Of course, it might have helped were I in the right frame of mind which I wasn't as it was hard to leave some "stuff" at home and being on-board a ship with 3,000+ other people made it even more difficult to get into that right frame of mind. To that end, I spent a lot of time trying to explore the ship during "off hours" when I knew that a lot of the other passengers were going to still be in their cabins either enjoying room service or sleeping in and that's when I took most of my pictures. So, even though I'm telling you that there were A LOT of people on the ship, from the pictures that I'm going to post you're probably going to find that hard to believe! First off, though, let's start with the cabin that Barb and I shared, shall we?
Our cabin was #9201 which is at the fore of the Lido Deck (Deck #9) making it front and center as it overlooks the bow of the ship. This picture was taken from outside of the cabin on the open deck area that we were supposed to have easy access to but which ended up requiring a trip up to Deck #10 and then back down to Deck #9 to get to. It was still very nice, though! I'll show some pictures of it in another post.
My bed to the right and Barb's bed and the closets to the left.
The desk/TV/refrigerator/drawer area!
The sink area of the bathroom.
The shower which I absolutely positively loved for two reasons - a) the water pressure was fantastic and b) you didn't have to worry about getting the water temperature right as you dialed it in! Oh to have one of these at home!
This is the starboard hallway of the Lido Deck as seen from our cabin if you were walking towards the back of the ship.
Moving out of the cabin area and out to the public areas of the Lido Deck, the picture below is on the port side of the ship and was normally filled with people eating and drinking. I believe that this was one of Dick and Sandy's favorite spots if memory serves!
One of the 24-hour coffee bars on the Lido Deck. I should mention that the coffee was really not all that great from these stations and much better if you got it from Room Service or in the Dining Room. My guess is it's hard to make great tasting coffee in great quantities and from what a friend of mine who cruises on Royal Caribbean tells me, they're got the same problem on their ships, too.
Part of the seating area of what was known as the Red Sail Restaurant on the Lido Deck. This is where all of the buffets and other little restaurants like The Deli and the Burrito Bar and such were located, too.
This picture was taken on the port side of the ship as I was facing aft and enjoying a nice quiet breakfast break.
This was breakfast!
And finally, when Jamie saw this picture she said that it reminded her of a peace sign which I guess it kind of does. I'd be willing to bet that if you needed to have one of these thrown at you, you'd certainly find some peace in grabbing it and hanging on for dear life!
More pictures later as I get them edited!