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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Quilting cruise

Fair warning: this post is photo-heavy. Click on any of the pictures to see a larger version.

I mentioned in my previous post that I'd just returned from a cruise, and this one was different from the ones I've previously taken with my husband. For one thing, this time he didn't go with me. For another, there was a large group of quilters, and we took classes during our at-sea days. And, finally, we were on the largest ship I've ever been on, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. It was an amazing ship, and I finally had to skip one of the three scheduled classes in order to see more of it. LOL!

This old-fashioned car, complete with teddy-bear driver and passenger, greeted us in one of the many "common areas" — this was the Royal Promenade, but there were also others, like Central Park and the Boardwalk.

This is a piece of what was visible in the Central Park area. This photo was taken looking down from the swimming pool area. Can you see that some of the balcony cabins overlook the interior of the ship, rather than the ocean? Mine was ocean-side, but these looked nice, too.

 This is a ground-level view of the same area.

This boat-shaped area is actually a bar — the Rising Tide Bar. The name is quite appropriate, since the entire thing rises slowly, going up three decks and then back down again. When it's up, there are shooting fountains underneath — very impressive!

The selection of restaurants onboard was amazing! Some of us had dinner one evening at Giovanni's Table, which serves Italian food that I think is the best I've ever had. Others had dinner at Izumi, which does Oriental food. And then there are places like Johnny Rockets, with their obligatory fries and onion rings.

The local group I went with — seven of us, out of about 80 quilters — saw a variety of sights during our shore excursions. This was a performance of flamingoes doing military-style maneuvers in Nassau at the Ardastra Gardens.

In the same place, we fed these beauties with slices of apple. The birds flew onto our outstretched arms and snacked. Luckily, they aren't carnivorous, so no one was pecked. ;)

Look at the color of that water! This is Magen's Bay in St. Thomas, and I can't get over the turquoise color.

This was someone's yacht being repaired. Just imagine staying on that for a few weeks of relaxation!

No, we're not really incognito! But the sun was very hot and bright, so we were prepared. LOL! The fellow we're posing with was a little the worse for wear.

The ship sponsored "theme breakfasts" several times in the main dining room. This particular day we were seated with Marsha Bergren, who was teaching her Twister technique in class, so we all had our picture taken with one of the Madagascar characters.

And here we are with Carol Doak, who was also teaching on the cruise and was the main reason we all went along for the ride!

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