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Last Cruise Pictures…
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Psst! For yesterday’s winner, you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of this post! ~DD

Well, I’ve finally arrived at the last days of the cruise. It was a 10-days, 9-nights cruise, and still I hated to see it end. Sasha White and I had a wonderful time. I managed to get some work done here and there. Nothing impressive. The best benefit for my muse was the chance to experience new things and take in some incredible sights.

For the more ambitious traveler, cruise ships offer non-stop entertainments. My favorite was the ice show, which I watched twice. It was spectacular, and I wasn’t even a little bit prejudiced by the fact that one of Sasha’s friends from back home was part of the cast! Most of my shots are blurs, like this one, because there’s so much movement. But the colors are lovely, aren’t they?

At the center, the guy holding the other skater aloft is Brad, Sasha’s friend, whose suggestion it was that we cruise on this ship.


We partied several times with the ice cast and the dancers from another show. Here’s a shot of the skaters and dancers from one of those evenings. Brad’s on the far right.

Every meal introduced us to new people. We didn’t sign up for a particular table and had fun getting placed with total strangers. These sisters were among the first we dined with, and after that we’d stop to chat wherever we found them.

Did I mention that we got an invitation to visit the bridge of the ship?

Yup, that’s me in the captain’s chair. We had a little tour of the bridge and got a chance to ask questions about where the best places to hide bodies might be. Strangely, it wasn’t the crew that came up with the best suggestions, but the skaters!

On the next to the last day of our cruise, Sasha said we should have a girly-day. We went to the spa and had our hair cut and colored. Sasha’s is so cute!

Mine’s…short! And I haven’t been able to tame the curl and frizz as well as the beautician did since!

That afternoon, the weather took a turn. It grew cold, the waves became choppy. This is the fourth deck and the waves are splashing over it. I caught a shot, then they closed off the deck. I guess they were afraid someone might be swept overboard. But by the end of the storm, even the 11th deck was closed.

By 4 PM that afternoon the ship was like a ghost town. Everyone was in their cabins getting sick. Sasha and I tried to hold out, but walking was impossible because the ship pitched that violently.

We retired and stayed there. Neither of us ended up hugging the toilet, but we were green. At 4 AM, I woke up to calm seas and feeling hungry. I hit a cafe, then headed up to the 11th deck. When I walked outside, I entered a snow flurry.

The deck looks a little different when it’s covered in snow!

I wasn’t the only person checking out the weather.

A few hours later, the ship docked at Newark. I couldn’t resist a final shot of The Explorer of the Seas.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little travelogue. Be sure to catch Sasha’s blog to get her side of the story!

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Now, back to yesterday’s contest. Here are my answers, although y’all did very well. Some of you appeared to be having more fun than others with this game!

1. Sea Monster
2. The bottom of the sea
3. Shark
4. A Chinese junk, but maybe it really was a pirate’s ship like several of you suggested!
5. Squid
6. Flower garden
7. Statue of liberty
8. Eagle
9. Baseball player—and if it’s someone in particular, I think it’s Babe Ruth
10. Big Ben
11. A young Queen Elizabeth

And the winner (by random number generator, promise!) of a magnet from the islands, a signed copy of TO SERVE AND PROTECT, and whatever else I can find from my promo stash to put into the box, is….Lyoness2009!

7 comments to “Last Cruise Pictures…”

  1. Sasha
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      · December 30th, 2009 at 1:08 pm · Link

    You tell things so wonderfully. I’m putting the pictures I took of the performances on Facebook. There is so many of them, and many of them turned out pretty good. Too many for me to chose which to post on my blog. I’ll do the facebook thing today so if people want to see more of the ice show and such they can go there. :)

    Re Hair: Have you tried using the flat iron yet? It really helps get rid of frizzies. Oh, and I almost bought you some hair stuff last night, but they didn’t have the one I use, so it’ll have to wait until i get to the right store (was at the grocery store last night) You’ll like it. I promise.



  2. Delilah Devlin
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      · December 30th, 2009 at 2:57 pm · Link

    I haven’t tried the flat iron yet, but promise I will! And thanks for thinking of me when you’re shopping for hair product. :lol:



  3. SonyaM
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      · December 30th, 2009 at 4:43 pm · Link

    Thank you very much for sharing your pictures. They are FANTASTIC.

    btw – love both your’s and Sasha’s new hair styles.



  4. MJ
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      · December 30th, 2009 at 7:05 pm · Link

    Your bob! I love it!



  5. Delilah Devlin
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      · December 31st, 2009 at 12:29 am · Link

    Sonya! Glad you enjoyed them. And thanks. I haven’t had my hair this short since I was in the Army.

    MJ! Thanks, hon!!



  6. Fedora
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      · December 31st, 2009 at 6:00 pm · Link

    Very nice, DD!! Love the new ‘dos! And thanks for recapping for those of us not fortunate enough to tag along ;) Congrats, Lyoness!



  7. Delilah Devlin
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      · January 1st, 2010 at 8:59 pm · Link

    Fedora! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m glad I was able to take the trip just so I could entertain you afterward! :smile: