by Nina Sabin - Travel Blog
Cruise life is amazing. It is like living in the community we live in only magnified. Not only do have food whenever you want it, abundant drink choices, activities and entertainment going on all day long, you also have someone making your bed every time you leave your room, replacing your towels, doing your laundry, and filling your ice container. This the friendliest staff we have ever encountered. I don’t think I have seen so many smiles or people to be so happy to see us. The staff on Holland America from the top down make you feel very welcomed to be here.
Today was our first sea day. For those who know me, avoiding being busy is the challenge. Just like at home I can fill up every moment of the day with activities, but I am proud to say I am only doing ones John and I can enjoy together.
We started our day off at the gym. We woke up earlier than expected. Then back to our room for breakfast room service we ordered for 8:45 pm.
Today we had our first Bridge lesson and it was fun. The ships store representatives like to hook you in be giving out charm tags which is kind of fun to collect on sea days. I actually got John to sit through a shopping demonstration. Not sure if that is going to be a one off.
Our favorite place on the ship is the Crows Nest. It is on the tenth floor, it has a bar and chaise lounges facing over the front of the ship with huge windows. This is a great place to chill, read, and enjoy the view of the ocean. In the distance we could see a whale.
We also found a litttle hidden gem called the Gallery Bar which reminds us of a combination of a speakeasy and sports bar. It seems pretty empty most of the day. That may be our second favorite place. It is hidden between the art gallery and casino.
The booster actually has caused us some side effects. I had chills and exhaustion. John has been the opposite hot and exhausted. Thank goodness we have nowhere to be so naps are already become a part of our routine.
Getting your sea legs takes a little time. We can feel the lull of the sea but a few more days and our bodies will adapt.
We are enjoying the open seating in the dining room; meeting a lot of interesting people.
On sea days you can do as much or as little as you would like to do.
We finished our first night on the cruise with a wonderful singer for our entertainment.
Can’t wait for what is in store for our second day at sea.