(Continued from Day 2, Pt. 2) … Day 2 was the formal night of the cruise, so in order to avoid the crowds, we wandered down to the self-service laundry to press many dress shirts. With myself and three teen boys, that’s a lot of ironing, and I was concerned that the laundry rooms would be crowded closer to dinner time. So, we headed down the hall to the self-service laundry on deck 6.
The self service laundry had three washers and three dryers. The cost for the washing machine was $2.00 USD, and the dryer was available for free. The washing machine also had a button to press on the front panel that dispensed detergent directly into the machine, so there is no need to bring soap or to purchase soap onboard anywhere. The washing machine accepts US quarters, which you can get from the front desk as needed.
After completing the ironing, we took the shirts back to the cabin, and checked on the teens. The oldest had decided to nap away most of the day, and the other two had just been hanging out, eating room service goodies and relaxing. Since they had all three just gotten out of school for the summer just a few days before, they had no problem just hanging out, snacking, relaxing, and wandering when the mood struck them. The youngest had decided prior to the trip that the room service chocolate cake was something that he was going to enjoy as often as possible. It seems he may have met that goal, with at least one piece of room service cake each day, and random trips to the Lido Buffet to gather other snacks. A note about the Lido Buffet… for the first 48 hours of a cruise, the crew will serve you everything on the buffet, in order to avoid the spread of the dreaded NORO. This is intended to be used as a preventative measure only, so no need to panic if you get onboard and see this happening. (If I have misunderstood this, please feel free to comment below and I will edit as needed).
If you have been following along thus far, you won’t be terribly surprised to find out that we left the room after dropping off the shirts, and headed out to wander about some more. We made the trip up to the bow of the ship to the top deck, and took a few photos and video… then decided it was cold and windy and that it was time to go elsewhere. While we were up there, we spotted a coin mounted on the front of the structure on the bow, just behind the hand rail. In the top photo, you can see the small black square on the left of the photo. This area is above the Crow’s Nest… (Continue to Day 2, Pt. 4)