October 13, 2022

Day 2 Coco Cayy

The seas remain calm throughout the night despite a few passing showers. Coco Cay, one of Royal's private islands,  is our destination for the day. Coco Cay was built to handle 2 Oasis class ships at the same time, 12,000 passengers.  We are close to that today with two ships and 10,000 passengers. Lots of activities for the young and not so young. Surprise, I elect to stay on the ship and enjoy the peace and quiet. The grand kids, parents, and others have a great day at he beach.

Throuhout the day there are light showers. The outdoor shows have been cancelled and rescheduled for later in the week. The clouds and showers were probably a good thing in keeping the sunburns to a minimum.

We leave Coco Cay late in the afternoon and head south towards St thomas, Cruising at just over 20 knots, the voyage will take almost 2 days.

Late in the afternoon I have a missed call from my ENT doctor's office. This requires a little background. For the past 3 months or so I have had multiple, or one long, sinus infection. Often attributed to allergies, at one point attributed to Covid, and at several points declared cured, I have come to feel otherwise. Fought with 3 rounds of antibiotics and steroids, it gets better to varying degrees and then returns.

Feeling like it may be returning again, a week ago I get a referral to an ENT. I was able to get an appointment the next day, last Tuesday. Prodding, probing, cleaning, swabbing and cutting, there is no question I have a sinus issue.  Next step is a CT scan which I am able to get the next morning. Another appointment on the Friday before this cruise, to review the CT scan and it is definitely determined I will need sinus surgery. I am cleared to sail on this and my next cruise, and surgery will be scheduled after I return. 

Too late to return any calls today. There will be future chapters of this part of the story.

After a cocktail in the suites lounge, Lynn and I have dinner this evening in the Coastal Kitchen, a dining venue reserved for suite guests and pinnacle club members if there is availability. Yes suites come first. The service is excellent as is the food. They are busy but not full. I decide to try and push the envelope and see if I can invite the rest of my family to experience the coastal kitchen some evening.  The hostess isn't enthusiastic about the idea, but the manager is totally supportive and tells her to do it.

I have a reservation for 8 1/2 later in the cruise. Yes we count Nathaniel, at 2 years old, as half a person.

Entertainment tonight is at the comedy club. A very small venue considering the popularity of comedy. Probably 150 at max, most passengers will never be able to get a reservation.

Both comedians were good. Eliza spent the evening in the kids area. Nathaniel, or tiger as he is often called, slept through most of the show. At 2 he really isn't old enough to understand comedy anyway.

The moon  is nearly full the skies mostly clear and the seas calm as we coutinue southerly towards St Thomas.