Anniversary on the Love Boat, Day 3: Day at Sea

What I haven’t mentioned yet is how uncomfortable the bed was. The Residence Inn bed was so soft that, by comparison, this one felt too hard. This was surprising because on the Grand Princess, our bed was the most comfortable we’d had on a cruise ship. Of course, the Grand was newer when we sailed on her, so maybe the Ruby beds need to be replaced.

But we were also feeling claustrophobic. The layout was odd – the closet was in a hallway, which worked on the Grand, but somehow the bathroom and the hallway collided on the Ruby. One great thing about Carnival is that their staterooms are the roomiest in the mass market industry. Also, the shower and the bathroom was very small. I think it was worse for Rich because he’s 6 feet – the shower worked okay for me.

Anyway, because of my back issues these days, I need to stretch for the first hour or so before I can go anywhere. So Rich ran down to the IC and brought back a couple of coffees and pastries and we had our breakfast out on the balcony.

By 10:00 or so, we were ready to leave the cabin so we took our morning walk along the Promenade deck, grabbed our books, and ended up at Skywalkers, which was very quiet. Unlike the Grand, where Skywalkers is located on the “handlebar” overlooking the aft pool, on later ships, including the Ruby, the handlebar is no more and so Skywalkers is set a bit back from the aft pool. This made the pool area nicer because the handlebar didn’t shade the pool area. We read for awhile and at around 11 a.m. we stopped by the midship pool for a slice of pizza and an ice cream cone.

pizza

At 12:15, we checked out the Mexican Buffet just because they were actually serving Mexican food on a cruise to Mexico. Carnival Miracle did not have any Mexican food on the entire 7-night cruise to Mexico! I think we sampled a couple of things and then took another walk around the Promenade deck.

By 1 p.m. we were in our stateroom for our afternoon nap, then showered and got dressed to have a glass of wine in Vine’s Wine Bar in the Atrium. Well, it was on the sunny side of the ship and very crowded. We sat down briefly but it just didn’t feel right. So we returned to our stateroom to share the mini bottle of wine we’d brought onboard.

From 6:30 to 7:30, we were sipping a glass of Chardonnay in the Crooner’s Bar overlooking the atrium area. There, we listened to the Desperado Trio playing Mariachi music, which was awesome!

Trio

Desperado Trio in the Atrium

wine
Before dinner Chardonnay in the Crooner’s Lounge

One of the features we love on Princess is being able to reserve your table at a certain time for Anytime Dining. Rich called this morning and reserved a 7:30 p.m. dining time. We were escorted to a window seat and several couples followed us down the row. We each have a table for two but we’re still close enough to chit chat with our neighbors, which we did when it felt natural. No obligation but an option.

Our waiter, Rodel, was very friendly and helpful. The food and service on the Ruby Princess has really been the best ever on a cruise. Rodel gave us his recommendations and then we ordered.

Rich:

Garlic Cream Soup
Fettuccine Alfredo (appetizer portion)
Diver Scallops (entree)
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and decaf (dessert)

Kathy:

Crab Quiche (recommended appetizer)
Garlic Cream Soup
Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken (entree)
Macadamia Nut Ice Cream and decaf (dessert)

RichDRSeated in the dining room

viewView from seat in dining room

GarlicSoupGarlic Soup

Quiche
Quiche

Fettuccine
Fettuccine Alfredo (perfecto!)

scallops

Scallops

mintchip

Mint Chip Ice Cream

MacIC

Macadamia Nut Ice Cream

Our neighbors told us they were being careful not to overeat because last night they said they couldn’t sleep after dinner because they were too full. We know the feeling. Rodel had encouraged me to add chicken to the Fettuccine, but I ended up putting the chicken to the side to focus on the amazing Fettuccine but I couldn’t even finish it.

The food was all delicious, but we have to give the Carnival Miracle the nod to having better ice cream. It wasn’t quite amazing enough to make much of a dent in it after already being so full.

After dinner, we kicked around a few ideas like returning to the Crooner’s Bar for one of their famous Dino Martinis or the Wheelhouse Bar, but we ended up returning to our stateroom and relaxing out on the balcony, enjoying the night sea air before going to bed. Tomorrow we’d be in Ensenada and we had an excursion to get ready for in the morning.

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