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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cruise (part 2)

Whoa, the Earth is still moving even though I am on dry land.

What a week!

The Carnival Cruise ship Ecstasy is a wonderful vessel for sailing. We sailed out of the Port of Houston (since Galveston's Carnival port was destroyed by IKE) on Monday afternoon. The port is not 100% finished but the fabulous employees of Carnival have done a a great job of improvising until construction is complete.

The Houston Bayport was scheduled to be opened in Late October and they began using the facility the day after IKE pummeled Galveston. When we boarded the ship at 4:00pm we were already two hours behind schedule and the crew was even further behind because the US Coast Guard has chosen that day to perform the annual ship readiness exam.

When we finally pushed off we were excited because we were experiencing the first of many wonderful meals aboard ship. Our head waiter was named Aslam, he was from India and only sees his wife and kids for 2 months after a six month tour of duty on the Ecstasy. I will tell more of his story as the week progresses.

The photo of the ship is from when we were in port at Progresso, Mexico.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Gulf of Mexico and thank my lucky stars to have been with such great friends and my beautiful bride (wait till I post her photo).

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