Day 1 – New York, Embarkation
My husband and I decided to finish the year the way we started it, with a cruise. On January first we boarded the Gem and while this isn’t the last week of the year, it’s pretty close to it and we figured it was as good as a time as any to board a Norwegian ship. Not that we need an excuse. It was my 7th NCL cruise of the year and hubby’s 3rd. So in truth we consider being alive as good of a reason as any to get on a ship.
The Latitudes line was pretty packed, but the “regular” line had about three time the amount of people for this full sailing.
Once we were on board we did what we usually do. We went to eat. The main dining room on the Jewel is called Tsar’s and out of all of the ships the decoration in this one is my favorite. We had our Vietnamese Summer Rolls and I also had a Portobello Mushroom with cheese as a starter. I chose the Shrimp and Salmon salad for lunch while hubby had the Cobb Salad and an Omelette.
While we were eating it was announced that our rooms were ready. So once we were done we went upstairs to stateroom 10520 which is 10 Forward (get it 10 forward, ha ha – all of you Trekkies are chuckling 😉 take off our outwear, relax a bit and get photos of the Intrepid. The Jewel was docked on the left side at Pier 88, so the starboard side had a good view of the Intrepid from their stateroom.
From there we walked around the ship taking pictures. For all of you who like your ship decorated for Christmas I think you’d enjoy the scene on deck 6 mid-ship complete with gingerbread houses and a train set. Next up was the spa for a short tour. The weekly pass was about $150, and was only available as a daily pass on port days. The cost for a day pass is $30.
We head over to Blue Lagoon for a snack. I’m a Pescatarian and the menu isn’t very big for people with my tastes but I did settle on Cole Slaw and French Fries along with a Chai Latte from the Java Cafe to “hold” me until dinner.
We went back to the stateroom, rested a bit and then got dressed for dinner. It was Lobster night, but I wound up having the Chef’s special which was lightly breaded and fried Tilapia along with a Lobster tail. In fact I had 2 of the Tilapia meals. Something I don’t usually do, but while I wasn’t in the mood for dessert apparently my body was craving seafood and so I appeased it.
After having dinner we went to the welcome aboard show which had us especially looking forward to more of Next Stage as well as seeing Jean-Pierre again who is a really good Magician and Comedian. Admittedly I think we had just as much fun watching the Nickelodeon characters on state. What can I say, we’re SpongeBob SquarePants kind of people.
We decided to turn in early and head to our stateroom to wind down and go to bed to prep for Monday. Cruising makes Monday’s great!
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