Friday, June 19, 2009

A few vaycay pics

So we were on a tour of New York followed by a cruise. As part of the NYC tour we visited the library. When the guide said that the Hogwarts library was filmed here I didn't believe it. But it's true. Look Serge is there.

Times square. They have closed Broadway and made this section a pedestrian only area. I thought it was really neat and we hung out and people watched for a bit.

The next day we embarked. The first order of business was to celebrate with a froo froo drink. I was quite thirsty as you can see.

We headed out past the statue of liberty. It was kind of rainy but who cared because we were on our way to the tropics.

On the first formal night they have a captain's party with free drinks. Here's our travel mates, Serge's mom and her boyfriend.

We had one really nice sunset and you're looking at it.

Here we are on formal night. The decor was, garish roman I want to say. I liked it as it wasn't as vegasy as others we've been on.

Oh alright, there were other nice sunsets.

I think my favorite part of the cruise is the food. It's funny though, yesterday I went out to lunch with my students for the last class and when we got up to leave, I headed straight for the door. It didn't even dawn on me that we had to pay. Therese called out, "Richard where are you going?" I was more than a little embarrassed.

This was the paradise spot. Half Moon Cay, which is a private island owned by the cruise company. I would have been happy just spending the whole week there. The water was swimming pool color, crystal clear, and drinks and food aplenty were served on the beach.

We also went to Atlantis which is a huge resort in Nassau in the Bahamas. That's where we swam with the dolphins. (I'll try to get a pic of that but we didn't pay for them when we were there because the minimum purchase was $60. We have internet access to them though so stay tuned.) There is a huge water park and aquarium and casino there. If you ever get a chance, it's well worth the visit.

Every night before dinner we had one of these. One night the piano lady played the haunting Titanic music. We didn't appreciate that so much.

As I said we were on a tour with a group of Quebecers. I haven't spoken French so much since we went to Paris last year. It was a nice group and a great trip together.

We made some great friends too. I had written the cruise director to ask for a Friends of Dorothy meet and greet which he kindly scheduled for us. Here's some of the boys who showed up. There were others but I'm waiting to get their pictures since I didn't seem to get any of everyone.

There's more to discuss and reveal, but my head's been spinning since we got back. I haven't had a chance to spend any time online as I've had a ton of work to do. I'm leaving again in ten days too. I'll try to pop by and say hi soon though. Happy Friday peeps.


Birdie said...

I love boat drinks. You should try a chocolate martini if you haven't already: two sins in one.

As I sit here under gray skies, I am envious of the sea and sun you've had. You two clean up real nicely.

latt├ęgirl said...

The idea of you getting ready to walk out the restaurant is hilarious. "Oh, I'm sorry! I'm so unaccustomed to paying. The cruise life, you see." LOL!

Fatinah said...

wow - that bay looks unbelievable. I can't wait to do a cruise with my honey!

Rox said...

Serge's mom's boyfriend looks like Joey Buttafucco! (Maybe it's just my lack of coffee?)

I'm glad you're such a traveler. It saves me money. HA!

I had a dream last night that you and Serge were my neighbors and we had an adjoining apartment and I came over unannounced to borrow a cup of gin and Serge looked up at me and said "Why didn't I lock that damn door!"

Laverne said...

you look so handsome in your formal wear. I can't imagine though, the both of you working in an office where that was the norm.

You'd go crazy.

anne marie in philly said...

you two make a very handsome couple!

gimme one of those froo froo drinks...and watch me get stupid!

evilganome said...

Glad you boys had such a great time. I'll be doing a stay-cation this year and I'm trying to figure out what sort of tourist stuff I should do around Boston.

Java said...

That looks like loads of fun.
I hated having to fix my own food when we got home from our cruise. It was just too tedious and not at all good like the cruise food was.

Summer said...

It looks like another great trip! Love the photo of Serge at the bar. I'm going to NYC in a few weeks but alas not cruising out of it like you did.

Greg said...

Was it the Celine Dion song from Titanic? You should be happy she she didn't also do "The Morning After" from Poseidon Adventure.

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Blobby said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Esp Half Moon Cay.

I've never done a cruise (shut up), but you make it look like fun.

wcs said...

What handsome boys, all dressed up and purdy-like! Looks like much fun.

Steven said...

Great photos that really show you guys have had a lot of fun. But I must say that formal photo taken of the two of you has got to be the first time where I have noticed how tall you really are. Most photos I've seen of you together were where you must have been sitting down.