A Return to Reality

The last 24 hours have been about reacclimating to life off the ship, which means coming to grips with a world where we aren’t akin to Lord and Lady Crowley of Downton Abbey. A few days ago, I might have been gently chided by our assistant waiter for attempting to refill my water glass.

Our Last Day at Sea in 2017

I began my last day at sea by going out on deck to watch the sun come up over the horizon. On a clear day it can be quite dramatic, but the skies this morning were far from clear. Thanks to a short break in the clouds the sun eventually made a brief appearance before disappearing once again

Petty Cruise Ship Complaints

We departed Cozumel a couple of hours ago and are on our way back to Galveston. Normally this is a bit of a disappointment, but we’ve had a great time and by Sunday morning we’ll be very ready to be home and sleep in our own bed. Here are some other things we miss on these trips.

A Shared Laugh to Start Our Days

At breakfast this morning in the main dining room Becky noticed that we had 2 pepper shakers, but no salt. Turning the shakers over I realized there was another problem.

With both of our waiters standing by the table I told them, “We have 2 pepper shakers . . .and both of those are empty.”

The Chronic Multitasker

Tonight we are sitting at the very back of the ship enjoying the cool breeze before the Love and Marriage show begins. 

I am alternating between listening to several musical artists and one of my favorite audiobooks. While listening I am checking my news feed, taking new photos and beginning to write future posts.

A Hard Working Crew

You meet very few Americans working on cruise ships. The largest group of workers has to be Filipinos. They are among the nicest, most hospitable people you will ever meet and we engage many of them in conversations about our daughter in law Liza and our Filipino American grandson.

It’s Like We’re Traveling With Del Griffith

As I’m getting out of the cart the driver says that it looks like I’m going to get a break in the rain.

10 seconds later another deluge begins. I look up through the blinding rain and the great Carnival Breeze has morphed into a massive acacia wood vessel. I can just make out a long bearded man on the deck directing giraffes and zebras onboard.