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Old 06-18-2006, 02:11 PM   #61
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Y'all have been so patient... thank you so much. Here ya go... enjoy!

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Tuesday, May 23rd – Day 4 Part 2: Free Massages and An Anniversary Surprise

So we were off to the pier to hop a boat to the Stingray City sandbar. This ended up being the highlight of the entire cruise for me. I was very unsure of how I would handle this part of the excursion because of what had happened in Key West with the Dolphin Watch excursion. I was worried about feeling nauseous again when we headed out on the boat but all turned out well. We met up with another bus full of people and piled onto this boat. There were probably about forty of us on the boat and we took off into the great blue. The guides told us that it would be about 30 minutes out to the sandbar. That caused me even more worry… to me 30 minutes seemed like a long time on that boat crammed shoulder to shoulder with others. But this boat was much larger than the Patty C. was in Key West and I guess things were looking up for me because I felt absolutely fine the whole way out there. It is truly amazing that out in the middle of the ocean, no land in sight, there is a sandbar that you can stand on.

When we arrived, there were a few other boats there and already people were in the water. We could see the dark splotches, some small and some large, gliding under the surface of the crystal clear water. They were everywhere! It was so exciting to look at let alone know that we were about to be down there among them! We tossed the anchor, they handed out snorkel gear and we made our way in turn to the back of the boat to get out into the crystal clear and calm ocean full of various sized gray gliding kites! In all of the excitement ( ) I left the camera on the boat as the three of us got down into the water. Almost immediately, as if sensing new friends, the stingrays started to come towards us. It was a bit alarming and intimidating at first. I mean, this was a new experience, not exactly your every day occurrence, so I was a bit timid at first. I would tense up whenever one got anywhere near me. But the more people that joined us in the water and the longer I was there, the more I began to relax and move around some.

One of our guides found himself a stingray to grab hold of and keep close so that he could talk about them and show us some of the stingray’s features. He even held it up so that we could take a quick look at its underside and do you know what the guide did?! He gave the stingray a French kiss! ICK! Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of that. So after that I knew that I had to go back for the camera. I made my way back to the boat, got the camera and got back into the water. I was a little worried about having our brand new digital camera with me in the water, but my wife told me to get over it. I was worried that I’d forget it was strapped around my neck and I’d end up dipping it into the water or something. So I took a whole bunch of pictures and took it back to the boat where it would be safe. Also, our guide was telling people to step right up to get a massage from the stingray. Well Sadie was all about that! So she stepped right up and the guide slid the stingray around her back. GOOEY!

I’d say we stayed in the water for about 30 minutes or so, and then it was time to leave. We really hated to go. It was the best time ever… really! When we got back to the pier, the bus took us back to the starting point and our excursion was over. We shopped our way back to the ship and were back on board at about 3pm. We were starving!! So yep, you guessed it… we went straight up top for chicken fingers, pizza, and ice cream! It was a dream! After that, we lounged in the room for awhile, got our showers and that’s when Sadie left for the evening. We watched us pull out of Grand Cayman from our verandah and then got dressed for dinner and the evening. We had some more pictures taken in the atrium and went to the night’s show Twice Charmed.

Twice Charmed was so fantastic! I’m a sucker for Disney’s shows and this one is no different. Very magical and entertaining. I loved it although I must insert a minor complaint in here. I’m a really easygoing guy and I don’t like to complain but I just want to mention this really fast. Before the shows in the Walt Disney Theater they have drink service where Cast Members wander the theater taking drink orders and then they’ll bring it to you. Well when you have a drink brought to you the Cast Member must them fill out a bill ticket and do some math and you have to show your Key to the World card and then sign the slip. Well I am recommending that this drink service be suspended at about 5 – 10 minutes prior to show time. The people right in front of us ordered a drink about two minutes before the show was scheduled to start and I just knew that their drinks weren’t going to come in time. Well sure enough, the show starts… about five minutes pass and the Cast Member has to work their way past all the people in the row so everyone is standing to let her through and then they had to do all the paperwork that went along with it right in front of us. This is a major disruption in my opinion. Okay… enough of that. Bottom line… Twice Charmed was fantastic!

Dinner was at Parrot Cay that evening and our entire table was present this evening. It was really a great dinner. It was very relaxed. By this time we had all kind of opened up and become more comfortable with each other so the conversation was good. We just ate and chatted and had a great time. Now, if you remember, this cruise was in celebration of our anniversary. Before we sailed, I had called and had a note put on my reservation that it was a special occasion. So far, no one had mentioned anything. Well Hector (our tablemate) told our server Octavian that it was our anniversary so the next thing we know… almost every server in the restaurant is around out table singing and clapping to us telling us to “kiss kiss kiss”. And best of all, they brought a cake for us. Well at this point, after two appetizers, and entrée and desert, we couldn’t eat another bite so we asked if it was possible if they wrap the cake up. So Octavian took the cake away and brought it back wrapped up in a beautiful swan made of foil! Of course we took a picture. We were stuffed… we were tired…. It was time for bed. So we headed back to the room, read through the Cozumel info for the next day and hit the hay.

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Old 06-18-2006, 03:10 PM   #62
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Ward I love reading about your trip my family was on that cruise.Happy fathers Day!
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:30 PM   #63
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Oh Happy Days - The Royal Vizier is back!!!

Hmmm, you should get a job as a travel writer!
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:17 PM   #64
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Ward – that’s me
Cheri – the lovely wife
Sadie – the lovely 13 year old daughter

Wednesday May 24th – Day 5 Part 1: A Turbulent Morning and Bargain Blankets

Have you all seen the movie Grease with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John? You know that part at the end where they’re all singing at the fair and Danny and Sandy are shakin’ it in the Shake Shack (you’re the one that I want… oooh oooh oooh!) Well if you were to affix stateroom 5646 onto the Shake Shack, you would have the state of affairs on this morning. I woke at my usual time of 5:30am and there was some majorly heavy movement going on! I could actually see the room swaying from side to side and when I got out of bed, I had to hold on to the side of the bed and shimmy my way around to the restroom or else again face falling through the curtain onto my sleeping daughter. Once enclosed into the bathroom (again blinded by the sudden harshness of the lights) I bumped from one wall to the other. My time in the shower that morning was a fun one indeed!

Anyway, having survived the experience of dressing in the Shake Shack, I went up top to get my fruit punch and sat for a bit. It was pretty overcast so I didn’t get to see my morning sunrise which was a bit of a bummer. The first Tender into Cozumel was scheduled for 9am so I went down at 7:30am to get the girls up. How they slept through all of the swaying I don’t know. To them it must have been like the calming rock of a cradle by a loving mother’s hand whereas to me I felt like our room had been attached to a Home Depot paint mixer.

Cheri and I went up to Topsiders for some breakfast (still no ham and cheese croissants ) and Sadie stayed in the room. Cheri went back to the room to start getting ready and I stopped by the Buena Vista Theater to see about our Tender tickets. Now I didn’t really think that they would give me all of our tickets with us all not being there but I figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I was right. They said that our entire party had to be present and that was fine so I headed back to the room. I few seconds after I had left, the lady handing out the tickets came running after me asking me if I had a brother. Why no I don’t, I told her, then she walked away. Uh huh… I don’t know.

I went and collected the family and went back to the BV Theater and got our tickets. We were told to have a seat and we would be escorted down to deck 1 to hop a Tender. A friendly note to all: the back row of the BV theater is NOT (I repeat NOT) intended for tall people. I am 6’4” and there is NO way to sit comfortably in the back row. You must splay your legs out on either side of you (ladies, do not try this) and the armrests dig into your thighs. Luckily, we weren’t kept waiting long! Jeremy collected us and led us down to the boat. Guess what?! God must have seen me waltzing clumsily around the stateroom in the wee hours of the morning and thought that I was having the time of my life because he decided that the Tender boat should move in the exact same way. The Tender almost killed me and my family. (See previous report and times by 10)

Once we were safely ashore we hopped a cab to the end of that main street down to the Forum Shops. The ship was in view the whole time and was really beautiful sitting out there in the ocean. We pretty much just shopped around and worked our way back up the road in the direction by which we came. There was an awesome store in the Forum Shops (sorry, don’t know the name) that had tons of beautiful hanging lanterns in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Although our house is a bit eclectic we really have nowhere for such an object but I liked them all the same. We had a great time in a store called Los Cincos Soles which is in an old block-long mansion. This is where we made a remarkable discovery. They had beautiful woven blankets three for twelve dollars! So we got about seven of them I think! Souveniers for family... check! In a nutshell the shopping experience was very enjoyable but take note that a majority of the street vendors are very pushy and there are A LOT of jewelry stores… of course. At about 1pm we got back on the Tender (much smoother this time) and went back to the ship.

Up Next: A Pirate Souffle, Losing LOST, and Foreshadowing for Disaster
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:41 PM   #65
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I felt that swaying when I went tothe bathroom I thought it was in the middle of the night.That was all I felt on the wholecruise I wonder what it was.
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:54 PM   #66
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OK, A miserable day has turned out to be so happy! Thanks Royal Vizier! Happy Father's Day
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:15 AM   #67
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Old 06-19-2006, 09:53 AM   #68
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Going in and out of Coz. was rough. I had the same experience as you that morning. It didnt help that DH was going "woooow, we arrreee rockinnnnn and rollllllllinnnnnggggg really good today." My stomach was in my throat. Could not get off the ship fast enough that morning. Leaving Coz. was just as bad.
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:44 PM   #69
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I can't believe I am at the end....Wow, what great trip reporting. Wanna write my trip report when I get home after 9/3? I found your trip report after reading another posters post about your thread.

I look forward to your next installment.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:06 PM   #70
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There's a post about my post? A thread about my thread?
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:04 PM   #71
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Great report!!! I love your ability to convey your thoughts! You have a beautiful wife and daughter too!!

Great job!!!!!

By the way... I heard of your report in another thread... so yes, you are being discussed!! All positive, of course!!!
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:09 PM   #72
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Jeesh... I get talked about behind my back in real life why should the internet be any different?
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Jeesh... I get talked about behind my back in real life why should the internet be any different?
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We're all patiently awaiting the continuation of your report. Did you hear the thunderous applause and trumpets when the "Royal Vizier" came online? We heard it and came running over to see what you were posting!
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We're all patiently awaiting the continuation of your report. Did you hear the thunderous applause and trumpets when the "Royal Vizier" came online? We heard it and came running over to see what you were posting!
Ditto! And thanks Kimmielee for backing me up. I can't remember which thread or post it was that this cruise report was mentioned. I forgot all about that thread from laughing, nodding my head, and just loving RV's reports. My apologies for my bad memory.

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