Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Escaping Insanity: A Cruising Trip Report. Day 6: Ropin’ and Glowin’…the beginning of the end… (Part 2)

You can read part 1 of this day HERE.

After eating, we did a little more exploring around the ship and stumbled upon the Dolce Gelato store when it was open.  For research purposes, we all had to get one.

The other three decided that a nap sounded good.  Me?  Nope!  First, I called the box office to cancel our reservation for that night’s 7:30 showing of The Brat Pack; I would have definitely seen it again, but I think everyone was a little tired and wanted a down day.

I think that this may be a place to stick a pin for future reference…the other three decided on a nap, but I kept on going…just like I did the previous day.

Folks…this is known as “foreshadowing”

I headed to the casino and was looking for either a craps table or a blackjack table with $5 minimums.  Unfortunately, it appeared that $10 was the lowest min on any table that I saw, so I opted to head into the Skyline and have a drink or two while I did a little video poker.  I decided early on that $40 was the max I would play with, and I actually only played $20…I made it last about 45 minutes before it was gone.

I headed back to the room around 5:00 to see who was up.  I think Aaron was the only one awake, so we watched a little TV while the others slept.  A little while later, the other two arose, and we decided on the Manhattan Room for supper.  Being that it was nearing 7 pm, we were hoping there wouldn’t be too long of a wait, and we were seated within 5 minutes of arriving #yesssss

Geronimo was our server…he was awesomely insane!!!  He had a huge smile and a wit that just comes naturally to some people.  The entrees were a bit more hit-or-miss with this particular meal, but it was still a great experience with the waitstaff.

We asked to see if he would be able to take a family picture for us, and I jokingly said that he needed to be in the picture...the result?

Afterward, we headed outside to the aft to watch the wake…well…we tried to, but I think Sheri was getting a little vertigo from watching the wake fly behind us though the motion was the opposite direction.  We didn’t stay in that area too terribly long.

We still had a little bit of time before the Glow Party was slated to start. We walked around the shops a bit and checked out the photos that had been taken; Sheri and I were both noting which ones we were planning to purchase.  We checked out the art for a bit, too.  Eventually, we worked our way back to the stateroom and put on our now (just about) dry Glow Shirts.  Aaron decided that he didn’t want to go, despite prodding from me (teenagers…).  Around 10:30, Sheri, Eric, and I made our way back to Spice H2O, where the Family Glow party had just wrapped up.  I wanted to get some video of the party to post, so I wanted to get a couple of different locations over time.  We first started out near the front, just a little left of center.  This ended up being what I think was a perfect location to experience the party.  I’ll let the video speak for itself here.

More pics:

We then headed up a deck to get an overhead(ish) view of the party...yep...still insane!

After about a half-hour of footage, we all decided that we had received our fill of techno music, so we meandered around a bit and checked in on the Chocolate Cowboy, who had his regulars at the bar.  Sheri and I ordered a draft, while Eric got his usual cherry soda. 

…and then…

…it hit me.

Yeah, I probably should have paced myself over the past several days.  Exhaustion came over me, and I just wanted to crawl into bed and sleep for about ten hours.  I dragged myself up to the room, and I collapsed.  As I (quickly) fell asleep, I hoped that I’d be back to 100% for the last full day of the cruise.

Yeah, right.

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