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 It’s hard to believe, but today is our last full day on the water.  We’re due to dock in Galveston, Texas around 10:00 tomorrow morning. 

We woke to the sound of a special breakfast, and dinner, today hosted in the Southern Lights dining area.  It was nice, casual dress (nice pants and shirt, I’ve got that covered) so I dug out the iron to make us (me) presentable.

Under the door to our cabin was a piece of paper that, as I unfolded it, listed expenses not covered in our ticket price.  All was expected, until one jumped out at me!  Remember that first day on the ship…the ‘complimentary’ waters that I slugged down…$4.oo each!!  Dummy!!

We dressed and made our way to the dining area where we were seated at a round table with four other couples.  Drink orders were taken and we were each served with a fresh fruit plate, warm crescent rolls, eggs, hash browns, and filet mignon!!  Oh My God!!!

After we ate we changed back into shorts and just explored the ship.  We sat in a huge hot tub on the stern, hopped in one of the pools to cool off, and air-dried on the “adult only” upper deck.

Imagine that ...

Imagine that …

We went up to the water park on the very top of the ship…

Upper Deck Water Park

Upper Deck Water Park

 Hit the shops again, got some duty-free rum, and perused 14 walls of photos trying to find ours, and the ones she approved of.

We went back to our cabin and just relaxed ’til dinner. 

View from the Balcony

View from the Balcony

6:00 found us in the Piano Bar talking with Sassy and looking across the hall at the entrance for the comedy club.  One more try??

We were in our places in Southern Lights for dinner with the couple we had met the other day.  Now we understood why people advised us not to go upstairs to the swanky restaurants. 

Suwit and his helpers started with waters and fresh rolls.  Than came a lobster/crab sushi roll, crab cakes, baked shrimp, and prime rib!  We outdid ourselves, but when it came time for dessert, Suwit brought Starshine the bread pudding, the other lady got the warm chocolate melting cake, and me a big slice of sugar-free apple pie!  With a smile he said, “You try something different”.

Sassy

Sassy

After we went to visit Sassy until the comedy club opened and found ourselves entering with we couple we had met at Salsa, Salsa.  The set was really good and after we headed back to our cabin.

We still couldn’t sleep so we took the good camera out with the tripod and walked to the bow of the ship to try some night photography.  Using exposures ranging from 15 seconds to 4 minutes she tried to capture the feeling of the ocean, even with the slight rolling of the boat.  She got a couple of images before we were ushered off the bow.

 

Smoke off hte Stern

Smoke off the Stern

Smoke and Wind off the Bow

Smoke and Wind off the Bow

 So we went back up to the upper deck, water slide, and a chessboard with three-foot pieces and watched “Frozen” playing on the outdoor screen on the Lido deck.

 

Chessboard

Chessboard

Water Park at night

Water Park at night

We went to bed, exhausted, around 1:00 in the morning.

The tug in Galveston

The tug in Galveston

We were awoken around 7:00 with the announcement that we’d be docking in Galveston around 10:00.  The Lido deck was open for breakfast then we were to pick up and goods or alcohol that were purchased and wait in our rooms.  The attendants would knock on our door when it was time to leave, and we were to proceed down to the gangway.

We ate on deck, watching the ocean roll past.  We got the rum, and the pictures she’d decided on.  I’ll admit, I did have fun posing in some of the backdrops, but I won’t admit it.  I just relax better behind the lens than in front of it.  Then we went back to the cabin and waited. 

There was a knock on the door.  I opened it and the attendant said we could leave.

                    …..PAUSE…..

In 1979 there was a rock concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Who was slated to play for 18,000 fans, many of whom had camped out the night before.  Seating was first come, first serve, and only a few of the stadium door was opened due to the lack of ticket-takers.  Fans rushed the doors and, at the end, 11 were dead and almost two dozen injured.

                      …..RESUME…..

It was absolute chaos as passengers ignored instructions and flooded the stairwells!  We were pushed sideways away from the stairs and an elevator door opened behind us.  We slid in to regroup and  I rested the box of Rum on my suitcase, until I got pushed and the Rum crashed to the floor.  Now the elevator was jam-packed and everyone smelled like rum.

The doors opened to just as much chaos and confusion as upstairs.  We had a family with young kids on one side and an elderly couple on the other. 

Five or six feet away was a big, loud, obnoxious guy in a sleeveless flannel shirt–holding hands with his, about, six-year-old daughter–hollering, “Get the *** outta my way! What, you wanna piece of me ***? Let’s go ***!”  This went on and it was bad for about 10 minutes until he wore himself out and the bottleneck cleared out.

We gathered our gear and humped down the gangway and off the ship to wait in the customs line to declare the one bottle of rum we’d managed to save.  It took us about 45 minutes to clear customs but we left with a quiet smile.  Karma.  Customs had detained Mr. Big Mouth and the Texas State Police were questioning him.

We rolled our gear to the shuttle bus and then to our car.  We sat there for a minute and decided, Yes, we’d do it again in a heartbeat!

I smiled to myself, sarcastically thanking my old boss for rejecting all those vacation requests.  You paid for this!!

All in all it’s been a pretty good ride,

And a damn good dance!             -Brent Burns

Starshine

Starshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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