Galveston, TX from Navigator of the Seas

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I’d never been to Galveston, TX, but driving through the old part of the city to get to Port of Galveston on our sailing day I saw it looked interesting. It reminded me of New Orleans a little. There’s an area with homes, shops with lots of wrought iron decorations on doors, windows, balconies, fences, and gates.

I wished we had had time to wander around a bit. Alas, I didn’t so here are few of my observations from the ship.

Galveston, TX from the observation deck on Deck 4-Port Side

Galveston from Deck 4 Navigator of the Seas

Carnival Magic was also in Port. She set sail 30 minutes or so before we did.

Carnival Magic Setting Sail Before Navigator of the Seas

She churned up lots of good stuff from the bottom of the channel. There was a group of 3 to 5 Dolphins feeding in the water. Unfortunately, they never lifted their snouts out of the water.

Dolphins Feeding in the Channel Galveston TX

Dolphine Feeding Galveston TX

Western Monarch docked

Western Monarch Galveston TX Port_2115

We pulled away from the dock, and sailed past this Dry Dock

Dry Dock Pelican Island Galveston TX

then we sailed past SeaWolf Park on Pelican Island. I didn’t know anything about it, but it looked interesting with the old submarine, and navy ship so, I looked it up when I got home. From the park’s website I gleaned this,

“Seawolf Park is located on Galveston’s Pelican Island on a former immigration station site. The park offers one of the island’s most popular fishing piers, picnic sites and a playground. The park is also home to tourist attractions, including the WWII submarine the USS Cavalla and one of only three destroyer escorts in the world, the USS Stewart. The remains of the WWI tanker S.S. Selma, the largest concrete ship constructed, can be seen northwest of the park’s fishing pier.” ~Galveston.com

Sea Wolf Park, Galveston TX

Our first night on the ship was fun, and I slept like a baby until my alarm woke me up at O’Dark Thirty for sunrise.  Grabbing my camera I opened our sliding glass door to our balcony and was greeted with this view:

Sunrise at Sea Day 2 Gulf of Mexico

We were in the Gulf of Mexico now heading to Cozumel, Mexico.  On the Horizon is Carnival Magic all lit up. She was sailing almost the same route we were.

The bright Planet in the sky might Venus, but I’m not positive.

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Unhappy folks on shore now! -The Sailor’s Consolation

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He-Man had a big Decade BIRTHDAY (60) this year; very early in the year he asked me to plan a trip for only him and I for this birthday. He didn’t want to drive…much, if at all, or have to think about what or where to eat, or go to be entertained, and he wanted to be in the place on his actual birthday.  I knew straight away he was talking about a Cruise. He adores cruising precisely because he doesn’t have to do any of the above mentioned things while on-board. I’m not that crazy about the “at sea days”. There are 4 on a 7 day cruise, and two, TWO formal nights! I tried, OH. SO. HARD. To get him to change his mind and do something else, but  none of my suggestions swayed him.

So, being the good wife, and friend  I hope I am I try to be;  I booked a 7 day cruise on the Navigator of the Seas in the Western Caribbean for his Big Birthday. We sailed on his Birthday. We sailed from a port new to us; Galveston, TX, and of the 3 ports of call it was going to one port/island was new to us.  Here’s He-Man enjoying our view from our balcony on Deck 7 on his birthday.

He-Man

This was our 4th cruise and 2nd time sailing on the Navigator of the Seas.  Our very first cruise back in 2008  was on the Navigator. She’s a grand ole’ ship.  (He-Man and my Brother-in-Law on the dock in Cozumel, MX 2008). In port that day was also the Carnival Legend. She sailed fairly close to us that trip.

Navigator of the Seas Forward in the Port of Cozumel

The Navigator of the Seas was built in 2002 in Finland. At that time she was the Fifth largest passenger ship at sea. She is part of Royal Caribbean’s “Voyager Class” of ships; at the time of her debut she was one of the first ships to have an ice skating rink, and the Royal Promanade which features, indoor pubs, lots of stores, cafes, and the Ships “Guest Services” desk where one can book excursions, and get answers to anything pertaining to the ship. There’s Mini Golf up on the 14th floor, a rock climbing wall, and back in 08 there was an incline skating track, but that has been replaced with the “FlowRider” which is a surf simulator.  Here’s an employee of Royal Caribbean riding it in between passengers. He was amazing at it, and made it look so easy! It’s NOT! No, I didn’t try it. 🙂

Flowrider

On Day 2 a “sea day” we had a storm which kept us indoors, but when the rain stopped we went up to Deck 11 and discovered a rainbow just off the Starboard side of the ship. (Hot Tubs)

I couldn’t resist going up to Deck 12 at night to photograph the Pool Deck-

Main Pool and Hot Tubs Deck 11 Navigator of the Seas

Deck 12

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to get another sense of her size here’s the Aft end docked in Roatan, Honduras with the Tourist vans out on the street waiting for tourists off the boat.

Navigator of the Seas Forward in the Port of Roatan

and one last image…a quick look at the Bridge before we sailed. Not quite as many gauges as an airplane in this view, but there are a lot of them not in the frame!

The Bridge Navigator of the Seas

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