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Day 1 – Embarkation onto the Serenade of the Seas

We had to check out of our hotel at noon, but read that we shouldn’t head to the port until 2 pm; fortunately, right next to our hotel was an amazing restaurant, La Competencia Pizzeria, that served tasty pizza and salads and had many imported beers (Brooklyn Brewery Lager, Purple Haze, and Blue Moon among many others). And we eventually somehow found out that our waiter was actually born and raised in Dearborn, MI. After lunch we took a taxi to the port; went through security and the boarding process and got on board. This is Nestor’s first cruise, so he was excited to walk around the ship and check everything out, and I was amazed how much this ship was strikingly similar to the Norweigan Cruise Line ships I had been on in the past; its like they have a cruise ship template for all the different cruise lines and then just import their own name brand onto them. We toured every floor, found the pools, the bars, the fitness center (which we plan on visiting), the cafes and the ‘dance clubs’. After that, we headed back to the room for a little R & R and then got ready for dinner. Somehow, our good friend we are traveling with found a way to get a small 6-person table exchanged for an amazing 8-seater table by a window, up on a little raised area away from the rest of the tables, go Jason! What an amazing dinner the seven of us had, it is still hard to believe that all the food is “free”, I mean I know we paid for it when we paid our cruise fair price, but… it still feels like a great deal because you can eat as much as you want. And they had an vegetarian indian entree – Aloo Gobi, and it was great. We are chilling now after dinner, waiting for a second wind to check out the dance clubs and after hours entertainment; and will probably grab another drink before we head up to the room and crash. Tomorrow is Tortola, British Virgin Islands – we are doing the Gorda Baths tour; it has something to do with snorkeling and a beach I think. Should be fun!   

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