Blonde Bombshell: Third Sea Day

Ahoy there! It is Friday aboard the massive vessel and it is our last sea day before we return to Port Everglades tomorrow morning. This morning I did something I haven’t done since before I left for this vacation: SLEPT IN. It was amazing. You should try it, really. I went to WindJammer to get some breakfast and then I ran down the stairs to Deck 6 to workout for a bit. On my return from the gym, I decided to get a Cruise Compass from the Promenade and while I was there, I discovered a gathering of people in the center waiting for the cake decorating event hosted by our cruise director, Richard Spacey featuring our Head Chef, Hotel Director, and Captain of the ship, Capt. Tryme. That was hysterical. They decorated a Black Forest Cake. The captain poured half a bottle of cherry liquore over the cake, soaking each layer. Richard Spacey said that anyone sampling his cake shouldn’t operate heavy machinery for at least three days.

After the cake decorating, I met Sean and we headed up to the Boardwalk to register for the Walk for Wishes. Royal Caribbean is a proud sponsor for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All week the cruise staff held different charitable events (art auctions, raffles, and donations) where 100% of the proceeds go directly to the foundation. I am proud to say I walked a mile and made a small donation for the Make-A-Wish foundation. After the walk, I met up with the rest of my party and got some lunch. If you are considering going on this cruise, you MUST MUST MUST try the ham and cheese on a croissant from the Promenade Cafe. It was the best I have ever had. Heaven in my mouth.

After lunch, I went to the Focus Photo gallery to look at all the professional photos taken during the cruise. We ended up buying a photo book and buying some single photos to frame later. After spending (more like wasting) over an hour there deciding which to buy and which to put into the book, I went back to the room to shower and get ready. I put on nice clothes and met the rest of my party. They said they were going to try and lay out by the pool, so I ran back to the room and changed my clothes again. This was the first time since Nassau that it was actually nice enough to lay out. But that didn’t last long—no it was overcast and it was drawing closer to the time we reserved to see the ice show, Frozen in Time. The performance brought to life the works of Hans Christian Andersen. In the middle of the performance, they brought out a sand artist. Click the link to view some of what he did in a sand light box.

Immediately following the show, needed to start getting ready for dinner. There was a Farewell Surprise in the Royal Promenade inbetween the two dinner seatings. Nearly all the staff and crew got dressed up and took a bow on the bridge during the Farewell Celebration. The International skaters we had just seen earlier were there and one of the male skaters got down on one knee while on the bridge and proposed to one of the female skaters. She was in complete shock! I felt priviledged to be apart of that special moment in their lives.

Off to the last supper—I ordered Spinach dip with tortilla chips to start and Mahi Mahi and Shrimp. I really enjoyed it. Our wait staff sang a farewell song to us at the end of the night and then we were off into the night! Following dinner, we had a Comedy Show to attend at the On-Air Comedy Club, Deck 4 near Studio B. The comedian was HYSTERICAL. He was a black entertainer. The first thing he said when he got on stage was “I feel like a raisin in a box of Frosted Flakes….oh wait–there’s another…That makes 2 raisins  There’s always two scoops, theres always two scoops” He made joke about the size of the shower. He said something to the effect that “god forbid you drop your soap….you have to bend down to get it and your ass is in the middle of the hallway in order to reach it.” Richard Spacey also commented on the size of the shower during the Love and Marriage Game Show and he said that its like the deposit slip container at the bank.

After the comedy show, I headed to Boleros for my drink and some dancing. I met some cool people there and we stayed up until the skyline was nearly visible. The morning staff bid me good morning as I walked through the Promenade—I must have given them the look of all looks because while they were all cheery and well-rested, I had yet to go to bed. I had an hour before I needed to be up, so I ran back to the room, showered and got in bed for a blink of an eye before my alarm sounded.

Stay tuned!


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!

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