Chapter 7 - Sea Day

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Chapter 7 - Sea Day
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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 1:36pm

We slept in, didn't have to be anywhere until 1:00 pm. When we were all up we went to breakfast at Summer Palace. It is a main dining room, but to be honest - I liked the service better than in the suite dining place. :D

After breakfast we walked around the ship a bit. . .the girls saw the shuffleboard game, and said they always wanted to play. . .so we did. Photobucket

After a bit, we head back to the room to get things ready for the Cruise Critic meet & greet. We were suppose to all bring one regional sports item to exchange among adults. I also made gift bags for all the kids that were listed, so needed to get those together. They had things like waterproof cameras, Texas coloring books, a Texas theme deck of cards & chapstick. I put the girls chapsticks in little lipstick purses. I wasn't sure about the other kids, but I knew the M&Ms would enjoy them.

While I put the gift bags together, the girls finished sorting & cleaning the shells they got at GSC, and got them into their Treasure boxes. They were quite pleased with their haul.

We went to the meet & greet. The man who organized it's name was Jim, his wife Claire,and they have a 9 year old daughter Gwynne. Jim & Gwynne had a small part as extras in the movie Dolphin Tale, so they were instant celebrities to the M&Ms, especially Maddie.

Several of the officers from the ship showed up. Photobucket

My DDs were partial to the cruise director - Julie (hear the them to love boat?). Photobucket

The gift bags seemed to go over well, as did the coasters we brought. Klaus, one of the crew - gave a nice speech. We also got the direct phone #s to each of the staff that came, and were told not to hesitate to call with questions/problems - and the head of the bars was there and said he would buy anyone a drink if they called him. Didn't know until later that Jim pretty much called them daily, as he bragged about all the free bottles of wine he managed to get.

After the meet & greet we were so close to Cagneys, we went ahead and had lunch there. John had a hamburger, I had some kind of bruchetta that was wonderful. The girls had their usual pasta. We also ordered several desserts (banana pie, macademia nut ice cream & brownies) and all shared. John got drunk. Like, loud & embarrassing drunk. I couldn't wait to get him out of there. He doesn't get drunk often, so I was surprised. . when he gets drunk he thinks he is the funniest man on earth - and is loud so everyone can enjoy his cleverness. Yuck.

When we did leave I told him to go to the stateroom, and I took the girls to the kids club. Gwynne was there, so the girls were tickled to get to play with her.

When I got to the stateroom John was out - thankfully. And the butler had dropped off yet more food. Photobucket

I sat on the balcony a bit, and watched The Help, while John slept off his lunch. When he did get up, we got ready & picked the girls up for dinner at Teppanyaki. Their favorite. :D Marie was working here tonight and took great care of them. Even at dessert time, we didn't care for any of the desserts on the menu- so she went over to the Lotus Garden and brought the girls something else, not on the menu.

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 2:29pm

I giggled when I saw that your cruise director was named Julie. Our was not but it was her constant running joke was that if you didn't remember her name you could always call her Julie. ;)

I love the decorations on the ship-the umbrellas and cherry blossoms painted on the ship near the shuffleboard. That is so pretty. :) How did the girls enjoy shuffleboard? Did they like it or were they bored with it?

Oooh-extras on Dolphin Tale-pretty cool. You know a celebrity. ;)

That's great that Marie was working in Teppanyaki so you could get some awesome desserts.

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 2:50pm

What a neat experience. I giggled too about "Julie the cruise director". Sad that all the young 'uns probably have no idea what we are talking about.

It's so nice the girls got to spend time with Marie. She sounds like such a genuine and wonderful person. She really goes the extra mile. I think you have had great luck with the people working on NCL. They all sound great.

I liked the umbrellas on the wall too. That is a different and neat idea. I wish I had a concierge to bring me extra food:) Not that I need it but boy wouldn't that be handy?

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 3:24pm

The girls like shuffleboard well enough.

 

  

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 4:13pm
That's too bad. They probably are nice but maybe also a tad bit of the used car saleman types as well. I wouldn't want to meet up with them again either.
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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 4:28pm

I always wondered about shuffleboard, how it's played and what the rules are ... did they enjoy that?'

The CC meet & greet looks fun, did everyone show up?

In peace,
Max       

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 5:11pm

Man I want a butler that leaves me food!!! :)

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 5:13pm
Doesn't that just sound awesome? You come home and yummy food is just sitting there, all fixed and ready for you?
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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 5:30pm

If someone on cruise critic calls NCL, they will set up a meet & greet area for you.

 

  

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 5:34pm

Deb, that sounds really nice. I think NCL sounds like a really great cruise line. It was kind of you to send Jim your champagne. I'll bet they enjoyed it:)

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 6:23pm
I wonder if DCL would give us a time/place to meet? I think I'll post a Q on the Mom's Panel.

Shuffleboard sounds fun, maybe we'll try it onboard since there's no casino lol.

In peace,
Max       

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