For today's post, I'm just going to show you some pictures of a few things that I saw while on board the ship. Some of you have probably already been on multiple cruises, so this might be boring to you. But if you're like me and have never been anywhere near a cruise ship (other than The Love Boat and Titanic), you might find them interesting.
So come join me on board the Carnival Freedom.
The first thing that caught my eye was the life boats. My only knowledge of life boats, up until this point, were of the ones found on the Titanic.
So, needless to say, the life boats on the Carnival Freedom were much different.
As a young girl watching The Love Boat, I used to dream of being on that ship, laying out by the pool, and having Isaac bring me a fruity drink with an umbrella in it.
I did love laying out by the pool; it was just as I always imagined it as a little girl.
Only I had a glass of ice water (with no umbrella in it) while laying out by the pool, due to the fact that I was suffering from a nasty kidney infection. And Isaac didn't bring me the glass of water; I had to go to the fountain and get it myself. But other than that, it was just like my childhood fantasy.
The view from the chair that I was lounging in, however, was more incredible than anything I could have ever imagined in my childhood fantasies. It took my breath every time I saw it.
There was even a pool with a waterslide on the ship.
Which, of course, was closed due to maintenance issues.
It got me tickled thinking of the Griswald family. After their nightmare of a trip going to Wally World, I could just picture them coming all the way to the Mediterranean to get on board the Carnival Freedom, only to have John Candy look at them and say, "Sorry, folks, the waterslide and pool are closed. The moose out front should have told you."
(I'm sorry; just ignore me. Thanks!)
After our unbelievably long journey to get to the ship (I'll post about that in the future), Melissa and I were both very excited to get to our rooms and crawl in bed. We were so exhausted that we didn't even watch the ship pull out of port. Which please let me explain, I had wanted to do this ever since seeing Jack and Fabrizio in Titanic.
I longed to say, "Goodbye! I'll miss you! Goodbye! I will never forget you!"
Anyway, we were both thrilled to finally be able to crawl into a warm, comfortable bed. And oh, it was sooooo comfortable. Melissa and I both fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows.
Our room was located on the seventh floor, and we were told that this was one of the best places to be on the ship. It was right in the middle of the ship, which is supposed to keep you from feeling so much motion. We loved it.
This next picture is the view from our bed.
I apologize about all of the mess; Melissa just left stuff everywhere.;) (Just kidding!)
The door that you see in the little entry way in the picture above, is the door to our cabin. The door that you see on the left of the entry way is the door to our bathroom, and on the right hand side were three closets. (They are hard to see in that picture, but we had a lot of closet space.)
Obviously the rooms are very small, but they are designed well for the amount of space that you have.
The chair and the mirror that you see in this next picture is where Melissa made all of her magic happen.
She was like my own personal fairy godmother.
She would just wave her wand and say, "Bibbity, bobbity, boo!" ;)
This fabulous "updo" was one of the best tricks that she performed. She got all of my hair to stay in place like this using only three bobby pins.
She is amazing! (I love you, Melissa!)
The last few pictures that I have to show you are of our bathroom. (I took these pictures mainly for Yvette and Kenny; they are both very curious about bathrooms, much like myself.)
This is a picture of the shower stall. The ship, surprisingly enough to me, had great water pressure. The shower was obviously very small, but it worked just fine. And I only flooded the bathroom once
Here is a picture of our bathroom sink, and you can see the shelves going up alongside the mirror. There were shelves like that on both sides, so we had plenty of room for all of our female equipment.
I saved the best picture for last. It is a picture of our toilet. (Again, just ignore me. Thanks!) If you look closely you will notice a button on the wall above the toilet; that is the button you push to flush the toilet. (Most of the toilets we saw throughout Italy flushed this way; only some of them had two buttons. They would have a small button for flushing a "Number 1," and a big button for flushing a "Number 2." See, this blog is entertaining, as well as informative.) ;)
Much like the strong water pressure in the shower, the flushing pressure was unbelievable! I would lean back before flushing the toilet out of the fear of it sucking the passport necklace right off of my neck.
The toilet was so close to the sink, that you could practically brush your teeth while using the bathroom. Not that I ever did that mind you, but if you were pressed for time you could definitely kill two birds with one stone.
I'm just saying is all.