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Vacation, Day One [Feb. 27th, 2007|11:06 am]
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We are back from the sunny Caribbean, to the snowy Midwest.


It was a marvelous trip, not perfect - as you will see - but filled with awesome, as the kids say these days. So here is a day-by-day rundown, broken into readable daily sections:

Sunday: Travel. Get on big boat. We got up at WTF-o'clock Sunday morning and flew to Newark, where we picked up Amy and met Ferrett's folks, Pat and Bruce, and got on the plane to San Juan. The flight was uneventful until the end, when we landed on the front and left tires, bouncing and lurching onto the right with such force that the left came up off the runway and there was a general gasp of fear throughout the cabin, followed by relieved applause. I thought perhaps the force of it was simply enhanced by being in the middle of it, but our cab driver mentioned it to me on the way out of the airport so apparently it was making the rounds.

We drove through San Juan toward the pier, which reminded me of my first drive into Tel Aviv. The architecture of the two cities is remarkably similar. Then we worked our way through the embarkation process, which was a bit confused because of the way our reservations were made but which we finally got straightened out. We were on what is generously referred to as the Main Deck, level 2, which is one deck below the deck where the fun stuff starts. Pat and Bruce were on the Upper Deck, level 6, one deck above all the fun stuff, and we were conveniently both in the aft section of the ship, which is a good thing because the ship is one long-ass boat.

Once we were settled in, we launched ourselves into the primary task of cruise life: eating. The Carnival Destiny has two dining rooms and we were seated in the furthest aft one, the Universe. If you are toward the front of the ship you have to actually go up to deck 5 or down to deck 2 to get around the Galaxy dining room and get to the Universe, and I know that for some people this was kind of a pain, but it worked out well for us. We were already in the aft of the ship and were not inconvenienced, and our table had a gorgeous view out of the back of the ship, where we got to watch the islands retreating in the distance every night.

But I'm getting ahead of myself, because the first night was random seating. We ate dinner and then spent soem time exploring the ship. We watched the first launch from the balcony of Pat and Bruce's room and then went up to the Lido deck for the Sail Away party.

The Lido Deck band was bad. I mean, appallingly bad. I don't mind the Calypso-fication of rock and roll, but if you are going to do it - and get paid for doing it - you should at least: a) know the tune, and b) know the words. It really was like listening to your brother's high school buddies in the basement. Bad.

But, like a high school dance, people nodded in agreement that the band sucked and kept on dancing. We threaded our way through the electric slide, trying to get back to the elevators and off the deck, ready to retire for the night.

By this time, Amy had slipped away from us. She did not reappear until 1 in the morning. This is enough to make a mother a bit worried, but when she finally did she told the tale of boys hitting on her because they thought she could get them beer with her soda card, and then scoffing at her for being polite to the bartenders. "Why did you say please and thank you? Just tell them what to get you!"

She was unimpressed. Her opinion of the teen club was equally underwhelmed. One day into the cruise, and she was already pretty certain that she wanted to spend it hangin' with the 'rents.

That's my girl.

[User Picture]From: vrax
2007-02-27 04:17 pm (UTC)
Please and thank you are so outdated. Now we say "Bitch" and "Damn Straight" instead.
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[User Picture]From: wikkidpixie
2007-02-27 04:26 pm (UTC)
I remember touring the Destiny when it came out (that was back when I was still a travel agent), at the time it was the largest ship on the seas. I'm not sure why ships always manage to make the dining room areas completely confusing to get to though! :P Glad you didn't have to deal with that.

We are still giggling about the shows we experienced on our last cruise on Carnival...so bad it's good kind of thing. ;)

Glad to hear Amy made such an astute observation so early on! Can't wait to hear more!

(this is the former wikkidpixie btw, had a neame change!) :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-27 04:39 pm (UTC)
Ah! That's where you went! I will refriend you.

Yes, Amy is a very sensitive, environmentally conscious, and generally intelligent young woman. I am proud of her.
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[User Picture]From: wikkidpixie
2007-02-27 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

That is so good to hear about Amy, of course no surprise either. ;)
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[User Picture]From: pleepleus
2007-02-27 04:35 pm (UTC)
We always skip the sail away party, the music is always just, bad. The teen club thing sorts itself out after a day or two, the kids clique off and make friends, it usually ends well. My daughter still IM's and talks to kids she met on previous cruises.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-27 04:41 pm (UTC)
Alas, Amy did not get that close to anyone. She's a bit shy. But more news aas the week goes on....
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[User Picture]From: pleepleus
2007-02-27 04:54 pm (UTC)
I know my daughter always came back to the cabin the first day declaring all the kids as idjits and snobs. We always encouraged her to go back and try again. By the middle of the second day, she had made friends.

It would be hard for a shy person, I can totally understand that issue. *patiently waits for the rest of the story*
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[User Picture]From: dania_audax
2007-02-27 05:23 pm (UTC)
missed you guys. I'm glad you had a good trip!
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[User Picture]From: supremegoddess1
2007-02-27 08:10 pm (UTC)
is this the part where i get to make a joke about the restaurant at the end of the universe?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-27 09:49 pm (UTC)
Argh! A whole week and I never thought of that once!!!!
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2007-02-27 11:25 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good time! Welcome home. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-28 12:16 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm actually kind of glad to be back.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-02-28 12:07 am (UTC)
So glad you're back and that you had a good time!

LJ was so empty without you two!!

Isn't it a great feeling when your offspring can spot the pretentious phonies? Means you've been doing a good job.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-28 12:18 am (UTC)
With internet time costing 70 cents a minute, there was not going to be any LJing, believe me! I missed y'all, but will probably never catch up with my reading.

And, yeah, she's a great kid.
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[User Picture]From: cathawk
2007-02-28 04:20 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you had to come back to such wintery conditions!!
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