Thursday, November 28, 2013

Caribbean Princess cruise Days 2

 Day 2 we were at sea. It  was Sunday, and there was a wonderful church service. The 'pastor' explained "I'm not a minister- just a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody." How cool is that?! He was from a tiny town in Alabama, and filled his sermon with fascinating stories about his church there. All the passengers attending the service came from different denominations and different places, and it was really neat to see them together worshipping God. I imagine that's what heaven's like.
After church,we played games and ate lunch in the buffet. Our friends taught us a new game called "Joker". It's pretty fun! That night was formal night- oh my. We dressed up, ate a delicious meal, and met a lot of new people. All of the workers on board are from different countries- Philippines, France, Ukraine, England, you name it. So it was really interesting to meet them and talk to them about their countries. We became good friends with the head waiter, Mr. Hector Catalan. Not only was he super nice, he is an amazing singer!! He sang beautiful songs every night during dinner.
 

Caribbean Princess cruise Day 1

     I was very blessed to be able to go on a lovely cruise with my family to Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize;and Roatan, Honduras.


Day 1

     We drove to the Port of Houston the morning we were supposed to go aboard. Our car was packed full of suitcases, and anticipation was running high as we met our friends we were traveling with.
But...
Because of heavy fog, the entire Houston Ship Channel was closed!! Instead of arriving at 11:00 a.m., there was a four hour delay. We were very blessed that our friends had family living nearby, as that kindly allowed us to hang out in their living room for three hours!
Then we decided the head to the Ship Channel and see what was going on.

     Chaos. The other thousand people traveling on the boat had had the same idea, and were lined up at the channel. There were tons of cars. We were so close that we could see the ship, but because of the delay, passengers were still disembarking, and we couldn't board.
so close and yet so far...

     However, eventually, we got through,  went through customs and walked up the gangplank.
The view from the gangplank.
 The ship was called the Caribbean Princess. She was beautiful! Mom and I shared a stateroom with a balcony and the boys and Daddy shared another room like it. Our balconies connected. After seeing our rooms, we ate lunch, then explored the huge ship.
There were eight restaurants,a giant Movies Under the Stars poolside movie screen, a large theater, a spa called The Sanctuary, a Lotus Spa and Fitness Center, a casino, a Wedding Chapel,a sports deck, Kid's and Teen's Centers, a Library, an Internet CafĂ©, an Art Gallery, boutiques, and a Medical Center!!




Our room

Leaving the port of Houston.