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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Foto Story Friday #33 a bit of the ship

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

OK I promise this will be the last Foto Friday about my cruise. I'm sure everyone is tired of reading and seeing it!

The MS Veendam
All the halls in the ship look very familiar.... if one were a drinker, one could get lost quickly! Thankfully, we don't drink and therefor did not get lost.
Our cabin door: 159 veranda deck.
Our cabin.
The bathroom
An attempt to get the whole thing. In the tiny corner of the room that you can't see, that is where the toilet is, set at and angle in the corner. A very cozy room.
This area was labeled 'teens only'. Um, yeah I don't think I'd be letting my teens up here unsupervised! Nope Nope Nope! Oh yeah, thankfully I left my teens, tween and littles all home with my parents! There was one teen up there relaxing. This cruise had very few children and teens on it.
The first day before shoving off, there is a manditory lifeboat drill. Don't they look so comfy? :)
Waiting in the Ruben's Lounge for the nightly show. Most of the shows were prefaced with 'no recordings or photos may be made or taken of this performance'.
Our tour group met a few times during the week for lectures and or movies.
We dined twice in the 'fancy' restaurant, Rotterdam Dining Room. The second night was the master Chef's Dinner. The servers and chefs put on a show while you dine featuring your dinner. Don't I look cute in my chef's hat? the rest of the table were party poopers! But we did have enough hats to take one home for each child.
They paraded all around the 2 deck dinning room. We being 'open seaters' were seated on the lower level (The food was all the same no matter where you sat. You just didn't have to wear formal attire on the lower level. You did have to wear long pants and a polo type shirt for the men. They seemed to be more flexible with the women, as I was not asked to change and came wearing shorts to the knee. This is a sore subject with Troy, as he was asked to change when wearing shorts to the knee.)
In they danced with the napkins.
They made a big flourish to place it in your lap.
The music was such that our friends danced in their chairs!
In with the next course.
In case you need to know how set a formal table. It does look very nice set this way but who has time on a daily basis?
More dancing and twirling with the salad fixings.
There were musical numbers.
A few of the servers really got into the dancing part.
And for dessert: white chocolate chef's hat hiding a chocolate cake.
More songs.
The finale.
Pretty isn't it? Very tasty too.
The Veendam dancers and singers.
This was the only performance that we were encouraged to take photographs of after-wards.
Each evening we were greeted by a different towel animal. They also offered a towel folding class one of days and you could purchase a book, which we did for a gift.
Looking straight down from our veranda.
Troy and I enjoying the fresh sea air.
This evening they had a game show: Call My Bluff. It was similar to Balderdash, where a word was given and each of the three presented their definition and you voted with applause on the right one. We learned interesting things like the word for a person born with only one buttock.
And as is being demonstrated in these shots, there is a word for the movement women make while trying to get into the dreaded pantyhose!
He continued to wear the hose, it was hilarious!
We also learned the meaning of the word fullfart (...it is OK if you want to go grab your dictionary and look it up...)
Another evening we were greeted with this cute puppy.
Then we found this guy hanging by his fingers!
In the midsection of the ship is where you will find the shops, casino, bars, lounge front desk and library. Running for a few decks is this ladder.... named Jacobs Ladder.
This old trunk was pretty cool and heavy.
Our last towel creation a cute snail.
Notice the guy in the bathrobe? He spent the entire week wondering around in this get-up!
He's another shot. We spent the whole week trying to catch a picture of him unsuspectingly. You'll notice that in the first shot that I was caught by those around him in line. We speculated on what he was or if he was wearing anything under the robe.
The last few hours before disembarking in Tampa, we found him in the library.
I guess he could have been wearing his 'Daisy Dukes' under the robe. I wonder if we were the only ones to find is outfit entertaining? Were we the only ones to take his picture. Poor guy, a celeb with out even knowing it!

I commend you for enduring this cruise marathon, next week something else.


imbeingheldhostage said...

How fun! I loved the guy in the bathrobe, and you're right-- the lady at your table looks like she's not thrilled to be alive (how can you be a party pooper on a cruise ship?).
Fun PSF!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ I would not be letting my teens up there either!

I always thought the towel folding was cool but can you imagine making them ALL THE TIME and how many they must have to make??? :)

Chris said...

Doesn't every one go out in public in a bathrobe?

Have you ever wondered why they make chefs wear the goofy hats?

Pam Emmons said...

So very jealous! My favorite part of our cruise were the towel animals!

Shannon said...

Cool pictures!!! What a great place - looks sooooooo fun.

Cathy said...

Wow! Great pictures and commentary! Makes me wanna go on a cruise...if only for the towel animals!

Valerie said...

Love the towel animals. It took me a minute to figure out the lobster. lol Looks like ya'll had a great time.

Kacey R. said...

It's that mention of "life boat" and "drill" that keep me from the idea of ever going on a cruise. My paranoia aside...and the fact that there is some weird guy in a robe all day - it looks like you had a wonderful time! :o) LOL

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

sounds like you had an amazing time- I always thought they spent to much time making monkey towels instead of cleaning the cabins!!

latree said...

no I'm not tired at all...
I'm jealous!!!


I have something for you at my Dandelion... I hope you like it...

Anonymous said...

Did you ever check out the DVDs on towel folding? I think you'll love them. www.FoldingMagic.com

I make them for my kids all the time.

I'm glad your trip went so well. Take care.


Julie said...

This is my first time participating in PSF so I'm not sick of cruise pics...sick no...jeasous yes. :)

tommie said...

Looks like it was fun...the robe guy cracked me up. Kind of like your very own "where's Waldo"

Laura said...

That guy in the bathrobe is crazy! What on earth? Isn't their a dress code. You would think the staff would talk to him. NOT normal.

We are going on a cruise to mexico in the end of Feb. I have never been on a cruise. We are taking the whole family.

Indrani said...

Fantastic tour of the cruise and those unique towel animals too.

Anonymous said...

Great pics looks like so much fun!

CC said...

We all went on a cruise last Christmas and it was GREAT. Well, except for the Rotovirus that got a huge portion of the ship sick!!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh what a vacation! We did a 3 week cruise to Alaska and loved it UNTIL we got the Norwalk Virus.


Killlashandra said...

Wow, looks like a wonderful time. I've heard from other people who have taken cruises about the towel animals. They sure a cute idea. :)

david mcmahon said...

Sounds like a wonderful, well-deserved break.

Anonymous said...

wow.. i've always wondered about cruise ships innards since i thought id get claustrophobic... looks like the makin's of a love boat episode :) Where's Gavin McLeod when you need him ?:)


Shellie said...

I love those towel creations. The whole trip looked really really fun!!!!

Kimber said...

Okay, maybe his luggage was lost on his flight or something. Teeheehee. Maybe a robe was the only clothing he had besides what he was wearing the first day. My guess is "not", just a little on the strange side.

Krystyn said...

Oh, that looks like a blast. If only I didn't have motion sickness!

rochelle said...

Carrie, this was so much fun. I loved EVERY bit of the post. I'm thinking Laura up there ought to do an experiment on her cruise and see if people notice. :)

Missy said...

How cool! I would LOVE to go on a cruise - for everything, the relaxation, the fun meals with musical servers, the fantastic desserts, and those awesome towel animals! I want to learn to do something fun with towels for my kids, I know that they would love that!

Lindsay said...

I've never been on a cruise, but those pics are kinda making me want to escape this cold!! So cool. I bet you had a blast.

Ryanne said...

so the photo tour is over eh? Well, I enjoyed every picture in every post..specially the bungalow one (martin and glenda version). Can't wait to visit with ya sometime soon.

Momisodes said...

Wow! What a great time. The food looks amazing, and I've never seen anything like those towel creations :)

lisaschaos said...

I have always wanted to go on a cruise and I hope someday I will. I love all your towel animals! how fun!

Amz said...

What a wonderful time you must have had! I have never been! I loved all the little creatures made out of towels!