Blonde Bombshell At Sea

Ahoy there!  It’s Thursday and it is our second sea day aboard the beautiful Oasis of the Seas. I started my day with yet another spin class. I struggled through this one because not only was I still sore from the first one, but I always opted to take the stairs. I calculated it: there are roughly 8 stairs leading up or down to each landing and there are 17 decks (really only 16, because there was no deck 13, hmmm….) and the furthest I climbed was from the gangway to deck 9 (the deck my stateroom was on) or from deck 5 (Promenade) to deck 15 (where Windjammer buffet is located, oh and the pools)–that climb SUCKED. Sooo that is roughly—142 stairs if coming from the gangway or 160 if I wanted to go gorge myself–errr–lay out. And if I was returning with the rest of my pokey party members, (they always waited for the elevator—which is the reason why I hated waiting for it….because you could be standing there for 10 minutes. I swore I could always beat the elevator by climbing the stairs…so thats what I did) they waited for the elevator and I darted up the stairs. There were few occasions when other guests would stop me and say, “Getting a work out, huh?” or “I saw you yesterday taking these stairs. Don’t you EVER take the elevator?” “In a hurry?” “Trying to be the first one in the buffet line?” All I kept thinking to myself was Smile and Nod, Smile and Nod, Smile and Nod….

After spinning, I….you guessed it! TOOK THE STAIRS from Deck 6 (Vitality Day Spa and Fitness Center) to Deck 15 to grab some food from Windjammer. And then ran around the pool deck to find a Towel Station. They are very unforgiving at the Towel Station. You can only take two towels out per person using your Seapass. If you don’t return the towels, then you can’t get a new one. And further—if you don’t return the towels by 10pm on the last night, you are the proud new owner of a $25 blue Royal Caribbean body towel (huge, by the way) that has the unique odor of wet person forever soaked into it. Along the way I met a Pool Patrol crew member from Haiti. We talked for a bit, or rather he talked and I tried so desperately to understand what he was saying and come up with something of a response. He had a very heavy Haitian accent and his English was still a work in progress. I felt bad. He was able to point me to a Towel Station and then back down I went to shower and get ready to lay out by the pool.

Some drink in a cool bamboo water bottle came walking around, so I got one of those. It was quite good! It was actually the same drink I got the day before in St. Maarten, the Guavaberry Colada–except better! I layed out for a bit and got the chance to talk to Paul form Vox Audio. He was working off a nasty hang over with some sea air and a tall glass of ice water. Then I picked up my stuff and ran down to the room to change because there was cosmic ice skating. Where else in the world can you lay out, climb rocks, ice skate, zip line, and more  all in the same place? NO WHERE! Ice Skating is held on Deck 4, Studio B. The rink was a pretty good size. I believe they even have a Zamboni onboard because when I first got onto the ice, it was pretty smooth. I know they hold rehearsals for their ice production, Frozen in Time during the off hours.

After ice skating, I went off to see where the rest of the crew was and found them near the Aqua theater. There was a 3:30 performance of Splish Splash, a comedy dive show with the Royal Caribbean swimmers and divers. It was going along great until a diver dove into the water and because the ship caught some pretty rough waves, the diver came so close to hitting the edge of the pool. You could even see the pool water rolling from one side to the other, making it more or less deep on either side of the bean-shaped pool. The show was immediately postponed until Friday.

The rock climbing walls are right above the Aqua Theater, so I thought, Why Not? So I got harnessed up and laced up the special climbing shoes and away I went. A whole four feet off the ground. YAY!

Tonight was our second formal night in the main dining room. On the Captain’s menu was a Lobster dinner. I went back to our stateroom and got all dolled up for dinner. I wanted to be ready before dinner so I could go sit in the Promenade and listen to my favorite band play–the Canela Band. They were performing from 7 to 8 for a Street Party in the Promenade. I ordered myself a mojito and enjoyed the music. I arrived in time for our 8:30 dinner seating. That night, I ordered the prime rib dinner–delish! I even tried horseradish—ehh. The dining staff sang to us and paraded around the dining Opus Dining Room.

The rest of my party went to catch the stage production, Come Fly With Me in the Opal Theater, while I went to Boleros to enjoy some live music and a raspberry mojito.

Stay tuned!

Blonde Bombshell? More like Wet Bombshell

Wednesday morning we docked in St. Maarten. It appeared to be precipitating out, so I decided to phone the Guest Services desk to see if the excursion would still be on (because this one went purely to the beach) and if yes, were there umbrellas or any sort of rain gear available for sale onboard. The tour would still be on, but the decision to go to the beach would be left to the attendant on the pier. As for umbrellas or rain gear, I was told that there was none for purchase anywhere onboard. We disembarked the ship early to meet our shore excursion and wouldn’t you know, it was POURING rain. YEP! Guess who got to stand in it for a half hour before the tour even moved off the pier? Yours truly. It was one of those moments where standing in the rain seemed so ridiculous, it was funny. We took pictures looking like washed up sea rats. By the way, Carnival Dream was docked there as well. They handed their guests nice blue ponchos as they disembarked the ship.

Our tour guide finally began and we were on our way with Arturo, or as he liked to be called–Indiana Jones. First, he brought us to a little shopping district in the Dutch side of the island. The sky opened up as soon as he let us off the bus. We ran across the street and took cover under a rather large woman’s tent on the sidewalk. While waiting for the heavy rain to subside, she tried selling us her entire store. I felt guilty and ended up buying a white sun dress cover up. It wasn’t until after I got back from the island that I realized that she sold me a plus-size women’s dress.

Getting back to Arturo He was by far the best guide I have ever had. He aimed to please everyone and share knowledge with whom he spoke. When he brought us to the beach, we stopped and ate a little lunch at this food shack called the Boo-Boo Jam. Arturo sat down and had a heart-to-heart with me about persevering and following through on my dreams. The best thing he said is “Never wish to go somewhere or do something. Just go and do it. If you keep wishing, you might end up very disappointed.”

Once the tour came to an end, Indiana Jones brought us back to the pier where we walked around. I sampled the island specialty drink–Guavaberry Colada. It was pretty good. Someone in our party tried it and instantly said that it tasted like Peptobismol. I didn’t taste the similarity, but maybe the color had something to do with it.

After our dinner in the main dining room with our servers Ridha and Ramil, we got our boogie shoes on and got ready to get down on the Promenade for the 70’s Disco Street Party. Over 4,000 people stood, danced and enjoyed the street party as much as we did. Check my Facebook for video coverage of the craziness! You’ve got to see it to believe it! The party started at 11:30 and continued well into the wee hours at different venues around the ship. It was the best and most anticipated cruise staff event the whole week we were at sea.

Tomorrow we are at sea and I have an 8:45 spin class planned for the morning.

Stay tuned!

 

 

You’re in St. Thomas, Mon!

On Tuesday, we arrived in St. Thomas and did the Magen’s Bay Getaway excursion. A woman picked us up at the pier who hardly spoke a word of English and said that she would be our tour guide. Sweet—Good thing I could figure out what I was looking at based off-road signs and other visual cues. She was incomprehensible—and her driving skills, well–she may have just received her license shortly before taking us up some windy roads on an open air bus. She stopped twice to take pictures overlooking the bay and the cruise ship. While walking around, I spotted several iguanas standing still in the trees. That was cool.

After our photo-op, she whisked us away to the beach. It started to rain on the way over. She let us out and mumbled “Have Fun,” before driving away. Two hours at the beach in the rain. What could have been better? I believe that picture to the side would have been a lot better!

The beach visit drew to a close and we were waiting on one older, Italian couple. We waited and waited. The driver kept honking the horn until finally—she DROVE OFF without them! She actually said “Oh, well!” I didn’t see the couple again to ask how they made it back, but I am sure they were very displeased.

Later that evening, we dined at Giovanni’s Table in Central Park. The food was delicious! It was an Italian, family style meal. Only, I was falling asleep at the table. I was so wiped out from the day (which started at the fitness center, I forgot to mention that) and from climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator that I was literally nodding off. I came very close to getting beef tenderloin medallion and mashed potato in the face. Following our meal, I dozed off during a spectacular performance of Headliner Showtime featuring Vox Audio. Check out their website and listen to the Corporate Video–now that I am awake, I can see that I missed a good show! http://www.voxaudiogroup.com/videos.php

The guy with the dark, longer crazy hair is Paul from Long Island. I got the chance to talk and hang out with him. He is really a cool guy. He plans to go back to Las Vegas and relax after the trip and work on getting some more gigs, hopefully on cruise lines!

The show ended and off I went to Bolero’s for a raspberry mojito. This was the night that Carlos, the musician who plays the keys, came over and danced with me–CLEARLY a milestone marker for my cruise vacation. He taught to salsa to the beat of the music. (Pardon me, while I go fan myself off….)

Stay Tuned!

Blonde Bombshell vs the Caribbean

Ahoy!

It is currently 1:34 AM ship time and I am drawing near to calling it a night. And what a day–and night–it was! I don’t quite remember what I have told you about my day yesterday, so I will recap a bit.

Worked on my FlowRider skills. Currently sporting several sexy bruises from said adventure. (I am currently saying all this in my mind with a British accent. So, if you want to join the fun and read with an accent—please  do!!) Excursioned in Nassau. Several Bahamian children tried to sell me a walking turtle—cute, but not when I have a running dog back at home. Later on–Dinner in the Solarium Bistro. They serve healthful dinner menu options. Exquisite dining! After, I went over to the Boleros nightclub and saw my favorite bartender, Hugo. He made me two excellent drinks, raspberry mojito and a Yellowtail rum drink.

During our At Sea day today, I participated in a heart pounding, body-drenching spin class in the Fitness Center. After which, I guiltlessly raided the breakfast buffet. Whoops! Today I enjoyed my Cupcake Decorating class at the Cupcake Cupboard on Deck 5, Royal Promenade. I caught the very colorful and entertaining Welcome Aboard Parade. Then, at 2:30 I mosied my way over to the Opal Theater to enjoy a fantastic presentation of Hairspray, the musical. I regret to admit that I a took a bit of a snooze during the performance and awoke to the audience laughing hysterically at the joke that I clearly slept through. Oh, well!

After the show, I changed my clothes and headed for the rock climbing wall. I climbed a whole FIVE feet. Yes, for those of you who know me….I climbed my height. I am climbing mountains, one vertically challenged person at a time!

After rock climbing, I hit up the Studio B ice rink and skated for a half hour during the Cosmic Skate Party with Celebrity DJ Cide from the Scratch DJ Academy. He was cool. I flew off the ice and raced back to the room to jazz up for dinner in the Opus Dining room. There, I enjoyed a caesar salad and lamb shank. After dinner, we rushed over to the Opal Theater for the Love and Marriage Game Show. Youtube it—I am sure there are clips. HYSTERICAL. Videos to come on my facebook!

A trip back through the Promenade to enjoy more of my Latin music at Boleros and here you have me!

Tomorrow–arriving in St. Thomas at 9 am. Excursions and specialty dining at Giovanni’s Table.

Stay tuned!

Blonde Bombshell Goes Surfing….

Hello from Nassau, Bahamas!

This morning we docked in the Island of the Bahamas at 7 am, ship time. Ship time is a fancy way of saying the time that it would be if we didn’t pay attention to the time changes as we sail to different places.

After I woke up, I quickly got ready and went to the Vitality Fitness Center and worked off some of those yummy drinks I consumed yesterday. After that, I ran to get a fast breakfast and then darted off to my FlowRider Lesson on the Sports Deck, 15. Rachel and Jorge taught me and three other people how to ride the waves by boogie board and by mock surf board. There are some good pictures of Klutz McGee in action there…  Did I fall? Boy….if I didn’t fall once, I fell every other time. Did I experience any wardrobe malfunctions? YES. and some of them were atrocious, embarrassing and atrocious.

After my FlowRiding experience I hit the shower and made my way to the island where I found tall $20 drinks at Senor Frogs. If you ever find one, you MUST, MUST, MUST stop and go in. If the fun music and people laughing and having a good time doesn’t pull you in, I don’t know what will—just get in there and savor the good times. They have food, too. Don’t worry–you can eat away your good rum buzz if you don’t want people to know you drink.

I did some light shopping on Bay Street in Nassau and found the perfume I really like. It was cheaper than what they sell it for on the ship.

Now I am off to a $10 Blowout Sale located on the Promenade and perhaps to get myself a small snack to carry me over until our dinner reservation at the Solarium Bistro at 6 pm. Tonight is formal night aboard the ship. Make sure to wear your Sunday best! And I will see YOU later!

Stay Classy  and Stay Tuned!

The Blonde Bombshell Gets Welcomed Aboard!

Aloha, Guys!

Forgive me if I come off a bit too friendly—I just drank a $20 drink from Senor Frogs in Nassau, Bahamas. Yesterday we set sail aboard one of the world’s largest ships. So far, I have found myself lost on it five times. Hopefully I can get it straight by the end of the trip. The ship is unbelievable. I have lots of pictures, but I cannot locate a USB port to upload them so you can see and I am currently being charged $.65/minute to share my vacation with you. Yesterday, I met a nice pool deck bar server named Luis. He’s a cool man. He talked me into getting three drinks–the Drink of the Day, Oasis Breezer–two of those, and a Pina Colada. I have yet to feel overwhelmed by the amount of people. There are 6,400 aboard. And the drinks? They were good! Don’t worry….There’s plenty more to come, spill and go!

Yesterday, I laid by the pool until it was time for the compulsory lifeboat drill. Our lifeboat station is located in near the Aqua Theater, located in the back of the ship. It was fairly quick, and definitely painless. After that, we browsed the different decks. There is the Promenade deck with different shops and bars. There is the Central Park deck. It is an outdoor deck with several fine dining restaurants and Coach leather goods store. There is even a part that has a boardwalk with a carousel and ice cream parlor and candy store. Sorry for my incessant use of the word ‘and.’

I decided to take my pokey self back to the room to get dolled up for dinner. We have the later dinner seating in the Opus Dining Room on deck 4. Did I mention that there are 16 Decks (at least that I have discovered thus far)? Our server’s name is Ridha. He is from Tunisia. I am probably not spelling that right. It’s in a part of Africa. Google it. For dinner, I enjoyed a Pineapple, Strawberry and Kiwi Medley to start, a Mediterranean Quesadilla for my main course and a Low-Fat Peach and Raspberry Cobbler for dessert. It was delectable!

After dinner, we perused the ship a bit. We walked through Casino Royale and found the nightclub, Blaze upon its exit. They have several singles Meet-and-Greets, and 18+ nights while on the voyage. I checked out the Open-Mic Karaoke Kick-Off. You could tell whose nerves were eating away at them and who was definitely ready to kick ass when they got up there.

A few brave souls went up there before I walked across the Promenade to Boleros, the Latin Night Club. I sat at the bar and ordered a Mojito. It was quite minty, but very good! I got talking to one of the band members, Carlos who played the keys. He is from the Dominican Republic and has been on the ship working different jobs. He said that he started off as a housekeeper, a waiter and finally an entertainer. He hopes to get aboard a different cruise ship one day. Between his English and my Spanish—we had a decent conversation.

After that, I tried to locate my party…not the liquid kind–the human kind. When that failed–and it does regularly because the ship is soo HUGE—I went back to the room and called it a night.

Stay tuned!

The Blonde Bombshell Flies to Ft Lauderdale

We safely arrived in Ft Lauderdale Florida at 5:45 this evening. During the flight, I played musical seats trying to find a seat with a seat back TV that worked all so I could watch an inflight movie. I had trouble in my original seat so the flight attendant moved me up a seat and that one didn’t work either. So I shifted over across the aisle and found a working tv. The flight attendant was nice enough to key me watch the movie at mo charge because of the inconvenience.

We discovered that you get what you pay for or in our case don’t pay for when we relied on a free service transportation from the Ft Lauderdale Hollywood international airport to our hotel for the evening. They were soo late getting us. When we finally got checked in and situated, we flew right out the door again for the Adventura Mall.

There, we ate at the Cheesecake Factory for a late dinner. I tried to find a lighter fare and settled on the Ultimate Grilled Eggplant and melted Mozzarella sandwich. It was soo good!

I think I am going to get an early start tomorrow so I can work out at the mini fitness center at the hotel and get a little breakfast. I am really looking forward to all the breakfasts on the ship. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!

Stay tuned for posts aboard the ship!

The Blonde Bombshell Meets the High Seas 2

We are currently down to the wire. We are leaving our humble abode in a matter of minutes for the airport. I am growing more and more excited about our trip. Our flight to Ft. Lauderdale should arrive around dinner time. As of current, the potential plan is to find our way to a mall to get dinner and walk around. If it were up to me, I would say let’s venture into Miami and scout out the old Jersey Shore house at Metropole! We shall see! Signing off in the 203! Next time I talk to you I will be sailing away!

 

Stay tuned!

The Blonde Bombshell Meets the High Seas

Well, hello again! I am excited to say that tomorrow I will be leaving to go to Fort Lauderdale on vacation. I hoped you all would join me on the trip, but since people have other things going on—I will take you along for the ride through my Travel Blog. So back to Ft. Lauderdale— it’s not our final destination–no. We will be embarking on a floating vessel fit to carry 6,400 passengers and 2,160 crew throughout our journey into the Caribbean for eight days and seven nights. Get excited because we are hopping aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas Saturday and plan to get right into the heart of the action as soon as we are there.

Currently, I am packing for said trip. I have my extra-large suitcase with me. I expect that I will be bringing home some souvenirs. Plus –It never hurts to have more space! So far, I have all my dinner outfits and shoes to match, plenty of swim suits and cover ups…and other odds and ends. The image to the left is the Oasis of the Seas in its entirety! Below is a nighttime picture of the ship looking through the open-air center where you can walk through Central Park. I will be attempting to upload my own photos from the ship to keep you all informed as to my latest adventures!

A little about our itinerary–Sunday we are docked in Nassau, Bahamas. Tuesday we are in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Wednesday we are in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. We have some excursions planned for the last two islands. I scheduled myself a FloRider lesson for 8 AM Sunday morning–either a great time or the start of a really bad trip–literally.  Stay tuned for updates!

A First for Everything

This week I was diagnosed with my first sinus infection. I had been sharing my symptoms in a piece-meal fashion with  my mother who has been telling me  that I have a sinus infection and to phone the doctor. As always, I try to disprove the boss by throwing around my philosophy on illness, “If you think you are sick, then you are sick. If you think you are perfectly fine, then you are okay.”

That saying stopped working on Thursday afternoon. Headache, facial pain, nasal issues, dry cough….combined with anxiety over that evening’s test and an interview the following day. Good times!

The doctor was happy I decided to come in. I mentioned how I was going to attempt to wait until Tuesday when I went in for a check up. She appeared alarmed and shook her head. “You wouldn’t have made it. Thank goodness you came in today.”

She prescribed me these horse pills of an antibiotic, which I cut in two so I can swallow them with greater ease. I suppose it is doing what it has to do. I cannot find enough stars to wish on to help clear this infection up asap!

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