It turned out to be a really relaxing cruise. We didn't party as much as I thought we would. I thought we'd be dancing every night, simply because Marathon Girl loves to dance. We never once hit the dance club. We gambled, watched the shows, drank like fishes and ate like pigs. I think the sunbathing took a lot out of us. It didn't help that The Hampton Girl had a 24 hour stomach bug right before we left for the cruise (She threw-up for the last time a 4:30am before getting in the car to drive down to Tampa) and Marathon Girl was getting over bronchitis. Lovely. I was the only non-sick one to start the cruise. We drove the 6 1/2 hours to get to Tampa with no problems, I was worried about the fires closing down I-75, but we were lucky. The Hampton Girl slept the whole way there, poor sick chicky.
When we got to the ship, The Hampton Girl was feeling alot better, she at least didn't look sick as we were dealing with the boarding documents. Boarding was quick and easy, there were no lines, we just breezed up to the check-in desk. Yay! I was practically jumping up and down with excitement. The girls were laughing at me. We got our sign and sail cards, avoided the boarding the ship photo moments (we did alot of avoiding of "photo moments" on this trip) and on the ship we went.
We couldn't go to our cabin until 1:30, so we went to the Lido deck for a bite to eat and to start the drinking. Poor The Hampton Girl, she wasn't up for either but Marathon Girl and I had a yummy fru-fru drink.
After that we started exploring the ship, we found the spa and booked treatments for the next day. I got a ginger and lime salt scrub with a massage and the girls both booked facials. The scrub and massage was one of my favorite parts of the trip. DH does not give massages and I sooo love them. The spa had these great multi head showers.
Some day I want to have one like that. It had sprays that were on either side of the shower stall and shot out to meet in the middle. It was heaven. The treatment left me so soft. I loved it. It was too bad DH wasn't around to enjoy the benefits!
We continued exploring the ship, is it just me or does this wooden thing look more like a cock and balls then the violin head that it is suppose to be? At least that is what the 3 of us thought. On our 3 day, we came across a female staff member polishing all the wooden sculptors. We so wished we had a camera on us. We giggled over her "technique" and "happy endings" all the way to dinner.
When it was time for sail-away, we went to the front of the ship to watch. We found our spot and were so excited. Then the ships horn went off. I damn near dropped my drink and my camera over the side. We were standing directly under the horn. Damn that thing is loud!
We watched the ship ease itself into the canal and down the waterway for a bit, then Marathon Girl and The Hampton Girl gave up and decided to go take a nap. Well, I don't blame them. Marathon Girl and I went to bed a 11:30pm and were up at 3am, we picked up The Hampton Girl at 4ish and started the drive to Tampa, at 4:30pm, it's been a loooong day. I tried to last until the ship went under the channel bridge, but it didn't happen. I was too tired and I went back to the cabin shortly after they left.
We got up and went to dinner, our seating was at 8:30. After meeting our seatmates, 3 blond chics out for fun, we nicknamed them the hurricane sisters, cause they were a wild mess. They came to the table, past tipsy into drunk, chattered like chipmunks and whirled away after dinner to party some more. They were a hoot. It was like that for every dinner.
Cozumel was fun. We did a ship excursion, The Deluxe snorkel and beach party. We took a catamaran out to snorkel (the snorkeling sucked...nothing to see- Oh look at the dumb tourists looking at nothing) then they took us to a lovely beach for an hour, the beach had floats, kayaks, hammocks, you could buy food or a horseback ride. Both the beach and the catamaran had an open bar of beer and margaritas. We had a great time at the beach and on the boat. I musta had 6 margaritas. Marathon Girl and I were very tipsy. Most of the drunk girls (including Marathon Girl and I) were dancing on the boat. Lots of fun. The first thing we did after getting off the boat was go into town and get some food. We sure needed it!
The Hampton Girl and I enjoying our Margaritas. They were very different than the US margaritas, I swear they were made with cactus juice instead of lime.
I loved the sweet bird we found at one of the jewelry stores!
The rest of the trip was: sun, eat, nap. repeat. Lovely!