FC: Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas November 10-21, 2011
1: Our first cruise
2: We went on our very first cruise with Greg and Amy. We boarded our ship around noon, ate lunch in the Windjammer Cafe, unpacked, made spa appointments, and toured the ship. We had a mandatory 'mustard drill' and then it was sail away. | Day 1 'Sail Away Day'
3: This is one of my favorite pictures from our cruise. We look so full of excitement as we sail off towards our adventure. At the time, we had no idea what an amazing experience we would have on this cruise. | Which way to the Caribbean?
4: Day 2 'No Worries Day' | Our first full day at sea - and our first of many meetings in the library! Amy and I had pedicures after breakfast - my first ever! - then met the guys for the 11/11/11 celebration at 11:11am. We explored the ship, had our first "tutti" salad for lunch, our first formal dinner, the Captain's Welcome Aboard Reception, and the first of many nights listening to Roxy in the Schooner Bar.
5: It was warm enough for bathing suits today! We lounged by the pool and listened to the band. | Day 3 'Fun in the Sun Day' | After dinner at Portofinos, the guys had to check on the Notre Dame score, so we headed to the sports bar --- then off to listen to Roxy on the Schooner Bar.
6: Today's weather was very windy, but we experienced much smoother sailing! We played miniature golf - one of us even got a hole-in-one! Guess who???? Next we had fun in the game room, and then two of us were adventurous enough to climb the rock wall!! | Day 4 'Smooth Sailing Day' | Do you have a star on your SeaPass card?
7: We all got a serious case of the giggles in the hot tub in the afternoon. After dinner we played 70's music trivia, went to see a comedian/magician, and then off to the Promenade for the 70's Street Party. We had a blast!!!! Luke, our cruise director, and the staff sang and danced; it was quite a show! We ended the night in The Chamber dancing to the Michael Jackson tribute. This was one of our favorite days!
9: Greetings from St. Maarten
10: Day 5 'St. Maarten Day' | St. Maarten Memories: water taxi ride Guavaberry Rum shots at 9am Orient Beach Kon Tiki lunch on the beach after-lunch shots
11: An EPIC day in St. Maarten! In the evening we went to the ice skating show ..... then to the Love and Marriage Show which was hilarious!
12: Day 6 'St. Thomas Day'
13: St. Thomas Memories: 'Plan B' * painkillers * snorkeling * Sapphire Beach * 'camera losers' * downpour | After a fun day in St. Thomas we had more fun back on the ship. We played 80's trivia and then headed to the pool for 'Dancing Under the Stars Pool Party and Buffet' at 11pm!
14: Day 7 Puerto Rico Day
15: We had a short day in Puerto Rico, so we explored one of their old forts. It was a hot, hot, hot day in the city! We boarded the ship, ate lunch, and lounged by the pool. After dinner we watched a juggler and then played Quest. Another fun day!
16: Day 8 'Labadee Day' | Wow! What a day in Labadee! We loved everything about this paradise! The girls especially loved floating on their beach mats in the cool blue ocean! And lets not forget about the Labadoozies!
17: Favorites from Labadee: Labadoozies lovin' the mats "We still have a half an hour!" hand-holding snorkeling Dragon's Tail Coaster
18: Day 9 'Continue the Fun Day' | Double meals for the guys thanks to Sebastian. | The view from the balcony of our stateroom. | Enjoying the view from the upper deck. | The highlight of this day was winning Animated Trivia in the Schooner Bar! We all won Royal Caribbean umbrellas! Afterwards, Greg was sick and Mike was tired, so the girls headed to The Chamber for a girls night out
19: Girls Night Out
20: Day 10 'We Are So Lucky Day' | Our favorite day of the cruise! | We are so lucky! We booked a new cruise for 2012, and won a jackpot in the casino! It was our last full day on the ship, so we thought we would be sad. It ended as the best day ever!
21: Look who's up past his bedtime!
25: The view from Dizzy's Jazz Lounge where we usually ended our evenings!
26: A few of our favorite things: "Did you just say 'mustard' drill?" We are so lucky! listening to Roxy in the Schooner Bar midnight snacks girls night out lovin' the mats in Labadee shots at 9am 70's Street Party Michael Jackson Night in The Chamber "Do you have a star on your SeaPass card?" $611.40 Jackpot nap time
27: Same time next year!