Saturday, January 25, 2014

Week 5 of BZ adventure

January 17 - January 24, 2014

Lennie and I had the wonderful opportunity to go a cruise. I had earned a cruise through Caesars Windsor and we got to travel on the cruise line Norwegian and their ship the Epic. We drove to Miami to meet the ship and boarded at 2:00pm. I have watched way too much Love Boat and my fascination with the Titanic came into play often thinking of passengers and adventures at sea.

Saturday - we checked into our room, went on deck to grab a fancy drink and then the boat launched. I didn't even feel it till about 2 hours in when we hit some strong winds but after 12 hours I got use to the rocking. We had a terrific room on the 12th deck and we moved in right away.

The casino opened and I hit the slots while Lennie checked out the ship and then found the poker tables.  We went to one of the game shows; Who Wants to be a Billionaire.  It was hosted by a funny Canadian but we didn't get our names pulled to play but helped the people who did.  Loved the "turn down" service each night and they made a towel animal - so fun to come home to each night.

Sunday - we got up and ate at the garden cafe. We ate everyday at the same table, outside, and in the beautiful sun and sea breeze. We meet a ton of people from all over the world and even some from St. Thomas and Chatham. I had registered for a slot tourney so played in that but sucked.  I found the jogging/walking track and enjoyed time exercising outside with lots of other people.  That night we went to the Newlywed game and it was hilarious - we were hoping to get picked to play but we didn't. The host was very good and the couple married for 61 years won.

Monday - we were at sea one more day so we sat all day in the sun by the pool meeting people and getting a tan.  I also attended some health seminars.  They publish a newspaper everyday with lots of activities and I made sure we attending lots of stuff.

Monday night we had tickets to Blue man group and got to sit in the front row. It was a fantastic show and we have seen them many times.  This was Vegas quality and I even got hit with flying banana.
Tuesday - went up to the cafe for breakfast and we had docked in St Maarten - so beautiful. We got a cab to Orient Bay beach and spent the day in the sun sand! and amazing ocean. We took some awesome photos of people swimming, sailing, snorkeling, and just relaxing.

Back on the ship, we had tickets to the show Legends and enjoyed the singers and dancers. Impersonators of Steven Tyler, Katy Perry, and Elvis performed and they were very talented.

Wednesday - we docked in St Thomas Virgin Islands. We caught a cab across the island to Magden beach and spent the day floating in the ocean.

Back on the ship, we had tickets to a comedy show by Second City and they were very funny.

Thursday - spent the day on the pool deck meeting more wonderful people then hit the casino for more fun. Lennie participated in a golf putting event and won it!

We also got to go to this awesome Vodka ice bar. You wear a parka and get vodka drinks with lots of other people. Felt like a hockey arena but we were wearing flip flops.  

That night was the White Hot Party in which everyone wore white and danced at the back of the ship. We stayed for 3 hours dancing and partying up a storm. Had the best time.

Friday - we landed in Nassau, Bahamas and got to explore the downtown and beaches. We also grabbed some drinks at SeƱor Frogs on the beach. 

Friday night we ate at the restaurant called Taste. They knew it was our 20 wedding anniversary and they brought us a cake and serenaded us. Embarrassing but delicious.

Saturday - We disembarked very easily by carrying our own luggage, thru customs, and on to the shuttle to the car parking lot in less than 20 minutes. Quick drive back to mom and dad's in Bradenton for another week of relaxing before yet another cruise, this time from Tampa to the western Caribbean.

Great week....and we have another one in a week.