We woke up this morning to a beautiful blue sky filled with wispy white clouds and calm deep blue seas.
Unfortunately, I was looking at this beautiful scene through very tired eyes. Randy had another bad night and, as we agreed, we were off to the medical office to get him checked out.
We were seen right away and after a brief consultation, the nurse gave Randy medications to take care of his symptoms, two bottles of Powerade, a list of food he could consume over the next two days and told him that he would be able to enjoy his choice of any of the pay-per-view movies at no cost and access to the drinks (water, soft drinks) in the mini-bar at no cost during his confinement.
As soon as we retuned I ordered him some jello, crackers and a banana and got him settled on the balcony for some fresh air. We sat on the balcony for a while and then he returned to bed and quickly fell asleep.
Once I knew that he was fast asleep I left the cabin for a walk around the ship. The ship has seven neighborhoods are the Royal Promenade, Central Park, Boardwalk, Pool & Sports Zone, Spa & Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and the Youth Zone.
I started on the Royal Promenade. There was a good deal of activity on the Promenade as there was a $10 blowout sale going on.
This lovely area features several shops, Café Promenade, Sorrento’s Pizzeria, a lovely English-style pub, a karaoke bar, Starbucks, jewelry shops and the Rising Tide Bar. The Rising Tide is quite unique as the world’s first moving bar at sea rising from the Royal Promenade on deck 5 to Central Park on deck 8.
The next neighborhood I stopped at was the Boardwalk on deck 6. This is just a fun place to visit with a carousel, ice cream parlor, Johnny Rockets, Sabor’s Taqueria & Tequila Bar, rock walls, the Aqua Theater and more.
Next stop was the pool deck on deck 15. There were so many people! There were so many children! I really believe that I have never seen so many children before on any ship. I could only surmise that families were taking advantage of the last week before children returned to school.
Then I was off to Central Park on deck 8. I love Central Park! All the specialty restaurants are located in Central Park as well as a photo gallery, Coach, the Park Café and many places to just sit, read and enjoy the day.
What I love best is the idea that I can sit on a ship in the middle of the sea and be surrounded by over 12,000 lush, tropical trees and flowers. The most amazing sight in Central Park is the living wall that extends 4 stories high and 25 feet wide.
I suddenly realized how long I had been walking around the ship and returned to the cabin to check on Randy and see if he was ready to eat a little lunch. He was not. I ordered him a movie and left to attend a fashion show on the Promenade.
The fashion show was being put on by the Regalia jewelry store featuring jewelry by Kallati. I found it interesting that the models were all guests on the ship. They were beautiful and did a nice job of showing off the finery they were wearing.
I spent the rest of the day enjoying several movies with Randy.
The evening passed quietly and when the sun rose high in the sky today Randy was feeling much better. Today was our first port-of-call at Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination of Labadee, Haiti. And what a beautiful day!
I ordered breakfast from room service but only Randy’s was delivered so I made my way down to Starbucks for a chai latte and cheese Danish. I was excited today because Randy was able to eat a bowl of oatmeal. We sat on the balcony as we watched the ship come into port and passengers made their way to the beaches.
I think Randy was a little sad that we would not be able to go on shore and tried to encourage me to go ahead. We have visited Labadee many times so after a little discussion we decided I would stay behind and we would watch one last movie with hopes that he would be released from confinement later in the day.
After the movie I left the cabin for a little while to attend a tour of the new Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen on deck 17. The Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen are exclusive to suite guests and Crown & Anchor pinnacle members. I must admit it was a lovely location with windows that stretched 180° and overlooked the pools and Central Park.
We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the balcony and watching the comings and goings of passengers enjoying the many water activities around the bay as we listened to the sounds of island music filling the air. We were watching passengers returning to the ship and spotted Dennis, Connie, Bob and Lucille and gave them a shout.
Finally, Randy received a call from the medical office telling him that his confinement was over. I have to say that the medical office and guest services were very good about checking in several times a day to see how Randy was feeling and seeing if he needed anything. We wasted no time preparing for the evening.
Our first stop was the Diamond Club. He was eager to see where it had been moved to and what it looked like. When we cruised to Europe in 2014 the Diamond Lounge was located on deck 6 above the Promenade. When we cruised back from Europe in 2014 the Diamond Lounge had been moved to deck 4. Now the club is located on deck 11 overlooking the Boardwalk.
We only stayed long enough for Randy to meet the concierge Dudley and enjoy a glass of ginger ale before heading down to the dining room and joining the others.
Not quite himself yet, Randy ordered the Roasted Chicken Breast and did his best to eat a little. I enjoyed the Spaghetti Bolognese.
During dinner Bob and Sandy shared that they had gone to Columbus Cove for a few hours but eventually retreated back to the ship because it was so hot. Bob, Lucille, Dennis and Connie spent their day enjoying a cabana at Barefoot Beach.
Tomorrow we dock at Falmouth, Jamaica.