We had three sea days on this sailing which made the DH a little nervous. He wondered if there would be sufficient activities to entertain our diverse party of eight. Having recently completed Royal Caribbean University, I knew we’d be just fine.
The Cruise Compass (daily planner) seemed to overflow with activities. However, the kids were more interested in the pool and finally visiting Adventure Ocean kids’ club. They didn’t even venture up to the slides and flow rider on day 3. They left that for days 7 and 8, but more on that later.
As for the adults, we broke up into groups. My mother-in-law hung out at the pool bar most of the morning. There was live entertainment, people watching, and of course tropical drinks. The DH and I went exploring. We briefly checked out the Solarium (the adult-only zone) but left shortly after as we are unfamiliar to the whole concept of peace and quiet, and kids-free. Maybe in a few years. We also wondered around less popular areas including the Blue Lounge with ceiling to floor windows, the non-denominational chapel, conference room – yes, a conference room in case you’re thinking of planning a board meeting at sea, and Peek-a-Boo Bridge which offered a bird’s eye view into the command center. It was empty when we peeked on Day 3, but was plenty occupied the next three days.
At some point we ran into the other adults and ended up in the Imperial Lounge for a game of Bingo. All together we won a whopping $1.00. A few tables over, a group won $2,000 on scratch-off tickets. Lucky bastards!
After licking out wounds, we lazed around in the library, people-watched by the pool, shopped the Promenade, and hit the buffet more times than should have been allowed.
Since Grammy and Grandpa were in charge of the kids, and my brother and mother-in-law retired early, the DH and I went to see Invitation to Dance, one of RCL’s production shows (the other is Can’t Stop the Rock). During planning, I learned that Adventure of the Seas did not have Broadway or Broadway-style shows on board. Rather, there are 40-50 minute evening shows. This particular one featured the ship’s dancers in one ensemble after the other. I quite enjoyed it, but the DH would have preferred to stay in the library playing Sudoku. Party pooper!
There were a few classes I thought about attending, but never made it. I made a note to try again on the next sea day.
Needless to say the DH was worried about nothing. Everyone enjoyed a full day at sea.
Next, I’ll recap Day 4, our visit to Old San Juan on Christmas Day.
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