Daily Archives: March 9, 2010

Off on the Cruise

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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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Music Festival

Ivan went to lunch at Dreyer’s with Scott and his friends on March 6, 2010.  He told me that I could sleep more and he would bring me some food.  He brought me back yummy catfish with yams and an egg salad.

We went to the Geronimo Festival with Scott, Ryan and their friends.  It’s a music festival filled mostly of local bands.  The entrance is $15 per person.

We saw The Scoundrels.  They’re a band from London.  One of Scott’s friends knows the band.  They were good.

We got a chicken gyro sandwich from the deli nearby.

We went to Blue Moon.  We saw a popular local band called The Givers there.  It was freaking packed in the venue.   Ivan and I sat high on our chairs and had a good view.  They’re folk rock.  I can’t believe how the band is so energetic. 

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The music is very unique and fun.  Many people in the crowd jump up and down or just dance around.

We walked to Artmosphere.  There was a band playing there.  But, it wasn’t anything special.

We had dinner at The Filling Station.  Ivan and I shared a chicken salad stuffed in an avocado, a shrimp salad stuffed in an avocado, chicken tortilla soup and a chicken taco.  The chicken tortilla soup wasn’t very warm so the waitress got it re-heated.  But, it wasn’t hot only a little warm.  The avocados with the salads were really good.

We saw Ryan back at The Artmosphere.  We planned to meet them at Sadie’s downtown for the Fleur de Tease show.

We walked to Sadie’s.  It was crowded in there.  We were near the stage, but I couldn’t see since I’m so short.  It sucks being short and not being able to see at shows or concerts.  Fleur de Tease is a burlesque show from New Orleans.  It was alright.  We left since we wanted to go to bed early since we had an early start tomorrow.  We said good bye to Scott and left around 9:30 pm.

Ivan and I went back to the house and used the internet.  Then, it was time to sleep.

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