Upgrade fairy on a cruise

So…there is a rumor on the cruiselines of the upgrade fairy.  She visits you a week or two before the cruise and grants you an upgrade, for no additional cost.  Well, I got sick of waiting for that bitch, hunted her down, and pinned her wings to the wall…kind of.

So here’s what REALLY happened.  I’m a nerd, so I was obsessing over the cruise me and my husband are leaving for on Friday.  I went to the website to see if they had any cool bonuses, like more onboard credit etc.  About a month ago I went and they had free dinner at 3 of the specialty restaurants, as we’d lose $200 in onboard credit (different promotion) it wasn’t worth the price.  Well, turns out that I stumbled on something much better.  Our cabin cost us $1,399 / person (I knew this because I looked at it a few days ago after mentioning the price to someone and forgetting if it was right), and I see this 2 Bedroom Family Suite Cabin for $1,299 / person.  I was enraged, at first.  Then, I was intrigued.  If the Suite was only $1,299 / person, then what was our normal cabin down to?

$899 / person.  Yes, really.  Our cabin price dropped $500/person in the span of a week, because these were not the prices when I was on last week.  Here’s the original room we had, which I was perfectly content with:

Approx. Size: 285 sq. ft.

And here is the suite we ended up in:

TV, entrance to master bedroom and dining space:

Approx. Size: 546 sq. ft.


Special Services
  • Distinctive keycard
  • Butler & concierge service
  • Butler to unpack your luggage
Eats, Treats and Libations
  • Champagne, custom selection of liquor, fruit, bottled water and sodas
  • Sparkling wine, bottled water and fruit on Embarkation Day
  • Mini-bar and espresso/cappuccino machine
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Special Suite menus
  • Treats delivered right to your door each night
Thoughtful Touches
  • Bliss Collection by Norwegian™ pillow-top mattress
  • Fine linens, feather duvet and pillow menu
  • Plush bathrobes, slippers and towels
Arrival and Departure
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation
  • Escort to suite
  • Priority boarding of tenders to shore

So…needless to say, I’m on cloud 9, and giddy as hell at this point.  So, our room has nearly doubled  in size, we now get a butler, wine, fruit, and treats, special VIP getting onto the boat (that means we board earlier, and in a shorter line, than everyone else). … well, you see the list.

I’m off to be giddy now…peace!

Fast Food dies a slow sad death

Let’s talk about what I USED to love the most, in order of priority:

Culver’s North Atlantic Cod Fillet Basket with crinkle cut fries

Burger King’s Whopper with ONLY Heavy mayo, heavy tomatoe, and cheese (no onion or pickles) with a large side of onion rings and the onion ring sauce.

McDonald’s Fish Fillet sandwich with fries and a chocolate shake.

Hardee’s Big Ham and Cheese sandwich with Curly Fries

Arby’s Roast Beef and Cheddar, regular size with curly fries

Do you know which of these items I can now eat?  NONE OF THEM!!!!  No, it has absolutely nothing to do with me restricting what I eat.  What it has to do with, is what I WAS restricting myself to eating a month ago, and before that.

I have come to the really sad conclussion that I can no longer eat fast food.  Let’s talk about all those nasty things we don’t say in public, shall we? Diarrhea, constipation, severe stomach cramps, nausea and burping and bloating, oh my.

My formerly favorite Big Hot Ham and Cheese can now bring me to my knees, in pain, not pleasure, in a matter of 3 minutes from the first swallow.  It’s a nice way to remind myself to stay relatively true to my diet.  I still cook dinner a few nights a week, drink diet soda, and apparently don’t eat fast food anymore.  All in all, not bad.  I’m holding steady at 161.5 pounds still, which equals AWESOME since my cruise is in t-minus 10 days, boo yeah!!!!!

My goal is to be able to eat all the epic food on this ship, and yes really, that’s gonna be my view!  So we’ll be looking at: Sushi, Steak, Buffet, Chinese, Teppanyaki, Chuccacaria or something, French and Italian, as well as all the fun bar food and Alaskan sea food I can manage to stuff into my face…for 7 days…as well as 4 days traveling to and from Seattle, then Vancouver back to Seattle, and finally back home.

My former iron-lined stomach is letting me down, but I refuse to pull a Titanic and tell my fast food “I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go”! 😉 Haha, made myself laugh.