Howdy from the gorgeous and calm Mediterranean Sea! It is Day 8 onboard our 12-night crusing on Odyssey of the Seas. We’re making our strategy to Rhodes, Greece for our subsequent port.
We had been all grateful for his sea day to calm down and relaxation after 3 very busy days in Israel. As Angie and I snuggled into mattress, we each breathed a sigh of aid that we might sleep in with out setting an early alarm.
The 2 of us did not get our morning began till 11:30am this morning. It was simply what we would have liked!
I wakened feeling each refreshed and grateful for the unimaginable days we had in Israel.
As I discussed, we have heard fairly a couple of tales of people that had unlucky luck throughout our time in Israel – like damaged arms, twisted ankles, canceled excursions, scamming taxi drivers, getting left behind or misplaced, and so forth.
Whereas these are all dangers of life and touring, there’s nice disappointment that comes with extremely anticipated journeys that do not go as deliberate. I do know for a lot of that this journey is as soon as in a lifetime and that may make it even more durable when issues go amiss.
Listening to these tales makes me really feel so grateful we had 3 wonderful days touring and exploring Israel – all the pieces for us went in accordance with plan. It looks like others weren’t as fortunate and I’ve a heavy coronary heart for individuals who missed out on account of issues past their management.
My recommendation for anybody planning on doing a Holy Land cruise is to e-book excursions by means of Royal Caribbean, particularly on the primary day for ease of immigration. In case you e-book an unbiased tour, I might do analysis for different choices in case your first plan would not come to fruition.
Many individuals I spoke to that had canceled excursions or they had been left behind felt like they did not have every other choices. It is tough to seek out one thing final minute – however being on the cruise boards and Fb teams might help present choices.
Lastly, pack your persistence. From following blogs and different boards from earlier sailings, there appear to be extra logistical issues that may go fallacious with Israel in comparison with different sailings (like very strict immigration).
Afternoon and Sexiest Man Contest
It was good to have nowhere to be at present and no plans. The one breakfast obtainable was within the eating room, so we opted for Sorrento’s pizza as an alternative.
We met up with mother and pa within the promenade space and loved some pizza for breakfast – all of us having slept nicely and feeling refreshed.
After, Angie and I made a decision to placed on our swimsuits and head as much as the pool deck. We discovered chairs subsequent to mother and pa within the Solarium so we opted to seize a drink and hop within the pool there.
It was unexpectedly chilly so we did not final lengthy earlier than heading to the new tub.
By this time, the Worldwide Sexiest Man Competitors was beginning! We could not miss out on this one for apparent causes. Our cruise director joked that they may should cancel on account of lack of eligible members – we laughed at that!
Haven’t any concern although – 7 totally different males entered the competition to maintain us all wildly entertained.
I grabbed a tacky rooster quesadilla from my new favourite place, El Loco Contemporary, and a Lime & Coconut cocktail to observe the unique poolside present.
The boys placed on an awesome present with the pool deck erupting in cheers. We had dancing, splashing, muscle flexing and even just a little twerking. Given the age demographics on this crusing, the members had been about what I anticipated!
The winner was a candy older man named Steven from Montana who touched the hearts of everybody when he talked about his grandchildren, his late spouse and the way he would create world peace if given the prospect.
In an ironic spin, I believe he was truly probably the most muscular of all of the members!
Trivia and Dinner
Angie and I made our approach again to the cabin so we might prepare for dinner and Common Information Trivia within the Schooner Bar beforehand.
We joined forces with new mates and RCB followers from Ohio. Though we did not win the coveted Royal Caribbean water bottle prize, we had enjoyable attempting!
Angie and I had drinks in Boleros to kill time earlier than dinner. I attempted the Painkiller and Angie tried an off-the-menu drink referred to as the Bailey’s Banana Colada. We obtained to see the sundown whereas sipping on our cocktails.
Dinner tonight was wonderful. Mother had 3 appetizers, together with one in every of her favorites – the Seafood Cake. For dinner, we had rooster parmesan, beef brief rib, steak and mushroom risotto.
We completed dinner with scrumptious desserts – Mississippi Mud Pie, lemon tart and apple blossoms.
All through dinner, we loved attending to know these sitting on the desk subsequent to us. The desk is positioned so near ours you can barely stroll between them, so it feels nearly like we’re eating with them every night.
Following dinner, all of us attended the night present within the Royal Theatre. The performers additionally showcased their skills final night time, however I used to be too drained to attend.
The remainder of the household loved it a lot they went again for a second time. The couple carried out a sequence of acrobatic strikes in a surprising present. All of us loved seeing them twist and switch in ways in which did not appear humanly doable.
Instantly after, we went to 270 to see a present known as The Ebook. This makes use of the 270 house for a spectacular present that features storytelling with cutting-edge know-how.
Though all of us struggled barely to know the storyline, the performers did a wonderful job. It was electrifying, colourful and energetic because the performers danced, twirled, and sang.
There have been even some acrobatic strikes when performers had been flung from the ceiling and danced.
The present was unimaginable with gorgeous visuals. Dad described it as sensory overload and joked that he felt like he was on medication throughout a few of the parts!
The late present means a late bedtime for us as I end this weblog.
Tomorrow we’re in Rhodes, Greece. I’ve been to Greece a couple of instances, however by no means to this island. I’ve heard fantastic issues and fortunately the ship docks proper close to the outdated city.
We plan to independently discover the island tomorrow and hopefully that is a sensible choice.
Till then, good night time from Odyssey of the Seas!