We are currently enroute south out of Mobile Bay. It was a 5.5 hour drive for us today, and thanks to our VIP status for being in a suite we were rushed through check-in with a personal rep with us all the way. From parking to cabin was maybe 20 minutes. Lunch of corned beef on rye, pizza, and a beer. I need to talk to the deli guy though - who in their right mind puts mayo on corned beef and rye? He slipped it in when I wasn't looking.
I haven't met tncruiseman yet. But I figure if I hang out in a bar long enough, he'll show up!
Dinner tonight looks like either the baby back ribs or filet mignon. Maybe both!
Could you do me a favor. In Cozumel there's a nice rug store with Persian rugs. I was looking at one in February for my new home. Could you go ahead and bring it back for me? I had the guy down to $1,500. It's the 6foot round burgandy, black, and gold one. I'm sure you'll have no problem finding it among the 100's of rugs in the store. I'm sure you'll have no problem finding the guy I talked to either. He's a short Mexican. His name was Juan Gonzalez. Furthermore I'm sure you'll have no problem bringing it back on the ship, and putting it in your car to drive it up to Nashville for me. In return I'll buy you that Smithwick's for all your trouble. I think that's fair compensation don't you?
Have a great cruise.
Well, I finally met up with tncruiseman. And as expected it was at the Bus Stop Bar in the casino. “tn’s” initial impression of the Holiday is the same as mine – we both like this ship a lot. There is much to be said for smaller vessels. The crew seems more personable. The service seems better. And it is hard to get lost.
I cannot go any further without again heaping praise on the Mobile port operation. They once again set the benchmark for friendly service. Every single employee we encountered cheerfully greeted us. Security, porters, cruise line personnel, all were courteous and helpful. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here – those who operate the big ports could take many lessons from the Mobile folks. Customer focus is evident, as are positive attitudes about their jobs and mission. Well Done, Mobile!
Last night’s dinner was a very nicely prepared filet mignon and some excellent cheesecake. We are at a table with ten seats, but frankly eight would still be pushing it as far as being uncramped. Thankfully there were three empty seats last night. I am hoping these stay that way! No way could ten people comfortably eat at this table. I am thinking two extra places were set because of the maxed out passenger load we have. Many double cabins were sold as triples with rollaways. Lots of kids on this cruise…lots.
It is still a bit nippy as we head south to Costa Maya. Seas as three feet with a bit of chop. The winds are not too bad and the Holiday is doing a rather comfortable slow roll.
Tonight is the formal night for this 5-day cruise. Next update is tomorrow after we return from Costa Maya.