Thursday, April 30, 2009

VE of the Caribbean - Ship board

Having lived on board a Coast Guard ship for two years and been to the Bering sea on four different occasions (think World’s Dangerous Catch seas and weather), it only took 28 years for me to return to the sea. That’s not bad; I thought it would take at least 200 (ensuring I would be properly dead for the next occasion).

But never-the-less I did my very first cruise. I chose the largest ship there is too.

This ship was 339 meters or 1,112 feet long!

That’s 200 feet longer than the Titanic! That’s three football field lengths long. THREE!

This ship was 63 meters or 206 feet high!

We practically towered over some high rise buildings as we left Miami.

This ship had a “promenade”. Basically that’s like a giant movie set of a city street complete with workable cafes and shopping places on each side. You wouldn’t even know you were on a ship walking through this part. It would be like walking through Disney City or something.

This ship had:

Over a 1400 staterooms and over 800 with private balconies
An ice rink. Well why not? I’m going to demand all of my ships in the future be equipped with an ice rink.

A rock climbing wall with 7 ropes. I climb so I was in heaven. It was on the 13th deck and went up from there…talk about your views from the top!

A theater that could hold over 1300 guests

A 3 level dining area that looked like something out of The Titanic movie

A wave riding pool

Two swimming pools and 5 hot tubs. Wouldn’t you know it, same as my house!

A humongous exercise facility; even a boxing ring…because one always has the urge to kick box when at sea…

A spa

The list goes on…

This December there will be another bigger ship sailing. There getting so large now it’s sort of like steering your own continent or country around.

“Yeah, I just bought Madagascar…I’m going to sail it over to Miami for the spring.”

Or perhaps:

“I’m sorry sir, we have no docking space at the pier; New Zealand is reserved for the entire summer…”

Next up: VE of the Caribbean – Cruise Life

56 comments:

monica said...

this was your honeymoon ? looks and sounds fabulous and - in my eyes - extremely american :o) and overwhelming :o) and - giggle - now I've seen you naked :o)

Dale said...

I knew you'd be naked in there and that's why I watched.

Chris Wood said...

Okay, so you took the economy cruise?

BTW, thanks for your kind words on the Sherlock Holmes book - much appreciated!

Jaime said...

i never understood why they put ice rinks on ships that were going to a caribbean cruise. i'd take a cruise like that to get AWAY from all things cold and icy.

Jacki said...

What? Are you telling me you actually need a bed for honeymoon activities? Where's your imagination?

Awesome way to spend your honeymoon! Peter and I just celebrated our 5-year anniversary with moving boxes and packing materials. We usually go away for the weekend, but not this year. Heck, no one even remembered it except for my parents and sister.

You can read about it on my blog.

Matt-Man said...

You are frickin' funny. And by the way, "obligatory" is one of my favorite words. Thank You for using it. Cheers, my good man!!

VE said...

monica - Very American. And this kind of thing was waaaay out of my norm...but I improvised. Plus, bringing no clothes and going naked the entire trip helped!

dale - Ha! I knew you would! It was only difficult to get into the dinner during formal night when naked. You have to be excited about dinner!

chris - Yeah...if I'm going to have to be on the water it's not going to be in some little boat!

jaime - I try to avoid them to; unless they are a blended fruity drink...those can be cold and icy

jacki - Ha! You don't EVEN want to know the details there, girl! ;) I'm going to have to read about your sad state of anniversary...stuck organizing a home instead of enjoying a nice trip (that's why our cruise was in the spring even though we got married in July...we were building a house). Oh yes, I know!

VE said...

matt-man - Excellent. You already use my favorite sign-off "cheers" and rather than copy I just pulled it...

The Incredible Woody said...

Woohoo - honeymoon activities!

Quirkyloon said...

Sounds like a blast! hee hee

ReformingGeek said...

Your wife is a lucky woman. ;-)

What, no rollerblading?

3-level dining? You mean you left your cabin for meals?

Jeff said...

Looks awesome. Did you have to go through a "what to do if attacked by pirates" drill?

Gnomeself Be True said...

Looks like the average coast guard cutter to me.
"The Loooove Boat...."
Puddle Pirate.

moooooog35 said...

You actually left your room while on your honeymoon?

Loser.

VE said...

incredible woody - That pretty much sums it UP! ;)

quirky - Well, now that I think about it...after a few of the spicier meals...it was a blast!

reforminggeek - I know she is lucky...she counteracts all my bad luck. Without her, all the things on my current poll would defintely happened...all at once!

jeff - That could have been entertaining.
1. Validate that they are authentic pirates (hook, parrot, eye patch)
2. Is it a real gun?
3...

gnomeself be true - Ha! Nice try there squid-boy! We like to see what above the water not slink around in some submarine looking like a semi-floating poo log! ;)

moooooog35 - Only so they could come in and leave towels folded into animals...

Kurt said...

Do you do all those captions at work?

Gnomeself Be True said...

All ships become submarines...eventually. We're an evangelical group and we just like to hurry the blessed conversion on a bit.

Gladys said...

Wow! The last cruise I went on I was locked in the hold and made to row.

VE said...

kurt - You can call it work...I like to call it corporate sponsorship...

gnomeself be true - Means they're kind of suicidal, eh? It's ok...I see you chose to live right by the sea in Arizona too! ;)

gladys - One of those viking slave theme cruises. I didn't sign up; I'm not big on back slashings...

Elizabeth said...

When I first moved to Juneau and saw the big cruise ships I was floored. They are HUGE!! And then I was told there are even bigger ships! The ones in Juneau have to be smaller because they have to go through the Gastineau Channel.
Also most of the people coming up here are older. Were most of the passengers going to the Caribbean younger than 80??

Ronda Laveen said...

Big ass ship, promenade parallel universe thingy, state rooms, balconies, ice rink, climbing wall, theatre, 3-level dining room, wave riding pool, dos swimming pools, cinco hot tubs, giant gym, spa (ahh)...how in the world does this thing float?

Angie Ledbetter said...

Wowser, that's some boat! (Followed you here from Colby's.)

VE said...

elizabeth - Be thankful the bigger boats can't get into Juneau! It's a sad reality that some of the islands we visited have to really completely on tourism. But out of Florida the boat was very rich with different age groups. I think ships like Carnival cater to younger groups. I've heard that the Alaska trips are mostly older folks...young people want sun and fun...

ronda - An excellent question! And one that I have no flippin' clue on. We should ask Jacki; she has aptitude for math and physics. I believe it lies in some sort of structural shape thingy...but what do I know.

angie - Welcome! I go on some blogger journeys to unknown territory on occasion too. You showed up right in the middle of my honeymoon adventures (well...not literally that is)

Sornie said...

You got totally screwed. On a ship that size there should have been at least one ski hill.

VE said...

sornie - Crap...you're right! And I really wanted to do some cage fighting too. And they totally cancelled the tourist target shooting contest with that other ship...

lime said...

sounds like the population of the ship could easily exceed some of the islands it may have passed in the caribbean

VE said...

lime - Boy is that the truth. With two cruise ships ascending on places like St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands it must feel like a tsunami of people. If I were a local that would drive me batty. I'm sure they are thankful given that is their only source of income.

BlackenedBoy said...

Wow, I really want to go on a cruise now! It sounds like a floating city!

VE said...

blackenedboy - That's exactly how I felt it was...a floating city. Must be weird to work on one and repeat the same things with different people over and over.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

can you go waterskiing on that ship? Looks like there's enough room!

VE said...

perpetual - Sure...you just jump off the back with your skiis and a very long rope...

Nessa said...

I saw your wee wee (yes, I'm that childish.)

VE said...

nessa - I told you everything on this ship was big! ;)

freetheunicorns said...

I've been to towns smaller than that ship. That shit is crazy. I kind of want to go on a cruise now.

VE said...

freetheunicorns - It's like going to an artificial land...they lure you in...

Bazza said...

I was going to suggest it would be easy to get lost on this ship, but I guess if it was your honeymoon, you probably didn't do much exploring, outside of the cabin that is.

VE said...

bazza - Ha! No, plenty of time to get lost too and sometimes we did.

Serena said...

The ship looks beautiful, but I'm a bit phobic when it comes to way deep water. I think I'll take my next honeymoon on dry land. I'm glad you enjoyed yours, though!:)

Beth said...

Love how you capture what it's all about...Size & Bigger is Better! I've been on one cruise in my life and I swear - despite the size of the ship - I got claustrophobic.

Mike said...

On day, I hope to use my skills and work on one of those ships.

I want to turn your poo into drinking water.

Then I want to see people drinking the water and laugh.

That is all.

yellojkt said...

With a boat like that you don't need to actually go anywhere.

Janna said...

Wow, look, that little dot near the front is Leonardo DiCaprio...

He's saying something about an iceberg...

teeni said...

Ahhh, cruising. The best way to get pampered on vacation. Glad you enjoyed it. Those rooms really were spacious compared to others I've seen!

Dalton J. Fox said...

You may have already answered this, but what exactly is the boxing ring for?

VE said...

serena - It's not that deep...just a few miles down...

beth - It wouldn't have happened on this ship. There's nothing small there at all

mike - Have you stopped taking your meds? ;)

yellojkt - I know...and I like going places...that's the irony.

janna - Yeah, he spends his free time hanging from the front of prominent cruise ships. It's a good gig...

teeni - Yeah, I was expecting a phone booth sized room; this was quite reasonable

dalton - Mud wrestling...

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Wow. I had no idea cruise ships had all that stuff on them. I'd still be scared shitless that I'd somehow fall overboard and be eaten by sharks.

Carla said...

Wow! Now I get your comment in your previous post about floating city. I bet this ship is bigger than Nelson.

Mrsupole said...

Wow VE, I loved the naked pictures of you. Did you know they are posted all over YouTube now. I am not sure who did it, but it was brought to my attention by some little birdy's. HEHE.

Okay, I am curious. How long have you been married? Bless the wifey poo for marrying you. Glad you both enjoyed the cruise.

God bless.

VE said...

arizona - With a ship that big, you'd die from the fall alone!

carla - It might be...we just don't have the nice mountain views

mrsupole - Ha! I tricked you. I wore my naked suit instead! We've been married since last July.

Dee said...

saving for a cruise..........and no where close to going on one.

VE said...

dee - We were lucky. The wifey-poo had one a travel voucher that paid for one of us and she had another company voucher that covered most of the others cost. We had airline miles for the hotels before and after and for the flight. In all, the trip cost us $500 out of pocket.

Starrlight said...

Referrencing the Titanic whilst on a ship takes cajones ;)

Anne said...

i've got 6 or seven cruises under my belt, love it!

never been on royal tho.

Maureen said...

Well, you'll never get me on a ship. Especially one that "resembles the Titanic".

Not good mojo.

VE said...

starrlight - You know...I've just about seen it all...nothing much phases me anymore.

anne - Oh, it's magnificent...

maureen - Just because Leonard DiCapprio was on board as a ship mate doesn't mean it's GOING to sink...

Starrlight said...

If Leo was on board the weight of his ego alone would sink it :P