If you peeked at the last blog about the ship, you will have a general idea of what the ship is like. It’s big to be sure, but it never felt crowded even at meal times in one of the dining areas or on deck. Regardless of the size of the ship, there is always a set amount of square feet set up per passenger.

A bit of an idea of what our specific cabin was like. It was on deck seven, towards the stern, and that gave us a bit more of a stable ride than we would have had if we were in a higher cabin. The ride was actually one of the best we have ever had. One exception was a night and part of a day when we ran parallel to the ocean swells, and the swells were a bit larger than normal. We rolled then.

We go for an outside cabin for the improve experience with a veranda. Our balcony was a bit larger than we have usually had. I would say that it was 8 feet by 6 feet. The furniture was good quality and while it was not a chaise lounge, the back rests did recline, and proved very comfortable. They were built with a mesh like material that dried very quickly. The deck floor was kind of like an imitation wood, easy to clean, and looked good. The deck was surrounded on all sides, and privacy was good. Glass on the ocean side, from deck to railing, kept sea spray at bay for the most part, and our cabin people took care to keep it clean. I have been on ships that cleaned the glass on the last day of the last cruise, and it is neglected until the crew prepare for the next trip. I have often removed dried salt spray from this and the door glass on a cruise. But not on this cruise. The deck was roofed over by the deck above, so even if it got some liquid sunshine, we stayed quite dry. One feature I thought was good, was a tap with a hose connection between our decks, that allowed the cleaning staff to hose the deck down of salt spray or spills. It worked very well, our floor was always clean looking.

Sliding doors to the deck are always a problem, not so this time. Ours worked perfectly, opened and closed smoothly, and was easy to move or lock.

Inside the cabin is where one kind of lives, so it had better be nice. It was. Storage which is always a problem on a ship with limited square footage, and our cabin had been well thought out, and for once we had more than enough closet, shelf, and drawer space. The cabin could always be shipshape, and look tidy. There was a good sized flat screen TV, that had a huge number of channels, movies, shore excursion information, satellite news channels, CNN, BBC, FOX and more.

Only one chair in the cabin, but there was a kind of sofa, that also could be used as a bed if one brought friends or family along to stay with you. Our bed was king size, a good mattress, unlike some we have experienced over the years, on a good frame. The bedding was of high quality, and offered a better experience than we have often had. We slept well, and comfortably. 

Our cabin was very quiet, not counting a slight amount of engine noise and vibration; we were after all very close to the engine room, as scant few decks below us. It was not a problem however. One thing I liked was for the first time our cabin door to the companionway or hallway opened out into the hall, not inward to the cabin. To do this meant that each cabin door was set in from the hall, so that nobody got a door in the face if one was opened while a passenger was going by. Because of this and likely more insulation, we seldom heard any noise from the halls. Cool!

Our bathroom, was a treat! It was obvious that it was designed and engineered by someone who had cruised. Sure the vacuum toilet was there, but it was a lot quieter, and you never heard your neighbour flushing, even at 3.00 am! Storage was well thought out; there were cubbyholes, and drawers in abundance. Lots of room to store all those toiletries and still have them at hand.

A word about the shower. In days of yore, one had a kind of stall open on one side with a curtain. That curtain never kept the water off the floor, and had a nasty habit of attaching itself to ones butt when bending over to wash your feet or ankles. In fact it would sometimes seek out ones behind and get stuck in the middle of the the bare butt cheeks. This shower eliminated all that. It was a glass enclosure, on 2 sides, curved with sliding curved glass doors. The other two sides were tiled and part of the ship. The overly big passenger, (obese?) would still have a problem and would still be doing the sponge bath thing. But for regular sized people, it’s great.

More on the cruise with  the next blog. See you then.


It seems that many golf tours have magicians. This is a video if one of them, and the magician is pretty good. Take a look: magician




A group of guys from Mission Viejo, all in their 40’s, discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because the waitresses were young, good looking, had big breasts and wore short-shorts.

Ten years later, at age 50, the guys once again discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because the food and service was good, they had many televisions to watch the games on, and the beer selection was excellent.

Ten years later, at age 60, the guys again discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because there was plenty of parking, they could dine in peace, and it was good value for the money.

Ten years later, at age 70, they discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had a toilet for the disabled.

Ten years later, at age 80, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because they had never been there before. 

Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another

Ross Smile

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Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

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