At sea on the Star Princess

Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

For some reason I associate Eggs Benedict with cruises. I don't know if it is because Cory and I normally work graveyard and never have breakfast at restaurants or if it is because some of the best that I have had was on the Disney Cruise. No matter I have been talking non stop about 16 days of Eggs Benedict.
 
We got up early the first morning, early enough to run down to the restaurant while they were still serving breakfast. It looks like eggs benedict is not an every day item and frankly it wasn't very good anyway. It was pretty dry so my desire for eggs benedict is gone.
 
We spent most of the first day at sea at the hot tubs and the pools. We seem to be drawn to the rear of the boat where most of the people don't hang out. 
 
We played a rousing game of shuffle board like the old people that we are. We then lay down in the kiddy pool.  There do not seem to be any kids on this ship so we had it all to ourselves. It made for a great place to tan while staying cool in the water.
 
Dinner was delicious and we met a wonderful couple from Oklahoma. Roxi and Steve are wonderful fun and happy people that we immediately found ourselves drawn to. As we talk to people on this cruise many of them have done quite a lot of traveling, many on cruises or tours. I guess when you choose to go to Antarctica you have already been nearly everywhere else. 
 
By the end of day one I have already determined that I am not the right type of person for Cruising. 3 and 4 day cruises are enough for me. I have decided that I don't like crowds and on the cruise you can't seem to get away from them. Mass feedings are the norm. All the activities are group activities and that isn't my kind of thing. I don't enjoy gambling or dancing and truthfully so many of the people we have met are pretentious and rude. Even still I am so excited to get to see penguins and whales. To view glaciers will be a highlight. Some of the people we have met are wonderful and nice.

 
The second day the temperature started to drop drastically. We spent time inside with our little bottles of soda and "Listerine" and played the "would you rather" games. We had so much fun playing these stupid games. It was a perfect game for our little group. The premise of the game is you choose a chip. The color of the chip tells you the category of question. The question is something like, "Would you rather swim 10 miles in diarrhea once or drink a gallon of bird droppings every single day for the rest of your life?" of course you wouldn't want to do either. So the person that chose the chip has to read the question to them and guess which one the majority of the group is going to choose. They write down the number of the answer that they think everyone will choose. Then the question is read to the group. The group discusses it and comes to a consensus. If the person guessing gets the question right it moves on to the next person. If they get it wrong they get moved into the dead ender space. Anyone in the dead ender space has to perform a "do it challenge" every time they get a turn. The challenges are ridiculous like having to suck someone's toe aggressively or wear someone else's bra on the outside of their clothing for the entire round. We got some of the strangest looks. It was hilarious. The players that are dead enders, if they perform their challenge correctly, can place one of the contenders in limbo. The players in limbo have to make up a "would you rather" question. Then if all the other players answer the limbo question the same the person in limbo goes to the dead ender space. We played for hours laughing all the while. 

 
The end of the second night at sea was a formal night. We spent some time primping and getting ready for dinner. I had read reviews that the wait staff can be hot and cold when it comes to service on these Princess Cruises. With the anytime dinning and the automatic tips the staff doesn't always warm to you immediately. I had also read that the staff doesn't always like the unlimited sodas because the tip has already been figured into the price. We have felt the disappointment a couple of times. Tonight at dinner the staff at first was very cold.
 
Our always observant Paulie noticed that our two waiters didn't seem to be getting along. We turned on the charm and before it was all over they were calling me Alicia Silverstone and making me origami hearts. The fight was forgotten, the cokes were forgotten, and were at the top of their favorites list. 


 
We went to the show after dinner. I know I shouldn't compare everything to Disney but this show was lacking. The singing was average and sometimes off key and the dancing was pretty jerky. In the middle of the show they had a bit of a technical difficulty. What was sad is that we have had pretty rough seas and suddenly the music stopped and they came over the loudspeaker "We are sorry to interrupt but we have had a critical error" It was right in the middle of the rendition of "My heart will go on" from Titanic. It made it sound like we were all going to be sent to our muster stations to man the lifeboats. Luckily it was just a break in the show, not the ship.
 
It is weird; the ship had the formal photos taken in front of a backdrop of the stairs from the Titanic. Isn't it bad luck to reference a sunken ship while on a cruise? Especially a ship that sank because it hit an iceberg... We will be seeing some of those!!!
 
We are having a wonderful time but I am so glad that Cory and I didn't come to do this all on our own. It has been fun because we have Jeremiah and Paulie along. They are keeping us always entertained.
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