Day 1 - Shipping out

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View of downtown Miami from the cruise ship

After feverishly taking care of some last minute errands, I made the drive down to the Port of Miami form West Palm Beach to board the Majesty of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that would take me, Christian (TB member Chokk), and a couple of thousand other people to Nassau for the weekend. Christian was already aboard, so after I checked into the ship (the process wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be lol), I took my bag to my room and was about to set off to go to his room. Before I could get there, an emergency drill was conducted for all passengers. Doh!

I had to go to a designated area on the 7th deck (the ship had a total of 9 decks, or floors if you will, if I recall) and wait with a group of passengers while the capatin and his mates put us all through the proper procedures, in case of evacuation.

It's a pretty big ship, as you can :)
I realize that it was important, but it sure did take a while to get through this drill. And they had the nerve to tell people to put away their cellphones while we waited! Some folks, including myself, chose to ignore that order lol :P

After the drill, I found Christian in the Latin lounge, called Boleros, and we immediately started drinking and chatting away lol. I'm kinda foreshadowing here, because this is pretty much what we did every night...coming up to Boleros, enjoying the latin music and the dancing, and guzzling alcohol. :P But at this point, there was no entertainment yet.

So he and I hung out for a bit, and then we went back to our rooms to freshen up for dinner, which we schedule for ourselves to be 6:30 p.m. each night. We were joined at our table by a Swedish guy who's name was Belo, though for some reason he preferred to be called Billy (he said Belo, which sounds like the world "below", was harder for people to pronounce, though I don't see why lol).

The dining room where we ate
Anyway, Belo was pretty cool, and he was by himself, so he hung out with Christian and I over the course of the next couple of days.

Our meals each night were basically three course: appetizer, dinner and dessert. However, our awesome waiter, who was Indian, also bought us Indian food on the side just because we told him we liked Indian cuisine. How cool is that? We didn't even ask for it, he just bought it for us. He and his assistants were excellent, and needless to say, he got a nice tip from me on the last day. :) Also with dinner, Christian ordered a wine bottle package, which conisted of 7 bottles of wine that we had to drink over the course of the next three days lol. And that was besides all the beer and other liquor we drank. I was pretty much shitfaced every night :P

After we ate, Belo left for a while and Christian and I explored the massive ship for awhile.

Ah, more crowded now :)
There was so much going on; places to shop for clothes, alcohol, electronics...all sorts of things. We walked around for a bit before deciding it was time to drink again. The Boleros band was supposed to start playing at around 9 p.m., and I couldn't wait to hear the music. Salsa, bachata, merengue...yesssss! :) So we got back up there, and sure enough the band was playing already, though the crowd was quite small at first. We easily secured a comfortable place for ourselves, and within the next hour, people starting piling to the room and hitting the dance floor. Beer in one + salsa music + incredible dancing + great company = a great time :)

I was fairly tipsy by the time I headed back to my room (around 2 a.m., I think). I showered and went to bed so I could make it to breakfast the next day before we disembarked on our first island, CoCo Cay. But alas, this was not to be.... :( ....

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View of downtown Miami from the cr…
View of downtown Miami from the c…
Its a pretty big ship, as you can…
It's a pretty big ship, as you ca…
The dining room where we ate
The dining room where we ate
Ah, more crowded now :)
Ah, more crowded now :)
Coronas! Yes, let the drinking beg…
Coronas! Yes, let the drinking be…
Boleros, aka the Latin lounge. Chr…
Boleros, aka the Latin lounge. Ch…
One of several spots on the ship w…
One of several spots on the ship …
Glass elevators :)
Glass elevators :)
Duty free alcohol for sale! :)
Duty free alcohol for sale! :)
This machine is used to make stuff…
This machine is used to make stuf…
Free samples of rum cake
Free samples of rum cake
Christian taking a picture of me, …
Christian taking a picture of me,…
Appetizer: Garlic soup. And yes, i…
Appetizer: Garlic soup. And yes, …
Dinner: Rotini pasta with sausage
Dinner: Rotini pasta with sausage
Indian food!!! rice, yogurt sauce,…
Indian food!!! rice, yogurt sauce…
Dessert: Raspberry Panna Cota for …
Dessert: Raspberry Panna Cota for…
Back in the Boleros that night. It…
Back in the Boleros that night. I…
Some of the passengers came up to …
Some of the passengers came up to…
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