We had 2 sea days while we were on this 12 day romance cruise. Both those days Michael was in class for the morning, so those mornings I slept in, and read and drank coffee. The last day, I pulled my suitcases out and started packing everything I wasn't going to use after tomorrow morning.
The Silk Den
Cruising was so much fun. Having our own private stewards was so nice. I really got spoiled getting high tea delivered every day. The laundry service was fantastic and everyone working onboard the ms. Nieuw Amsterdam just loved what they did, they were always smiling and going out of their way to help us.
The first few days we were aboard, the stewards were really aggressive with the Purell. I guess the cruise industry has figured out that this is the best way to fight fast moving disease, and I appreciated their diligence with this. You didn't have a choice, you just did it.
I was glad that we had muster before we set sail the first day, I was glad to know that those who refused to participate in muster were ejected from the ship. Everyone needs to know where to go and what to do in case of emergency.
notes to self for next cruise:
Never book shore excursions separate from your boat. The ship does not wait long for you before they take off without you, and it's your responsibility to get to the next port to meet the ship.
You don't need to bring much cash. The ATM machines in Europe and on the cruise ship give you Euros, but you can use a credit card almost anywhere you go. Find out exactly how many formal nights you are going to have and only bring that many formal outfits. You don't need so many pairs of shoes.
Never again with more luggage than I can handle on my own. We each had 2 large suitcases and 2 carry ons. Getting home through customs in New York was a nightmare, trying to get all the suitcases through was just a major pain in the butt. We paid 5 dollars for a smart cart we used for 5 minutes. Don't overpack!
Keep the papers the ship gives you daily so you can refer to them when you get home. You won't remember everything about your tours, and these are good memory joggers. Keep the tour maps too.
Let the boat take as many photos of you as possible. The packages they offer are expensive, but you'll be glad you have them later. And if you buy either the large or supersize, you get every photo they take of you. Great memories that started before we entered the ship.
The last night, Dr. Jay had a get together for all the dentists that came on the cruise that took his classes up topside in the Silk Den. It was an interesting place and all the photographs are from there. It was there we held the silly souvenir contest.
The entries were, a rock, a donkey,a seashell whistle, a rubber chicken, a ring holder, kumquat liquor and a tower of Pisa shot glass. Yes, it leans. I'm not sure how our 2 headed donkey didn't beat the whistle, but we didn't even place. The rubber chicken was a close second. There are things in that red bag on the table that can't be shown in front of the kids that were there, so they were disqualified. It was fun, but I got distracted trying to catch some memories of that part of the ship. The views were magnificent.
Flower of the day
Tomorrow, disembarkment day, lost luggage and our first day in Barcelona.