It got a little cooler on this night and the weather forecast called for rain. I wasn’t too worried about the rain, as it was still overcast the last two days and I figured that the sun would come out eventually.
We are at sea day, we are in the middle of the Pacific ocean. We have been told we are anywhere from 20-40 miles off the coast of the USA. We have been getting up early in the morning to catch the sunrise and have seen several of them. We have seen dolphins and whales and lots of birds. We have seen the beautiful and clear waters of the pacific ocean. I have been doing lots of diving. I have been trying to get the best pictures of the divers and the sea life. I hope that you enjoy the pictures that I have posted to this blog.
It’s been five days and we’ve had a lot of fun, but today is our second to last day cruising. We’ll be docking in Freeport, Grand Bahama tomorrow and will have 24 hours to explore this amazing island. We’ve seen lots of beaches, diving and snorkeling, food, and more, so far. And we’ve even lost a knife! Hopefully by now I have a pretty good handle on how Carnival does excursions and how to deal with pretty much anything that happens, but if everything goes wrong, chances are you’ll never know it by the end of the day. You just keep going.
While the following was written during the Carnival Horizon sailing on July 18, it took some time to go through the hundreds of pictures I collected and decide which ones to use for this unusual type of trip report.
Despite the fact that this trip only has two sea days, it seems that one is too much for some passengers. I overheard someone remark, “Every day, I need a port.” “If not, I become bored.”
That’s something you’ll hear from time to time, particularly from folks who don’t “understand” cruising. “What do you do all day?” ” they enquire, as though they’ve never seen the jam-packed Fun Times (which is now something you access on the HUB app).
Anyone who has spent a day reclining on the Serenity deck knows that “absolutely nothing” or “sleep” are completely acceptable responses to the question of what to do.
I’m not sure whether “brunch” qualifies as an activity, but it’s certainly one of my favorite things to do on a sea day. And I’m categorizing it as an activity since it includes things like “ordering” and “eating,” both of which we learned as action verbs in elementary school.
Fun fact: Every time I eat huevos rancheros for brunch on the beach, I tell myself, “I’m going to cook these at home.” How difficult could it possibly be? ” But I know I won’t do it even as I say it. But that’s OK; it’s just another thing to look forward to when I go sailing.
On sea days, the casino is a major attraction, but it’s not where you’ll find me. I’m not a huge gambler… I recently placed a $20 note in a machine, got a fortunate combination on the first spin, and walked away with a $30 pot.
Some might say, “Why stop when you’re ahead?” while others would say, “Why stop when you’re ahead?” ” But the solution seems self-evident to me: Because you’re ahead!
The Military Appreciation Gathering is something I try to attend every time I go on a Carnival cruise. I’m sure you’ve heard me speak about this before, so I’ll just say it’s something I think everyone should do.
Some people believe that since they have never served before, they will be unwelcomed or uncomfortable. However, as one of our employees discovered the first time they went, this could not be farther from the truth.
I don’t understand the whole “I’ll be bored” idea, whether it’s on a cruise ship in general or on sea days specifically. Ships like the Horizon have all the “bells and whistles” to keep passengers amused (such as the SkyRide, shown above), but I’d be happy without them.
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I’m fine if I get a cold drink (thanks, Cheers! box) and locate a peaceful place. Or maybe a less-than-quiet location if I want to people watch, which is probably my favorite kind of on-board entertainment. Otherwise, I’ll simply stare at this…
… for the whole day. Have you ever been so enthralled by the wake that you lost count of time? Your strawberry daiquiri transforms into a warm, somewhat unpleasant mixture, and your skin begins to flush since you neglected to apply sunscreen. Yes, I’ve been there and done that.
I believe that during sea days, people eat more than they do on port visits or at home. It’s the ideal time to indulge… and judging by the state of the cookie jars at Cherry On Top, I’m assuming I wasn’t the only one who thought so. They did, however, have my favorite goodie.
Two cookies filled with ice cream and rolled in your favorite toppings on the outside? This always brings a grin to my face and brings out my inner kid… who then wants to head right to the arcade and play a few games.
Even though I like dining at places like the Steakhouse or Guy’s Pig and Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse, I still prefer the Main Dining Room. The entire thing has a really old-world feel about it. Like, no matter what else changes about cruising, the Main Dining Room and its accoutrements will always be there.
If the waiters start singing and dancing, you’re in the main dining area of a Carnival cruise. I’m sure there are some individuals who despise it. Perhaps they believe it is beneath the wait staff to put on a show, or perhaps they just want to enjoy their meal without interruption. Sorry, but when they urge everyone to wave their napkin in the air, I act as if I don’t give a damn. Mostly because I don’t have any.
It’s entertaining to see the ship come to life after supper. I’ll confess that since I like the late sitting at dinner — and because I enjoy a large meal — I’m typically ready to sleep as soon as dessert is done. But every now and again, I walk about, checking out the various locations. Like this night, when the piano bar turned from lifeless to alive in less than an hour…
… to a riotous good time. A few years back, I went on a cruise with someone who had never gone to a piano bar before. She stared at me as if I had two heads when I proposed we go there. “All right, old man,” she said, not realizing how provocative (and often outright filthy) cruise ship piano bars can be.
When it’s time to unwind, one of the ship’s other venues typically has something a bit more soothing to offer. I stopped by Ocean Plaza tonight to hear this fantastic band play. But I didn’t stay long since I knew it was time to go to the Alchemy Bar for one more drink before night.
The Alchemy Bar is the place to go if you’re searching for a more refined bar (don’t even attempt to get a Coke here) or a drink that’ll help you fall asleep. Isn’t this the most popular drink on the little menu? Cucumber Sunrise (Cucumber Sunrise) (which you can learn how to make yourself here). If you don’t find anything you like on the menu, let us know. Tell the bartenders — sorry, mixologists — what sort of cocktails you want, and they’ll make you something right now.
We’re going to one of my favorite places, Half Moon Cay, Carnival’s own island, tomorrow. So come meet me here if you’re searching for images of sun, beach, and moderate surf. You will not be dissatisfied.
See my previous Carnival Horizon picture postings here:
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