Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The first morning on-board NEEDS to be celebrated with a delicious room service breakfast. What a way to wake up! It's too bad Serena really did not want to budge yet from her bed (who can blame her), but I was raring to go and get the party started.
We took one of the first doubledecker tender boats over to Half Moon Cay, the private island we were visiting for the day. It was CRAZY rocking and I learned later that tender service was discontinued for part of the day because of the choppiness. We were initially worried that we'd have to leave early but we stayed on until the second-to-last trip back, 'cuz WHO wants to leave Paradise early???
We made our way down to the beach and spotted our CABANA (read more about this here)
Eka, a lovely gentleman who normally works in the Pinnacle Grill restaurant on the ship, was one of our two butlers for the day. He took the kids right out into the water to keep them occupied while Brent & I settled in on our lounger to watch the fun!
Our lunch was catered in the cabana and I was really impressed not only with the food, but with my kids' willingness to try new foods (which continued all cruise long). Morgan didn't necessarily LIKE the gazpacho, but he thought it looked pretty darn cool :)
While the kids played at the waterslides and in the water with Daddy & friends, I spent the day hanging out and "entertaining" - LOL. "More champagne, anyone??" Here I am with Mari (L) and Lorraine (R). I'd love to show the shot of Mari lounging about looking SMOKING hot, but she'd likely kill me afterwards.
Yes Virginia, there IS a cabana boy, and his name is Ngurah! What a treasure he was, often stopping by to visit us in the dining room throughout the week and showing the kids' magic tricks, doing finger dances with Morgan and so much more. Please just ignore the fact that I'm wearing Serena's sunhat and look pretty goofy, and just see how happy I was in the moment instead :) Good, good memories.
You would think that a day feasting on fresh fruit skewers, filet mignon and lobster sandwiches, chocolate cake and a drunken "whale" of rum-infused fruit (not to mention the Pina Colada's, right?) that we would eschew the Dining Room that night. Not so! We do so looooooove our food, and took pictures of every dish we had -- not that I'd bore you with food pictures!
Here's a shot of Nancy & Sylvain from Quebec (front), and Shannon & Justin from Ottawa (back) from the dining room that evening. I had so much fun connenting and reconnecting with friends throughout the week - wht a blessing that was.
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