We slept well and Rich ran down to the Mid Ship Market to get us some coffee and a couple of blueberry muffins. After breakfast, it was time to face the dreaded shower. I’d already decided I wasn’t about to step foot in that shower – the bathroom was bad enough. I would do a sponge bath and lean my head under the shower head to wash my hair.
Rich was brave enough to actually step into the shower and reinforced my plan by saying, “You don’t want to step foot in this thing.” Apparently, the bath tub was tilted, back to front, side to side, so that the water would run down the drain. It was incredibly awkward, he said.
I proceeded to do just as I’d planned, figuring if it was a lame shower, I could have a real shower once we were in our cabin onboard the Inspiration.
We checked out at 10:45 and walked through “Thrill,” (the holiday ice skating park created for the holidays at the Queen Mary), and over to the “Faster to the Fun” check-in desk for the Inspiration. We sat around outside, noting the small crowd, compared to our 2 previous cruises in this port. Apparently, Carnival is enforcing the staggered boarding times. Thankfully, we had “FTTF” (gifted by our travel agent), and were able to board early, which we finally did at 11:45.
Another perk of FTTF is that our cabin was ready upon boarding, so we dropped off our 2 pieces of luggage we’d wheeled onboard ourselves. And then we headed to the buffet for lunch, which is always Italian on embarkation day. It was fun to get reacquainted with this class of ship after sailing on Carnival’s Miracle, which is a different class, and the Ruby Princess.
We especially enjoy the Serenity Deck (adults only) on this class and the outdoor seating areas just above, which is netted, unlike the Paradise, which is not, at least, not when we sailed her twice. So after eating our lunch of salad and an assortment of meats, we took our ice tea outside.
Kathy enjoying ice tea overlooking the Serenity Deck
Rich with the Queen Mary in the background
Serenity Deck (Aft)
The sun was warming the afternoon, and we took a quick tour of the ship, stopping at the mid ship pool area for 2 drinks of the day, and to settle in on a couple of lounge chairs. The music was rocking and we were dancing – now this is what cruising is all about!
Mid Ship Pool Deck
Rich getting us a couple of tropical drinks: “Fun Ship Drink of the Day”
View of the Queen Mary from the Inspiration
View of Long Beach from the Inspiration
View of the Harbor from our Lounge Chairs
We hung out there, totally soaking up the sun, the views, the music, the drinks, and each other, and then returned to our cabin to unpack, nap, and wait for the muster drill, which turned out to be the most aggravating ever.