This November we were so blessed to join my parents in celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary aboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas. We drove down to Galveston with Alfons & Monika (The Germans) where we met my parents, my brother Eddie and his two sons. It was my first cruise, and I definitely hope it is not my last!
In the last post you learned of Juliana's "explosion". Well, happy to report that the next day she was fine. The whole drive to Galveston she was a trooper and was completely back to normal!
So, we get on the ship and of course, first stop for my Dad is. . . . . . you got it. The Casino.
I love this statue in the back because it is from the Sound of Music.
Then, my mom, Monika and I decided it was time to go dancing! We had lots of fun and my mom even started a few dance circles!
So that day we were on our own, while Roger continued to rest. Here is Alfons and Monika out on the deck..
me - go eat
Olivia - NOT AGAIN!
me - Hello. We are on a cruise. That's what you do.
The fact that it was a bay was perfect for my first time beach goers because there were no strong currents. It was perfect and shallow and amazing. As soon as we stepped in Olivia said, "mommy, who put sand in here?"
Here is the bar area
So the next morning we docked in Belize and I docked myself in bed. I decided not to go to the doctor since (a) I knew what I had since I had seen Roger and Juliana had been through it (b) I knew it would be gone in 24 hours (c) When Roger went, he was tagged as "QUARANTINE" so every time we go on or off the boat, when they scanned his card alarms would go off in a very embarrassing fashion.
So, the family got off the boat to Belize and this is what they tell me it looked like. I slept the entire day!
As a special treat the wait staff sang "Deep in the Heart of Texas" since most folks were from Texas
So, the next day after my 24 hours were over, I was feeling great. And just in time. We docked in Cozumel. There was another Royal Caribbean ship called the Allure of the Seas and was double the size of ours. It made our ship look like a boat. From the balcony we could see these awesome suites. One actually had a hot tub and huge dinner table on the balcony and extended 3 times the size of our balcony. Maybe next time.
Then after the show.
This is just one of the many towel animals that our room attendant Bernadino made for us. It is clearly a monkey but it was really funny when we walked in and Livi yelled "Awesome! A Ghost!"
#1 the Babushka
Here is Monika swimming in the adult pool. I was so jealous that I never got to visit this pool. Probably because I always had a 3 and 5 year old girl attached to me.
After four hours we finally made it through and out! We stopped in Houston to have lunch with our good friends Luis and Penelope!