We decided we needed aliases, in case we wanted to embarrass each other and others (who us?). I am Coco and she is Vivica. So far I’ve only told one person my fake name and I almost messed that up, LOL.
Did I mention my flight from Atlanta was fabulous? I read til page 69 Born in Death by JD Robb then took a nap the rest of the flight. The only bad thing was, I was on the aisle seat and didn’t bring my pillow. Live and learn, live and learn.
It took me 45 minutes to get my shuttle to the hotel, I was NOT happy to say the least. The hotel was only 3 miles away. The guy who did pick me up says he doesn’t know what happened to the guy who had the shift before him since that was his first run of the day. Once I got to the hotel I was ok though. I called Nally and let her know I was in town and I rested for an hour before she came to pick me up. Once she was there we were off to the airport to pick up Su, talking and laughing all of the way. It’s been 3 years since we had seen each other. Way too long!
Of course, the first thing that has to be done once we pick up Su is eat. We had decided ahead of time to go to Mojitos, a Cuban restaurant. We wanted local food. I told Su I wanted a cute waiter and good friend that she is she asked. We had a waiter that we could play with and he was cute. I’m sorry, I didn’t get a pic, we spent our time having him take pics of us. He stopped complaining once I explained to him the reason my pic had to be re-taken was because I wanted to show off my tits more, LOL. I was supposed to get his email address but I forgot, I was too busy chatting with the girls.
As you saw from the other pics, we had a lot of food. We ordered a pitcher of mojitos and Su and I got the combo platter with steak, chicken, shrimp, fish and pork. I had the plantains and Su had the rice and beans. The steak and shrimp was fantastic but the other meats were a little dry. Once we came back to the hotel (Days Inn) there were a ton of people outside. Turns out they have a nightclub here but we were all too tired to go there. Instead we went to the room and talked til midnight and then when Nally went home we were going to go to sleep and 3 and a half hours later we did. Su and I together means bedroom gossip. We always end up talking until the wee hours of the morning whenever we sleep in the same room.
I had a great night’s sleep but poor Su didn’t. We were leisurely getting ready when the office called to let us know the shuttle was leaving an hour earlier then we were told which meant, no blog! Damn them! The worst wart was, we rushed to get there then waited for half an hour for the shuttle, again, you know I was not happy. They also charged us for using the safe, all hotels charge everyone for using the safe, they just put it on the bill. I was pissed. I didn’t use the safe and shouldn’t be charged for using it. I’ve stayed in hotels all across the country and never had that happened. I will be writing a letter. Yes, it was only $2 but that is $2 of my money! Then we get on the FREE shuttle and are told the port charges them $2 a person. If we has known that we could have taken a taxi with the other people waiting and it would have been cheaper and less of a wait. But we had fun playing with our other passengers. They didn’t know what to make of us, imagine that.
On paper they say you can’t board til 1:30pm so we worried we weren’t going to get food, LOL and weren’t going to be able to board since it was only 11:30am but we were able to board immediately. Su’s favorite part of the whole trip so far was when we were going through security this big female security chick poked me in the belly and told me I shouldn’t eat too much. Of course I laughed and was like, hell yeah I’ll be eating. She said if I ate a lot I would have a belly like her. Now why didn’t she poke Su’s belly? LOL! Bitch!
Even though we embarked early we couldn’t get to our room til 1:30pm we could eat right away woot woot! Off we went to get some food. They had 2 sides of the buffet with different foods but we went with the short line which was turkey. The turkey gravy was sooooo good I had to get extra turkey just so I could have more gravy, LOL. Su’s first meal, she was hungry!
Nally told me they had 24/7 soft serve while we were at the store the previous night and I must say, I got a little wet at the thought! But I was too full to eat some after my lunch but don’t worry, I went back after the lifeboat drill to get some! I don’t want to let Nancy down, my fellow soft serve lover!
This is on the top deck just after lunch, the water was beautiful.
So once we feasted we headed to our room. Our bags weren’t there yet (Su said to tip them $2 to make sure we got them, I was only going to give him $1) so much for the extra buck! But our rooms, while small were pretty nice. Su turned on the tv and I took a nap until it was time for our lifeboat drill. We didn’t want to go but it was mandatory. It was a big waste of time and Su was not happy, she wouldn’t even smile for the pic, she didn’t sleep well and wanted to be back in the room.
Oh, btw, when we left our room for the drill our bags were sitting outside of our room! They couldn’t knock? So we went back to the room to unpack and pull out the bottles of water and champagne that we smuggled in. Yay, they weren’t confiscated!
After we unpacked we wandered around some more and maybe had another drink. We wanted to go to the bon voyage party but it was too loud and too generic so we were hanging out in the Star Bar were the casino was. We happened upon where the sushi bar was so we had some sushi once they opened and then again went back to our room. It’s so great to be able to come and go as you want without having to take taxis. We decided to read until it was time for dinner. There were a lot of things we wanted to participate in but we had chosen the late dinner seating and of course, the things we wanted to do were at the same time. Dinner takes priority. I was excited to meet some new people at our table. Well, the new people we met were out waiters Herold and Sudan (who is a cutie). We had the table to ourselves. Our reputation proceeded us. That’s ok, gave us more room to eat. We ordered 3 apps, a salad and 2 entrees. Herold thought that was just my order and he didn’t even flinch, LOL. The food was portobello mushrooms, smoked duck, shrimp cocktail, seafood newberg and beef wellington as well as a small salad. The portions weren’t that big but it’s not like we needed big portions, LOL. I have to say, the food was just ok. I have higher hopes for tonight’s lobster and prime rib. The beef was pretty good and really tender. The best part of the meal was the desserts. We ordered a cheese plate )we decided this is a must every night) fresh fruit and key lime pie. Su ate the pie and I had the fruit nd we shared the cheese. We’re in great with our waiters, as if there was any doubt. We had fun with them and honestly, I think we’ll be happy if we don’t have anyone sit with us the rest of the trip. You know we entertain ourselves. Here are Sudan and Herold, the best waiters and so cute!
We then went to the liqour tasting. It was mostly rum so I only tried one drink and it was sort of a white russian. It was ok. Then we went back to our room to freshen up and then head to the Star Bar where the singles over 21 were supposed to meet and greet. Let me say, there was no meat and greeting. Su and I were mainly the only ones there other then the people who came by to grab drinks so we pounded our drinks (something very common with Su) and went to check out the dance clubs. The Passage to India had a live band playing but they were on break so we went to the Diamond club where disco was supposed to be. It was smoky and the music was not disco so we went back to India. The waiter said the band was awesome and he was not lying! It was a Filipino band called Music Asia and they rocked! They had a bass player who looked 60 and rocked! All of the band sang and they were soooo good. The best was the drummer who sounded exactly like Steve Perry. We stayed for a whole set. We had the best seats in the house and of course we showed our pleasure in the music singing along and when they started singing Rick Springfield I did the whole we’re not worthy bow, LOL. We had so much fun with them and will be going back every night to see them.
After their set we wanted to do the midnight meal, of course! I got the burger and Su had the hot dog. We were planning on going back to the club but decided to go to the room and read instead. It was a wonderful first day, especially since in my mind, Monday was a throwaway day. Since we didn’t depart til 4pm I wasn’t expecting much. The people here are very nice and the ride has been extremely smooth. The only kink is that our neighbors like to hang out in the hallway. At least they’re not morning people, LOL.
PS: Su is making me take the stairs everywhere. My calves are KILLING me!