Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Royal Caribbean...Monarch of the Seas - Part I

What a trip. It was mine AND Sally's first cruise so we were like little kids in a fully stocked liquor store!

The drive to San Pedro seemed to fly by because Sally and I watched two typical Hollywood movies on the way down. Wedding Crashers and Wild Hogs. By the end of Wild Hogs we were already in L.A. AWESOME!

When we got to our hotel, Sally and I went up to our room. Two beds. I can dig it. Then her parents came in. To our room.

One bed. To be shared with Sally who I really don't even know. We've hung out like 3 times together. Although we instantly fell in love...still....

BUT they were paying for the room so who am I to be so picky?

We headed out to check out the lovely San Pedro. Here we are at some kind of boat thingy place:


(And i soon discovered, i forgot to pack a bra for the trip!)

We told Sally's mom we were going over to Acupulco's for a drink; but, she said 'nah...we're going this way."

"No...we're going this way to have a drink."

"No you're not."

So we didn't go (at that moment anyway) but Sally did let her mother know that as soon as we got on the boat she would throw her overboard and let everyone know that that thing in the water is just a seal.

She said this MANY times during the weekend as her mother was very unruly to us uninhibited, ready-to-party 40 year olds.

At Acupulco's, I ran outside to get a picture of the cutest dog on a docked sailboat; but had to delete it later as i ran out of space on my camera. but i did save the one of the seagull becuase that bird let me get incredibly close!!!

That is NOT zoomed!

Sally was hungover (bitch) and wasn't really in the mood to party; but, I told her i would never talk to her again if she didn't.

So she did. We were told we could get our first drink free up on the 10th floor. When we got there it was just a large hotel room with all the furniture removed. It even stunk like a hotel room. And the "bartender" was a lethargic, apathetic tool with a tip jar in front of her...like that's gonna happen. In fact, the beer was warm.

So we decided to go to the bar downstairs and have a real drink.
Two real drinks = $16

Me no likey L.A. I tried to get our drinks free since our "free" drinks were warm; but, no go. I invented a story that Michelle, who started yesterday and was the bosses daughter, said that we could get our drinks here for free. But even my charming humor didn't work on our bartender "Roger" (i din't know his name so i gave him one. Maybe THAT was the problem) and we paid out the ass.

Back to the story....

Sally's mom, Irene (my mother's name - ironically) came with a group of about a hundred. They're older folk who USED to party like we do so they were all very funny and some still held on to their habits. They decided to go on a local port cruise and then have dinner after and we decided, for free, that THAT sounded like a good idea.

so off we went!


And here's me and Sally on the boat where they had free beer! what??? Don't they know who we are??


Sally's impression of Kate Winslet:


i just wanted, so badly, to take a fine tooth comb to this mans head - nice and straaaaaight down:


Dinner was super expensive too. After dinner, we sat outside and waited for the shuttle to take us back to the hotel. This 102 year old security guard, who probably couldn't even take down a toddler, came shuffling around a building. He looked like he was playing a mini version of hopscotch. Sally looked around for Ashton Kutcher, but sure enough this guy was normally odd.

FINALLY, morning has come and we head to the boat. Well, cripes if it doesn't look like the titanic inside!!! and we were welcomed by a steel drum band which i have NEVER heard live...i was all goose bumpy.


And what do you think the VERY first thing we did....that's right: COCKTAILS!


After we got our drinks, we went to our cabin. Holy shit. It's about the size of a closet...

but our view was nice:
After we settled in, we decided to check out another bar called The Schooner room. It was here we played trivia. and lost...
THEN our luggage finally arrived so we got our suits and headed up to the 11th deck (there are 12) to get our groove on. We laid out for a little while but it was windy so we hopped in the jacuzzi...now ain't that grand??
we were joined shortly thereafter by Christina...one of Sally's mom's friends daughter. She was very sweet and NOT a partier but i think she tried to fit in. She was on her 4th martini and it wasn't long thereafter that Christina started talking to some towels underneath her lounge chair. While she was "chatting with towels" we met some great people and after we brought C back to her room*ahem*, we partied on...

at 4:00 we had to prepare for the mandatory Muster Rescue Drill....stay tuned...

11 Comments:

Blogger buffalodickdy said...

I'm layin' in a hospital for four days with 3 staples in my head, 2 IVs, and nurses that couldn't stand to see you sleep for more than 20 minutes at a whack, and you're on another goddam vacation? Don't you ever work? Don't you ever sleep? They even named the boat after you! Enjoy, Oh Monarch Tanya....

4:24 PM  
Blogger doggybloggy said...

wow wee this sounds like tons of fun....I cant wait to hear the rest

5:22 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

whatever dude. so not into you right now. valerie never gets to do anything fun!

7:15 PM  
Blogger pinknest said...

awesome!! can't wait for the shuffleboard! with drinks, of course.

7:09 AM  
Blogger urban vegan said...

you ladies had a fab time! love your friend's kate winslet impression.

5:40 AM  
Blogger Sornie said...

Looks like a good time. I think I owe myself a vacation.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Vivacious Vegan said...

The next time I go on a vacation I'm bring you along. You would be the best traveling companion.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

A last minute cruise to MEXICO?! Life is good. Can't wait to hear the rest! :)

5:58 PM  
Blogger doggybloggy said...

hello...short attention span or what...where is the rest of the story????

7:32 AM  
Blogger tabitha jane said...

look at you! you are having so much fun!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Valley Girl said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

8:17 PM  

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