Day Four--Alcohol, Pictures, and Macaroni & Cheese
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Today was going to be our first, of two, full days at sea. In order to keep everyone happy, Disney plans a lot of activities for their days at sea. But we decided that our first activity was going to be to sleep in. There was nothing that any of us wanted to do badly enough to get out of bed. We were finally up and got in on the last part of the breakfast at Topsiders. We discussed what we wanted to do that day. The girls thought that the pool would be a good way to spend the afternoon. Margo and I aren’t pool people. She noticed there was a Gemstone Seminar at 4 PM. There was a beer tasting class at the same time. Beer is way better than jewels, so we decided we would go our own ways at that time. Until then we would wander the shops, and deal with pictures. Disney has photographers all over the place. They are set up for every character appearance, at some of the dinners, and then on Deck three at certain times.
Disney graciously offers several package deals to bring the cost down. You can change, either upgrading or downgrading on the packages to accommodate the pictures you like. We ended up buying a package for $170. It included eight 8 x 10s, and six 6 x 8s. I think buy the time we left Shutters (the photo store) we had five 8 x 10s in our folio. You are allowed to swap out “bad” shots for better pictures that might be taken later on. We had a couple that were swap candidates.
From there it was off to the shops. They’re only really two, Mickey’s Mates and Treasure Ketch. Mickey’s Mates was more geared towards kids. Treasure Ketch more towards adults. Mickey’s Mates had a whole section of pirate items. Toy guns and swords, Mickey Mouse ears, but with a loop earring and bandana tail, costumes, and much more. Two days from now, on our second day at sea it will be Pirate Day, and everyone is supposed to dress as pirates. They had shirts, hoodies, cups, toys, and on and one. If you don’t like Disney, and had not yet gone over the edge, this shop might do it. But we all like Disney, and they do a first rate job on everything. The other shop, Treasure Ketch, did not hold my attention as well. They had the practical stuff. Colognes, over the counter medicine, jewelry, and such. But we wander around awhile. Margo saw a book on Towel Folding that she wanted, but we did not get it. I was later put under orders from my girls not to allow her to buy it, as they had got her a copy for a Christmas present.
By the time we got back to our room, we were able to link up with the girls. They had spent their time lounging mostly on Deck 10 overlooking the pool. Apparently at least one guy was looking back up at them, as he sent a pair of drinks to them. Jessi is only 18. That makes her a legal adult and in international waters,
I got Margo a Pepsi and headed back to the cabin. Disney, like most cruise ships, charges (overcharges) for soft drinks, if you order them at a bar, restaurant, or almost any place on the ship. The sole exception is the drink station on deck 9, aft. Our cabin is deck 7, forward. As Margo is addicted to Pepsi this could run into serious money, if the drink station was not used. So just about anytime I went out for a walk or whatever I would swing by the drink station and get her a Pepsi. It seemed to work out, and I needed the exercise with all of the food around.
I got back to cabin, and the girls showed up not long after. They were not impressed with the guy who had bought them a drink. He ended up being on the ship with his wife/girlfriend and a couple of kids. He asked them to meet him at the Rockin D Bar later. They planned to be at the other end of the ship, regardless of what was happening there. It was nearly time for Margo’s gemstone seminar and my beer tasting seminar, so we headed out together. Her’s was in the Promenade Lounge, Deck 3 Aft. Mine was in Diversions, Deck 3 Forward. We headed over to the elevator and headed down. Margo has a bad knee and stairs are her nemesis. She can go down them reasonably well, but going up more than a flight or two is a bad idea. I had decided to use the stairs whenever possible to try to burn off calories. More often than not, I beat her to whatever floor we were going to. Anyway, we arrived on Deck 3. I walked her to the Promenade Lounge and then made my way to the other end of the ship.
I got to Diversions and sat down. I was the first one there. On the tables where we were to sit there was some beer literature. As I had nothing better to do and reading about beer seemed appropriate, I studied the pamphlet. There were three trivia questions. I didn’t know any of them. One told us the
Both beer tasting and the gemstone seminar were over at . Margo and I met back at our room. The girls were not far behind us. We all got dressed in our formal cloths and headed down to deck 3 for pictures. They had a nice moonlit sea scene for a backdrop and then their 20 foot Christmas tree as areas to have pictures taken. We opted to have both done. It was about when we were finally done. Dinner wasn’t until , so we had a couple of hours to kill. Margo wanted to go to the shops because she was told that they were selling loose gemstones, at $10 per carat that she could have mounted in
We arrived a little early and waited for dinner. We were eating at our third restaurant, Parrot Cay, which had a
We rushed a bit through dinner, as I wanted to get down to the Rockin Bar D and see Rich Purpura, the comic that was performing there. As it turned out, tonight was a show called the Golden Mickeys, in which Rich Purpura was going to do his act. But, it would be sandwiched between the Golden Mickey After Party and Live Music with Elite, without any intermission between. So when we got there it was packed. I kept trying to drag Margo in, but the only seats were folding chairs set right up in front. I thought “Perfect. We can see” She wanted no part of being that close. She was thinking that as the first show got over people would leave. It was very noisy and I couldn’t seem to get the message across that no one was going to leave as this comic was supposed to be the headliner. She finally put two and two together and we went in and sat down. She was still pretty reluctant and I had to keep moving her along. When she finally sat down next to me she snapped at me about being grouchy and my reply let her know that I my frustration level just boiled over. I fully expected her to get up and leave, but she didn’t. It was a little tense for awhile, but this Purpura guy was good. He had us laughing in just a few minutes. He did about 45 minutes with the highlight being his story about getting his daughter Hannah Montana tickets. In the end he has spent $1200 for a pair he wasn’t going to use, had a pair for a different show a 6 hour drive from his home, and a free pair front row center. By the time we were finished we were both in much better moods.
We decided to walk to Shutters and look at/for our pictures. We would do this anytime we had a few minutes. They seemed to be taking pictures all the time, so we just felt obligated to rush on over to see if we could give them more money. Nice of us, huh? But, it was too early for our formal pictures. So we walked up to deck 9 to get Margo her Pepsi. Monday Night Football was on the Jumbtron. It was the 4th quarter and
The girls had spent their time socializing and watching the world go by from the top deck. We all went to bed, and awaited our next port.