Despite going to bed later than usual, I was up at 5:30 and so was Brother. Sisters were already up. I met them downstairs for breakfast when it opened at 7 am.
No pictures but they had good preformed cheese omelets, sausage links which I had along with a small yogurt and a bagel. The bold coffee was very good.
We dawdled getting ready until it was time for our ride. Sister M had surprised us all with matching t-shirts which we wore for the day. Loved it!
I had prebooked transportation with You First Limousine Services since we had four adults and luggage. The driver was scheduled to be there at 11 am (our check-in time is noon in Galveston).
He arrived on time but at the hotel next door. Called him and he drove over. He had a Yukon so we had plenty of room for luggage and could sit comfortably for the hour drive.
When we got to Galveston cruise terminal 2, it was no wait to drop our bags with a porter (except for two who needed luggage tags added).
Then we had a 5 or so minute line inside to get our vaccine card and covid test results checked. The next step was through the security machines and up to a second checkpoint for our passports and setsail passes.
Then we went up the escalator to the “real” check-in where we had to show it all this time. 🙂 and had photos taken for ship’s security. After that it was up the escalators to board the ship. We had embarkation photos taken on the outside deck and went to find lunch.
We got a table and took turns getting our food since we still had our carryons. I had pork stew (not a fan), mashed potatoes, squash and the famous kummelweck sandwich which deserves the hype.
I didn’t see them cut the welcome aboard cake but took a photo of this and my hubby’s favorite carrot cake.
Instead I had my favorite ranger cookies.
Waiters were circulating serving beverages AND selling specialty dining to the point of being annoying.
After our meal we went to see about dining reservations. We learned my time dining didn’t start until 6:45 and the first reservation was 7:15. That wouldn’t work so off to the deck 4 to see the dining manager. We were able to get assigned table at 5:30 pm for the duration and have table 110 on deck 3.
Then we went to our muster station, B7, which is outside the schooner bar and finished the process. We’d watched the lifejacket video and listened to the emergency signal at the hotel.
By then they announced rooms were ready so we headed off our separate ways. My brother and I are in cabin 1830 which I believe was added in later; not original. It’s totally different design than our sisters’ balcony cabin and appears to be a bit longer. Their balcony is larger though. Only problem was the beds were set up as one. I called housekeeping who would tell our cabin steward.
This letter was left about my emerald benefits along with the soda and waters perk and surprise treat (cookies).
The cabin also had two individually wrapped facemasks with the Royal Caribbean logo and two bottles of hand sanitizer.
Our bags were waiting and I got unpacked and we had plenty of storage. Our cabin steward, Amar, came by and introduced himself and said he’d fix the beds when we were at dinner tonight.
I decided to use the jacuzzi before dinner as my shoulder was tweaked while dragging my roller bag all around the ship. 🙂 When I got there (solarium jacuzzi) I was the only one but it ended up filling up to 6 people before emptying again. Felt better and I got to the cabin right at sailaway.
Met my sisters and brother at the Rembrandt dining room before being led to our table.
Our wait staff is Ruddy and Kenzie who are fantastic. We laughed when she brought the bread basket and said we’d need two every night. She quickly brought us another. I picked the pumpkin seed cheese roll. Yummy.
The menu looked good.
These are the everyday appetizers.
I started with the crab cake.
This was followed by the cream of mushroom soup.
This is the menu for everyday entrees.
Prime rib was my selection and even though it was a little thin I enjoyed it.
This is the every day dessert menu (plus the apple blossom from the next picture).
My choice was the pear and blackberry cobbler.
I wanted to go to the comedian show tonight was but too tired after short night of sleep night before so it was an early return to the cabin.
Below is the instructions for Voom. We had the four device package to share which saved us all money and worked very well.
Here is the Cruise Compass for today. Click the image for the full four page PDF.