Saturday, January 16, 2010

At Sea 12/9/09

The sea was very rough all night! The worst it had been the whole trip...30 foot waves and winds at 95 knots (over 100 mph!). We slept until about 11:00am, and it felt great! At about 11:30, Chad and Scott called and invited us to join them for lunch in the Grand Pacific Dining Room. We met them at 12:15pm, had a nice lunch, and then they took us to Cagney's for dessert and cappuccino's! It was delicious! After lunch, we wandered the ship a bit and then decided we would try our hands at bowling! We headed to Bliss Ultra Lounge and got our lane, our bowling shoes, and bowling balls. The rocking of the ship made for a very interesting game! Our scores were very low as the ship threw many of our balls into the gutter...but I won!!! We found out later that we could have had bumpers put up, but I think it was more fun this way! At one point, Chad jokingly asked the attendant if we could ask the captain to stop the ship while we bowled! Haha!

After bowling, we took a swing through the Casino. Natashia did really well and doubled her winnings, but poor Chad went from $100 down to $.03!!! From the casino windows, we also had a great view of the incredible waves outside!

At 5:00pm, we went to Bar City for trivia. Again, it was a popular place since it was one of the most stable spots on board. After trivia, we said goodbye to the boys for a bit and went to our cabin to get ready for dinner. We had a 7:00pm reservation for the four of us at Teppanyaki, the hibachi grill. It was a fun experience, but difficult to carry on a conversation with the group since we were seated in a line. I did get to speak with a lovely older couple from Ireland...great accents!!!

After dinner, Scott was not feeling very well so he went back to his room while the rest of us went to the 9:00pm show of Il Divo Fourever. We sat with Chad in the VIP area, which was up in the boxes on the sides of the theater. It was nice, but we prefered more central seating. The theater is not huge, so there are really no bad seats. The show was average, and I couldn't help laughing at some of the "dance moves" that the guys tried to perform during their songs. They also terribly butchered a few Queen songs..."Somebody to Love" and "Bohemian Rhapsody"... which made me very sad. During the show, the boucing and shaking of the ship started to get to me a little bit, but I didn't think too much of it.

After the show, we said goodnight to Chad and went back to our room. By that time, I was not feeling well at all. I was sure it was the shrimp that I ate at dinner. I was the only one in our group to have it, and the only one who was ill. Later, we found out that there was a stomach virus going around the ship. I still am not sure exactly what it was, but no one else had any symptoms of what was supposedly a very contagious virus. Even with sharing such close quarters with Natashia, she never got sick, so I really don't think it could have been the virus. Anyway, I ended up spending most of the night with an upset stomach sleeping curled up on the cold bathroom floor. :-(
See more pictures from "At Sea" HERE

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