Nothing in life is ever easy, right? My task was to organize and plan something that most might shy away from. What normally might be a quick 4-night Canada cruise out of Boston required not only work, but all of the stars and planets to align in perfect harmony. Yes, we were not only taking a cruise on Carnival Glory, a new ship to sail out of the port of Boston, but we were also going with our extended family. My in-laws, Martha and David, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary while on this cruise. Although we have cruised many, many times before, this would be not only their first cruise, but a first cruise for many in our group.
Originally, they believed that the ones going on the cruise would be of course, them as well as my family, and my mother-in-law’s sister and husband. What they didn’t know was that my mother-in-law’s brother and his daughter would also be coming as well as my husband’s brother and his family. So we had to carefully plan every aspect of the cruise and the arrival of six secret stowaways without my in-laws ever finding out. I should add that I do not like to lie nor do I like lying and I am pretty bad at keeping secrets. This proved to be extremely difficult and so for the past month I avoided speaking to my mother-in-law for fear of spilling the beans.
We all headed down to dinner in the Platinum dining room on deck four and our waiter was Freddy who was extremely efficient, friendly, and helpful. One of our young diners is on a gluten-free diet and despite being told repeatedly by Carnival’scustomer service that gluten-free options were available, we are already discovering that this is not the case. There were no gluten-free bread options nor were there gluten-free pastas. I’m hoping that they will have some choices during the cruise other than grilled chicken and vegetables or this young man is going to be really hungry. I had the Indian entrée, which included rice and three vegetables, one of which was actually Indian. One ended up being some kind of beans while the other was peas and mushrooms in a white cream sauce – neither Indian at all. Bummer as I really enjoy Indian food. Others seemed to enjoy their entrees, which included beef brisket, tiger shrimp, and salmon. No one was complaining about service or even the strangely erotic dinner performance by the waiters. I can now say I have seen it all.
After dinner we all ventured over to my in-laws Grand Suite to watch the sunset and people are trying to figure out what to do this evening. There are many choices from music to comedy to the casino and then some although I can’t honestly tell you which I’ll be doing as my husband has pocketed the Fun Times for today and so I will have to wander off to find him and our possible choices for tonight. Our cabin attendant, Aldrin, is an absolute gem as he was able to open up all of the balconies between the three cabins and now we have one monstrous balcony and we can all hang out together if we desire to do so. If you are interested in doing this you’ll have to call Guest Services and they will notify your cabin attendant that they can proceed with opening up the balcony area. I’ll try to have a picture of our huge balcony for you tomorrow during the daylight hours.