Day 12 – All access ship tour

It was another slow morning for us (no surprises there) and eventually we decided to get dressed and head for breakfast about 9.15am. Before leaving I asked Kevin to check what time our all access tour of the ship was. And guess what? Instead of being in the afternoon like we had both thought for some reason, it was a 9.45am. So instead of breakfast we headed to the meeting area. Then read that long pants were required so Kevin (who was wearing shorts) had to go back to the room to change. No to worry we were still ready in plenty of time.

The tour was really good – we had a talk by the dining room manager, walked through the kitchens (which are always amazing to see), the storage rooms and ONE of the meat freezers, the Engineers room and laundry – always have someone from that department to talk to us.

And luckily we also got to see the bridge. We really enjoyed this 2 hour tour and though it was reasonably expensive, feel that it was well worth it, if you are interested in the behind the scenes operations of these big ships. Kevin and I thought the best part was the galley. It’s always amazing seeing the work that goes into providing meals for everyone at sea.

Since we had missed breakfast, again, we headed right to Windjammers at the conclusion of the tour. My lunch today was salad, potato and bread (which you will see is a pretty reoccuring theme whenever we eat in Windjammers).

A 2 hour non-stop walking tour was quite a lot for my body so we pretty much just chilled in the room for the afternoon – reading (and I also did some computer work). I would have sat outside but it was way too steamy.

Before 5.30pm we got ready for dinner and headed off to the dining room.

I had tortilla soup (which was yummy, but a little spincy, vegan bolognases (delicious) and a “cheesecake” which was super sweet so I really only had a few bites. We had two new dinner companions tonight – from the UK. Luckily it was easier to here everyone nearby tonight.

We didn’t stay for tea/coffee as we wanted to catch the 7pm show – which we did. It was the usually. Nothing too outstanding (especially after our cirque shows in Vegas) but we enjoyed it anyway.

After the show it was back to the room and off to bed.

Day 11 – Fibro flare at sea

Today was the first full day of our cruise but unfortunately I woke up in a lot of pain and with a bad headache. Kevin was kind enough to go and get me some soy milk (and himself a coffee) so I could make cups of tea (with my travel kettle).

It tried to write up blog posts but my head was so sore that I just ended up reading in bed for much of the day.

We even ended up missing breakfast but at 11.30am I dragged myself from the room and we went up Windjammers for an early lunch. We were actually able to get a table outside at the back of the ship – it was nice and quiet and the fresh air was lovely.

After lunch I spent the afternoon on the bed reading on my kindle.

At 5.30pm I dressed for dinner at Windjammers, since I did not feel up the dining at the restaurant, esp. since it was formal night. The tonight was French Night, but there was nothing much French about the vegan options were available.

Back in our room we found a sloth towel animal and our room all ready for bed. Still felt poorly and with a very sore head but thinking wishful thoughts that I will wake in the morning feeling so much better.

Nighttime photo by Kevin

Day 10 – Setting sail

Kevin and I were both awake before the sun arose and went outside to watch it come up over the horizon.

I really missed seeing the sunrise (used to almost daily when I was able to walk my dogs early in the morning).

Kevin went to the front desk and asked for late check out, which we were granted. This meant we could have a more leisurely morning before packing and checking out.

Being a Sunday morning there seemed be a lot of dogs out for walks. These were just 2 that I spotted.

We had mini bagels for breakfast, gradually packed and got ready for the day. Just before 12pm we collected our luggaged, check out of the hotel (which we have loved staying at) and got an uber to the port.

It’s always exciting to get that first view of the ship. Our uber dropped off right beside bag check in. We then had to go through security – which as usual took quite a while – maybe 30mins or so. But then check in was so easy because we had done it all online and using their new app. Less than 5mins later we were done, had our photos taken and were walking on board. Since the cabins aren’t ready until 1pm we went straight up to Windjammers for lunch.

Unfortunately there wasn’t much at all in the way of vegan food and I wasn’t feeling up to asking one of the chefs so I just did the best I could – I had some salad to start and then this plate of carbs.

Just as we finished lunch we got the announcement that the cabins were ready so we made our way to ours. It’s all very much as expected and a nice decent size.

We spent time outside on the balcony and actually got to see a Mummy & Baby manatee swimming past. I was so excited !! Later we saw another one – but he disappeared pretty quickly.

I unpacked the bags we had and at 3pm it was time for Muster. Always fun – not !!! After muster we had a little wander around the ship (it’s an elderly crowd on this cruise so the lifts were busy for quite some time). I didn’t fancy walking from deck 5 to 9 – though we ended up doing that anyway !! And it was a struggle so not again ( 2 -3 flights UP maximum).

We headed back to our cabin sailaway. Luckily since it ended up being delayed by over an hour.

This did mean we were late for our 5.30pm dinner in the dining room as I really wanted to see and record sailaway. We were quite surprised to see the coastguard chase after a boat that had come too close us – and the M60 on the front of it !!!

Finally we left the dock and headed out of the harbour.

and we raced to the dining room. I was really happy to find they now have a vegan menu that I was able to order from. I had soup and a portabello mushroom with edamame. Both were lovely. Kevin, as you can see, ordered soup and steak.

We were seated at a very internationally diverse table with people from Finland, Sweden, Russia and Belgium. The downside being it was bit hard to understand at times.

I was seated next to the lady from Russia who, though lovely, was rather hard to understand I just responded based on her own facial expressions.

Since we were late for dinner we ended up missing tonights Welcome aboard show so we ended up just heading back to our room for an early night.

Day 9 – A relaxing day in Fort Lauderdale

After a pretty good nights sleep I was pleased to find I awoke JUST as the sun was coming up over the horizon.

I enjoyed the sunrise from inside today as I worked on my blog and videos but I went outside every so often to take photos as the sun rose higher.

Our balcony/patio is by far the largest in this complex and we have such a lovely outlook. You can see how small most of them are – barely fitting a table and 2 chairs. So we definitely scored big time.

I had a few ideas of what we might do today but I was happy to just see how we both felt on the day. After such a big travel day/night and being such a lovely day we decided against heading out to explore the city. We did have to visit somewhere to pick up some supplies for the cruise – so we headed to Target. Before shopping we got a drink from Starbucks (with the intention of having a punctual lunch). We did our shopping and headed back to the hotel. We had thought about having lunch at the Sandbar Grill on site but then realized we had exactly the same view from our balcony. So we bought some salads and extras and made our own delicious lunch.

I had an Asian Salad with added sweet potato and Kevin had a cobb salad with add avocado. I do this kind of thing quite often when travelling and Kevin was surprised at how good it was. The secret really is adding something extra !!

After lunch we had planned to relax out on the deck and go for a swim in the pool (which is heated) but Kevin discovered I had failed to pack the swimwear he wears under his boardshorts. Which meant we had to go back to Target. He also wanted a precision screwdriver so he could fix the screen on my camera which was coming loose. We did this and bought a few items I hadn’t seen earlier. Then when we were in line to pay I saw a man ahead of us with 2 Thomas Kincade puzzles that I do not have. So went back to the toy department to find them. Then through check out.

We browsed a few more shops but didn’t buy anything else, then got our 4th Uber of the day back to the hotel. Then went for a lovely swim.

The water was so nice and warm and we enjoyed our time here – though Kevin did get a very small cut on his foot (though we now think it was from the room as I did the same thing the next morning).

After our swim we went back to our room. Kevin had a nap and you know what I did – blogged and vlogged. And there was a bit of dog stalking spotting.

Later in the evening we heated up our Amy’s meals and enjoyed dinner while watching some Vlogmas videos by the only youtuber we both quite enjoy – Charlotte Ruff.