Monday, May 20, 2013

Back From Vacation

My week on a cruise ship was fun, relaxing, and frustrating. Fortunately, the frustrating part was minor, but enough that I’ll not cruise out of Baltimore again—only because it is a small port and therefore the ships are smaller. I’ve been on a big ship and once you have, you can’t go back. Lol.

The first frustration was they split our party of 5 into two tables at dinner. All 5 passengers were booked together, yet they assigned 2 people to one table and 3 to another. Now, I’m not the complaining type, but I complained about this. We finally got the dinner seating squared away after speaking with 3 different people. Still, the food was pretty good, but not as good as it was on my last cruise.

Frustration #2. Anyone who has ever been on a cruise knows that you check your luggage and it’s then left outside of your room later. Well, when I got to my cabin that first evening I went to pick up my suitcase and the handle was completely broken.


This frustration was one that was addressed and handled very quickly and to my satisfaction. They couldn’t fix it so they gave me a new suitcase! Way to go, Royal Caribbean!


Now for the relaxing part. Coco Kay was absolutely beautiful! It was the most relaxing port on this trip. The only downside…the sunburn on my shoulders. Now they’re peeling. Don’t you just love when that happens?




The last thing I want to talk about is all the creepy art on the ship. I mean, it was just weird. I took pictures of all the macabre art, hoping it wouldn’t haunt my phone. Truthfully, the art was beautiful, but I'd think twice before I hung any of it in my house. Lol.


Now I’m back home, trying to get into the swing of things. I hope to have better posts soon. 
Have any of you gone on vacation yet this season? If so, where’d you go and how was it?


  1. Welcome back! Sounds like the good outweighed the bad. And yes, that artwork is odd.

  2. Sounds like a good time and, to be honest, for the prices people pay for cruises...they have every right to complain when something isn't to their satisfaction.

    Oh, and some aloe should help with your peeling shoulders :)

  3. I've never been on a cruise, but I sure love the idea. I will have to take an alternative husband though--mine doesn't think it sounds any fun at all. Maybe I will go with girlfriends. Sorry for the inconveniences, but it sounds pretty great! (Welcome back)

  4. I went on a cruise awhile ago. About eight years now. And I agree that the best, most relaxing day was the day we spent off the ship. We were in a little cove with a beach that had perfectly clear blue water where you could see down to your toes. SO cool! Definitely worth some peeling shoulders. haha

    But I loved the cruise food. haha. I don't think I'd go again though. We don't drink or gamble and people do a lot of both on cruises. I'd rather go somewhere I can explore and go on hikes and stuff.

    Glad you had a good time though! And good job on getting everything straightened out. You're right, it's ridiculous that they didn't seat you together! I'm glad you got it fixed. Happy to have you back!!


  5. Welcome back! Rule #1 in my life: avoid Baltimore at all costs for all reasons. Trust me. :)

    I went to the Bahamas on a Disney Cruise with my husband's family. It was ... It had it's moments. The ship was amazing, you can't fault Disney for their service, but it was a bit too geared towards young kids. Not enough for adults (especially childfree adults) to do. But it was vacation, so it really wasn't bad.

  6. Alex: Thanks! The good did outweigh the bad and yeah, that art was weird. The funny thing is, those pics aren’t even the weirdest ones. I could do an entire post on all the weird art on that ship!

    Mark: Yes, the prices should ensure everything to our satisfaction…within reason. We met some people who demanded all kinds of ridiculous things. I’ve been using aloe on my shoulders, but I think I need to use more. Thanks for the tip anyway!

    Hart: I was never big on cruises. My mother LOVES them. I’ve always thought of them as vacations for the elderly, but there is lots to do if you are one who likes activities…or one who just likes to sit in the sun. I hope you get to go one day! Just don’t go on a Carnival ship!

    Tam: Thanks! I’m happy to be back! There is a lot more to do on the ships now then drinking and gambling. They have lots of contest (Male belly flop), dance classes, Karaoke and more. I decided this cruise I’d join as much as I could. It was a ton of fun. So maybe give it another go.

    Sus: Kinda hard to avoid Baltimore since I live there. Hope you aren’t judging all of Baltimore on a bad event. It’s really a great city. A friend wanted me to go on the Disney cruise with her, but I refused for the reason you stated. I wondered what I’d do with all that kiddie stuff going on. Lol.

  7. I've never been on a cruise. My brother wants me to go on one this winter that's associated with gaming. It's so expensive, though, at least to me :-)

    That is so odd they separated a party of 5.

    It's pretty awesome you got a new bag!

    I'm in agreement with the art. It's good, but pretty odd/creepy. I've seen my fair share of it and would much rather avoid having any up on my walls. My imagination is a bit too active!

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink