I am seriously having the best cruise ever so far. I am almost embarrassed to tell y'all about it because it's that good!
When I walked onto the ship the cruise director, James said "Welcome home Bee, I'm James and I am so happy to meet you." I had never seen him before in my life. Then I saw Nikhil, the Hotel Director and got a huge hug and he took my suitcase from me And he escorted me to my cabin. There was a huge fruit basket there already. He left and told me to come to the Lido after I unpacked which I did.
Once there he asked me what I wanted for lunch and I said pizza so we went there and he got a bar waiter to get my drink order (on the house). From there it only got better. Seriously better.
After lunch I went to the Atrium bar for a real drink, I only had diet coke on the Lido. I ran into Sharon, the Guest Services manager and we chatted and she bought me yet another drink.
I made it to muster drill half buzzed and that went fine. Then it was sail away and time for dinner. I have the same waiters as last time and they are great as usual. The Maitre'd came over and I got yet another hug from him, Dario is his name. We chatted and I had dinner. I am seated at a table for ten and they are singles, mostly solo cruisers too. All very nice.
After I came out of the dining room Nikhil was standing there and we talked and watched over the rail below as the entertainment team was in the Atrium tossing beads and other stuff.
I asked him about the gym and it's all brand new now. He insisted on taking me there for a tour and it really is fabulous. Of course it's on deck twelve and Nikhil does not take elevators, nor do I. Well he runs up to twelve and I am trying to keep up and not get too out of breath and let him see that. I get a tour of the spa and the gym and honey, it's totally tits up there. There is a personal trainer there too and I shall go see him.
He tried to sign me up for all kinds of services, massages, pedicures, etc. but I declined. Enough is enough. I heard him tell the spa manager whatever I wanted was on him. Again, I declined and thanked them.
Next up was the piano bar where Elizabeth is now gone and Aaron is there. So far he is lots of fun but not nearly as talented. I don't think that will matter much though because he can really get the bar crowd having fun and when that happens they order drinks and Carnival makes lots of money so it's all good there.
Carlos, the Lido manager came and sat with me and we chatted.
I left there to head to the comedy club where I saw Captain Barrile sitting there with some officers and he saw me and stood up and gave me a huge hug and asked me to lunch which of course I will do!
I got to the comedy club and saw someone new to me, Lester Bibbs and I laughed so hard I literally peed a bit and had to come back and change so by that time it was after midnight anyway so I got a shower and stayed in.
Day one - total success.
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