Day 3: The Embarkation Day
The day had arrived – The Embarkation Day. I woke up to see our cruise docked at the pier terminal, Norwegian Pearl and we were ecstatic for the embarkation and knowing that we will be checking in early in the morning. It was our first cruise vacation. But we didn’t board the ship until around noon. Upon checking in, passports verified, photos taken for port of call security purposes, and health questionnaires. All good and given with ship deck map to get familiar with the ship.
After the boarding, it turned out that our cabin weren’t ready so we headed for the main dining area to eat lunch, a big lunch. I had a combination of oriental and Indian food with plenty of rice. We walked around some parts of the ship to get familiar and went outside to walk around. We had to go through the emergency drills especially where we had to meet. Furthermore, we met up with 2 sign language interpreters during the drill. I stood wondering which way I’m supposed to go.
For those who are not familiar with sign language interpreters, they facilitate the communication between hearing person and deaf person through the means of sign language. Akin to translation, a translator who translates one language to another language while facilitating the communication. Norwegian Pearl provided the means so I can participate in entertainment shows and on-shore excursions. Otherwise, I don’t need it when carrying on face to face conversation.
Finally, our cabin was ready so we went down to deck 5 to check out our cabin. A much needed to lay down on bed but our luggage haven’t arrived until later in the evening. It surely feels very small but very cozy because we knew we won’t be spending so much time in the cabin other than changing our clothes, taking shower, and sleeping. After luggage had arrived, I unpacked immensely and filled up the closet and drawers so I’m all set for the week long cruise.
The cruise left the dock right on time – 4p. There’s a departure party with large BBQ on the sun deck where swimming pools are located but we didn’t really participate in and we already ate earlier. But we’re very content. We went out to the back of the ship, aft, to watch the pier getting smaller as the ship sails away and increasing the distance between the ship and the pier.
En route Alaska!!!
Later in the evening, we ate at an Irish restaurant and ordered myself my favorite sandwich – Reuben and my wife had a meatloaf dinner. They were very good and felt like a first class dinner but it’s not.
The following dinner, we went to a show that introduces Norwegian Pearl and a group of cruise executives, and segments of different skits by different performers. One show, a comedy show by Tim Kamanski, pulled me on the stage not realizing that I’m deaf and then pulled one of the interpreter on stage with me. It was too funny because Tim insisted I watch what he does, not the interpreter, and then instructed me to do what he had showed me. I had to prance like a horse and then make a sound – ‘EEEEEEE’ to an audience. There were other people on stage acting like animals and sounds as instructed. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do it right which annoyed Tim. It was really hilarious.