Saturday, January 5, 2013

Island Princess Christmas Cruise [Day 10] - Sea Day

Rachel and I ate at Horizon Court and then went to the pool deck. Typical. This morning, they played The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - it was a good movie I'd never seen before. I enjoyed it.

In the afternoon, they did a little boat race. There were two boats competing. One was made out of bottles and duct tape. It worked. The next was a replica of the Island Princess that this little girls' grandfather spent 72 hours building.

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The announcers were giving the Princess replica a hard time for dropping the cargo and not being the most efficient, but it was the chosen winner by the audience.

I then decided that I needed to photographically document the ship. This was something that I had planned to do but put off all week.

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Sports deck. I went up here only to take this picture.

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Look at all this deck space with no chairs...

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I didn't know this was even here until the second to last day. It's an oddly hidden mini golf course.

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Why no chairs!?!?!????

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Oh, here's some chairs...

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One chair...

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Two chairs...

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No chairs!?!?!!!

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The Splash Pool is a little less than exciting. Not sure it qualifies for such dramatic signage.

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There aren't many chairs up here, either.

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Horizon Court. As soon as you walk in...

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You can tell it isn't lunch time.

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Lots of wasted space here. I'm not sure why they need a grand piano in their buffet.

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We took a photo with our favorite bartender before dinner.

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Now, I took more photos of the ship after dinner. I have been planning this ongoing project in which I will analyze the aesthetics of different ships and cruise lines, and I wish I would've spent more time doing this throughout the cruise because I really felt pushed at the end.

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I really liked these well-decorated hallways on the 6th and 7th floors of the ship. They're themed to their surroundings.

Explorer's Lounge -

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Water feature in the atrium -

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Favorite bar on the 5th floor -

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This was the hallway outside of Blue Bayou -

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Hallway outside Sabatini's -

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I was happy to see Mickey in the art gallery.

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Hallway outside Wheelhouse -

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Empty as always.

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It's such a large venue. They really should schedule some entertainment there. Right now it's basically a waste of space.

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Hallway to the theater -

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The Atrium -

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Martini Bar usually had a good crowd -

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Luckily, I was never bored enough to have to go into the card room during this cruise.

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The Island Princess definitely has the biggest library I've seen on a cruise ship.

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The Universe Lounge is actually where they held the majority of their shows, rather than the theater. Probably because egress is such an issue in the theater.

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Princess gives chocolates at turn-down. Royal Caribbean stopped doing this several years ago.

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NEXT: Day 11 - Disembarkation