We're back home after a brilliant ten day escape. Time really does fly when you're having fun, as it only feels like I've been away for two days. The enormous pile of washing is daunting. How did we wear so many things? Madness.
Royal Caribbean sailed around the eastern Mediterranean sea and took us with them. Boyfriend isn't much of a sightseer so we compromised. I got to drag him around Athens and then Rome - which technically wasn't a port of call on our cruise, but more on that later - and we stayed on the ship for the rest of the journey, lounging by the pool in the sun with cocktails. Which of course was unbearable.
We met some lovely people of which the best were Paulo & Florentin, the two barmen who fuelled our crazy trip, taught us a few magic tricks and were absolutely awesome the whole time, and Phil & Ian, two guys from London (and Newcastle) who were a right laugh, introduced us to semi professional karaoke ;) and shared a few too many drinks with.
We were on the Navigator of the Seas, a ship that accommodated around 3000 passengers and 2000 staff, has numerous theatres, bars and lounges, a casino, a three storey dining room, a buffet restaurant and two more luxurious smaller restaurants, a 50's American diner, an ice rink, a gym, a spa, a chapel, a cinema, a medical centre, three pools, four jacuzzis, a sports deck with crazy golf, inline skating, a basketball court, ping pong tables, a rock climbing wall and a hollowed out promenade in the middle of the ship with bars, a cafe, shops and every now and then performers come out and make various parades and street parties. The whole thing is just mental. Surreal even.
We had the best time and I'd recommend it to anyone. I forgot to mention that there is all you can eat frozen yoghurt. Vanilla, chocolate or both. Amazing. All of the staff are super friendly and they really make the cruise. I still can't believe they change the carpets in the lift every day of the week. Seriously. Then there's all of the entertainment they provide, like the ice dancing show, various theatre shows including aerial acrobatics, magicians and musicians. The belly flop competition. The pool parties in the evening. The agonizing pub quizzes. Language classes. We didn't have any need to use them, but they have a toddler and baby club. An area reserved for teens with a games arcade. All of this before we explored Athens and Rome.