A whole weekend away? With just the hubs? Yes, please!
Last weekend, Stu's company hosted a weekend getaway for some of their sales guys and a select few clients. We were going to spend 3 nights on Carnival's Victory. I have literally been counting down to this trip for more than a month. I absolutely LOVE cruising - anything on the water really. And a comped trip without the kids, even better!*
*I totally missed the monsters the ENTIRE time. Everything we did, I was like "oh, R & R would love this!"
We were like little kids - giddy with excitement. Stu and I have not been on a cruise since our honeymoon (nearly 11 years ago).
It's going to take several posts to get through the weekend. Stay tuned and stick with it.
We boarded around 2pm on Friday. Since we had not eaten lunch, our first stop was the 9th floor - Lido deck - for food. The buffet lines (there are 3-5 different buffet lines on this deck) offered hot dogs, cheeseburgers and more. The burgers were good.
I felt it important to eat a well-balanced meal:
My dad will be so proud.
After we ate, we went downstairs to check out our room. We did not upgrade to something with a balcony, or even a window. Our stateroom was on floor 6, and it was an interior room.
I was not thrilled to have a windowless room - it messes with my equilibrium. I need to be able to see the horizon.
The room was nice. It was clean, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was bigger than I was expecting. I was really pleasantly surprised with the room accommodations.
The room lost its appeal later - but I'm not there yet in my trip.
Our luggage was waiting for us when we got to the room. That was a pleasant surprise. Sometimes, on a cruise, it can take a while for your luggage to appear. I came dressed for dinner, on the off chance our bags didn't show up before we needed to be in front of the dining room.
I like being up on the top decks when the ship pulls away from port. So, up we went. We took pictures, laughed at some crazy people having a blast, waved to the other cruise ships leaving port before us, met up with a few peeps from our group. We were the last ship to leave Port Miami. Unfortunately, that meant we had to get ready for dinner, and we missed the pull away party.
It was insanely windy on the top decks. So windy in fact, one of the cruise photographers laughed about my crazy hair... Oh, the joys of curly hair. He was so right. When I got back to the room, I laughed out loud when I looked in the mirror: