The web site was down when I got back to the cabin last night so I will recap here. I thought I would update the thread name as well. Yesterday was the last stop in Belize. We thought about taking the tender in, but decided to just veg out on board. BIL an SIL decided to go and look around and we told them just to take some pictures for us. We had breakfast together and just wandered around since we knew our cabin wouldn't be done yet. BIL and SIL were back shortly - they said they got off and took one walk around and came back - said they saw barbed wire all around the compound.
I should acknowledge Arturo and his staff for taking wonderful care of our room. We had ice placed in our cooler and the ice bucket everyday and again in the evening. Our towel animals were something to look forward to every night. Last night a monkey was hanging on the shelf that holds glasses as we come in. He was adorable. The room always looked immaculate when we came in and we appreciated it. He and his staff (I remember David but I never caught the other name). Anyway - kudos to Arturo and his team. We were always greeted in the hallways and he always kidded with all of us. Almost all of the staff would greet you as you passed them during the day. (not so much where there were crowds of people like the Lido deck) but if they were alone and you were waiting for an elevator and one went by....
So we went to the adult aft pool. We watched the tenders go back and forth and had something to drink. This port we were tendered quite far from shore, compared to Grand Caymen. I'm guessing it took at least 20 min to get to shore from the looks of it. You could barely see where they went to. We got changed and went in the pool and it was quite refreshing. We expected it to be warm, but it was actually quite cool and the hot tub was close to being the temp of a hot tub. Too warm for me. I stayed down at the pool area but unfortunately, did not go in. With my bad knees and feet, I didn't want to take the chance of not getting back up the ladder, as the steps were pretty far apart for a shorty like me. But I was able to put my feet in sitting on the ledge and I also went down and sat on the step that goes down to the area where about 3 inches of water runs around the outside edge of the pool. Didn't stay long since I had gotten a good bunch of sun on my shoulders in Roatan and left my coverup on to make sure I didn't get any more.
Dinner last night was again good. 3 of us had Chataeu Briand (sp?) and 1 had fish. Everything was really good. We have had Ana the last 3 nights (we asked for her after the first night we had her) and service was great once again. She remembered things that I liked and the bar server remembered not only what wine I drink but my account number as well! I have to say, buying the drink coupons ahead of time, really kept our S&S card down to a minimum. We still tipped a couple dollars but we never were forgiven the excess as some cruisers had said (like $1.23 in the difference between the drink and the coupon) but no biggie. The waiters danced to YMCA and I think that got the biggest cheer of the week. Before the dance, the Maitre D turned over the microphone to a young man who proposed to his girlfriend and she said yes! How very cool!
The show at the Follies last night was Hot Jazz and it looked like a different group of dancers than the other night (but it was the same ones) - they really had these dance and song numbers down and it was as good as any show I have seen on Broadway.
Once again, the captain made an announcement that it would be a rocky night at sea and it was evidenced again by all the people listing one way or another as they walked (us included). We were laughing so hard trying to stay away from running into each other. I have no idea how anyone that had a few, navigated around the ship at all - lol. The rough seas had an interesting effect in our cabin. We have a sliding door closet that lights up when you open either side of the door. Due to the roughness, the light kept going on and off all night and we couldn't stop laughing about that either - I noticed it on and asked DH to shut the door. (figuring he just didn't shut it all the way before he went out to watch something different on TV). He came in from the other room and shut it and left. 2 min later it was back on. I got up and shut it again. 2 min later it was on....Then it dawned on me the rocking was reopening it. We laid in bed later and got giggling every time it went on and off. It didn't really put light in the room - you could just see it lit behind the door. We left it alone after that since there was no point in trying to stop it.
I didn't sleep well last night due to the uneven roughness of the seas, but since I have been getting a nap every day, I am still well rested. We listened to all the announcements today on the TV about disembarking tomorrow and are now figuring out what goes where in our suitcases so we can pack early and be done with it.
I can truly say that most times vacations always feel like they flew by. Even though today is our last full day and we start our trek back up the East Coast tomorrow, I feel like this lasted a very long time in comparison. It was wonderful and restful, I never felt I had to rush to get ready and go anywheres. No one was rude, other passengers were friendly and the staff is incredible. We never heard the numbers but I don't think there were more than 30 or 40 kids on board - we rarely saw any, except at dinner and a few at the shows. We didn't go to the main pools so perhaps that's where they were all hanging out.
We are going to sign up today for our next cruise. Maybe some of us will meet up one day!
Pictures probably won't get posted til we get home on Tues. I haven't found very good internet in the hotels as we have traveled but I'll give it a shot, probably at least on Facebook. Later I will post links to Facebook, Photobucket and Vimeo.
Nancy, you are going to love this ship! Know that we will be waving at
you and hoping you have as great of a time as we have had! (got any
extra room in your luggage for us - I promise I won't tell
anyone....???) Happy Cruising to all!!