Behind the Fun!

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I went on a fabulous 7-day Western Caribbean cruise with my two sons and my grandson the end of February and returned on March 6. Actually, the word “fabulous” doesn’t begin to describe our week-long trip, which was too short!

This was the first cruise for my youngest son, Michael and his 9-year old son, Dillon, and part of my fun was watching them and observing all the “firsts” they experienced. It was Dillon’s first airplane ride (except when he was an infant which he doesn’t remember), first moving sidewalk in the airport, first train ride in the airport, first for so many things, and he loved all of it. He was interviewed by the Cruise director and shown on TV, and lots of people on the ship commented about seeing him. When asked what his favorite thing about the cruise was, he said it was the pool! I think he may have set a record for climbing the steps to the big water slide the most. He and his dad spent a lot of time in the water.

My oldest son, Rob, works for Carnival Cruise line, and I can say that it sure has its “perks” being with someone who works for the company. Dillon had special smoothies brought to him at every meal, and we had special desserts many times as well. We had the great thrill of being asked by the captain if we’d like to visit the bridge and watch our departure from the port at Isla Roatan. How fascinating it was to watch how this process takes place. Of course, we had our picture taken with the captain, and other crew members. We were also invited by the Captain to have dinner in his private dining room one evening and were able to learn more about him. He has a 17 year old son who is following in his footsteps (even though he said he tried to get him to become a lawyer or a doctor! ha) and also has a 17-month old who is a typical infant getting into everything! He’s from Italy, and I learned that all of the captains on the Carnival cruise line are from Italy. Interesting, huh?

Rob and I also had dinner with the Chef one evening, along with 14 other people. We started out with a tour of the kitchen and galley and had 3 appetizer courses brought to us there. Then, we proceeded to the private dining room for a 7-course meal that defies description. Everything was beautifully served and tasted delicious. At the end, we each received a group picture and a cookbook, both autographed by the chef, who is from India. We learned all sorts of interesting facts about how much produce, meat, beverages, etc. are brought on the ship at the ports of call.

Then there were the excursions – swimming with dolphins, zipline, airboats, snorkeling and much more. Of course, my favorite thing was visiting the spa and having wonderful, relaxing massages — I’m such the adventurous type! ha

All in all, it was a vacation full of wonderful memories. I’m getting ready to make my Caribbean Cruise scrapbook so we can all revisit the countries and relieve all the memories over and over again. I felt so blessed to be able to make this trip with “my 3 boys!” We are already making plans for our next cruise.

One of the things that really stands out in my mind is the “customer service” and positive attitude of EVERYONE who works on the ship. They all ask about your day, how you are, inquire if you want anything, and when thanked, they respond ‘My pleasure.’ I know a lot of businesses that could sure use some customer training such as the Carnival employees receive. And, they do everything with a smile!

I almost forgot to tell about our last adventure while on the ship. It’s called “Behind the fun,” and it consisted of a walking 4-hour tour of all of the behind the scenes things on the ship — including the laundry, which was my favorite part, the kitchen and galley, the electrical and engine rooms, the bridge (again), the training center, the dressing rooms and behind the stage where the wonderful musical productions take place, the recycling center, the Steakhouse and much more. I have a much greater appreciation for what all of these people do and how well they do it since taking the tour. At the end, we each received souvenirs to take home with us. If you ever go on a cruise, and have the option of taking this tour, please do so. It’s quite an eye-opener.

And, last but not least, every night when we returned to our rooms, we had a different towel animal to greet us (along with chocolate). I even bought the book on hold to fold these creatures, so maybe in another blog, I’ll share some of my creations.

Thanks for letting me share some of our special memories. I’d love to hear about your cruise adventures!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy Fields
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 17:37:27

    Hooray for a wonderful cruise!! Loved reading about it and seeing some photos. Hope to see more!

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