Ivan and I woke up at 7:30 am on March 7, 2010. We packed everything up. Scott wanted us to wake up to say goodbye. But, we looked to see if he was on the couch but it looked like somebody else. I don’t like waking people up anyway. We wrote to Scott and Ryan saying thank you and goodbye.
Ivan started driving to Galveston at 8:40 am. We had to wait for the ferry to go across. We arrived in the parking lot around 1 pm. Soon, we’d be off on a cruise for 7 days. (It’s a sidetrip from our road trip of America) There’s parking for 7 days for $50 if you book it online. Otherwise, it’s $55 if you pay for it the same day.
We got on the shuttle bus to the Carnival Conquest boat. The porter take your bags. You just tip then and they take your bags to your room. We had to wait in line to check in. It took about 2 hours. We got the keys. We dropped things off to the room. We went to eat at the buffet at 3:15 pm. The tilapia was really good.
We went back to the room to wait for the bags. It takes awhile for the bags to arrive since they come piece by piece.
Ivan and I checked out the boat. We saw bars, lounges and restaurants. It’s a huge boat with 12 floors.
We thought it was a little dizzying looking out our window and seeing the ocean go by.
We came back to our room and it was clean. There was also a animal made out of a towel on our bed.
Ivan had read about this online.
We didn’t get an assigned time for eating. So, we saw a long line of people at Renoir. People were trying to get a table. Ivan thought we’d checked out Monet. We got a table there at 8:15 pm.
We started off with a tasty cream of tomato soup and a gazpacho. We shared two main courses of mahi mahi and a chicken dish with penne pasta. The mahi mahi wasn’t very flavorful. The chicken went perfectly with the pasta.
Ivan read on the internet about the cult classic favorite dessert the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. It’s so heavenly! The ice cream that comes with it isn’t much though.
We went to see the Welcome Aboard show. There was lots of dancing. The cruise director Chris is English. He was making fun of people that were on stage (for games) but nobody really got it except a few people.
We saw Marc Rubben, a ventriloquist. He was alright.
Next, we joined the Around the World Tour at 11 pm. Three guides took us to a couple bars and lounges. We ended up singing Summer Nights from Grease at the karaoke bar. It was guys and girls singing – each side with one microphone. Our last stop was Henri’s Disco. It’s the nightclub.
There was a musical chairs game. Eight guys volunteered and they were the chairs. Ivan volunteered for it. So, the guys went on all fours and the girls would sit on their backs. I was eliminated the first round.
Ivan was the last guy. I guess he won something.. but he didn’t collect it. Here’s the video of Ivan in the musical chairs contest:
We started dancing in Henri’s for awhile. It was pop music playing.
We walked around the boat. Ivan wanted to go into the jacuzzi. But, I didn’t have my swim suit with me. We went back to Henri’s. The music was hip hop which we don’t like – so we headed back to the room.
Ivan wanted to get some room service. I still can’t believe it’s free. Almost all food on board is free. We saw a coffee shop that charges for coffee and pastries. I guess it’s independent. It’s just silly to pay when you can go to the buffet and get desserts, coffee and pastries for free. We got a chicken fajita sandwich and an open faced shrimp sandwich. It was really good!
We were so tired and went to sleep.