After a bumpy first day, we woke up to much smoother sailing for Day 2. It was a full day at sea, so we were in no hurry to do anything. True to form, I woke up way before D did, so I did what I always do on vacation. I left him to sleep while I entertained myself. I got up, put on some running clothes and headed to the gym. Now I absolutely hate a treadmill, but when you’re in the middle of the ocean, it’s kind of a girl’s only option. The couple of days before we left home were pretty hectic and I didn’t get a long run in, so I just got on the mill with the intentions of going as long as my head would let me. I was hoping for about eight. My sanity cracked at five. I didn’t fight it. Instead I went back to the room, changed into a swimsuit, and hit the main deck. I had looked outside on my way up to the gym and found a gloriously sunny, beautiful day, but by the time I made it out to enjoy it, it had come up a good cloud. “It’s okay,” I told myself, “it’ll blow over.” So I laid my towel out on my chair, pulled out my magazine, and … drip. Drip drip drip.
DRIP DRIP DRIP DROP DROP SPLATTER SPLATTER SPLATTER
By the time I stuffed my towel, magazine, camera, etc., into my bag and shoved it under my chair so it wouldn’t get wet, it was really coming down. But I refused to get up. Everyone else was scrambling to get their things and leave, but not me! Nope, I am stubborn like that. It would rain hard for a few minutes, then let up, then pick back up again, then almost stop… I and a few other hard-heads laid right there in the rain. After about 30 minutes, D finally dragged himself out of bed and made his way to the deck to find me. He suggested just getting some lunch while we waited out the rain. So we did. (Side note: While we were at lunch, we saw a kid, probably about 13 or 14 years old with his parents, wearing a shirt that said “SINGLE & DTF.” Either the parents are REALLY lax on what they’ll let their kid wear, or the kid told a really good lie when he came up with something to tell his parents that DTF stands for.) A little while later we came back out to find this:
|Ahhhhhh, sweet, glorious sunshine!!!!|
And that is pretty much how we spent Day 2. Soaking up the rays. After we had had our fill of that, we headed in and got cleaned up, but it was still early evening and our assigned dining room time wasn’t until 8:15. Now you don’t HAVE to go to the dining room, but I had had such a great time the night before with our tablemates, and besides it was “elegant dining” night and I was looking forward to getting all gussied up with D for that. He even bought a tie! (GASP! I had never seen D in a tie. Not even when we got married.) So in the name of killing time, we headed to the casino. I put $20 into a quarter slot machine and had only been played that down a few bucks when I hit for $250. I considered that a win and called it a day.
Fast forward a little while to that night. We got all dressed up and I insisted on marking the occasion with photos. They are ALL ABOUT THE PHOTOS on cruise ships. In the evenings, one whole side of the casino was lined with photographers with various portrait backdrops. That first elegant night, the lines were crazy long, so we only had time to get one done before we had to be at dinner.
It’s really too bad our scanner sucks. This is really a good photo, but this is the best scan I could get.
To prove we’re really not vampires, here is the one our new friends took of us with my camera at dinner.
After dinner we headed back to the room to figure out what we wanted to do the next day. We looked through the information on Cozumel, our first port of call, and decided on an excursion that would take us to Passion Island by catamaran. When we logged into our account on the interactive TV in our room to book the excursion, we also saw a menu where you could check your account balance. (It was a cashless cruise.) I reviewed our charges and noticed a $34.50 charge made at the pool bar that day. I knew that wasn’t right. Yeah, we had a couple of drinks, but those were on there as well. This $34.50 was wrong. I called guest services and told them of the error, and she said she would forward the issue to the bar manager. Kudos for excellent customer service because the charge was reversed by the next afternoon. So a word of caution to any future cruisers out there. Check your account balance frequently! It was much easier to correct a problem as soon as it happened than it would have been to have tried to get it corrected at the end of the week when 4,000 other people are trying to get their accounts settled.
We got our excursion booked and were all set for Cozumel the next day!