If you are following my mom, brothers, uncle and cousin on Facebook, Instagram or Google+ then you are probably on our trip overload. Sucks for you. lol! Nah, just kidding. After my vacation ended Monday I started to remove stuff from my caloric intake. No sugar, no dairy of any kind and no bread just good ole meats, veggies and gallons of water. I have been feeling a lot better. My asthma seemed to calm down a good amount. Then today I folded. Monique asked me what I wanted to eat after the meeting. I named several things that seemed healthy until we decided on Chinese buffet. Man, I caved hard. But on the upside I only had one small plate of food and a big ol cup of sprite. Sugar addiction is tough stuff man. I’m gonna beat it.
We pick up Sunday morning, 10/18/15. We all agreed that we were gonna sleep in and try and get to the port early. I shared a room with my parents and my brother David. My brother and Dad are humongous snores. Lucky me, right? I tried to get to sleep before they did but I spent the night shoving David to turn over to stop snoring and my Dad sounding like a fog horn in the other bed. I have sympathies for all married woman. I don’t think I snore…but then again I sleep in my own big, spacious bed. So who knows? The next morning we got up a little later than planned, showered and shuttled to the port by our friendly Mexican shuttle driver. It was a breeze of a check in since there were very few people around 12 pm. Once you pass check in the Royal Caribbean people flood you with stuff. I signed up for something that I was against. For months I proclaimed that I was only drinking the free stuff and water on the boat. But after a second of peer pressure I was plucking down $122 total for a soda, water, and coffee package. Side note, I only drank soda 5 times.
Once on the ship the eight of us hurried up to the 11th deck for a buffet breakfast/lunch. I intended to eat healthy this trip but that went out the second I put a piece of baguette on my plate. On my first cruise Chris, our friend Noe and I spent the whole cruise EATING. We ate at breakfast, lunch, teatime, pizza time, snack time, dinner time, late dinner time, sushi time and pizza time again. Before heading to bed we had a frozen yogurt cone. I was fat when I came home. So fat that at the early morning service group meeting Michelle claimed, “wow you got fat!” Lol, I could barely button my suit jacket when I got back home. My second cruise I ate moderately/carefully. My third cruise I started a new way of eating so I didn’t stray off and stuck pretty close to my guidelines. This time around I reasoned that I don’t go crazy all the time and felt like I could live a little. I lived and I’m not ashamed of it!
We spent most of the day exploring the boat. The guys and I found this awesome pub onboard. We immediately designated that place as our place. The owner and lead waiter told us that they were happy that we came onboard because the last several cruises had all been older people. After about 5 minutes of the five of us rejoicing with the two pub guys we got down to business. Beer and bring it! The bar waiter was named Tiago and was from Brazil. But to me, he just looked and sounded like Pitbull. Dale!!! Pitbull convinced David into ordering a Trappist beer called Chimay Blue Reserve. It was the expensive beer that they had on board and cost $16. David being the baller that he is went for it. Over the years I’ve developed a love for beer. I used to repulse at it and stuck only to fruity common cocktails. But with the help and suggestions of friends I’m now a lager, ale, IPA, Hefeweizen and stout drinker. Heck, I don’t discriminate against beer. I’ll drink anything…except for Budweiser, Coors Light and the like. This beer was delicious and I recommend that you go out to your local Total Wine and purchase a bottle. You’ll thank me for it.
Our assigned seating was at 8:30 pm in the formal dinning room. I’m not gonna lie, 8:30 is tough to eat. Cause after you eat, your full and tired and just want to die. We had these cool waiters. I spent the day speaking in a Russian/German accent. I think accents are awesome. It turned out that our waitress was Russian. She was very friendly and props to her for learning English in four months! In formal dinning they hand you a menu to look over and order an appetizer and entrée. If you haven’t cruised before what you will want to know is that you can order more than one appetizer and entrée. We forgot to inform my Uncle Jose of this but then again it was our first night and there would be plenty of more times to eat mass quantities.