It’s a long way down the holiday road- Cruise 2012 (First Sea Day)

Hey everyone Smile. Apparently my blog is eating posts, so I had to repost this, and my last blog post about boarding the ship is now lost in Windows Live Writer. Oh well :(.

Today, I will talk about our first day at sea on the Carnival Legend and formal night.

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Clay and I got up bright and early on the first sea day and headed to the gym. He did some free weights and I ran about 3 miles on the treadmill. Surprisingly, the gym was pretty packed. Well, not packed, but most of the cardio machines were in use. It was a neat gym and it’s pretty cool to see the water around you when you’re running. I could feel the boat move which makes for an interesting run.

After we worked out, I read on the deck for awhile and then Clay and I headed to the dining room for lunch. I had a free drink coupon so I got a drink called a Mocha Chocolate Getaway. Carnival used to have a past guest party but it has been replaced with a coupon for a free drink that is only good in the dining room for breakfast and lunch on sea days (I kid you not, the coupon had a ton of restrictions…). I’m not a big drinker and this was actually the only drink I had on the trip- I think you guys all know by now that desserts are my vice of choice.

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I took the drink to my balcony to enjoy it with our toy travel companion Marcus.

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That afternoon, I went to the Family Friendly comedy show in the Punchliner club while Clay took a nap. It was a lot of fun and the comedian was hilarious, so I dragged Clay back to the next show that night so he could see him.

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The comedy club had fairy tale themed walls, and it’s on the lowest level of the ship so we could really feel the boat moving. I don’t mind this, it relaxes me and almost puts me to sleep, but a few people were feeling sick on the trip. I saw a lot of people wearing the wristbands and patches behind their ears for seasickness.

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That night, we headed to dinner in the dining room for formal night. We clean up well…

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And here are our awesome dining room friends Shantelle and Josh (they clean up well too, hehe). Since it was the honeymoon, the wait staff brought them a little cake with a candle on it to blow out and sang to them. It’s actually a diet banana cake that was on the dessert menu that night, I guess that’s what you get when you’re on a cruise and there’s no such thing as a free dessert because food is included.

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Clay had the lobster and shrimp dish. I had some of the shrimp and they were pretty tasty, but I’m not a fan of lobster tail. The broccoli and veggies that came with it weren’t that great but I don’t think anyone gets this dish for that anyway Winking smile.

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I had the chile relienos, which were okay- it’s just not the type of Mexican food I’m really used to (even the meals I didn’t care for in the dining room were much better than the buffet though).

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The dining room played music and all the wait staff danced. They also played a slow song and even though Clay wouldn’t dance to it, I made him take a picture. At least we can tell people we danced…

We got back to the room and watched some Monday Night Football before bed, and I also took a picture of our towel animal of the night…

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More to come soon about our day in Cozumel and the Chef’s Table!

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17 Responses to It’s a long way down the holiday road- Cruise 2012 (First Sea Day)

  1. oh wow so jealous! I love all those towel animals you see in vacation pictures

  2. Zaneta says:

    Sounds like so much fun!! I’ve never been on a cruise… and yes, you guys do clean up well! lovely! 🙂

  3. Sarah @ pickyrunner says:

    This sounds like so much fun! Definitely makes me want to try a cruise. I can’t imagine running on a treadmill while moving on a boat… that’s just way too much movement for me haha

  4. allieksmith says:

    The first picture of you and Clay is SO cute! AH! I love your dress!

    I remember going to the gym on the cruise ship last summer and it was SO packed the first day. By the last day, it had like 3 people in it. Also, on days that we were in ports, no one was in the gym… except me and a few others haha, it was glorious! Running on a cruise ship treadmill is one of the weirdest feelings!!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Oh yeah, I went to the gym most days (honestly, there was not much to do onboard AT ALL- Clay and I both hit the gym a lot, read, and watched football). The last sea day it was almost completely empty!

  5. LOVE it and I’m the same way. I would rather have a dessert drink or straight shot (I guess) then having other drinks. Being diabetic, margaritas and daqs make me sick but dessert drinks are totally worth it. I love the amount of restrictions on the coupons on cruises…the third Wednesday after dancing and hopping one leg…we will give you another coupon…LOL there are so many things to prevent you from actually using them!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah, I agree on the restrictions. I don’t think it breaks the cruise line to give past cruisers a single drink- especially because most people buy so many and after getting one you kind of want to try another or have another. It was a tasty drink but it was just like a frappucino except alcoholic so no wonder I liked it!

  6. Steph says:

    Looks like so much fun!! Also, I need like 10 of those drinks. Yum.

  7. Patty says:

    Aw you and Clay look so nice!! It sounds like you had a blast 🙂

    Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  8. jaml905 says:

    Looks soooo fun! That drink looks so good!
    Looking forward to see more pics!

  9. Love that you still got your workouts in. That is dedication.
    Those free drinks look good, but I am worried I’d be in bed trying not to get seas sick.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      In all honesty there was not a whole lot to do on the ship and I’m one of those people who has to stay occupied so I just worked out… and really once it’s in your schedule it’s hard not to. I just don’t feel right if I miss more than a day or so of workouts :).

      I’ve never been sea sick on a cruise ship. The movement is a little relaxing, actually. I’ve only been seasick on sailboats…

  10. Looks so fun I love cruising! But I do get seasick and wish I didn’t!

  11. i feel in the blog-eating hole but luckily found my way back to your non-eaten posts. you guys are cruise pros and always take advantage of the good stuff! bummer about some of the food.

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