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Sunday, October 16, 2016

My Cruise: Early First Morning

Did I leave you hanging? It should come as no surprise that I hardly slept that first night. I swear it sounded like someone was rolling a bowling ball!

I crawled out of bed at six, got dressed and went in search of some coffee. As I walked up the stairs, I knew that even though I REALLY wanted coffee, it would have to wait because I also wanted to take some pictures before the ship was crawling with people. I'm so glad I put the coffee on hold.



It sounds corny but the ship looked so magical at this hour of the morning.





I used both my camera and my phone to take several shots. Here is one shot in Panorama mode on my phone.


The sun was starting to come up and the sky was an amazing color of blue.


Now, it was time to enjoy some coffee!



To my right, the sunrise...


To my left, Catalina.



I realized that this would be the perfect time to check out the water park area of the ship! As I approached, I was in awe of the tubular water slide.





And them...I was distracted by the unbelievebly beautiful sunrise!


OK, where was I? Oh ya, water park!



Look towards the backgrond and you will see the unique way they fill the splash zone.


Once again, that sunrise distracted me. It was just like something out of a magazine.


I walked all the way to the back end of the ship and fell in love with this view. I found out a couple of days later that the lower deck you see here is the Serenity area - adults only. I'm glad I got a picture of it when I did because when we actually visited the Serenity deck, it was PACKED with people and the vibe was more like a meat market. 12 people crammed into a hot tub made for 6 - Ugh!



This photo was taken only a minute after the last one. You can see that this would be a nice area to hang out in if it wasn't crowded.


Next, I went down to the indoor area of the ship to explore. I took dozens of pictures but if I add them here, this will be the longest blog post ever so if you really want to see the inside of the ship, you can find video by The Cruise Dudes here.

OK, here is one picture I took while exploring the ship, LOL!
 

I wanted a quick and light breakfast because in a couple of hours, we were taking a walking tour of the Casino on Catalina.
 

The inside of the buffet restaurant remined me of Ursula for some reason...
 

After breakfast, I was about to head back to my cabin but this guy caught my attention.
 

By the time I got back to the cabin, Linda was up and almost ready. I mentioned to her about not sleeping well because of the noise I heard all night. It was a big surprise to me when Linda said that she thought we were near a bowling alley because of all the noise going on throughout the night! I assured her that there wasn't a bowling alley on the ship - at least, I didn't think there was!

To be continued...

2 comments:

Carla Campbell said...

I came here from Cruise Dudes. Great review.

Tom Sands said...

I am excited to read more about your cruise and see more of these wonderful pictures. My family went on the same itinerary last December, before the dry dock. It was great to hear about your experiences during your interview with Tommy on The Cruise Dudes.