Monday, day two of my cruise, was an at-sea day. I love a good mixture of at-sea and in-port days and this cruise only had one at-sea day. I prefer two on five- and six-day cruises, but it is what it is! Days at sea will obviously vary for different types of people. It can be as busy or as peaceful as you want it to be and for mom and me, we wanted it to be relaxing, quiet, and calm.
Monday, May 5
7:45am: Up and attem!
I am a notoriously bad sleeper, especially on days when I have the potential to sleep as late as I want to. I seriously thought it was at least 9:30 when I woke up, though, and felt fairly well-rested and refreshed. There is nothing like sleeping on a cruise ship. Soooo relaxing!
Another great upgrade to the “2.0” ships is the addition of brunch on at-sea days. I order a big breakfast of eggs, sausage, hash browns, and chocolate chip pancakes. We also order mimosas, which are delicious!
9:15am: Relaxing on Serenity
Now, my friends, this is how a Monday morning should be spent: reading, listening to music, people watching, and napping in a hammock. It was so perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, warm and sunny and breezy.
12:15pm: Scattegories & a workout
After three hours in the sun, Mom and I decide to go back to our room. We weren’t hungry for lunch yet, so we play a few rounds of Scattegories and then do a workout. While the ship does have a nice gym, we just do a workout in the room. This is what I did: 50 jumping jacks, 50 arm circles, 50 squats, 50 push-ups, and 50 tricep bridges. Then I repeated that circuit a second time, this time doing 40 reps of each. After that, we ran up nine flights of stairs and then back down. All in all, about 30 minutes of cardio so I was happy with that.
We were hungry after our workout, so we went to the top deck of the ship for another burger from Guy’s. We had a pretty nice view for lunch! (Better than my usual weekday lunch view… which is my work computer.)
After lunch, we went to the casino to play the slots for 15-20 minutes before heading back to our room to play another few rounds of Scattegories.
3:30pm: Serenity & mango swirls
We decide to spend some time on the Serenity deck and it’s pretty much deserted at this time. We are able to snag a hammock and order frozen drinks to cool us off – mango swirls! I discovered this drink on my very first cruise and it’s my go-to for deck drinking. It’s a mixture of a mango daiquiri and pina colada and it’s seriously yummy. Mmm, mmm, mmm!
4:45pm: Before dinner naptime!
We didn’t spend too much time on the deck because it was really, really hot outside with very little breeze. So we went back to our room, where I read for a bit before taking a short before-dinner nap. The best.
7:00pm: Get ready for dinner
Time to get ready for dinner, and it’s elegant night so Mom and I get all dressed up! It’s fun to get dressed up!
8:15pm: Dinner time!
I have to say, I wasn’t totally impressed with the dinner offerings on this ship. I’m not a very adventurous eater, nor a very “fancy eater” so most of the offerings didn’t appeal to me. This night, I asked for things off the menu (something I don’t normally do) because nothing sounded good. (I know I should probably use my cruises to step out of my comfort zone and try new foods, but it’s really hard when I’m so picky!) Tonight, I order a Caesar salad, steak and a baked potato, and warm chocolate melting cake for dessert.
9:30pm: Casino time!
The entertainment tonight was a little lame (I watch way too many professional dance competitions to watch cruise dancing without a critical eye!), so we decided to spend some time in the casino. Honestly, I don’t love being in the casino because I find gambling to be stupid and a bit pointless. (And my dad has/had a gambling addiction that ruined his marriage, relationships with his family and kids, etc., so perhaps I have a bias against gambling.)
10:30pm: Winding down!
After spending some time in the casino, we head back to the room to settle down for the night, play a few rounds of Scattegories, and then read before going to bed. Tomorrow, we will be in our first port of call: Key West!
Are you an adventurous eater? What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten? (For me, probably the alligator fritters I had on my first night of this cruise! I also tried squid once, during a seventh grade science class. Not too bad!)