Day One: Boarding RCL Wonder of the Seas, January 2023
January 7, 2023
After we got off the GoPort shuttle and surrendered our luggage, we got into a huge line that snaked around like a Disney-line. When we got in the building, however, there was a separate line for Key Members and we were on the ship very quickly with no waiting anywhere
We quickly found the Main Dining room for our Key Lunch
I had the caesar salad, filet mignon and cheesecake, with coffee, of course.
Tom checked out the menu then copied my choices
The walls of the Main Dining room has an interesting texture
Even though our cabin was ready, we decided to go to the AquaTheater in the Boardwalk Neighborhood to do our muster drill. This one was the fastest, ever.
Next stop was our cabin 14332. I couldn’t get an aft cabin because of the AquaTheater (above) but I got pretty close!
First photos of our cabin:
There was NO coffee maker in the cabin. BOO and the steward didn’t bring ice after I asked. Tom had to ask again later. He finally remembered it most of the time.
It seemed fairly cold, so we turned the thermostat up and up.
First views from the balcony
Tom had a meeting in MDR at 3:30 so I may have taken a nap
Dinner at 9 in the MDR was tomato soup, prime rib and key lime pie. This was our last dinner in the MDR.
We walked around – listened to a big band playing on the Deck 5 Promenade and a guitarist in the Central Park Neighborhood,
Sunset, the first day. This was from the Solarium, starboard side. The portside was already dark
So far this year its been mostly work, snow, ice, work…
I did get to go to a Rare Disease Conference at the NIH last month. That was just a day trip but it was a good one. I always like going back to NIH. I spent so much time there when I was being diagnosed with Cushing’s and post-op that it feels like a second home to me.
We had lunch in the real cafeteria – more memories. When I was an inpatient, my DH and young son would come visit most nights and we’d have a late dinner there.
Last November 30, my son and I got to play a 2-piano duo in the Steinway Hall Rotunda in NYC. As it turned out, we were the last ever people to play there before they moved to a new location in Manhattan.
Here’s a brief video of him playing his solo and one of us playing 2-pianos:
We are currently getting ready to play a duet (1 piano) at the temporary location for Steinway in early June, 2015 …the same day we leave on a cruise to Bermuda. Talk about a tight schedule!
After the November recital, we went to see the Intrepid in NY Harbor. Across the water, a couple berths over I saw a cruise ship departing. I didn’t know/didn’t care where they were going but I found out.
For Christmas, everyone’s gift was a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda. More on that later.
Also, this summer will be a trip to Scotland to see and hear the Edinburgh Tattoo. This has been on my bucket list for a long time. My grandfather was in the Black Watch and I just love to hear bagpipes. Even my cellphone ringtone is Scotland, the Brave.
A bit more about him here.
This weekend is a Handbell Festival in Maryland – kind of exciting, too 🙂