Western Caribbean - Set Sail on a Cruise Ship travel blog

Our Ship's Radar

Is the Fog Clearing?

All Fogged In

Our Pilot Boat

The Ferry Boats


Joe woke up early, stepped out on our balcony, and informed me we were still in Galveston. Once I became awake enough I knew he wasn't joking.....no ship movement. We started our day with a nice buffet breakfast on the Lido Deck. Pea-soup fog permeated the air; nonetheless, we did several laps around the jogging path. It's never too soon to start fighting the calorie intake. The crew were optimistic we'd sail today and we had the mandatory Life Boat drill to familiarize everyone with their life jackets, muster stations, and emergency procedures.

Our floating resort is the 110,000 ton Conquest. It is an art-themed megaliner and the various discos, bars, dining rooms, etc. reflect this with names such as Monet, Gauguin, Vincent's, etc. The ship is also decorated for Christmas and there is a very festive feel onboard.

We made our lunch choice in the Monet formal dining room. Lunch is usually pretty casual with open seating; we met a nice couple from Louisiana. After lunch, we strolled around the ship and marveled at the number of activities to keep people entertained.....how about ice carving? Wine tasting? golf lessons? Men's hairy chest contest...yes, no joke!! it's amazing what people will do for a small prize.

Meals involve endless pampering by uniformed staff attentive to every detail and whim. Body pampering can also take the form of various spa treatments......teeth whitening, and yes, a revolutionary procedure that promised we'd lose 1-8 inches in one session.......who needs a membership to Curves?

Finally, about 1:30 p.m. and 22 ½ hours late, to the strains of "White Christmas", a blaring fog horn, and cheers from jubilant passengers, we sailed out of Galveston Harbor. We watched the pilot boat sail along beside us until we were safely out of port and then our captain took over and we are finally "At Sea". We wandered off to the Internet Café and got sidetracked with high-tea and sweets on the way.

Tonight is our first formal night and dress varied from slightly dressy to very formal; we were somewhere in between and knew they'd feed us no matter what we wore. Dinner was really good again. After dinner, we took in the Main Show. This was a beautifully choreographed Las Vegas-style production and award-winning show with lots of high-energy dancing.....spectacular.

We lose an hour tonight as we move our watches ahead an hour to adjust to the time zone for Grand Cayman, our first port of call on Thursday.

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