Free Activities? Yes Please. Cruise Recap Part Five

Stuff we did on the ship:

1. Merengue Dance Class. We weren't that great at merengue, unfortunately.

2. Two Formal Nights. It was so much fun to get all dressed up!

3. Basic Spanish Class. We took this as a review in preparation for Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, but it was mostly for Derek to review, because I know very little Spanish in the first place.

4. Dollar Origami. We now know how to make a little t-shirt out of a dollar. They are really cute.

5. Jewels and Gemstones Seminar. We went to this one because we were supposed to get a free one carat sapphire for attending. But instead we got a coupon for a free sapphire which we had to pick up at Puerto Rico or St. Thomas. And we never got around to finding the shop. Tricky . . .

6. San Juan and St. Thomas port tips lecture. Pretty self-explanatory.

7. Swing Dance Class. Which Derek is very good at! I'm still learning, but I guess I'm decent at it too. It has inspired us to go swing dancing more often.

8. Big Band Dancing. With a virgin Pina Colada in hand. It was lovely. We're just sitting and listening in thee pictures, but we danced several dances as well. This actually fulfills an item on the bucket list.

9. Afternoon movie. We watched Avatar. There went two hours of our lives that we'll never get back. Dumb movie - way too political, and hokey spiritual stuff too.

10. Climbing Wall. There was a climbing wall at the back of the ship, and Derek and I climbed it. It was fun!

11. Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Seattle's Best Coffee. They had a little ice cream and coffee shops on board, and it was a treat to get our iced coffees or ice cream cones. We did have to pay for this though, but it was worth it.

12. Salad Bar for lunch. I have to at least mention this - you were able to go through the line and bud your own salad, then they chopped it all up with a pizza cutter and mixed it together. It was the best salad I've ever had - we loved the salad bar.

13. Relaxing by the pool. Reading. Studying Chess. This was just lovely. I had alot of reading time, which was relaxing for me, and Derek rented a chess board from the library and studied with that (he's really good at chess, and he's going to win our family's chess tournament this year, by George!).

14. Sitting in the Centrum and listening to the musicians who played there in the evening.

15. Going to the shows in the evening. We didn't end up going every night, but we saw a singing group, watched the Royal Caribbean dancers perform, saw a comedian/magician, and an impersonator, and another comedian. It was fun to have something to go to in the evenings, and we just loved that everything was free.

And that wraps up my vacation recap posts! We had a lovely time. Cruising really is a totally stress-free vacation, because you don't have to worry about anything, not even budgeting money for food. It was refreshing to have a break from all forms of stress, and we came home ready to tackle anything life was about to through at us.

I'd definitely go on a cruise again.

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Brittney Galloway said...

You found a ton of great things to do! I love that they were all free!

Jessica said...

I so want to go on a cruise now! We almost went on one for our honeymoon, but decided to go to the mountains instead. But you made it look and sound so fun and relaxing!

Unknown said...

Fantastic to hear :) I totally agree about Avatar! x

Jenene said...

I've never been sure that I would like to go on a cruise, but now you've convinced me. We're doing it. Someday.

Amber said...

How fun! We really want to go on a cruise.
Glad you guys had a blast!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I are planning on our first cruise next year and this makes me even more excited! So glad that you had such a wonderful time!

chloƫ. said...

Sounds like so much fun!...except the Avatar part. I too thought it was super stupid and super lame. LOL.

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