I'm legally obligated to inform you that Sharayah was the overall victor in both minigolf and shuffleboard on the ship. I gave her a good run, but she wore me down in both. I think she technically won at ice-skating, since I fell once and she didn't fall at all (excepting when she fell during my fall because we were holding hands and one of us [cough] did not let go). She claims she won at reading (she finished 5 books to my 2.5), but I didn't know we were racing at that until just now when she said she won. I definitely won at Mad Gab (there is a room on the top deck with board games and tables, and they have Mad Gab, and we didn't know what it was so we tried it out). Apparently I am awesome at it. It's one of those "here is a nonsense phrase, but if you read it just right it sort of sounds like some real phrase or someone's name or something" kind of games (ex: "ask rude arrive her" is "a screwdriver"). It turns out I have some kind of innate ability to decipher those things pretty much immediately. I never knew I could win a game primarily involving verbal skills. I think I narrowly won at napkin folding, although we were both good at that, definitely the top two there (although most people who go to that are old, so our "opponents" may have had arthritis or bad eyes or something, and also may not have known they were competing...). I beat probably everyone at dessert, which is the game of "who ate more dessert". We did a lot of other stuff too, but as this post will already be very long, I'll just start in on the ports we visited.
|I didn't tell her yet that I won at napkins.|
|I'm apparently a good sport while losing my 4th game in a row.|
|We walked there!|
|I want to call this a parapet, because it's a better word. But alas. Oh well. Turret!|
|The cats were many.|
|If I recall correctly: 2nd row from the bottom, 2nd building from the left, 2nd floor from the top, the 3 left-most windows.|
|There are some rocks in these pictures. Also, voids where rocks once were.|
|He was just a little guy.|
|The water moved just enough to make this picture really difficult to get right... Or: wow, boats are heavy.|
So, this has been pretty long. Apparently I didn't mention any shows (including the ice show), but that will have to wait. I think I'll wrap up. We had an amazing trip. If you ever get a chance to go on a cruise, especially with Royal Caribbean, go for it.
|Our boat, The Explorer of the Seas, in St. Thomas.|
one thing remains