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Western Caribbean Cruise - Day Six

Day One - Cocoa Beach Day Six - Costa Maya
Day Two - Port Canaveral Day Seven - At Sea
Day Three - At Sea Day Eight - Bahamas
Day Four - Cozumel Day Nine - Port Canaveral
Day Five - Belize

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

On this day the ship docked at Costa Maya, which to us looked like something manufactured for cruise ships off the coast of southern Caribbean Mexico. We opted to stay on the ship and enjoyed the serenity. We were actually able to get lounge chairs right by the pool in the adults area. We had a buffet breakfast in the Red Sail Restaurant and then went back out by the pool. It was a beautiful day and we soaked and read – we practically had that area of the ship to ourselves. Several hours later we toddled back into the Red Sail for lunch, getting grilled Panini sandwiches. Back out into the sun – it was a glorious day. By mid-afternoon, people started returning to the ship, so we got a bottle of wine from the bar and took it back to our room, where we enjoyed it on our private balcony.

This was New Year’s Eve, and although it was not one of the “elegant” nights, we dressed up a little more for dinner. We were a little disappointed in the dinner offerings on this particular night. We’re not sure if it’s because there was a buffet later in the evening or not.

After dinner, we went to the show again and this time saw Ron Joseph, a singer from New Orleans who did lots of Motown. He even brought up guests to sing and dance and was very entertaining. Afterwards, we went to the karaoke lounge and sang quite a bit. It was obvious some of the guests knew it was New Year’s and weren’t feeling any pain fairly early.

We had changed into something more comfortable, and around 11 p.m. we went up to the Lido Deck (deck 9), where the pools are and where the New Year’s Eve celebration was to be. The crew had set up a make-shift bar and they were selling bottles of champagne at a discount – they would provide the bottle in a plastic bucket with ice and glasses. There were thousands of people up in this area, and the crew had done a remarkable job of moving the lounge chairs out of there and putting chairs and tables in their place.

There were bands playing and a large screen was displayed a couple decks up that showed the CNN telecast. As you can imagine, it was fairly raucous. Hats and noisemakers and leis had been left in the rooms of the guests. We found a quiet area and drank our champagne and watched the bedlam. It was definitely neat to be on a cruise ship on New Year’s Eve but there was a certain controlled mass hysteria going on. We had planned to hook up with members of our family but it was wall-to-wall tourists and it was impossible to find them, so we stayed put. We watched the ball drop, and shortly afterwards, walked down to our room, where we enjoyed a little more champagne on our balcony.

The towel animal of the day.

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