First day at sea:
Elegant Night-2nd night of cruise
The wait staff in the dining room sang and danced for us each night.
In Key West we did not book an excursion. We had spent time in Key West in the past, so we already had ideas about what we wanted to do. We went straight to Duval Street to stroll, people-watch, shop, and have lunch. We ate at Caroline's. They have an excellent shrimp po'boy. The ranch dressing is also excellent-very fresh. My husband had the Cuban mix. He was pleased with it as well. After lunch we decided to take a pedi-cab (bicycle cab). This was due to the intense heat and our child complaining about her shoes hurting. This was a great choice! Our tour took us the rest of the way down Duval and then by landmarks such as the lighthouse and the Hemingway House. We saw several stray chickens which made our little girl squeal with delight. We couldn't get back on the ship without getting a slice of Key Lime Pie dipped in chocolate on a stick. A must when visiting Key West!!! You can find these at any convenience store or other local shop offering ice cream.
Outside an art museum in KW. Allyson wanted her picture taken with the "really big Mommy and Daddy."
We were pleased with our stateroom. We were on the main level. There was a pull-out bed for our child. We told her it was a “Pirate Bed” to get her interested in it. Our steward was mostly thorough. He met my expectations. We were glad that we paid the extra money for the window.
The best thing I ever tasted was the chocolate melting cake. I had that as my dessert each night. You might want to request extra ice cream with it.
We had breakfast and lunch each day at Coconut Grove Grill. The only complaint I have is that it was so crowded. Each time we went, there was a long line and it was difficult to walk around to get drinks or find a table because of all the people. The food was great, though. My husband really enjoyed the deli.
Camp Carnival was amazing. Our child had a blast with all the fun-filled programs. She had her face painted three times. That seemed to be her favorite activity. Camp Carnival is in a great location for dropping off and picking up. The only thing that would make the program better would be to allow for drop-in all day. There were times that they were closed for lunch or to prepare for dinner. I understand that the workers need breaks, but they could alternate breaks to allow for more convenience for the parents.
The entertainment was impressive. We really enjoyed the “Hey, Mambo” and the “Far From Over” 80’s show. The juggler was very talented and hilarious.
Overall, it was the best vacation we had ever taken. We hated leaving. We wished the cruise had been for seven days.
And, on the 17th, our dog, Pig died. Michael has had Pig since 2003, so we're all pretty sad about losing our family friend.
Mike found him in the usual place in our shop where he often would nap. We'll really miss Pig.
And, last night, someone stole our XM radio right out of our car in our car port. We're pretty singed about that. A sheriff's deputy was just here to take a report.
Hopefully, if it is true that bad things happen in threes, we're done. I hope that's the case!
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