I don’t know about you, but this week has been going pretty well for me so far. I guess that happens when on vacation with your handsome husband.
We certainly have enjoyed ourselves so far! I know I will want to cherish these memories forever, so what better way than to capture them in the blog…and share them with you at the same time?
After a very early morning, we arrived into New Orleans around lunch time on Sunday and immediately got a second wind. Seeing your cruise ship has a way of doing that to you.
After getting all checked in on Sunday, we spent much of the afternoon walking around the ship – checking out the locations of everything, reviewing the week’s scheduled events, hanging out on the decks, and looking into the various restaurants on board. While doing all that we booked ourselves dinner at Versailles – one of the main dining halls that had a pretty good sounding menu for the night.
I decided to order myself a few different items than I normally may choose off the menu and, for the most part, they did not disappoint. I went with a cream of mushroom soup, a Moroccan sweet potato cake with a chickpea and fig salad, and finished off with a slice of cheesecake for my dessert.
The cream of mushroom soup blew me away and the flavors of the Moroccan sweet potato cake with the chickpea salad were quite satisfying, although a bit lukewarm in temperature. I didn’t care too much for the cheesecake, though, and ended up eating more of Peter’s key lime pie instead. Now that was good!
By the time we finished dinner, the long day had hit both of us so we immediately headed back to our room. We were immediately greeted by this little guest.
I think the towel creations are one of my favorite parts of cruises. I don’t know why, but they are. It’s fun to know you have a little random surprise awaiting you each night.
Moving on to Day 1 of the cruise….when the real fun begins! Yesterday we spent the day at sea sailing to our first port of call. That meant a mostly low-key day for us. I did manage a three mile run in the morning, but we completely chilled the rest of the day.
Up first following my three miles, FOOD! Lucky for me they had my favorites in the buffet. I foresee a lot of oatmeal and veggie filled egg-white omelets for breakfast.
Think it balances out the drinks, desserts, and heavy dinners at least a little bit? Haha!
Once we finished breakfast we headed to the lounge and pool area, where we spent the majority of our day.
The most productive activity of the morning? A bit of light reading. I finished Delirium (which I liked okay) and am currently reading The Secret Daughter – already so good and I cannot put it down! Unless it’s putting the book down for food, obviously. Lunch!
I went with the grill buffet out by the pool instead of one of the restaurants and picked up some chicken, a Greek salad mix, and some rice. It all tasted pretty bland and didn’t wow me.
After lunch, Peter and I went back to the room to take a break from the sun and ended up crashing in bed for about an hour. I guess we still needed the sleep?! I don’t ever nap, so having the freedom to completely let go and nap felt splendid. I was now ready to continue the afternoon….including my first vacation cocktail.
I had to get myself a margarita to kick off our trip. Duh.
More of the same – laying around, dipping in the pool, reading – encompassed our afternoon until it was time to head back to the room and get ready for dinner. We had reservations for one of the specialty restaurants – Ginza, the Asian fusion restaurant featuring Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine.
I wasn’t sure how much I would like this meal since very little of the food so far had wowed me, but Ginza did it up right. Peter & I ordered and shared a variety of dishes and had only good things to say about each.
Our dinner = a sushi roll with eel/yellowtail/avocado, veggie spring roll, steamed pot sticker, chicken & veggies, orange pepper beef & broccoli.
We took a leisurely hour at dinner before we had to head out for the next event planned for the night – one of the shows on the cruise. We wanted to be sure to get a seat, so headed in early to the theatre and took some blurry self shots to kill time. Because, what else would a blogger do, right?
Last night’s show included a lot of tunes and dancing from the 60s and 70s.
A lot of it was super cheesy, but it was also super fun. It kind of felt like watching a live showing of Dancing With The Stars. It lasted about 45 minutes and then we were feeling ready for bed. I guess even on vacation my body wants a 9 pm bed time. We couldn’t head to bed without dessert, though. Blasphemy on a cruise! Especially for this dessert loving girl.
So, we hit up the dessert bar to share a couple things – peanut butter pie and white chocolate mousse. I think from now on I need to just stick with ice cream if I want something sweet. Another miss on the dessert. Ah, well. You win some, you lose some…and we’re definitely winning more than losing while on this trip. Off to visit Mexico now! Have a great day, my friends! .
Ever been on a cruise? Do you like going to see shows, even if a bit cheesy?