Well thought I would post just a couple of pictures I took while on vacation. Indulgent of me I know but I thought that people might find a few of them interesting.
We boarded our flight on time in the morning but the maintenance crew had forgotten to get a sign-off on their inspection job that they did so the plane was delayed a 1/2 hour while they redid the inspection. Meanwhile the icestorm from Chicago arrived and it began to rain so after the maintenance crew was done we had to taxi on out to get the wings de-iced/sprayed before take-off. It was still rain at this point instead of sleet but the airport didn’t want to take chances. I thought I’d post a couple of pictures since I’ve never been on a trip before where the wings have been sprayed.
De-icing machine looking like a weird sci-fi alien machine with waving arm-nozzles.
I think they first sprayed the wings with hot water to get rid of the ice (what there was of it) and then sprayed the wings with green slimey looking gel. The gel lasted through the take-off and then the air pressure on the wings striped it away once we had reached a decent altitude. I was glad that we were one of the first planes off the tarmac as I had visions of us being delayed and missing the ship if we’d been any later, although I was told later that the rain never did turn to ice.
A shot of the champagne and strawberries my brother had waiting for us in our stateroom and then Jon (he of the messy room) took a picture of the rest of us toasting for a happy trip.
Strawberries and Champagne.
And last but not least a picture of our ship sitting in the bay at the Island of Labadee. Labadee is an island in the caribbean that is owned by Royal Caribbean and is private for the use of their cruise ships. We had a good time there snorkelling and a barbeque. The ship is huge, the biggest in the world so if you think it looks big it is. The length of it is equivalent to two football fields. Four and a half laps of the walking track on deck 12 is equal to one mile. This track doesn’t go the entire length of the ship (close though). Our cabin, which was at the bow of the ship was the farthest you could get for an inside cabin. All of the restaurants and activities took place at the stern of the ship. As you can guess we did a lot of walking each day and despite pigging out on more food than I normally eat I only put on perhaps a pound, I’m not quite sure because I was back to normal weight the second day home.
Our cabin lowest left porthole deck six.