The seas were not entirely smooth, but they were decidedly smoother than they had been on the way North-----I'm assuming that has something to do with being in a slightly more land-locked waterway rather than open sea….but I may be wrong. Also, the shore line (on either or both sides) along the way was much closer and so lent itself to more great views.
Here are some pictures we took from the ship and from our room throughout the day:
Days at sea are usually a very happy day for us because we love relaxing sea days; but anyone who has every cruised and/or vacationed with me knows that the last day of the trip is never the best day to be around me-----I get very mopey (or actually, I like the word our table-mate, Randall, used to describe me better: "melancholy"…..it sounds a bit more refined, doesn't it?! LOL) Anyhow…..you know how some people get the condition known as "S.A.D."---seasonal affective disorder? Which makes them depressed or moody in the winter when there's less sun and shorter days and, in some areas, colder temperatures? Well I suffer chronically with what I now term as "V.E.D."---vacation ending disorder…where I'm stricken with mild to moderate depression when the end of my vacation and my return to the real, non-Disney world is looming!! LOL (Thankfully, I know I'm not the only person with this affliction!!) My declining mood not-with-standing, however, we decided to try to make the most of our day.
After our massages, we walked about the ship a little and chatted with Deb and her mom in the lobby for a while before lunch. Lunch today was one of my favorite meals that they regularly offer onboard: stir fry bar (you choose the meat and veggies and they stir fry them to order for you and mix them with asian noodles----YUM!).
Once lunch was over, we decided to go to the room and get a jump on our packing….and then set in the V.E.D. symptoms!! LOL Nothing says "vacation is almost over" like lugging out the empty suitcases you've had under your bed for almost 2 weeks and starting to transfer all the contents of your drawers and closets into them. We also had to undecorated our door. If you remember from a much earlier post when we boarded the ship, our door was a barren white metal thing with just a number on it. By the end of our cruise with our fish extender, all our magnets and those we got from our onboard friends, here is what our door ended up looking like:
|"Prince Ali" number from Aladdin|
|Cinderella & Prince Charming|
|Under the Sea|
|Beauty & the Beast|
|The Lion King's "Circle of Life"|
|the big finale|
|Table 15 on the LA Repo & 1st Alaskan!|
....a few days prior we had gotten into a really great conversation with a lovely cast member named Heather while we were waiting in line for pictures with one of the characters. She was talking to us about our love of Disney and was super sweet...and after our conversation, she asked me what our room # was but was very cryptic about why she wanted to know----but I gave it to her. Well, I am ASSUMING that the invitation we got was a result of that conversation (although I might be wrong)....it was an invite to a special meet & greet (open only to a handful of guests who got the invite) with all the characters who would be in the "Til We Meet Again" show and it came with an autographed pic of Mickey & Minnie in their pirate costumes! Of course, for a Disney geek like me, this was really cool...so we changed quick and ran down to meet up with the performers and characters. It was a very brief time with them just hanging out, taking pictures and chatting...but it was super sweet and fun: