(Continued from Day 3, Pt. 4) … After the last dinner, it is always that sad time where you have to come to grips with the fact that this part of the journey is ending. It is also time for that little bit of real life to start peeking its ugly head into your trip. This “ugly head” took the form of doing laundry and packing clothes. While we were waiting for the laundry loads to finish, the youngest of the teens and I took a journey to the Lido deck to swim and/or hit the hot tubs. Because we were in the open ocean, the pool looked like a tiny wave pool, with waves breaking on both ends. It looked like something that would be fun to try, until we came to the realization that the water was pretty icy. Because of this, we opted to just hang out in the hot tub for a little while. The youngling decided to take a dip in the pool. He quickly decided that it was an ill-informed decision, and got back into the hot tub. In the pool area and the aft deck pool area, there were plaid blankets for passenger use, so they could sit outside in the cooler weather and watch the world go by. I thought this was a nice touch. I have heard that they serve hot soup on the outside decks when you are doing the Alaska cruises, but I have no first hand knowledge of this.
This final night between laundry, packing and swimming, we decided to order some room service and just hang out in the room and enjoy our evening. We made a few adult beverages and watched the day end. We flipped through the channels on the television and ended up watching the end of one of the movies that had been playing all day. Not a very eventful evening, but relaxing nonetheless. The room service steak sandwich was quite good, and we also ordered up a French Onion Soup and and order of cookies for the teens.
Shortly after this, we decided to wrap it up for the evening and sent the teens back to their cabin for the night, telling them that they needed to get their things packed and ready for easy departure the next morning. … (Continue to Disembarkation Day, Pt. 1)