Cruise: Day 7

Ahh! Sleeping in is so awesome. I would have slept longer if my bladder wasn't screaming at me. Once I got up to take care of the bladder it was too late to try and get back to sleep. Drat.

Today is our last full day of our vacation. We travel at sea all day today heading back to Vancouver for our flight home tomorrow. When we looked out the balcony, today is by far the prettiest day of our vacation. The sun is out, virtually no wind and it's not cold at all. I plan on doing as much as I can today!

We started off with breakfast in the main dining hall. Here's a tip, when they say the dining area closes at 11:00, do not show up at 10:30. the wait staff is already in the process of shutting that sucker down! They didn't make us feel rushed, but it took me quite a while to get French Toast and even longer for this other lady to get her pancakes. So long that her husband had finished his entire meal before she had taken bite number 1.

After breakfast I played some air hockey with the kids. Then we went to the “Loyalty Ambassador” to look in to booking another cruise. They give you a few hundred bucks off if you book a second trip while you are on the ship. Plus, if you decide not to go, they give you a full refund of your deposit. Unfortunately, after waiting nearly 40 minutes, we were turned away as they had to close to go do something else. Though, they set us up an appointment for 2pm to come back. So we headed back to the room for a while to pack up our luggage. We then headed back to the Schooner Bar and had a drink with a nice couple we met. Then, back to the Loyalty Ambassador.

After booking our next trip (South America, here we come), we grabbed some lunch from the Sea View Cafe and then went and explored parts of the ship that we hadn't yet seen. This includes my first attempt at climbing the rock wall. I was able to make it to the top the first time, but when I tried the second time my arms and legs reminded me that I'm a fat bastard and I should remain on solid ground. I didn't fully get the message until I tried a third time which also ended in me falling off the wall.

We then hit up the casino for a bit and then headed back to the room to rest up before dinner. Chris wasn't feeling well so we cancelled our plans to eat in the steakhouse. She ended up visiting the medical station and getting a shot. Ouchy. While she was doing all that I took care of some errands related to exiting the ship tomorrow. It's quite a process, I'll tell ya. Since we have to go through customs to enter Canada and then a few hours later when we enter the US again.

I ended up having dinner with Blake while Paxton went to the Windjammer Cafe and Chris finished packing and then got some more rest. I spent the next couple hours roaming around the ship taking all sorts of photos. Once again it was quite empty so I was able to set up some decent shots. I was pretty pleased with the results.

Headed back to the room, shed my clothes and was asleep in a matter of minutes. The end of a long day and the beginning of an even longer one were about to collide. Plenty of sleep is going to be needed for our trek back to Las Vegas.

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  1. jason on June 15, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Dude, thanks a million for sharing your family adventures. Can't wait to see the flickr feed. I have to say I'm a little jealous, but very happy to see you and your family get a nice long and much needed vacation. And the fact that you now know where to stalk Chuck Norris more than pays for itself.

    A little insider tip…don't stalk Chuck Norris.

    Get those pics uploaded soon!



  2. Jane on June 17, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    John, thanks for the cruise review. Now you & Chris know why I've been on so many! (I'm very proud of you for learning the proper way to eat on a cruise.) Heh! Are you booked on the Mariner for South America? I'm supposed to be doing the Mexican Riviera route when Mariner arrives in San Pedro in February, after traveling around South America. Your cruise sounds WAY more interesting. We will definitely HAVE to do one together in the future. I'm sad I missed this one. I hope the kids had a great time too. I know Collin always does.



  3. Japan holiday on April 9, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Dude, thanks a million for sharing your family adventures



  4. Japan tours on April 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm

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  5. Japan tour on April 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    thanks for the cruise review. Now you & Chris know why I've been on so many! (I'm very proud of you for learning the proper way to eat on a cruise.) Heh! Are you booked on the Mariner for South America? I'm supposed to be doing the Mexican Riviera route when Mariner arrives in San Pedro in February,



  6. join xowii on November 19, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    John, thanks for the cruise review. Now you & Chris know why I've been on so many! (I'm very proud of you for learning the proper way to eat on a cruise.) Heh! Are you booked on the Mariner for South America? I'm supposed to be doing the Mexican Riviera route when Mariner arrives in San Pedro in February, after traveling around South America. Your cruise sounds WAY more interesting. We will definitely HAVE to do one together in the future. I'm sad I missed this one. I hope the kids had a great time too. I know Collin always does.