Think we're docked? LOL. The sea was THAT smooth.
After the show, we headed back to our room to cool off. Then we came back out to see the short family show based on "Madagascar". It was just like all the other Royal shows...non-stop action; bungee, trampolines, water action, etc.
It was very hot out. We went back to our room to "rest" and get ready to go to the pool (or something). We had the TV on and got sidetracked by cheesy American shows (re-enacted detective shows). We noticed that the weather was changing, and could see rain way off on the horizon. And white caps. We were still going very slow, so that was interesting.
The next hour made having a balcony the BEST thing ever. Even better than breakfast on the balcony while in the port. Even better than the late, dark nights on the balcony. Okay, maybe not better than that ;) but experiencing a thunderstorm while at sea in the Caribbean, on your own balcony? Awesome! We stood out there and watched the rain come closer and closer until it was raining on us. And the thunder! Oh my! It was so much fun! LOL. On one of our earlier cruises we had watched cloud lightening from the pool deck at night, which was really neat too, but something about being IN the storm, in the middle of the ocean (so it feels) just makes you feel like a pirate or something!
In this video, right at the start there is a flash of lightening and it happened so quickly we almost missed it, but the biggest crack of thunder! Startled the crap out of us! There's more thunder around the 35 sec mark. It had been pouring rain for about 5 minutes at this time. We finally went into our room since the visibility wasn't very good and we were getting wet, and lightening is not as impressed in daylight LOL. About 5 minutes after the video, there was an announcement saying all open decks were closed. We thought it took a little long for that announcement, it's not like the storm snuck up on the ship LOL.
Now...think about this ship's design. It's the only ship that is open down the middle! It's not just a top deck that is open to the sky, there's also deck 6 with the Boardwalk/Aqua Theater at the rear of the ship (the deck we were on), and mid-ship on deck 8 with the Central Park (as well as all of Decks 15 and 16 and the bow of Deck 14. On the top decks, it's the sports stuff, the pools, some bar areas, etc. Not a lot. But on decks 6 and 8, there are restaurants and shops. And, on deck 6 the only way in is from the middle of the ship, and on deck 8, you enter from either end (so, not at the sides). We were wondering what would happen if you were in the restaurants when they closed the decks. We popped out to see the Boardwalk, and they had big, solid doors that closed it off (there were also glass doors that were kept closed the rest of the time). We found out when we went to dinner at a restaurant in Central Park later that there are back doors that go into the corridors the cabins are on. The doors aren't labelled, but are the rear emergency and staff exits. When the decks got closed, the patrons were led out those doors. Cool.
We had an early dinner reserved at Chops, I think it was. Since we were confined to our room all afternoon (well, we could have gone anywhere INSIDE the ship, but so could 6000 other people), we were ready early and as soon as Central Park opened again, we headed out. They do have a bin with umbrellas at each end, but since it was lightening, that's why it was closed. It was pretty neat to explore after the rain, it was still pretty empty.
YouTube. My video was of the CanCan section, look around YouTube and see if there's another one of it.
This is the Beach pool. It's a salt water pool (which will take the print off your SeaPass by day 5), and the edge is sloping so the water can come up to the first row of loungers. However, after the rain, the water was quite a bit higher.
After our last late night tour of the ship, we headed for bed. Morning comes bright and early on disembarkment day. Well, it was early, though not very bright!