Thursday, 17 April 2014

It's a Small World After All.....

I understand that it was recently the 50th Anniversary of the titular Disney attraction; but that has nothing to do with the title of this entry. Keep reading, you'll get it....

Well it was actually at 6:50, not 6, that I woke up. Yee-ha.

After some lazy time and a leisurely breakfast, off to the pool. I had no intention of exposing my skin to any more sun this trip but luckily for me, there IS no sun today. I didn't know clouds were even allowed in the Caribbean. I always assumed when clouds rolled down from Florida that a magical portal transported them to the Pacific Northwest. Apparently that is not the case.

In fact it's so cloudy and cold that the hot tubs are only lukewarm tubs and there is not a single soul willing to brave the pool. We had lunch at the pool and headed back to the room to relax on our last sea day. Tracey actually went deep, deep, deep into the wardrobe and pulled out her wool socks!!

We hung out in our room until it was time for our dinner reservations at their signature steakhouse. We took the bottle of Robert Mondavi 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon that I had purchased before the cruise and we had intended to drink in our suite but never got around to it. It was terrific for the price, which was around $50 (so I'm guessing 30ish in a store) from the cruise line.

After an excellent dinner we decided for a little drinky-poo in one of the lounges. We started off with an Italian wine that was sour so we sent it back and changed to a 2010 Pinot Noir from the Mondavis again; this time Isabelle Mondavi. Very good; one of my favourite Napa Valley Pinots.

As we were sitting there up came the lounge singer to perform a couple of sets. One of us made a Justin Bieber joke which lead us to discover that she is in fact, Canadian. Small world.

Not only that, she's from Vancouver! Really small world.

Actually she's not from Vancouver, she just bought a condo in a little town outside of Vancouver called Chilliwack!!!!!! Holy f***ing small world, Batman!! Apparently when she's not on the ships she performs in a restaurant in Chilliwack so we can check that out in the summer. We are the first people she has ever run into from Chilliwack in her many years on the ships.

Oh, and I hope you all have that song in your head now. You're welcome.

After a couple of excellent sets, we close the joint down and get back to our room, only to find out that we have to be up in a few hours to go through US Customs and Immigration before we can depart the boat in Key West tomorrow. That would have been good information to have had a day or two ago so we could have gone to bed a bit earlier tonight!!!!!!!

Thursday April 17th

OMFG it's early but we are up for our 645 AM time to clear Customs. The lineup is already about a million guests deep, and the US officials are late arriving. It takes us about an hour and a half to get through the lineup and about 45 seconds once we get to our very friendly Customs Officer who looks at our passports, asks one question, and sends us on our way. At least we won't have to go through the same thing in Miami tomorrow.

The buffet is filled with everyone who has already passed through ahead of us so we grab some food and end up sitting outside by the pool to eat it. After a few minutes there it's starting to get too hot for me. Today is going to be a warm one.

Back up to the room where Tracey is going to try to sleep for another hour or so before our tour of Key West begins.

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