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The Slowhand`s Trip - Part 11

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Slowhand, Oct 22, 2008.

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    Day 15 ~ Friday October 3rd

    Sadly today was to be the last day of our cruise, however the good news was that we were going to make a second stop at Castaway Cay today and for a longer period than when we visited last Sunday. :thumbs_up:
    I made sure that I was awake bright and early today in order to go onto deck 9 forward where I had a great view of the ship`s officers gently easing the ship into dock, with the captain`s voice being very audible over their walkie talkies giving them guidance to avoid scratching the hull! :oops:
    Obviously Captain Thord had been brushing up on his nautical skills because this time we docked in the usual [usual to me anyhow] way, i.e. by reversing into dock. :p015:
    When it was safe to do so I asked one of the officers if I could ask him a question and he seemed like he was up for a chat now that his delicate manoeuvring work was over. I asked him why we had docked the other way around last Sunday, and he told me that if they have any doubts about any bad weather being on the way, then they always reverse into dock because it is easier to leave port “pointy end first” [my words, not his! :lol:]
    I replied “So it has nothing to do with the ship`s photographers from Shutters being able to take a different shot of the passengers as they disembark?” which they found amusing….I think! :lol:

    I returned to our stateroom to collect my DW and we went to Lumiere`s again for breakfast.
    As we were waiting to someone to escort us to a table, I noticed Tom [catrancher] and his DW [Carol] were sitting at a nearby table, so we made our way over to them asking them if we could join them for breakfast….and fortunately they agreed! :p015:

    Leaving the ship at around 9.30am, we noticed loads of CM`s in the water going through their safety drills, several of whom had donned frogmen’s suits for the activity.
    We took our usual route [walk to the first tram stop and then take the second tram] to Serenity Bay Beach [being overtaken en-route by Jack Sparrow on his way to a photo shoot] where again we set up camp on a couple of sun loungers by a parasol.
    Unfortunately the weather today was not looking too promising and we had a few light rain showers before too long, not enough to get you running for shelter, but enough to protect your camera and book etc..
    Part way through the morning, we saw a guy being helped out of the ocean by other bathers who sat him down alongside his wife and went to get help. Soon a CM approached him to offer help, but it appeared as though the guy didn`t require any medical assistance although his breathing seemed very rough and strained. :cry2:

    As lunchtime approached and black clouds were beginning to appear, my DW and I left the beach and take lunch at the bbq area which again was first rate.
    While waiting for the tram, the guy who was in difficulties earlier walked towards us and I asked him if he was feeling ok. He thanked me and said that he had taken a large mouthful of water in the ocean and panicked, thus causing everyone`s concern.
    Sitting on the bench was another guest and one of his feet was swollen to almost double in size! :shocked025: Apparently, he had trodden onto a sea urchin in the water and some of the creature`s spines had gone into his foot. He was eventually taken back to the ship in a separate cart and seemed to be ok, actually laughing and joking about his predicament although he must obviously have been in considerable pain. As he was being taken away I said to the others “Wow. The things some folks will do to get a comfy ride back to the ship!” which raised a laugh….well it was funny at the time! :lol:
    This sure was an accident prone day at the beach!

    When we arrived back at Palm Central Station and got off the tram, we decided to turn right along the path to visit a shop that we had never seen before…..mainly because we had never been along this path before! It was only a small shop called “Bahamian Retail” and it sold primarily craft items from the Bahamas. As nothing small caught our fancy [although a couple of the larger, “un-take backable to the UK with ease” items did! :p015:], we headed back to the ship and this was when the heavens opened. We had a torrential storm and ran to take refuge in a covered area near to the family beach, being entertained by a few small children there who thought it was fantastic splashing around and getting soaked!
    After the downpour had abated a bit, we made a dash back to the ship and by the time we arrived, the rain had stopped. Walking along the dockside towards the aft entrance, we noticed several CM`s in their yellow overalls who were painting the hull of the “Magic” using paint rollers with very long extension handles. One thing that you notice about DCL is how the maintenance [and cleaning] on board is carried out almost non stop.

    It was now around 3.00pm and so we had a coupe of hours to kill before I could get an earful of “When You Wish Upon a Star” for the last time on this cruise, it seemed like a good idea to go down to Signals Bar to say our goodbyes to Pio [my DW hates this photo!]. My DW and I sat at the bar and as soon as Pio had sorted our drinks he disappeared out of sight and returned with a small plate with a small cake for my DW to nibble on as she enjoyed her drink.
    The good news is that Pio will be on the “Magic” next year so we will see him again before too long. :smiley4:

    After hearing the ship`s horn, and waving back at the CM`s along the dock who in turn were saying their goodbyes to us with the aid of large “Mickey” hands, we made our way back to our stateroom via Shutters in order to pick up the last of our photos taken by their photographers.
    We partially packed our cases as they had to be left outside our stateroom by 11.00pm this evening and we didn`t want any last minute panics, taking care to leave out our clothes that we would need for tomorrow and headed to the Walt Disney Theatre for the final show of the cruise “Remember the Magic..a final farewell” which again was superb and gave you a lump in your throat at times, especially when some CM`s from all parts of the ship came onto the stage at the end waving their goodbyes. :cry1:

    After a last cocktail in Sessions and saying our goodbyes to Rudolpho [who we shall meet again next year also :smiley4:], we went to Lumiere`s for dinner where we handed out our envelopes containing the tips to all of the staff who had taken such good care of us. I still had a couple of bottles of wine left on the wine package that I had purchased so I donated them to our server Leasa, and her assistant Marcos, who very much appreciated the gesture.
    All of the chefs came into the restaurant and stood in a line with each of them holding a flaming baked Alaska which was a nice touch.
    After dinner all of the servers came out waving flags from most countries of the World as “It`s a Small world” played over the pa system…a great end to our final dinner on board.

    After a last walk around the open decks, it was then a case of dashing back to our stateroom to say “Hi” to our final towel animal and to finish our packing before the 11.00pm deadline set for leaving our bags in the corridor.

    Tomorrow sadly, is debarkation day.
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    Loved reading your report terry :yes:
    THIS photo of Sue is great.....she looks amazing :yes:
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    Thanks Diane. [Sue`s the one on the right BTW! :lol:]
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    *sigh* another lovely installment mate! Sue is stunning no matter WHAT...so just you tell her that!

    LOL...makes me long to cruise again!
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    wonderful report really really makes me want to cruise
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    Since Terry mentioned Cap'n Jack Sparrow, I thought I'd share another little bit of Pirates of the Caribbean magic that's to be found on Castaway Cay. I missed Cap'n Jack however. Durnit! :(

    Tom (who's glad Davy Jones wasn't about)

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    great report
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    Another great trip report Terry. And I can fully understand why Sue does not like that picture of her and Pio. LOL

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