Day At Sea
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After a busy day on shore, we were looking forward to a day of relaxing at sea. However, we were still in bed when the captain came on over the intercom. He stated that the ship was stopping but not because we were in trouble. We had come across a small boat of Cuban refugees. They had run out of gas and water and needed to be picked up. Our ship took them onboard where they stayed in the medical area until later that afternoon when the Coast Guard came and transferred them to one of their ships. The men's raft was also hauled onboard and stored out on a deck that was off-limits to passengers but visible from our decks. It was sobering to look at their craft, then at the ocean, and think about trying to cross such a huge expanse of water in such a small boat.
Beyond the refugees our day at sea was your typical laid-back cruise day. Mom and I checked out a few demonstrations: a cooking one and a towel folding one (dog, elephant, koala, even a turtle). We also went on a backstage tour of the kitchen area and the theater. It is very tight space for the performers.
Lunch had mango cheesecake for dessert, yum!
I went to a scrapbooking session that afternoon where I got some die cuts themed to Royal Caribbean and got to chat with some nice ladies.
That evening we enjoyed a performance by a pair of comedic jugglers. They flipped machetes, clubs, and huge beanbag-like balls. One guy also swallowed swords!