Continuing with my series of posts about our recent cruise vacation, here we go with the letter K. (By the way, you know how series tend to have a boring middle book? This is kind of the boring middle post between the more exciting posts like the dolphin swim and Flowrider. So feel free to skip it. But come on back for the rest … especially for Letter X as that one involves accidental nudity!)
K is for Kick-Ass Entertainment, which was all included in the cruise price. Options ranged from the musical Chicago to ice skating shows, an amazing acrobatic and diving show, comedy shows, kid’s shows, tons of audience participation events like the Men’s Bellyflop Competition and “flash mobs” to various bands performing at venues around the ship. There was really something for everyone, and you could see a different show every night if you wanted. We were amazed at the sophistication of the costumes and stage sets. The Aqua Theater, which was used for the dive show, had a 17-foot pool that appeared and disappeared throughout the show. This is not cheesy cruise ship shows from days of yore … this is quality stuff. We were very impressed.
L is for the free Little Switzerland bag that I threw up in during our sailing trip. One of our excursions was a snorkeling/sailing trip on a tall ship (more on the snorkeling part in letter S). However, during the sailing portion of the trip, I realized that me + small boats = big-time seasickness. Luckily, we had a free bag from a shop called Little Switzerland that we’d gotten when we disembarked the cruise ship. It ended up being a perfect barf bag. I’m sure that is not how they intended it to be used but I was thankful to have it. (Not thankful enough to BUY anything from Little Switzerland though.)
M is for Madagascar characters, who were featured at various places throughout the ships. (Actually it was various characters from DreamWorks but I already used my D for dolphin swim.) We had a chocolate breakfast with the Shrek characters, hugged Po from Kung Fu Panda and disco-danced with Mort from Madagascar. BB loved seeing them for photo ops and in various shows and parades. (This offers proof that Disney doesn’t have a lock on characters in the cruise ship business.)
N is for the various Neighborhoods on the ship. The ship was incredibly well-designed—with several different “neighborhoods” to hang out in, ranging from the Boardwalk (which included a carousel, Johnny’s Rockets, Mexican cantina, Pets at Sea store [which is like Build-A-Bear], a hot dog stand, an ice cream parlor and a stand selling cotton candy and popcorn) to Central Park (a garden-like area filled with live plants and piped-in bird song, as well as restaurants, cafes and an art gallery) to the Royal Promenade (home to bars, shops, and cafes, including a cupcake shop that offered cupcake decorating classes). There were also neighborhoods for entertainment and sports. This design was quite appealing and allowed you to seek out different types of venues depending on your mood.
O is for Ocean View Cabin where you can sip Pineapple Drinks.
Q is for Quiet Areas, like the library. I borrowed and read two books from the ship’s library (So Cold The River by Michael Kortya and I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert) during the cruise. It was always nice and quiet and empty in there … although I saw that many guests had checked out books during the cruise. There was a nice variety of fiction and non-fiction and a choice of books in large-print and a variety of foreign languages.
Come back for the next post, which includes adventures like rock-climbing and snorkeling.