So we are back to the c-c-c-cold state of Ohio after a wonderful two-week vacation. Don’t worry, I won’t share all our vacation photos and CERTAINLY WILL NOT share the underwater video of my butt descending into the ocean down a really long ladder. The last time I was on a cruise, my now-adult children were sent to the ship daycare just to give you an idea of how long it has been. But I did learn a few things:
- The boat makes money with pictures. Lots and lots of pictures = Lots and lots of money. Because it is so cheap to make them and then they charge $20 bucks to take them home. But I have to give my husband credit; he didn’t bitch once about having to pose for all our photos. And I totally bought them all.
- There just should be a law that children under the age of three are not allowed on cruise ships. That or have enough sound proofed rooms that we can’t hear them.
- I think I took more photos of the towel-animals than of the scenic island shots:
- I learned that the average person gains 1.5 pounds per day on a cruise. So I gained 10 pounds. But I cannot confirm that because there is no way in hell I am going to step onto a scale for the next few months. (Damn that Pirates Pizza that was open at 2 am every day!)
- They sell A TON of watches. Why? Because they know that once we set sail, no one is going to want to pay $2,000 in roaming charges traveling out of the country. So you have to have a regular watch to always stay on “boat time.” We were lucky. I have a watch that I wear purely for decoration and it was the most used item the entire trip. But boy did they make some bucks selling a ton a watches in the gift shop!
- The cups sucked. The only free drinks were tea, lemonade and tap water. And all they had were tiny plastic cups.
We had a blast and I now have a tan that will last exactly two days and will fade as soon as it realizes I am no longer near the sun. I do have much more to share. Don’t worry – no pictures of me in a bathing suit. I have my standards.