Sun and Seuss At Sea

Cruising the Pacific Ocean aboard Carnival Miracle on this last day of May, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Cruising the Pacific Ocean aboard Carnival Miracle on this last day of May, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Sunday, May 31, 2015

An oddly Alaskan-style morning greeted Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle when I awoke, on this first day of our weeklong voyage to the Mexican Riviera. Peering out the curtains of my stateroom, I was surprised to see overcast skies and grey seas instead of the crisp blues I had been used to on previous voyages.

Some of the unsettled weather is apparently coming as the remnants of the distant Tropical Storm Andes, which is spooling harmlessly out in the Pacific. While we’re in absolutely no danger of even coming close to encountering it (it’s 800 miles away) we’re seeing some very light swells and unsettled weather as a result. Personally, I think we’re in a flat calm: standing on the upper deck of the Carnival Miracle, it’s only when I concentrate on the horizon that I realize we are, in actuality, pitching gently forward and aft.

This morning's cloudy skies were short lived. By midday, the sun was out in full-force. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

This morning’s cloudy skies were short lived. By midday, the sun was out in full-force. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The view from Carnival Miracle's Promenade Deck, located on Deck 3. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The view from Carnival Miracle’s Promenade Deck, located on Deck 3. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Sea days are some of my favorite aboard a Carnival cruise ship; if there’s one thing the line knows, it’s how to keep guests of all ages entertained. To that end, today’s Fun Times daily program lists a total of 79 scheduled activities for you to while away your day at sea. And that’s if you don’t fancy doing something on your own; the possibilities are endless in that case.

A few interesting diversions from today’s Fun Times:

  • 7:00am: Sunrise Stretch. Spa Carnival; 9 Fwd
  • 9:30am: Good Morning Trivia. Phantom Theatre, 2 Fwd
  • 10:00am: Free Play – Putt Putt Players Meet. Mimi-Golf Course, 11 Fwd
  • 11:00am: Guess the Price of the Painting. Fountainhead Café, 2 Fwd
  • 11:30am: Stupid Law Trivia. Fountainhead Café, 2 Fwd
  • 12:00pm: Paper Airplane Contest. Atrium Lobby, 2 Fwd
  • 1:00pm: Master Mixology Competition. Lido Stage, 9 Mid
  • 1:30pm: The Very Hairy Chest Contest. Lido Stage, 9 Mid
  • 2:30pm: Slot Tournament Finals. Mr. Lucky’s Casino, 2 Mid
  • 3:00pm: Tea Time & Sweet Treats. Bacchus Dining Room, 3 Aft
  • 3:30pm: Seuss-A-Palooza Parade. Atrium Lobby, 2 Fwd
  • 3:45pm: Seuss-A-Palooza Storytime. Phantom Theatre, 2 Fwd
  • 4:00pm: Bean Bag Tournament. RedFrog Pub, 2 Fwd
  • 5:00pm: Captain’s Celebration. Promenade, All Decks
  • 7:15pm: Meet the Senior Officers. Atrium Lobby, 2 Mid
  • 7:30pm: Comedy – “What Kids Say” (PG). Mad Hatter’s Ball, 1 Fwd
  • 8:15pm: Showtime – “Getaway Island”. Phantom Theatre, 2 Fwd
  • 10:15pm: Showtime- “88 Keys”. Phantom Theatre, 2 Fwd
  • 10:30pm: Comedy – “Guilty As Charged” (18+). Mad Hatter’s Ball, 1 Fwd.
  • 10:30pm: 70’s Dance Hour. Frankenstein’s Nightclub, 2 Aft
  • 11:30pm: Comedy – “Women Are Right” (18+). Mad Hatter’s Ball, 1 Fwd.

 

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle continues tomorrow as we arrive in our first port of call: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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