
The menu rotates every seven days so we always know what to expect when we sit down for dinner. Tonight was my night for all appetizers. I ordered a shrimp cocktail to start, the strawberry bisque and for my main course the Caprese Salad. For dessert a simple dish of vanilla ice cream with a little chocolate sauce. All my choices were filling and delicious.
After dinner we returned to the cabin for a bit to enjoy a little time sitting on the balcony enjoying the night sky, talking quietly about the day and what we were going to do in St. Thomas.
Then, as has become our habit, we went down to the promenade deck and walked hand-in-hand watching people scramble for deals at the many tables full of purses, watches, scarves and other must have merchandise. Then we sat at one of the tables in front of the Bull and Bear for an after dinner drink and continue to people watch. You would be surprised to know just how much fun this activity can be. People are always interesting and funny to watch.
Tomorrow we dock at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.