November 15, 2011

A Dream Come True

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:26 am by loniricia

This is my first day back home from a wonderful cruise vacation!  My sister-in-law, Judy, took me on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship (The Majesty of the Seas) to Nassau, Bahamas last week.


We flew out of KCI airport on Sunday November 6, 2011 to Miami Florida.  We stayed overnight at a Holiday Inn Express and then on Monday, November 7, 2011 at noon we took a shuttle to the dock and boarded the cruise ship at 12:45 pm.  We got processed through and went to our cabin then on to the Windjammer Inn (buffet) to get some lunch.  We then proceeded to the poolside deck and soaked up the beautiful Florida sun until it was time to go to the disaster drill meeting that was mandatory before we set sail out of the port at 4:30 pm.


We took pictures trying to capture the Miami skyline as we left the port, but it extends all the way around, so we got parts of it in pictures for memories.  My knee began swelling today and continued to swell so we limited our walking and exploring.  We did watch a great show in the theatre with excellent singing and dancing.  It was 70’s music which I loved.  After that we went to the Centrum and watched the line dancing class where people participated and learned the Hustle.  It was great fun and I wish I could have danced!


The following morning we docked in Nassau and were scheduled for a Glass Bottomed Boat tour.  Judy had gone to the medical clinic onboard the ship and obtained an elastic wrap for my knee before we set out on our tour.  While we were waiting for the tour to begin, we met two other women and began visiting with them.  Their names were Chickie and Janelle from Chicago, Illinois area.  Chickie had signed up for the nature trail tour the next day when we were scheduled for Cococay  private island and Janelle had planned to stay on the beach and do some reading because she had problems with arthritis in her knee.  So we decided that we would plan to be together the next day as well and I could stay with Janelle on the beach while Judy and Chickie explored the island.   This made me feel much better because I was disappointed that I couldn’t walk around much with Judy.


On the Glass Bottomed Boat tour we got to know Chickie and Janelle better.  They all went below the main deck to watch all the fish and I remained on the main deck because of the steep stairs down.  One of the crew members invited me to feed the fish with him and led me outside where we threw slices of bread and watched the fish and gulls.  He was so kind as to tell me all about the various fish that we saw.  I also could see all the way to the floor of the ocean in that beautiful clear blue water and saw conch shells and coral.  We had some rum punch and the tour narrator told us about all the celebrity homes we saw around Paradise Island and also about Atlantis Resort.  We didn’t really do much looking around or shopping on Nassau due to my knee problems.  When we returned to the cruise ship, I rested and iced my knee.


Later that evening we went to dinner for the formal evening at the Moonlight Dining Room, which was our assigned location – even down to the specific table – #107.  Who do you think we met again when we were escorted to our places?  Yep, there we saw Chickie and Janelle, as well as their other friend, Audrey and another two women, Carrie and Donna.  We all were surprised and laughed when we saw our tablemates.  We were destined to meet on that day for sure and certain.  Over dinner we learned more about each other – all of us beautiful in our evening gowns.  Carrie and Donna are daughter and mother from Detroit Michigan area.  So all of us were midwesterners.  Carrie, Donna and Audrey had also met earlier in the day on another tour they all had taken – not knowing each other beforehand.


The whole cruise vacation was just one wonderful surprise after another and a definite dream come true for me.  Often in my actual dreams I am in the midst of a throng of people that I do not know.  I do not know where I am, who they are or why I am there – which I have interpreted to indicate my lifetime of restless wandering.  But as I made my way on the various ship decks or out on the streets of some unknown town, I realized these were actually reality scenes from my dreams.   And never have I been afraid in my dreams – only puzzled.  This cruise vacation was such a blessing!    I loved meeting people from all over the world: 56 countries were represented among the passengers.  I loved listening to them converse in their native language and even though we did not understand each other’s speech, the universal language is a smile, a kindness extended or the music and beauty everyone recognizes and enjoys.


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