Finally we were heading to sea. We had went to the Heliport to watch our casting off and now we were moving. As much as I would have liked to have stayed outside and watched us move out through the channel, it was to cold and windy. So time to go inside and EXPLORE our ship. Dinner was at 5:30. Tonite would be dress casual in the formal dinning room. We had our luggage, but many people did not. They said it could take up to 7 pm for the late arrivals to get their delivered to their stateroom. It pays to be one of the first to board. So therefore that is why dinner was casual. Everyone has the option to eat in the formal dinning room assigned or just eat at the Windjammer Café Buffet. We were assigned to the Michelangelo Restaurant on Deck 3 at table #424. Their are 3 Formal dining rooms, The Botticelli on Deck 5, The Michelangelo on Deck 4, and The Rembrandt on Deck 3.
This is the interior of our dinning room on Deck 3. It is so elegant. The center of the room is open to display all three areas. In the center is a Beautiful, Stunning Elegant Chandelier. It is surrounded by beautiful gold columns extending from the bottom to the top. Beautiful lights and decorations make you feel like your in an Italian Palace.
At the far end is an elegant circular staircase joining all 3 dinning rooms together. At the end of our cruise the cooks and waiters filled the stairways and sang several songs and paraded through all 3 dinning rooms…..It was pretty awesome. So we found our table and were seated. Linen table clothes and silverware placed for every course. We were presented with the Menu. It was clipped to a board and was changed every meal. We had choices of Appetizer, Main course and Dessert. You could choose as many as you wanted. The waiter brought each course and then as we ate, they would take the finished dish and the proper silverware would be taken and the new silverware arranged appropriately. We had a head waiter as well as his assistant. They worked in unison together as they took care of their assigned 4 tables. So that was 32 people.
By the 2nd nite they not only new your name, but they also remembered what you drank. Our favorite was Oral C. The assistant on the right of the photo. He was so nice, friendly and did his job meticulously. He always was ready for a joke or small talk if he had time. They loved their job obviously. Finally it was time to explore the ship.
This is one of the 14 elevators on the ship. They went from Deck 1 to Deck 14. It was so cool to ride and look out at the Promenade Deck as you rode up.
This is the walkway to the Promenade Area, the main street of the ship on Deck 5 . This area is full of shopping from clothes, purses, alcohol, to Fine Watches and Diamonds. It also had many Pubs, Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream, Sorrentos Pizza, A Cupcake shop and tables and chairs set out to sit, converse and just people watch.
On the other end is the Platinum Theater. The stairways were cascading white marble steps with Brass Handrails…So Elegant…They held a program for us newbies in the Theater to Welcome us to the ship and tell as about upcoming events.
This is a beautiful Theater. It also had a balcony and held 1,300 people. Every nite they held a fabulous show. They also had bar service and you could order at your seat.
This is another view of the Promenade area from the end areas. Every floor had a crossover to the other side that was open to the Promenade. Notice Shrek in the foreground. This is also a “DreamWorks” Cruise. Many of the characters were out and about everyday.
Another view from the end looking down to the entrance of the Platinum Theater. I am actually standing on Deck 6 and the bottom of the stairs is Deck 3…..
Another one of the Characters with Ron on the right. So now down to Deck 3.
We walked through the Casino. Yes if you were a gambler, you could surely enjoy your time here. Everything available to you in every type of game. Their is almost 300 slot machines and 19 gaming tables. We choose not to enjoy this area of the boat. I would have a hard time stopping, so better not to play. Their was a number of bars on this level, including a Piano Bar. They were small and intimate. A place to relax. It had been a long day, so time to head back up to Deck 6 and our new home for a week. We entered and found that the room steward had been their, Turned down our bed, closed the curtains and left us with the new addition of The Cruise Compass.
It is the daily schedule of everything going on. All the dinner schedules, entertainment schedules, time we dock if going into port, or anything we needed to know. Every evening he brought a new one when he turned down the bed. Every afternoon while at lunch, he would make our bed and change our linens. We were so pampered.
This is our Room Steward, Barrington. He had knocked at our door the first day and introduced himself. He is from Jamaica and has worked for Royal Caribbean for 19 years. They work for 10 months and then have 2 months off. Difficult way to live I think. Barrington was just Awesome. He was so friendly. His goal to make sure we had fun and enjoyed everyday. I mentioned to him one afternoon that my shower was leaking at the bottom. He said he would take care of it. The next morning during my shower, I noticed it was fixed. …..Amazing…..I couldn’t believe it was already fixed, and we didn’t even see anyone. Barrington knew all our names immediately and made us all feel special. He always seemed to know when we left so that he could do his duties.
Many times during the week, we would come into our room to find an animal made out of towels. This was my favorite. He put my sunglasses on the BAT. So as we got ready for bed, we sat their and realized we could feel the gently rocking of the boat. It wasn’t much, but Rich could feel it. He had taken a Dramamine that afternoon, just in case it might bother him. We could hear the Hang tag in the bathroom gently rocking back and forth. We slept pretty good, in fact I slept longer than normal. Their was no daylight to tell you what time it was…..lol…In the morning, we explored the TV channels. Their was very little outside channels. Just a couple old movie channels. They had their own RC TV. You could watch and see what was happening today. How to shop for Diamonds and Precious Gems on board as well as when you were in Port. They showed you different Ships they had and the Trips they had available. Down stairs you could book you Next Cruise with a discount at a considerable savings. Also, the most important thing on the TV was you could watch your account daily. Any credits you might have attained on purchasing your tickets were added on as a credit. Anytime you purchased on board with your Seapass Card were their immediately, and the Daily Gratuity’s of $14.50 each person were also added. These tips would be divided between the Room Steward and the Dinning room waiters. Possibly others but not sure. So it was your option to give extra if you thought they deserved it. As I mentioned before, this account is either set up as a cash account before hand, or attached to a card of your choice. In the morning we slowly got up and headed for the Windjammer for Breakfast. What an AWESOME selection. Anything you could imagine. We found a table by the window and enjoyed watching the sea…..The endless water, the swell of the waves flowing up and down. They said they were about 6 ft, but it sure didn’t look like it. We were on Deck 11 looking down. Their were just small white caps. Nothing was in the distance except for the sea ending in a haze as it met the sky……So this was our next 2 days. We would be at sea till Wed. when we docked at Roatan Honduras, our farthest point…..(Or so we thought)….So now time to explore the top decks…..11-14….Ill start at the front of the ship. Well not really the front but behind the heliport and the Captains Bridge. We entered the Solarium. It is the pool area for the over 18 year olds….Now that would be our area. It was a small but beautiful pool…plenty of lounge chairs all around in the sun or shade. A bar of course. Adults always have to have a bar near by…..Or you could order by the pool also. It also had an easy step entrance. Love it when you don’t have to climb the ladder to get out. On either side of the ship were 2 huge beautiful half moon spas, lined with windows. The sun shinned through from all the glass on top. They stuck out 12 over the edge of the boat. The view was just breath taking. The strangest part was knowing that their was nothing under you for 11 decks down till the sea at the bottom. One evening I was in the spa when the jets were off. As you sat their and enjoyed, you would feel the rocking of the boat. It would rock to one side and the water would fall into the gutters, and then it would rock the other way and fall away….Back and Forth….Back and Forth…. What a strange sensation. Now behind this bar are several more pools for family’s. Several hot tubs are also in this area. You can get poolside service here also for drinks of your choice. Many of the activities took place in this pool. Sexiest man competition, Adult Belly Flop Competition, Concerts and Movies on the Big Screen.One nite we went up and watched Star Wars. This area was always busy….Behind this area is the Childrens Area….This is the H2O Zone and Kids Pool. This is a great place for the little kids to have fun. If you look at the area above with all the windows, This is on Deck 14.There is a very nice bar up their. This is the view from the windows. You can see the kids area, past the wall is the regular pools and the Solarium pools more up front.
Now were on the back of the ship. Their is a rock climbing wall and a basket ball court.
On the very back is the water slides. Their are 2 water slides on the left and 1 on the right. The one on the right is a 2 man raft. In the center is the Flow Rider, the surfing simulator. We sat their for a while and watched. The were giving lessons. Some people did well, but many wiped out, fell and washed up to the top of the slide. It looked like fun, but I wouldn’t want everyone watching me make a fool of myself…lol….Also a Mini Golf Course is back here somewhere. That was something we never came across. How can something like that be hidden. There was so many things we really never did see. It is amazing that all these things are on the top of the ship. So by Tue. we were excited to be getting close to Roatan Honduras. We were suppose to dock Wed morning and have all day in town. Ron had planned trips for all of us. It was going to be so exciting, some shopping, beach, and tour in the jungle. Late that afternoon the Captain made an announcement. A ship had come into the dock to fast. Something went wrong and it ran into the dock and destroyed it. It was the MSC Armonia.
It didn’t take long for a video to be on U Tube. By that evening I think everyone on board had seen the video. The captain had tried to find another port like maybe Belize. It just wasn’t going to happen, seems they didn’t have tenders for us. I believe that is transportation for us from the ship to the village. So he decided we would just do another day at sea. We were so disappointed. So now we would be doing a huge circle until it was time to go to Costa Maya. Wed evening finally came. We were going to arrive in the dock at Costa Maya around 7 am Thur. morning and bebark around 8. Then another announcement. We suddenly had a medical emergency. We had to head to Cozumel. Someone was very ill and they would be taken off the ship. We would head back north to Cozemel arrive around 2 am. Then head back south to Costa Maya. So now we will arrive 2 hours late.
Here is a picture of our tv screen. We could also always see where we were, how fast we were going and our position. As you see we were heading to Cozumel after a big circle at sea. We were traveling over 21 knots which was top speed for the ship. Our first stop should have been, Roatan Honduras on Wed. Costa Maya Thur. and Cozumel Fri. But things change don’t they. We had another day at sea to enjoy all the activities. Their was always something to do. No reason to be bored, just disappointed. We did stop at Cozumel around 2am on Thur. morning, but unless you were awake, you would not have noticed. We arrived at Costa Maya later Thur morning around 9am. Ohhhhhh now this will be the best part of this story….lol….Just a Clue……..“Not everyone Remembers All That Happened This Day”.…..But many of us will NEVER FORGET…..