Doug and Janet drove out to Springfield to fly with Sally and me (Woodie) to Fort Lauderdale. Here we are early in the morning at the Springfield-Branson Airport.
After an uneventful flight, we all arrived in Ft. Lauderdale and were greeted by record heat. We went from 10 degrees (with about -15 wind chills) at Springfield to 90 degrees at Ft. Lauderdale. We all arrived at the cruise terminal and began the paperwork prior to embarking the ship. Janet and Roger are ready to go.
Doug has his passport out and ready. Janet was pretty anixous to board and sail.
The six of us had all traveled together to Alaska a year ago, but this was Ruth's first cruise. She was so excited. Sally was filling her in on the finer points of cruising.
I always say a cruise is a woman's dream vacation. No checking into motels, loading and unloading the trunk each evening, no restrurant "surprises", and the same very good bed every night. I do have to admit, men love cruises, also.
Janet was in a wheelchair on the last cuise nursing a broken leg. This time, Roger was looking forward to Janet skipping about.
We took each others photos while waiting.
Roger had a question about how often he could eat.
Janet was looking forward to being pampered since she was usually the cook for large groups.
Doug was a little confused. He had several items, including this cap, indicating Alaska. He really though St. Lucia was a port in Southeast Alaska. December in Alaska-Ummm.
Ruth was not too sure she had picked the right group to sail with, especially when she learned that Holland America had put on extra secuirty just to watch our group.
Roger being Roger.
Our first meal together on the ship. We were waiting for our rooms to be finished so we could unpack and settle in. Roger is being Roger again.
Roger: "Janet have you tried this water? I can't believe it is free."
The Janets check out the view from the top deck.
Before sailing, everyone has to attend the safety drill. Sally finally got the vest on correctly and gave me a smile.
"What to you mean, we are going to untie this boat and leave the dock? You mean we are going out on the ocean? You mean, we might need to abandon ship? Nobody told me about this! Call my travel agent. I didn't sign up for this."
Roger kinda stands out in a crowd. He was on the front row until the deck hand told him, "women and children first, big guy."
Janet was looking out for Roger.
Sally was contemplating swimming with the sharks if the worst happened.
I assured her that as long as she had the vest on with FRONT up front she would be OK.
Sally and I love crusing. It is very relaxing and lots of fun. We have learned to hang back after life boat drills because the halls are full of people who can't pass each other. So we enjoyed watching others trying to get back through the doors with vests on.
Sally staked out her chair early. She had four books in that bag. She finished them and borrowed some more.
This was our frist dinner together on ship. It was casual night so we all dressed in our island shirts. One of the fun things about going in a group was trying different foods. Before we started eating, we divided entrees and shared with each other thereby getting to try lots of new dishes.
Roger wasn't too sure what he had ordered. After he finished eating it, he still wasn't sure what it was.
Sally appears happy and full, while Ruth seems to be exhausted after a long day on planes and buses.
"Honey, does this clash with your shirt?"
Janet catches Roger trying to hide a midnight snack in his pocket. He didn't know the Lido served food at all hours.
Roger is trying explain a very complicated cataloging issue to Roger.
No, I was wrong, he is explainin the finer points of hula dancing.
Now Roger is satisfied that he has met the IRS guidelines for being a consultant so he can write off the cost of the cruise.
Doug is so sorry he never thought of consulting while cruising.
When we arrived for breakfast one morning, we arrived at different times and sat randomly around the table. Our waiter was confused because we were not sitting with our spouses. So we conspired to further confuse him by changing places every time he came back. Here Janet and I are ready to order something together.
Doug and Sally furthered the ruse.
Roger and Doug are laughing at the chair swapping.
This is Janet squared. Isn't that what Janet times Janet equals?
Now Roger has two Janets and he really has trouble with just one.
Open your eyes Doug, that is the wrong Janet. And, you have on the wrong shirt. For the last time, this is the Statendam, not the Veendam and we are not going to Alaska.
Doug got back the right Janet and then there was an extra Janet.
"It's OK, Doug, I'll take care of you until your Janet comes back."
The second night out was formal night. I know most guys would prefer tees and shorts, but the gals really enjoy dressing up. They also like having the guys clearn up too.
Since Stan and Cheryl couldn't do this cruise with us, Doug wore a bow tie to honor Stan. We did miss them. We had a great time together on our Alaska cruise.