Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Cloudy – Warm - 70s

Embarkation day

Not the greatest night’s sleep even though it was a real quiet room – not sure we even had neighbors.

Wake up call for 7:00 AM and off to the lobby for breakfast…cereal and waffles (consistent and good).  Before we left, I took a few pictures from our room of the pool and the lagoon.

Pool Area from room (Small) View from La Quinta room (Small) View from room (Small)

Our transfer to the port was scheduled for 10:00 AM and it left right on time.  The trip to Port Everglades was short (10 minutes) and within about an hour, we were on board the Jewel of the Seas.  This ship, exactly like the Radiance of the Sea, accommodates about 2000 passengers.

We are in room 3134 in the aft section.  The cabin is very nice and is an outside room with a nice window (no porthole).

Cabin 3134 1 (Small)

Cabin 3134 (Small)

We had lunch in the Windjammer Cafe (Deck 11).  The buffet seemed small for a ship of this size but the food was good (salad, pizza, and tuna wraps).  They even had a veggie soup – potato leak – which was very good.

While exploring the ship, Ellen got an opportunity to model a facial in the Spa.  While she was there (for three hours), I spent time in the Safari Club doing some last minute checking into DNA and Osama Bin Laden identification (in case somebody asks).  The Safari Club is where my presentations will be.  A nice cozy venue.

Safari Lounge (Small) 

Safari Club

We do not have seats in the Tides Dining Room and will be in the buffet at least for tonight.  We may check back with the Dining Room tomorrow looking for a table for two.

Back in the room now.  Our bags made it to the room. 

I am scheduled to meet with Raymond Palmer, Cruise Program Director, at 5 PM to go over my talks.  A letter outlining my schedule for the entire cruise was waiting in the room – very nicely organized.  I might meet Simeon Baker, the Cruise Director, at a later time. 

Will upload this now and continue later…

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