Once again we are off on a cruise with friends. This cruise will find us on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruising through the Western Caribbean with our friends Bob, Sandy, Dennis, Connie, Bob and Lucille.
Randy and I have sailed on the Oasis several times over the years the last being a transatlantic in 2014. I love the Oasis and was anxious to see some of the many changes that have taken place since I was on her last.
But, first things first, we were up early to travel down to Ft. Lauderdale and spend the night at a local hotel before boarding the ship the next day. Bob and Sandy rode with us while Bob, Lucille, Dennis and Connie rode together.
I must tell you that the ride down the turnpike is anything by wonderful. Drivers do not use their turn signals, cars cross all lanes of traffic at once, too many people texting and talking on the phone making for a tense time driving defensively. We finally got off the road at the Fort Drum Service Plaza and caught up with the others. It was nice to stop for a short rest and a little something to eat for continuing our drive.
We arrived at the Quality Inn and got settled in. We got a phone call from Bob and Sandy telling us that they were already down by the pool enjoying an ice cold beer. Poolside was lovely with a number of tables, chairs, umbrellas and a small pub close by. After a while the others joined us and we had a great time talking about our upcoming cruise.
We took this time to surprise the ladies with a little gift for them to wear on the ship. I had received a pair of these fun earrings just before Randy and I joined Doug and Sue on our cruise to Norway. The earrings are made from the top of the plastic Crown and Anchor swizzle sticks. I thought they were so much fun that I asked Randy to make some for Sandy, Connie and Lucille.
Everyone was pleasantly surprised and agreed that we would all wear our earrings when we board the ship the next day. It was getting late so Randy, Bob, Sandy and I walked over to the McDonald’s and had a bite to eat before retiring for the evening.
Oh, no! Around 3:30am I was awakened by a very restless Randy. In a flash he was making his way into the restroom. He spent the rest of the evening suffering from recurring intestinal distress.
In the morning, I made my way down to the pool and spotted the others drinking coffee and enjoying breakfast. I told them what happened to Randy. Bob offered some over-the-counter medication to help the symptoms subside. I gladly took them and ran upstairs and gave them to Randy. We had several hours before we had to board the shuttle and hoped the medication would help.
I returned to the table for a small breakfast. Today was Bob and Sandy’s 28th anniversary. We gave them our cards and well wishes for another 28 and made our way back to our cabins to prepare to leave the hotel.
It was only a short ride to the terminal. We checked in, boarded the ship and found some chairs at the Promenade Café to wait for our cabins to be ready.
We took advantage of being at the café enjoying a little something to eat and drink while we waited. I talked Dennis into taking a picture of us ladies sporting our near earrings. Just as Sandy and I returned to our seats Randy woke up and brought forth his dinner from the night before.
Several crew members came over to help. Randy assured the crew members that he felt much better and just wanted to get to the cabin.
We finally made it to the cabin and Randy went right to bed. Unfortunately, I had to get him up for the safety drill. I actually tried to see if he could stay in the cabin but was told that had must attend.
As soon as the drill was over we immediately returned to the cabin. Randy retired for the evening. While he slept, I stood on the balcony enjoying the Miami skyline slowly fading away as the ship made its way into open waters. I knew that he would sleep so I prepared to meet the others at the dining room. We had a lovely small, round table by a window.
One of the first changes I noticed was how limited the menu choices were. I started with a lovely and colorful plate of sliced watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, grapes and a red, ripe strawberry. Happily, the menu also included one of my favorites, the Horseradish-Crusted Salmon with celeriac mashed potatoes, snow peas, grape tomatoes and lemon beurre blanc was on the menu and it was delicious.
As dinner was reaching its conclusion the servers brought over a delicious looking slice of cheesecake with lighted candle over to the table to celebrate Bob and Sandy’s anniversary. The dinner and celebration was a great way to start our week-long cruise.
I returned to the cabin where Randy was quietly sleeping and settled in for a quiet evening. Randy felt that he was suffering from food poisoning and would feel better in the morning. However, we agreed that if he did not feel any better in the morning that we would go down to medical.
Tomorrow we will be at sea as we make our way to the Caribbean.