Posted: June 9, 2007 in Family and Friends

CRUISE JOURNAL DAY ONE: Monday, June 4, 2007

(a.k.a. “For My First Trick, I Think I Shalt Puke!”)

* We boarded the Carnival Fun Ship, the MS HOLIDAY, on Monday afternoon in Mobile, Alabama, after standing in long lines with lots of luggage, all the while VERY excited about our first ever family cruise…
* After boarding the ship, we found our state rooms a bit smaller than expected, but more than sufficient. We enjoyed climbing up to look out of our porthole windows!
* While Jody and Erica unpacked, Hillary and I wandered around the ship, checking out the pools and sampling the cheesecake in the Wharf Grill. We searched for Camp Carnival (the place for kids!), and barely found its location in time to rush back to the room to dress for dinner.
* At the Four Winds Dining Room, we found our assigned table and met our headwaiter, Lovie (from the Philippines), who would prove to be our family’s favorite person on the entire trip. He was part-comedian, part-singer/dancer, and ALL excellence as a waiter. We also met Oliver, Lovie’s assistant, whom we came to love as well. Oliver was more reserved, but the ultimate in class and dignity.
* Here’s my first night dinner: Alaskan salmon for the starter, iceberg lettuce salad, filet mignon for the main course, and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. Not bad, eh?
* As dinner ended, the world seemed to get a little woozy as the ship rocked back and forth, back and forth, back and forth… None of our tummies felt so good all of a sudden, so we all stumbled back to our state rooms where we promptly fell asleep to the rocking of the ocean…

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