Majesty of the Seas Live Blog: Day 4

How did it get to be the last day of the cruise already?? Day 4 was our day at sea, and so I took advantage and slept in…until almost 8 am. Woohoo!

I had signed up for the brunch and galley tour at 11 am, so my morning was pretty much taken up with writing the previous day’s blog post and ingesting large amounts of coffee. (You may have noticed that none of my posts have mentioned breakfast – I’m currently on an eating plan called intermittent fasting, where I only drink black coffee and water until noon each day. It’s been a surprisingly easy “diet” to follow on a cruise!)

I showed up around five minutes to 11 for the galley tour, which met in one of the dining rooms. I was surprised to see almost a hundred other people waiting as well – apparently this event is very popular! The event cost $30 per person and included a tour of the galley areas along with unlimited champagne/mimosas, followed by a sit-down brunch (and the continuation of said mimosas). I maayyyy have had a few mimosas, which made sitting down to edit and post the blog entry I’d written earlier a bit of a challenge!

I enjoyed most of the afternoon having some down time in my cabin. At this point, I must sound like a really lame, boring person, but I can promise you (and people will vouch for this) that’s not true! I’m what you might call an extroverted introvert, and while I enjoyed chatting with people throughout this cruise (something that’s a lot easier when you’re cruising solo, I found), I also really enjoyed the opportunities to be quiet by myself, reading a book or checking Twitter.

After dinner, I stopped in the casino to play some video poker before catching the production show for the evening. I won a big hand and was up by $20, hurray! But then I came back later and lost it all back again…I’m beginning to see a trend here. The show was a little disappointing, so I left early to go back to my room and pack up, then go to bed.

It was on Day 4 that I started to get an indication that my flights home might be affected by some wintry weather. The forecast looked increasingly dire as the day went on, so I set my alarm for 6 am (about the time I figured we’d have cell service in anticipation of our 7 am arrival) so I could call the airline to try to get on earlier flights, and to make sure that I’d be on the very first shuttle from the port back to the airport just in case an earlier flight was available.

My last night at sea ended with the motion of the ship gently rocking me to sleep. I’m really going to miss this….

Read Day 5’s blog here.

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog: Day 2

Day 2 started early, but fortunately not as early as Day 1! My alarm was set for 6:30 am, but I actually woke up around 6:20 as it was starting to get light in the room. Around 6:45, I put on clothes and headed up to the pool deck to catch the sunrise and drink some coffee. I was planning to go to CocoCay fairly early, as I had rented a beach bed and wanted to make the most of it, but I knew that I didn’t want to wait in line for the first few tenders. So I took my time, worked on my Day 1 blog post, drank some coffee, and chatted with some fellow cruisers.

They announced around 8:30 am that the tenders had started running, so I went to my cabin to get ready for the day. I finished up the first day’s live blog and posted it while in my cabin. Around 9:15, I started heading for Deck 2 to get in the line for a tender, only to find – surprise! – that the line wound up the stairs back to Deck 3. Fortunately, once a new tender pulled up to the ship, the line moved quickly (a staff member told us that the tenders hold about 250 people each; on a ship the size of Majesty, that’s not a problem!).

The tender ride to CocoCay is quick and easy, though it will still be nice when the new pier is finished next year. I walked off the tender and found the pickup spot for beach beds, where I boarded a shuttle that took me to the private beach where beds and bungalows are located – it’s at the far end of the area, so while you could certainly walk, it’s nice to have a ride!

I’ll write more about my beach bed experience, but overall I’d say that it was a very positive one, and I’ll definitely consider a beach bed again (especially if I can get it on sale like I did this time). As you may have seen in the pictures, I’m a sunburn-prone ginger, but the bungalow afforded me enough shade to spend nearly four hours on the beach…although it didn’t work out exactly as I had planned.

I headed back to the ship via the tender a little after 2 pm and made a remarkably responsible decision: I was going to go to the gym! It would have been easy to be dissuaded (ladies, if you’ve ever tried to put on a sports bra when you’re already sweaty, you know what I mean, haha), but I persevered and made my way to the fitness center at the back of the ship, where I walked for about 30 minutes on the treadmill while looking out at some beautiful blue waters. Hey, if you have to get some exercise, it’s not a bad way to do it!

After the gym, I headed back to the room to shower and clean up. I’d gotten a bucket of ice earlier in the day to chill down one of the bottles of wine I brought on board, but I realized that I didn’t have a corkscrew. But not a problem – I had met some ladies staying in a cabin down the hall who mentioned they had brought one with them. So I traded a couple of glasses of wine for the use of their corkscrew – not a bad deal for either of us! J

As I’m used to eating much later, my assigned 6 pm dinner time kind of snuck up on me. It was formal night, so I put on my dress and poured myself a glass of wine to bring along to dinner with me. (The cruise lines will often charge a corkage fee if you bring your own bottle of wine to dinner, but bringing a glass is no problem!)

After dinner, I went back to my room to change into more comfortable clothes for the evening. I stopped in the casino to kill some time before the 7:30 show and won about $30 at video poker. Feeling pleased with myself, I cashed out my winnings and headed to the theater. The production show was very good, and three of the four singers were really excellent. (We’ll just leave at that.) At the end of the show, one of the passengers proposed to his girlfriend! It was very clever and she said yes, so everyone was in a good mood.

Riding high on the positive vibes, I made my way back to the casino and promptly lost $40 on a slot machine. I guess that’s how these things stay in business, huh? Because I was able to quit while I was behind on Day 2, I was still able to say that I was up for the trip, as I won about $75 on the first night.

I checked my watch. It was 10 pm. I decided I was tired, so I went back to my cabin and went to bed. This traveling alone thing isn’t half bad….

Read Day 3’s blog here.