Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 6 Sea Day Fun on the Ship

From a dark room with no windows and no morning alarm, quiet slumber lingered well into the morning. Have you ever felt like you did not move a muscle all night? That is what happened this morning. Amazing sleep stacked on waking organically to my internal clock is making this the beginning of an enjoyable sea day.

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I am happy to be living in this glorious moment, the ocean, the sunset, and the friendships. If you could bottle delight, this would be it!

Sea breeze and blue sky cravings pull at my heart on a cruise, especially when I stay in an inside stateroom. So usually the first thing I love to do is breathe in some fresh ocean air and watch the ship start to wake up.

Carnival Glory Pool Deck
Sea Day Pool – Carnival Glory

My favorite breakfast on this ship is the veggie taco at the Blue Iguana Cantina. It’s pretty filling and I like to spice it up with the options at the salsa bar. There are a few of us getting our Cantina fix on this morning so there is a little wait to get our food. I feel bad for the Cantina workers who are visually hot, that grill for the meat is obviously extremely warm. I appreciate their efforts and patience with all of us hungry cruisers. Island music plays by the pool and people are picking their lounge chairs to occupy for this lovely sea day.

Up winding stairs by the pool is the best way to get a better view of the ocean. This morning was breezier than most, which makes it way easier to get natural sea hair. I tend to let the breeze manage my hairdo on a cruise, instead of arguing with it to do it my way. I never win that argument, I guess the saying goes… pick your battles, this is no different.

I spent some time walking around various outside decks. The ocean is so very blue and it is windy yet pleasant. The sea is moving quickly. I love watching the waves and white bubbles whoosh around the ship. I choose to go to a deck where I can see the ocean without a plexi-glass obstructed view.

I love taking advantage of hanging out with friends whenever I can on a cruise, so today I am meeting a couple of our good friends at the Sea Day Brunch. I may even get a fresh squeezed juice! I wish they had that option every day and not just on sea days at the brunch.

It was not long before we were seated at a table meant for a group much larger than 4 people. We had the whole table to ourselves, plus I got to sit by the window and watch the ocean go by, that is such a fun view. This qualifies as second breakfast, so it is likely I am part hobbit.

Fresh squeezed juice charged to room card and delivered to the table in mere minutes. I get the Pineapple, Lime, Turmeric, and Honey fresh squeezed juice. This is the best $5 I have spent in a long time, probably since the other juice from the last Sea Day Brunch just a few days ago. It tastes really good. Maybe it’s because I have had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but it’s tasting even better than normal and so soothing on my throat. I need to avoid that cruise crud and fight it with everything I have. Toast and coffee and with almond milk arrived too. This was such a special time with friends, Donna and Carl. There are always good laughs and memories made with these two.

There is some time before the next event so there is time to do a quick load of laundry to make sure I leave with some fresh clothes. The laundry room is on my stateroom floor and it is so loud in there! If you are lucky there will be an open machine. There are 3 washers and 6 dryers. It costs $3 a load, and $1 for detergent. I found a washer and threw things in, paid with the room card and it charges to your room once you pick your lucky washer. OK, set timer for 30 minutes and then come back to switch the laundry to the dryer. I had never done laundry on the ship, it was pretty easy. I think i would take detergent and dryer sheets next time if I was planning to do a few loads.

After putting the clothes away, it’s time to head upstairs to the casino. We are doing Group Slot Pull 2.0 with folks from our cruise. This time we put in $120 each for 10 $12 spins. It was not too long and all of us had pushed the button for our chance at a huge hand pay. Today, it was not meant to be. We did not lose it all, and it was still so much fun. Maybe we can find luck later!

Carnival Glory Casino

I decided to go explore a little since it is almost the end of the cruise. First, checking out the stores for good deals. Sea days are great days to find sales in the halls of the shopping corridor. Buy 2 tshirts for $20, buy 5 things for $40, Buy one get one half off.

There is a sale for everything you could possibly need and a probably for more than a few things you don’t need. I did see some fun shirts in the gift shop and shot glasses that caught my eye.

On my way out I hear something happening in the theater so I stopped in to see what was going on. There is a game called Lights, Camera, Interaction where people end up dressing in a costume piece by piece and then performing a famous scene from a movie, like Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. When I look around there is only handful of people sitting in there. Not much happening here and I want to go check out the pool deck now that it has filled up.

Carnival Glory Theater
Carnival Glory Theater

The island heartbeat of the steel drums fill the entire pool deck creating an relaxing Caribbean vibe. This pool deck has layers and layers of lounge chairs, many of them are filled. People trying to soak up those last hours of sunshine before heading back to their homes. Perhaps where they will be going is much colder than here.

I wore jeans this morning and surprisingly I am uncomfortably warm, it was not the best choice on my part. Oh well, I want to go all the way to the very top of the ship. This means up to the mini golf under the Whale Tale. Along they way is the running track, lounge chairs, and shuffle board.

A very heavy metal gate was the entrance to get into the sport court where there is a smaller basketball and volleyball court. It is filled with teens and kids having a good time, maybe some of them are making lifelong friends. I find my way around the volleyball game, trying not to be in the way and head up the stairs in the back to the mini golf. This looks like a fun time, its just so windy, it would be hard to hear people you are playing with. Its nice and sunny! I really love this sea day weather.

Back downstairs, I am able to freshen up before meeting all my friends up in the Serenity lounge. My hair is wind-blown, knots everywhere!! It was nice to sit for just a bit and cool off. Interesting that the casino has delivered mini cookies to our room, we must have played a bit to get those.

I love the Serenity Deck, its an adult only place where you can find lay down loungers or sitting chairs that are very comfortable. There is a bar for refreshing drinks, or a water jug if that is all you want. Many people will get food from the buffet, a burger, or burrito and bring it up to Serenity.

I have to admit, it’s a great place to hang out with an amazing view of the ocean. There is also very nice seating with lots of room to visit with others. I think I was up there a couple of hours, spending time with a great group of friends. I am happy to be living in this glorious moment, the ocean, the sunset, and the friendships. If you could bottle delight, this would be it! I love the moments where I can catch the sunset too. Beautiful!

Catching the Sunset with my friend Amanda
Friends on Serenity

We all head back to our rooms before dinner and decide to meet at Alchemy Bar for a quick drink. I have been so good at trying new drinks at the Alchemy Bar, they have such a fun menu. Today, I could not pass up getting another French Kiss that I had yesterday and did not try something new. We were also given a tasty little snack tray with olives, almonds, and cheese cubes. Both the drink and the snacks were so delicious. We have a little visit with everyone before going down for dinner.

There are so many things that I want to do this evening. We ended up going to the Piano Bar and to the 80’s Party in the Atrium. Lots of fun there! We spent a lot of time in the casino and visiting. It was such a nice time, even though the casino was hot. I had to go outside and get some air. Colorful lights bring life to the dark pool deck and its really a neat sight.

A couple of my friends who were still up at this hour decided to go sit out on Serenity, even though it is dark, the air is cool and the breeze is really relaxing.

Carnival Glory Piano Bar
Piano Bar – Carnival Glory

It is crazy how time flies on a cruise. There is so much to do, yet still plenty of time for relaxing. Well, this is the end of this Diary of a Cruiser. It has been so wonderful having you along. Until next time, happy cruising!

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Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 5 Breathtaking Infinity Bay Roatan

When I awoke this morning, the Carnival Glory had already been firmly secured to the Mahogany Bay pier in Roatan, Honduras for quite a while. I have been to this port once before and only ventured as far as the Mahogany Bay Beach adjacent the port.

Today, we are heading to Infinity Beach and Resort, a brand new experience. I love that my friend, Carl, has arranged all the details to and from and all that, he is very good and I trust his plan as it has always been a good time!

…”From chuckles to full on guffaws that make your eyes water and you lose your breath is what you get from this group of friends. There is not much in life that can match that. I am so very grateful for those moments and those people, all of which have been forever stamped on my heart.”

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I woke up a little later than I should have because I was up late doing some pretty fun stuff such as the Love and Marriage Show, Quest Show, and Casino time on the ship. I definitely need to pick up a coffee before anything. It is a good thing I don’t need any math skills for a Beach Day!

The Atrium is the perfect place to wait for other people from our group. With my coffee, I sat down in the big orange chair. Goosebumps appear on my legs because the chair is cold where the jean shorts end and my skin touches the pretend leather. On the other hand, it’s nice to have warm hands from the coffee.

I am excited and a little nervous to visit Infinity Beach. I have been to Roatan before, but I’ve never left port. It has either been Coxen hole port shopping, just never beyond the gate where they post a sign leave at your own risk. That has always been in the back of my mind, and it has deterred me from wanting to adventure farther. The other time, I spent a glorious day at the Mahogany Bay Beach, you don’t leave the port for that either. So this is a very new experience for me. I know it’s usually a lot of worry without any substantial backing, but that is the real me, I do worry.

My thoughts go to my friends, I can’t help think of the fun I’ve already had on this cruise. From laughs to full on guffaws that make your eyes water and you lose your breath is what you get from this group of friends. There is not much in life that can match that. I am so very grateful for those moments and those people, all of which have been forever stamped on my heart.

It wasn’t long and we were all ready and off the ship. The air is warm and the sunshine greets me like an old friend. It’s a beautiful port. Lush and green, to the right you can see the port beach and the ski lift chairs in the sky and to the left is the Duty Free shop where you cannot see beyond because of the trees.

Mahogany Bay

In this port, like many others they force you through the duty free shop. It is air conditioned with lots of goods and snacks, it’s actually a nice looking shop, I just did not need anything and was carrying plenty already.

I passed the Mahogany Bay welcome sign up the path from the Duty Free Shop and then continue up the slight incline to the port area. This really is a nice area if you do not want to leave and just shop or go to the beach with direct access from this port. I love the beach area here, it is so very nice, clean, safe, and beautiful. It’s just a walk down the hill through the jungle looking trees, there are benches along the way and natural photo op spots. It’s also a great place to get a nice picture of the ship from the ocean. See my pictures from my last trip to Mahogany Bay.

The port is one of the nicest I have seen, there are wide paths to walk, places to sit, really cool stores, and a couple places for drinks or food. I think you could see a few Diamonds International type shops, but many others too.

Mahogany Bay Port

It is hot and muggy out today, I am already warm and I have quite a trek ahead of me. I am heading all the way through the other side of the port past the taxi and bus area, up the hill, out of the secure port area to meet the privately arranged taxi. Whew! It was definitely a little hike, but well worth it, we reached our guy at the bottom of the hill. I will endure this minor headache to see what lies ahead and a little water will help. Although, so would that advil I stuck in my beach bag, oh wait, I didn’t so there’s that. I brought the largest water from the ship so that I could have plenty and my head thanks me.

The taxi was a van and many from our group were coming along, it has quite a few seats so its roomy but only because we did not fill the whole van. I think there was a sigh of relief when there was air conditioning.

And we are off on the small roads of Roatan. It seems they are working on improving a lot of the roads, I saw construction and some of the buildings are being rebuilt. We stopped at a couple overlooks where you could see a couple of ships – Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and the Norwegian Dawn. It was neat seeing the ships from on top this hill or small mountain. Colorful shops lined the edge of the parking space and vendors young and old were trying to entice anyone to come look at their goods.

We also drove by what is called West Beach. This is an obvious tourist area. There are people walking and shopping, crisscrossing the street as the cars slowly drive by. A few restaurants out on piers over the ocean mixed in with watercraft rentals, water taxis, and beachy things shop. It was super cute and nothing unsafe about it. You could tell many tourists come here to spend their day and I completely understand why.

Soon we arrived at Infinity Bay Resort. They have a swim day pass for $20 all day, pool and beach. Out the door of the resort and down the hill I was greeted by a huge infinity pool, it is clean and bright, flowers and plants line the area where they have loungers and sitting chairs with tables. There is a bridge that cuts the pool in half with “Infinity Bay” written across it. Looking past the pool you can see the ocean, and it definitely calls to my heart.

The beach is incredible, the water is that light blue for the entire beach, it turns darker out a ways where some of my friends snorkels that day. I am so excited to get in that water. I found my way back to the group to check in and pay for our wristband, but not before I was stopped 3 or 4 times by beach vendors. I almost bought a bracelet as they are very convincing that I should take their deal. They had some cute ones with turtles or shark teeth. It was a good deal I am sure, I just don’t think I need anything. Off to find our chair and get in the water. They offer food and drink in their bar area right off the beach, too.

Infinity Bay Beach

The water was cool, and my feet were filled with delight to feel the sand under my toes. No shells!! I love this beach, to my right as I walked in was a pier with a couple small boats, to my left I saw a blow up water slide and underwater space masks as an excursion. I was right where I needed to be, the sun warm on my face and the cool of the water surrounding me. I believe I was out there over an hour before coming back in.

I found the bathroom which was near the bridge over the pool, its down the stairs. I nearly fell as the tile was slippery, that would have been a surprise. I could only imagine breaking something on vacation! Thankfully, it was no big deal. Shake it off!!

I decided to sit on a chair near the pool to dry off and reapply sun lotion. The weather today couldn’t be more perfect, the company of friends also had me smiling. It’s so good to vacation with amazing people. This is absolutely one of my favorite things about cruising.

A couple of lizards or iguanas blessed me with their presence before quickly making their escape in the nearby greenery. I find it so odd to see those large creatures at a pool just feet away from me, yet it must be so normal here, in this little slice of paradise.

I’ve dried off enough and I would like to try that pool. It’s so intriguing, there is a waterfall at the bridge and it is curvy and interesting, plus, you can go to the edge and look out at the crystal clear water. If you stand back it looks like the pool is connected to the ocean, so your crystal clear blue green keeps going and going as far as you can see.

Infinity Bay Pool

Climbing in the pool was not hard there were steps and railings to help. After the near fall I may have been a bit more careful than I needed. I spend the next hour at the pool, soaking and visiting. It was exactly what I needed today.

It’s back to the ship for all of us. I can feel I got a little sun, but it’s not bad. It is 130pm and I am hungry, we all are. I chose not to eat at that restaurant on the beach and will eat back on the ship. The taxi was able to drop us right at the port so we didnt have to make the trek up the steep hill. A small walk through the port shopping, and I won’t lie, that Mahogany Bay Beach was calling me. If I wasn’t tired and hungry I would have gone, and I may regret it, that beach is lovely. I feel it is one of the prettiest beaches at a cruise port I have been to with such a breeze to get to, just down a path from the ship. Maybe soon I will be back to enjoy that for the day.

Carnival Glory at Mahogany Bay Port
Sunset in Roatan

Back in the room, I stretched out on the bed, here I had a moment to think, this day really was a highlight of my week. Good times, good friends, and making memories, that’s what it’s all about. Finally showered and changed, I am all ready for the evening.

I was a little early to meet everyone for drinks at the Alchemy Bar, so my husband, Brian, and I played a little in the casino, we ended up ahead a couple hundred dollars after just a few minutes and hitting a good bonus. That’s exciting! What a great way to start the evening!

Just a short walk from the casino, is the Alchemy Bar. It looks like a science lab, with flasks and drawers for ingredients. We sit around a round counter on high stools watching what appear to be science experiments. One French Kiss for me, drink that is, although I cannot say I mind the other. My drink is red and it has berries at the bottom, sparkling wine and lime juice. It’s a sip and snack all on one! We also enjoy a complimentary tray of nuts, cheese, and olives a clever combination when you eat them together. Chatting turns to laughing as the first drink sinks in. We all clink and drink, cheers! I would say we are all in a good place when it’s time for dinner.

There is a steel drum and band playing as we walk past the casino, down to level 3 to main dining room. It’s nice to have music in various places on the ship, there is easy listening music in the Atrium Lobby too.

Once we arrive at the restaurant,we are shown to the table near the back. I have pre-ordered my meal, as a gluten free vegetarian. It’s an Indian Dish with chickpea, basmati rice, and thin rice cracker, plus the chocolate melting cake, very good.

There is a hum of chit chat and laughing in the dining room. No doubt, people reliving the day, the adventures they went on or spending the most relaxing day at the edge of the pool. Our table was not excluded from that chatter, not all of us went to the beach and there were stories to told on both sides. Also, I think I may have caught an almost proposal happening among the conversations. Sometimes I just sit back and let everyone do the talking, I love seeing people interact and I am taking in every moment, and I am so lucky to be here at this moment with these people, so very lucky.

Of course I never mind dinner takes a while with friends, it is longer than usual, which is fine. I’m so full I don’t think I can move a whole lot anyways, but if I sit, I may fall asleep.

After dinner, it’s to the casino, it’s time to see if we can repeat our Max bet group pull. All of us get our turn to hit the button. This is so much fun with friends, the excitement is high, we are cheering each other on, and happy even with small wins. We did not come out winners, but the smiles on our faces show that we are winners, in friendship, that counts for something, right? Better luck next time.

I am getting tired, so I go and sit by the windows on the couches bear the casino. This is a neat spot and you can people watch. Often there is a band playing on the small stage near the casino bar. It’s nice to relax a bit.

After a short visit, I decide to head to bed, it’s another nice sea day tomorrow, and I am looking forward to it!

What an amazing day in Roatan with friends!

Infinity Bay Roatan

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Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 3 – All-Inclusive Resort in Cozumel Mexico

You had me at dreamy ocean blue. This was definitely one of Cozumel beaches at their best! Today, we will spend time at one of the all-inclusive resorts, Mr. Sanchos, in Mexico!

“I am surrounded by stunning beauty and friends which is making this day one of the best ever!

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The day started with a mess of bed hair like I haven’t seen in a while. I was reminded by my head that I must have partied a bit more than I expected to last night when I woke up. Coffee from the Creamer is a must, and breakfast of grits and fruit in the main dining room will do the trick today.

It’s back to the room to change into suits and pack up the essentials in the beach bag. I am so excited, I have been to another all-inclusive resort for the day and they are a lot of fun. So it will be great to see this one too.

I make it all the way down to deck zero, behind all the magic. It is not a typical guest area, they are not going for pretty or good show here. It is an all white area, floor to ceiling, with no pictures. In the end it doesn’t really matter and I understand why it’s that way. Just that I notice details, this is where everyone gets off at ports so it was surprising it doesn’t have a little color life.

With my required room card and license in hand, I head through the security check point, down the ramp, and onto the pier. I’m actually always thinking I might drop my room card into the ocean between the ship and the pier as I walk down the ramp, not today though thankfully!

We have arrived! Hello Mexico, it is nice to see you again! Mexico returns greeting with a warm breeze and a sun kiss! The skies are perfectly clear and I absolutely know this is going to be a great day!

Puerta Maya, Cozumel Mexico

Our group of eight make our way through the port streets of Puerta Maya, to get to our taxi. We pile into a large van and make our way to Mr. Sanchos All-inclusive resort. Its $45 for this place, all you can drink and eat. Near the entrance, we are greeted by local vendors selling their goods of all kinds, hand painted figurines, sombrero or other hats, backpacks, purses, henna tattoos, hair braids, and more.

Waiting for everyone to pay, I get my first view of this place, more vendors inside, along with a large food open air building with tables, chairs, and serving tables, lots of palm trees, chairs, and cabanas. The pool is beginning to fill up and party music fills the air. I can only catch a glimpse of the ocean, bright and beautiful. I cannot wait to get up there and see it!

We are assigned a server for the day, “EZ” who escorts us to our table under a grass hut roof, with 8 chairs. Before I can settle in, I must see that ocean, its calling from just past the loungers. Its absolutely beautiful!! The water is as clear as can be and the prettiest color I have seen in a long time!

Mr. Sancho’s Beach, Cozumel Mexico

This is very different from what I saw last time we came to a Cozumel all-inclusive resort, where there was a ton of smelly sea grass pushed up on shore. It was a mess, workers were using wheelbarrows to bring it away just to find their efforts gone and more and more had come on to shore. This was the complete opposite, absolute perfection. It’s one of the reasons I love cruising.

Back up to the chair and set things down and order a Sprite. Everyone put their drink order in and we all head down to the ocean. The water is cool at first but the sun is warm and it’s just delightful. The ocean floor does have a few shells so it is not powder soft, but it is still very nice. I am surrounded by stunning beauty and friends which is making this day one of the best ever!

Time goes by when you are having fun! This place has something for everyone, there are a couple of pools, spa, and multiple bars. One bar has rope swing chairs to sit at while getting a drink.

We spent a couple hours in this heavenly water and finally back to the table to have some food. We are able to order tacos, chips and guacamole, etc and drinks. From my experience here, the service can be slow. There are a lot of servers, but there are a lot of guests. I would recommend ordering food early it will take 45 min or so to get food, and order more than one drink at a time, especially when its warm. I changed in the hanging room into dry clothes which was really nice before heading back to the taxi.

Back through the port of Puerta Maya, I like to stop and take pictures by the Cozumel sign with the ship in the back. They have some loungers to use if you want here and enjoy the day. I have done that and it was super relaxing!

Free Loungers in Puerta Maya

This is a very photogenic cruise port, this little area is filled with palm trees and greenery. I like that it is very clean and feels safe.

The duty free shop is the gateway to the pier and our ship has a couple of neighbor ships and that’s really neat to see when in port.

Being out in the sun really exhausted me so I actually rested for a little bit when we got back. The inside room is really dark so afternoon naps are no problem at all.

There is something about sunsets on a cruise ship, whether over the open sea or at a port. I am not always able to catch them if we are doing things inside the ship. Today I was able to, and it was really special. When the sun has just set, golden hour begins and it makes the ship glow. It’s so pretty and a wonderful reason to catch those sunsets.

The evening was pretty low key for me. I actually did not feel very well and turned in early. I had dinner and sat in the Atrium to listen to music a while after we ate. Tomorrow is another beautiful day I cannot wait!

Puerta Maya Pier and Duty Free Shop

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Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 2 – Carnival Glory Bluest Sea Day!

It’s so refreshing to wake up with near 8 hours of sleep. The beds on this ship, Carnival Glory, are super nice, and pillows too. I will admit, the pillowy softness had it’s grip on me to stay in bed. I would have stayed just a few minutes longer, except the coffee shop, Creamers, is calling and of course I am going to answer. I must get up and tame this hair nest of mine, as I declare it’s National Almond Milk Vanilla Latte Day!

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” Today, my heart was inspired by some of the bluest blues I have seen out on the sea. “

I was a little early for our meeting time with my friends for Sea Day Brunch so decided to sip my coffee and relax in the Bar Blue, a cool venue for nightlife karaoke. I had to peek outside as I kept hearing clunk clunk and did not know what was going on. I still don’t know. This little space is neat, even though it has a strange theme, peacocks. I am not kidding. If you are looking for a color hug, come here. Blues, yellows, and greens everywhere you look. There are couches and cushy chairs with smaller tables facing a stage. The carpet even has a peacock feather design. There is a bar at the back. I am pretty sure someone will finally make it big tonight with the karaoke song they have been practicing for months. Way to go, big star!

Sea Day Brunch is one of my favorite meals as I am able to order a fresh squeezed juice! I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am obsessed with fresh juices, mostly green for me. I have green juice every morning before work and I may be somewhat of a green freak, but a nice one. This morning, my heavenly juice has pineapple, lime, honey, turmeric, and love. I am very impressed and delighted that they put a little extra love in there as its absolutely delicious. Did I mention I also LOVE love? In the end, worth every penny of the $5 charge, I highly recommend it.

The breakfast takes about an hour and a half and then it’s off to explore the ship a little. There is always that pull to see the ocean, for me at least, when I am on a cruise ship. I often sneak away to go outside and just look at it. Its almost like a memorizing fire pit, so many senses come to life! I made my way up to the pool deck and aft pool to get some great pictures. What a difference it makes when the sky is as clear as can be, blue sky, blue sea! Today, my heart was inspired by some of the bluest blues I have seen out on the sea.

I love Sea Days, for me it’s a time to relax and really enjoy the day. I usually pick low key things to do and this day is no exception. I found myself up at the Serenity Deck visiting for a couple hours with friends.

The Serenity Deck is quiet, and is a great place to get away from loud music. This adult only lounge area has a bar, padded lounge and sitting chairs, two hot tubs. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon! I would move my chair to sneak a little sunshine, step away for a minute to look at the ocean, and maybe share some of that in pictures and video for the family stuck in the snow back home. Just doing my duty. Trying to send a little sunshine when I can!

Serenity Deck – Carnival Glory

After a couple hours, I was a little hungry and decided on getting a bite at the Blue Iguana Cantina, just a rice plate with veggies and beans and brought that upstairs to the Serenity Deck. But the time I had gotten back, most of the group went to the casino to play some games. Maybe they were just waiting to slip away! Oh well, I will be seeing them at dinner. I decided I would wander the ship a little more before I get changed for elegant night in the dining room.

Time to try the Alchemy Bar for another interesting cocktail. I am meeting everyone here before dinner so this will give me a chance to try some of the creative cocktails. Today is the Martini Seduction. I am telling you, this is so delicious and refreshing. It might be a little too easy to drink. This is a nice moment, I am here with my friends on this cruise, I couldn’t ask for better company, my heart is full! Chuckles turn into full blown laughs with this crew I am with, so many stories and jokes keep the energy high. Many laughs later and another drink called 40 is the new 20, we all head to dinner. My dinner is not very exciting, but it works, a few vegetarian sides; however, laughter with friends is quite exciting!

After dinner, I was able to play a little in the casino, this time around we did actually win a little. Ups in a casino seem to come and go, and that is alright. I found some fun games to play followed by a few moments to sit and relax on the couches near the casino and visit with friends.

I got so hot in that casino! So I head outside into the wind tunnel. Up to the Serenity to cool off. This ship is so pretty at night! I love walking around when its all lit up.

My friends and I decide to head to the Atrium to watch the Motown music show. So many people singing pieces of songs together, dancing, and laughing. I didn’t realize I knew so many Motown songs, it’s a really fun party. The cruise director will get everyone dancing and singing even up on different levels of the Atrium.

The Bartenders here are great! They put on a show and really make you feel welcome. They start recognizing you and what you like to drink. I was having vodka cranberry, simple and delightful. It wouldn’t be a party until a glass breaks. This time, it was me, I broke a glass at the bar. Oops, I think I talk with my hands sometimes. Truthfully, I have only a little grace, you only need a little, right? Maybe its time to leave the bar. One last final donation to the casino before heading to bed! What a night!

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Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 1 – Carnival Glory Embarkation Day

I woke up on this day with overflowing inspiration and excitement. It is cruise day!! I cannot wait to board the Carnival Glory Cruise Ship that is waiting for me at the New Orleans Port.

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Carnival Glory Cruise Vlog EP1

” My favorite thing of the day was spending time with friends, seeing them smile, hearing their stories; it’s so wonderful and I’m so grateful for all of them!”

As always, I had not packed a separate pre-cruise bag and had to unload most of the packed suitcase to find what I needed, then repack everything. I don’t know if I will ever learn to pack a small first night bag. Finally ready, its downstairs to meet up with friends who will be joining us on the cruise and we make our way through the streets of New Orleans to the cruise terminal. I triple check we have passports and printed boarding pass in my purse, yep, they are still there.

Parking in the ramp was pretty simple, we chose to park close to the elevator door. Only Princess parking will do 🥰, just kidding, but it was nice to not be far away. There is a little chaos in security. So many people trying to keep their family and luggage together, dropping things everywhere, and leaving their boarding passes as they try to hurry. There are several security lines, so I decide to pick one further away with less people. With my super-girl strength, I launch my over-packed suitcase and my extra bag with the wine I brought onto the conveyor belt. “Oofda”, I am pretty sure that a little bit of Minnesota slipped out. Next to the security table for the full wine bottle inspection, and I’m all set to enter the seating area in the terminal.

Once in the terminal, I got my first glimpse of my home for the next week. This week is going to be epic! Cruising and friends is the perfect mix of awesome. Just like all cruises I take, it doesn’t feel real until you see that ship. I wonder what great memories are in store for me. I was able to find my friends saving a seat for me and make my way over even though I got in trouble by the room attendant because they had that area roped off already. Plus, I went to get two other friends to sit next to me who were sailing with all of us us. Too many people not following the rules!! I promise, these are the only folks coming to sit over in this section. I could sense the disapproving glare and it got me feeling a little smaller in my chair like a little kid getting in trouble, oopsies.

It is a rule that we all sit down, not stand and wander, not sure why. I do get a chance to snap a couple photos of the ship smack dab in front of me. There is a refreshment stand to purchase snicky-snacks, restrooms, and loads and loads of people waiting just like me. A wedding section to hold quite a few people is still empty, I hope they make it in time for their magical wedding on the ship!

Carnival Glory Cruise Ship

It seems like only minutes and they announce my group, Faster to the Fun (FTTF). Which is a fancy way of saying, “pay a little to get me on first”. This time it’s worth it, I feel a like a VIP!

The suitcase is full and I could have left it with the porter; however, this time I can get to my room right away and decided to bring it on myself. Up the gangway, it’s a bit of an incline and pulling probably fifty pounds of beachwear, extra clothes, shoes, necklaces and who knows what else is not easy. I must question my packing expertise, how many times have I put way to much in my suitcase, I am certainly paying for it now, but who knows if I will ever learn to do it right. On a positive note, I count this as my last pre-cruise workout!

Once inside, I am sent right into the Atrium. This space has color changing tiles in the ceiling and comfy couches and chairs to surround the small stage. The elevator bank is the ship’s feature wall. It sends your eyes all the way up to the top of the ship where you see a glass ceiling, talk about raising the roof! Neon lights set the mood and people are already starting to get their first drink of the cruise. I love this feeling on embarkation day! Once you cross that gangway and step your first foot onto the ship, it feels so official! I can sense the excitement and it’s contagious. All of us have had our countdowns for this cruise that tick slowly and finally the day has come! I am looking forward to this week of vacation so, so much!

Because I have the “get me fun fast ticket”, I knew the elevators should not be too busy and it would be nice to leave my good friend Ol’ Samsonite in the room while I get this party started; and considering Ol’ Samsonite doesn’t like to party anyways. It only took a few minutes for an elevator and up to 7th deck. I arrive in in the room just a few minutes later and do a quick video of the room before I drop and run off to the fun promised to me!

Carnival Glory Cruise Ship Inside Stateroom
Carnival Glory Inside Stateroom

We are finally back to the Atrium, where many more people are gathering, getting drinks, and pulling their suitcases. So many matching t-shirts for larger groups and people of all ages have come to enjoy a bit of fun in the sun this week. The energy is high, you can feel it! Maybe first time cruisers who stand in awe of the detail in this room, what will we do first?? I remember my first cruise, I was so nervous, I had booked and cancelled so many times before and this was the one final time I kept the booking and finally went on a cruise. Such great memories and I am so glad I tried it, it’s really is a wonderful way to meet people and see parts of the world I would not have normally.

Our group of eight have assembled in the Atrium and I sip my tropical drink without a straw, they will give you a sugar straw if you ask. My heart is happy. This is going to such an amazing time with amazing people, I thought to myself I have to cherish all of this, every moment!

After visiting for a while, I want to explore the casino as we will be spending some time here throughout the week. I must find all the winning machines. This casino space surprised me. Outside the strange Egyptian decor, it is very nice and pleasantly spacious. The coloring is not off-putting either. I have been on some ship casinos that almost you feel like you are in some strange, shiny closet. Seriously, can you feel the migraine headed your way? Anyways, in this casino, I was impressed by the space between the machines and tables and did not feel stuffy or crowded at all.

You will find large Egyptian statues scattered throughout. I am a detail person and I was surprised to see the themed ceiling, there are hieroglyphics and drawings I am not sure what they are. I also noticed on the ceiling carvings of camels in stone. Very interesting; however, I do think the deep red carpet with golden triangles and squares seems to bring the space together. There are mustard color chairs for the slot machines and high tops for the table games. Lots of great games here too, it will be fun to hang out here. On one side of the casino, you will find a bar with stools and a couple of bartenders and what seems to be a smaller dancer floor; on the other side, a sports bar. There is a tiny stage on the edge of the casino and nice looking couches, chairs, and tables ready to enjoy some live music.

Carnival Glory Cruise Ship Casino
Carnival Glory Casino

Up to the pool deck to the Blue Iguana Cantina to grab some lunch. Rice and veggies and all the toppings for me. Luggage has taken over the pool deck, everyone who cannot get into their room have to hang on to those suitcases. It makes for quite a crowded space. Then I head down to the room to unpack. There is so much storage on this little inside Stateroom, it will fit all I have plus some space left over. There is a vanity space with drawers and closet with lots of hangers, shelves for everything. I pretty much just grab my folded items and put in the shelves, hang as little as possible and throw the suit case under the bed (its great having so much space to store the suitcase underneath). I also have a tradition to put out my whiteboard outside and write some fun checklist items on it. Hey wala! I am all moved in!

Alright, move it, move it!! I don’t want to be late for muster drill and I fear I am. Off to Muster Station F, deck 4 outside. At this point I am thankful it’s not raining or too chilly. We line up with our fellow Muster F shipmates like cadets and receive important safety info before being released to enjoy our vacation. It always seems to take forever for it to be done even though we all know its necessary. It got to the point where I stood on one leg and rested my other like a flamingo then switched to the other leg. There has to be a better way to do this, its not often we have to stand for muster, many times I have been assigned to a dining room or something. It’s a good thing this group passed Muster and they release us first. That’s a big A+ for Muster Training on my report card!

I head straight up to the Lido for sail-away party. I have a new pep in my step, weaving around other walkers, a skill I have now perfected for sail-away day. This is one of my favorite things on a cruise. Since we are sailing out of New Orleans, we will be in the Mississippi River for several hours. It’s a very different type of sail-away from seeing the bridge and muddy river water to barges with fire lighting the sky and boats along the river even into the night. It’s a different kind of cool.

Before the dance party, I am able to get some video and pictures of New Orleans drifting off into the distance.

Of course, I must dance a little or attempt dancing. So I get on the dance floor and join in the celebration. People are at their happiest usually on this day of the cruise, it’s great being around everyone.

Carnival Glory Cruise Ship Sail-away Pool Deck
Carnival Glory Cruise Sail-Away Party

The Red Frog Rum Bar is hopping during Sail-away, it’s nice to have a place right by the pool to get a drink. Its slightly chilly outside, so we chose a spot along the pool to sit where the sun could still catch us. It won’t be long and the sun will be gone for the day. For now, it feels warm, the drink in my hand feels cool, and that, my friend, is one enticing combination.

Off to the Casino, which has now opened and hoards of people make their way to hopefully create their winning story this week. Unfortunately, my friends and I did not win big. This round goes to the Casino.

Before dinner we are all meeting at The Alchemy Bar for a clever named cocktail. There is usually something unique in each one. I chose the Beautiful and Bold Berrytini. It was really good. The half -circle bar with stools and another longer table make up the seating for this small bar. I love themed decor. There are flasks and drawers for ingredients behind the bar. The Bartenders are dressed like scientists and they mix, shake, and pour their science experiments, which is a show in itself. On to dinner with eight of us in our group. I have to admit, the first night seems a bit chaotic with the staff and service. Its not going to ruin my night, but I feel like they could use a few extra hands, it must be tough doing all that they do. Dinner takes a while and it’s good, I get some vegetarian sides and pom-tini, and still leave plenty full.

Its group slot pull time! This was one of my highlights of the evening. Six of us put in $120 each and run through $12 a spin. I don’t know how it was possible but we end up about $100 up each! It was so much fun cheering for everyone pushing the button. People would walk by as I am sure they were wondering what was up with all the cheering, high-fives, and clapping. It was a good time! I played a few other slot games and tried the Let It Ride Card game for the first time and won $30. Yay me! Making it rain.

The rest of the night went by fast as we spent a good portion of it visiting. I was worn out and took a minute to sit in the Atrium, the music had stopped and it let me think about this entire first day. So many things went right today. My favorite thing of the day was spending time with friends, seeing them smile, hearing their stories; it’s so wonderful and I’m so grateful for all of them. I cannot wait to see what we do tomorrow, day two of our cruise!

Now I am off to the lil’ cabin, get in my comfies, and snuggle in for the night. I am excited it will be my home for the next 7 nights!

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