||Day Two was Sunday, August 30. We spent the entire day on the
sea heading towards Cozumel, Mexico.
Sammie of course was very worried about the
alligator that legend had prowling the ship at night. She awoke several times that night
to a mysterious growl, but couldn't figure out why the growl seemed to come from the bunk
above. I can't imagine Captain Hook of Peter Pan fame was any more worried about his
alligator than Sam was about hers.
This was the day we started our dance lessons. By and large the dancing on our trip was
a near total failure. The reality was that there was no single place on the ship large
enough for a group our size to dance the way we are used to at home. Various Cruisers
pointed out to the deck at the aft of the ship (that is the ship's backside for you
landlubbers) and we thought we would eventually use it for a big dance.
At this point however we did not know our dance plans were as doomed as the Titanic
(but we did have vague suspicions), so we went merrily about our way tracking down
Dan Stapleton, the Cruise Director. Dan would eventually prove to be the most interesting
person on the ship, but early reports on him were thumbs down. He was described as
arrogant, sarcastic, full of himself, ladies man, blah blah blah. I sized things up
and realized it was probably was not in the ship's best interest to have much dancing
since they made most of their money off of gambling and the shows (which were
opportunities for drinking)...any attempt on our part to draw away from their standard
operating procedure was probably doomed to failure. So I rounded up several Cruisers
to meet with Dan. He was overwhelmed by our group presence and wanted to meet just with
me, but we talked him into meeting with all of us in the library. He agreed to let
us have two big dances...a Sock Hop and a Western Party...and asked if we would mind
conducting dance lessons. Of course !
Our dance lessons were very interesting since there was so little room for so many
people (30 plus). We discovered that if you moved some of the chairs around, we could
create a circle of sorts that we renamed the Obstacle Course. Since the main lounge was
the place that everyone passed through on their way to somewhere, we created quite a
spectacle. However several people from other parts of the country were thrilled to join us
and the Cruisers were marvelous about helping everyone. Pictured are infamous Cruisers
Rick, Maureen, Marla, Lindy Hop, BJ and in the lower picture Joanne, Vickie,
One thing we hadn't counted on was the incredible roll of the ship. Constantly during
line dances (the Monster Mash was big, what can I say ?), we would nearly topple over in
the middle of the Cotton Eyed Joe. Needless to say we didn't always feel graceful.
Tomorrow : Tales of Ancient Cozumel !