It was just a week ago today that I happily posted the next adventure of our back-to-back cruises to the Caribbean on the Brilliance of the seas when out of nowhere I was felled by, first the flu bug and then a bout with bronchitis that has kept me from making any effort at sitting for too long much less in front of a keyboard.
After a week of fever, chills, aches, pains and a cough that left every muscle in my chest in agony, I believe I am finally on the mend. So, I will now finish sharing the last three days of our wonderful cruise.
Day eight of our cruise was a day spent at sea. We slept in that morning and as a consequence missed a beautiful sunrise. By the time I stepped out onto the balcony, the sun had already popped above the horizon and was ablaze with color that cast a golden light across the waters.
We had received a message from our friends Ron and Connie telling us that they would be heading up to the Windjammer Café for breakfast. We dressed quickly and found them sitting back by the buffet stations.
And there we sat for almost two hours just talking and having fun. Ron and Randy talked about motorcycles and motorcycle trips and Connie and I talked about their dog Ted and about our respective families.
We had an event to attend mid-morning so we parted ways but not until we made arrangements to meet later in the day for cocktails at the Schooner Lounge.
We returned to our cabin to freshen up then went up to deck 13 to meet our group. The Next Cruise staff had arranged a VIP Exclusive Suite Event Tour and we were anxious to see which suite (s) they had chosen.
We gathered in the concierge lounge and learned that there were no suites available this cruise and that we would be attending a power point presentation instead. We were all a little disappointed but the draw of champagne and a raffle helped us make an attitude adjustment.
The presentation was very interesting. We listened intently as they showed the floor plans of each class of suite available. There are three classes of suites; Star, Sky and Sea. The sea class is made up of junior suites. The Next Cruise representative did a very nice job of explaining the differences between the suite classes as well as the perks available to each.
Some of these suites are beyond amazing and quite beautiful. Some of the suites actually come with the availability of a personal “Genie” (butler) whose only job is to make sure you have all your wishes and desires taken care of while on the ship.
For the last few years suites have been a big push for the cruise line and I must admit the suites and the perks that go with them are quite tantalizing but I have not reached that level of travel yet. Although we have enjoyed many cruises using the junior suite cabins. They are very spacious and come with upgraded amenities.
Before we knew it, it was time to dress to meet our friends at the Schooner Lounge for cocktails. We met Ron and Connie and their friends Don and Sharon and had a fun hour talking about our experiences on the ship and what are plans were for Cozumel. Don and Sharon were celebrating their anniversary.
As always we had a great time at dinner with our table mates. It was formal night so one of my very favorite dinners was on the menu; carved tenderloins of beef, with Morel-crimini mushroom sauce, creamy mashed potatoes and asparagus. This lovely dinner was yummy as always.
The evening entertainment featured the comedy of Mario and Daniel. We had seen their comedy routine last week, and while we enjoyed them very much, decided to go up to the Diamond Lounge for a cocktail. I could see that the sunset was going to be very colorful so I left Randy and ran down to deck 12. While I waited a storm could be seen to my right moving towards the ship at a rapid rate.
Fortunately, I was able to capture a beautiful picture of the sun setting before I had to retreat under the overhang and the sun consumed by dark clouds.
I returned to the Diamond Lounge where Randy and I spent a bit of time enjoying a nightcap and talking with Diamond Lounge concierge, Rafael. He is quite engaging and very funny.
We returned to our cabin and just leaned over the railing enjoying the warm night air and watching the moon moving in and out of the dark, dark clouds. It had been a lovely, quiet day of kicking back, being with friends and enjoying some really good food. Life is so very good!
Tomorrow we dock in Cozumel, Mexico.