The Adventures of BJ and Tony Morris
Our traditional Thanksgiving plans were foiled this year. Most of the children we
travel with have gone off to college, so we were faced with a dilemma. Dil-emma? Hey, what
about Emma? Our niece Emma just happened to be out of school the entire week of
Thanksgiving. We found a last minute deal on a cruise aboard the Celebrity Century and
booked it! The tour group became larger as Emma wanted to bring an entourage (her parents
and her grandmother), but what the heck?
BJ and Tony had splurged and gotten a balcony room in the Concierge Class which was
about the same size as the other cabins with a small balcony. There was a bottle of
champagne and a basket of fruit awaiting our arrival.
When we got back to our room after the drill, Martinz, our room steward, had left us a nice selection of canapés. We invited the rest of the group up to enjoy the canapés and champagne as we sailed away from Miami. Surprisingly there was enough room for all six of us to crowd onto the balcony.
Dinner in the main dining room was delightful. We had a lovely centrally located table at the bottom of the Grand Staircase.
We met our waiter, Handel from Jamaica and his lovely assistant Marcella from Romania.
The Assistant Maitre 'D who looked like Pee Wee Herman came by to introduce himself. Most of us enjoyed a selection from each of the categories. BJ went with the chef's recommendation of a mushroom pastry appetizer, roasted tomato soup, salad and Hake while Tony selected the prime rib.
Dessert for most of us was a most delicious Creme Brulee. Tony was tempted by the chocolate mousse with the almond crust, but it looked much better than it tasted.
Everyone was tired from the travel day so we made it an early night. Martinz, our cabin attendant had turned down our bed and left a chocolate on our pillow!
Sunday BJ woke up around a quarter to seven and headed
for the health club. She was able to get on an elliptical machine, but by seven, all of
the elliptical machines and treadmills were in use. The treadmills, elliptical machines
and stationary bikes all had television screens! Back in the cabin after BJ's work out,
she found Tony up and showered. BJ got cleaned up and we met the others in the Island Cafe
for breakfast. The servers were very generous with the bacon!
We agreed to meet for lunch out by the pool, but the rain drove us inside.
Tony was suffering withdrawal from Diet Coke deprivation so we purchased a soda package
for him. It was reasonable ($5/day plus 15% gratuity) but a bit annoying in that he could
only get his sodas in the souvenir cup.
BJ, Barbie and Dorothy went to the Holiday Crafts demonstration by Elizabeth Sheeran from Boston. Elizabeth was teaching how to make "Beaudacious Bows".
BJ stopped back through the casino to try to win back her investment in the earlier tournament but only succeeded in losing another $10. The climate was nicer outside than it was in the casino so it was time for a little fresh air.
After exploring the ship, the family met in our room to enjoy the complimentary canapés and a glass of wine (well, except for Emma) before dinner. Tim told us an amusing story about running into the man who had described the wines to us at the earlier demonstration. The conversation went something like this: Tim: "Aren't you the Sommelier?" Answer - very thick accent, indignant: "No, I am the Selamasta!" Tim: "The Salamander?" Answer - very thick accent, very indignant: "No, I am the Cellar Master." The Cellar Master told Tim that he was in charge of all of the Sommeliers and all of the wine aboard the ship. We got a big kick out of pointing out the Salamander every time we saw him from then on.
It was formal night, so everyone was dressed in their finery for dinner. We descended the Grand Staircase to give everyone a chance to see our formal attire.
Everyone but Tony, the non-participator, attended the Captain's Gala Toast
followed by the evening entertainment in the ship's theater. The dancers and singers were
excellent. Dorothy and Emma went back to their cabin while BJ, Tim and Barbie made their
way to the Cova Cafe to hear the A Cappella group, "The Cat's Pajamas". Then it
was time for bed.
BJ and Emma went to the card room and put together a jigsaw puzzle while they listened to the announcements for the crew safety drill. Team Trivia was supposed to start at 11:00, but the crew safety drill was still in progress. The Morris team out-waited the competition and then sent Dorothy out in search of the Activity Staff. When he finally showed up, he organized a male Morrises against the female Morrises game. The males won, but we all got prizes!
We had decided on lunch in the main dining room, but it was closed since we were in port, so it was back up to the Island Cafe for another buffet lunch. We had an impromptu napkin folding demonstration by Marcos, one of the waiters.
It was raining, but the ship had supplied umbrellas so we decided to go ashore in Jamaica.
We stopped at the first bar we found and had a Red Stripe (except for Emma). We enjoyed watching the tourists bargaining for beads and other items on the beach.
A quick tour through the gift shop at the end of the dock and we were back on the ship in time for the afternoon Team Trivia game. This time we were not so lucky and we had competition. We got an embarrassing score of 10 our of 20. No prizes for us this time!
We played a little shuffleboard on the deck, being careful not to send any of the playing pieces overboard!
We met in our room for canapés and wine (except Emma) before dinner.
BJ had the tiny partially deboned baby chicken for dinner while Tony had the vegetable curry. Tiaramisu was among the dessert choices!
BJ, Barbie, Dorothy and Emma went to the Captain's Cocktail Party. They were a little confused when they were introduced to "The Marshall" but finally figured out that he was the Captain.
Complimentary cocktails were served to everyone (except Emma who had a coke). Barbie had what we think was a Manhattan, but tasted more like a fireball.
The captain proposed a toast and then introduced the three couples who had done the most traveling on Celebrity.
The first couple had been on 32 cruises. The second couple had been on 38
cruises. The third couple had been on an unbelievable 74 cruises! I expected them to be
too large to fit on the dance floor but they were surprisingly thin and fit looking.
The opening act was Adage Duo David Lange and Ester who did amazing
The Disney cruise next to us was giving its passengers a free shuttle ride into town but our cruise was not offering transportation. Tony and Dorothy took the next tender back to the ship. BJ, Barbie, Emma and Tim asked one of the tour operators about which beach would be preferable for snorkeling. She said the seas were too rough for snorkeling so if we went to a beach, it would just be to sit on the beach. We elected to take the $5 per person ride into town and do a little shopping. Del Sol was our favorite shop with items that change color in the sun.
We noted that the tour operator had been right. If we had tried to snorkel, we would have been beaten to death by the waves. They were crashing on the rocks so hard that they were sending spray across the street and onto the porches of the shops.
After a bit of wandering around, we stopped at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville for the $7.50 "Perfect Margarita" (except for Emma). They should have titled it "The $7.50 TINY Perfect Margarita". It was delicious though.
We enjoyed seeing the parrots and other animals around Margaritaville.
We rode the tender to the ship and were back in time for lunch.
We tried out the wrap buffet and the burger grill. Naptime by the pool was the next activity for BJ while the rest of the family dominated the "Name That Tune" contest and took home winning visors.
Catchphrase was the next activity. It was a lot like Password except the
password was a common phrase. There were no prizes for this activity so we moved on to the
next one which was "Fact or Fiction". The Morrises dominated once more and won
luggage tags for the entire team.
It was Lobster and Prime Rib night in the main dining room, followed by Baked Alaska on Parade!
Following dinner, Dorothy, Emma and BJ went to the "Dance Around the
World Show" while Tim played in the Texas Hold 'Em tournament. He took third
place, but it didn't come with a prize. Tonight BJ and Tony slept with the balcony
door open to enjoy the sounds of the waves.
BJ felt better in time for the Catchphrase activity where she and Dorothy
and Emma won more ID holders. There was just enough time for a game of Scrabble before
lunch. Tim and Barbie were the winning team. We decided to have lunch in the main dining
room for a change. We learned that we prefer the buffet.
We went to the Crystal Room to watch the Junior Cruisers Talent Show.
There were some pianists, a vocal percussionist, some hula hoopers, and tongue tricks.
We didn't see any decorating at the Family Cookie Decorating Activity, but there
were cookies on the buffet, so we helped ourselves.
Slightly Heavier BJ and Tony