Miracle Cruise, Part 8
Day 7 Fri. Feb. 1/08
Up early after a restless night with a lot of chest pain. Not much sleep.
There was so much going on today that I had to make a list of all the things I wanted to do or see!
First on the agenda though, was a return visit to the infirmary to pick up the bill, which was enough to really give me a coronary!
Then, there was the Inch of Gold sale, souvenir-shopping, arts & crafts, a draw for a gem, trivia, photos to pick up, and of course, time to lie in the sun!
The best thing going on today however was a recent initiative taken by Carnival on behalf of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure (for Breast Cancer). It's called "Walk for the Cure" and for a $10 donation, you get a T-shirt, a pink rubber bracelet, and are registered to walk in the "Miracle Walk" around the ship at an appointed time.
So at 10:30 am, several hundred women (and men) showed up outside the Bacchus Dining Room in their white T-shirts and pink bracelets, and after a rousing speech by our CD Brent Mitchell who led the walk, we set off.
We walked 3 complete turns around the outside deck, and partially inside through the very pretty Gatsby's Garden, equalling the "Miracle Mile", and when the walk was completed, there was complimentary Pink Lemonade for everyone.
I had a great time participating with my new friend Monique. The walk was invigorating, and the views priceless!
I thought it was a great idea for Carnival to promote, and a great cause as well. It certainly brought out the camaraderie and community spirit of all those who participated, many of them survivors.
After this busy morning, I was finally able to plant myself in a deck chair in the sun and relax, with my Century CD in my walkman and a good book. Best afternoon all week!
My relaxing afternoon passed all too quickly, and soon it was time to get ready for the early show before dinner.
Tonight's big show was called "Ticket to Ride" a tribute to the Beatles, and it was preceded by some great old video footage of early live performances by the Beatles, and Beatlemania at it's best. It was worth going to the show just to see the video!
The show itself was amazing, especially if you are a die-hard Beatle fan like myself. The music, costumes, props, and innovative interpretations of various stages of the Beatles' career were very well orchestrated by the Carnival dancers and singers. There was also a fantastic performance by the Filipino band "Music Unlimited", dressed up as the Fab Four in Sgt. Pepper regalia, and sounding very much like the real thing.
Bright green glow sticks were handed out to the audience for the grand finale, which saw everyone dancing, singing and waving glow sticks in a shower of silver confetti. It was quite the show-stopper!
Between the ending of the show in the theatre, and the start of dinner at the other end of the ship, we had arranged to meet with our friends Donna & Wayne to have a formal portrait taken together, since this was our last formal night.
The logistics were difficult, as this was the busiest time on the ship with the changeover from dining room to theatre and vice versa. The main thoroughfare was crowded and people were lined up for photos, but we persevered and we got a pretty nice portrait, if I do say so myself!
Just an aside here. One of our friends' complaints about Carnival was the quality of their photographs, or perhaps the non professionalism of their photographers. Both my friends wear glasses, and had repeated problems with glare on their glasses in their photos. They were told several times that nothing could be done to correct this, while they said that on Royal Caribbean last year, the same problem was taken care of professionally. The only advice they were given was to "tilt your head down slightly to avoid the glare." That is why in the photo Wayne looks like he's holding in his chin!
Dinner in the Bacchus Dining Room. As I mentioned before, we had been having very slow dining room service all week, never leaving the dining room until after 10pm. We never complained because frankly, we were just enjoying each others' company so much and were so engrossed in conversation we hardly noticed.
However, this night it was getting bothersome. The Maitre 'D dimmed the lights for "Showtime" taking all the waiters away to dance, when we had not even been served our entrees yet!
When my husband's Chateaubriand finally arrived, he couldn't even cut it with a steak knife, and sent it back, asking it to be changed for the fish. He waited another 15 minutes for the fish to arrive, and when it did, it was cold, and still had the original potatoes and vegetables on the plate that had been served with the beef!
When the meal was finally over (and the whole dining room had already emptied), we ordered 3 coffees at our table, only 1 of which arrived. All 3 couples decided we would not return to the dining room for the last night of the cruise.
James and I had our free dinner at Nick & Nora's to look forward to, and the other 2 couples decided to either go to the buffet or order room service. Our waiters nor our Maitre 'D got any tips from us that week.
After dinner we went to see the R-rated comedy of comedian Jeff Laub, who we'd seen at least twice previously on Carnival ships. I tried hard not to laugh, because it still hurt my chest so much to laugh, but I couldn't help it, even though I'd heard the jokes before.
We were tired after the comedy show and were headed for bed, but in passing by Frankie & Johnnie's we heard Music Unlimited starting a set of Bee Gees disco dance numbers, so we stopped in there for some dancing and filming before retiring for the night. Yes, filming. I married Steven Spielberg apparently; he filmed everything on the ship!
By the time the band took a break, we were really tired, and chose to skip the Gala Midnight Buffet, and just go to bed.