Our best–and worst–port. I have 66 pictures for this one but won’t flood this board with all of them. We woke at 6 and opened the window to another beautiful morning as we tendered into Grand Cayman. We had a leisurely room service breakfast and then made our way to the tenders. We’re not sure why, but the front elevators to the 0 floor were disabled and the stairway was blocked. We were about to make our way to the aft gangway when a crewmember said “shhh” and let us downstairs. We must have totally missed the daily announcement while […]
Wherein we act like rookie tourists. As was our tradition by now, we had room service breakfast on the deck. We kept messing with the arrival time to make sure it got there after everyone woke up but before we were starving. 6-7 usually worked, but the longer we cruised, the later Max stayed up and the later he wanted to sleep. The front blinds are required to be closed from sunset to sunrise to avoid glare on the bridge below. I usually opened them when we were ready to wake up, and that helped Max to stir. After breakfast, […]
Before the ports I have to thank our Cruise Critic Roll Call leader, Fran aka peachcrek. She started the CC roll call and eventually organized a meet & greet and cocktail party the first day at sea as well as a group rate at a resort in Montego Bay. It’s a good thing Fran didn’t come by plane either, because her bags must have been stuffed to the gills. She bought special presents for the 3 birthday ladies (Mrs. Thelma celebrating 100, Elle 40 and another I’ve forgotten). She also had at least 20 door prize bags that were given […]
Ok, the real last one for the night. As I re-read my posts, I realize it’s possible to think I’m complaining. Since you can’t read my tone over the internet, please understand we had a great cruise and would board tomorrow if circumstances allowed. I’m trying to be realistic and report on the good and bad, things I was wondering before the cruise and things I think you might be wondering. Thanks again for the encouraging words. I will try to post more tomorrow when my schedule allows.
Last one for tonight: After watching the Mississippi for a long time, we attended the Camp Carnival orientation and then it was time for dinner. We chose early dining and were assigned to the Renoir Dining Room on 4 mid. Our waiter Gede and his assistant Imade were excellent throughout. I was a little bit disappointed with the seating because when the crew entertains, most of the action is on the 3rd floor where the anytime diners sit and we didn’t have much to see. Also, the windows of 4 mid would look out onto the liferafts, so they are […]
Looking down the ship from the deck. I don’t know what these ships do but they were about as big as us. 1x zoom again. That camera’s not too shabby! My New Orleans knowledge level is very low, but this looks like some sort of military base. There were signs on both sides reading “US Revetment.” Again, not sure, but this looked like a battlefield. I’m sure I could figure it out with Google but really, do you know how lazy I am?
Please let me know if I’m breaking these up too much. I think after so many pictures it’s best to start a new post rather than making one monstrosity that someone will no doubt quote entirely to say “thx.” Anyway, after lunch we briefly explored the aft outside deck. The Norwegian Star was parked right behind us. Coincidentally, we had already just about decided on a Baltic Capitals cruise someday, and the Star will be doing that duty for NCL next summer. We walked back to the cabin and noticed the suitcases were outside. I was anxious to see if […]
Jack enjoying a lounger in the cool, windy NO weather. IIRC, it sprinkled a bit on us too before we left. Jack and Elle. He spends a lot more time with her since I work, but some days he’s a total Daddy’s boy. At 12:30, Elle wanted to make a run for the cabin. I told her she could open it first since it was partially her b-day present, but she surprised me by disappearing into the 10th floor somewhere while Jack and I fought our way through the Lido deck crowds. After some waiting I finally met her and […]
I’m going to drop the DS/DH/DW lingo here because I’ve never been a huge fan of it and I always feel the need to nerd out about our DS being a DSer. Anyway, the family is: Me: Ted, 42 yo Wife: Elle, 40 the day before the cruise #1 Son: Max, 8 #2 Son: Jack, 5 Jack and I posed for a quick pic with my phone. The caption on Facebook read “On the ship. Phone off.” I wasn’t brave enough to turn it off right that second. My top button stopped working over Christmas and the only was I […]
After snoozing another few hours with DS5, we woke up. The first thing I did was check the static Erato St Terminal webcam, which wasn’t working 🙁 Some CC searching found me the streaming one from Zydecocruiser’s posts/website: http://wcerato.portno.com/view/viewer_index.shtml. For a mobile device, you can choose “Motion JPEG” from the streaming profile. Everyone gathered around me in the bed to look at pictures of our ship. We could easily make out the Captain’s Suites since they stick out on the right and left sides. I went back and forth over when to get to the terminal, fighting the urge to […]