Have you ever had one of those Thanksgiving gatherings that just kind of got out of hand? Like you are sitting there munching on olives, trying to watch the football game, and you suddenly realize… you don’t know any of these people. Yeah, that happened to us. I think the inviting got a little out of hand. Next thing you know… I can’t even find my husband. Strange, elderly people are coming in with coolers of beer... (it wasn't that kind of party). You get up for 1 second and completely loose your seat. So after I made the rounds through the house a couple of times in search of Mark... found my mom and clarified she didn't know half the people either, I sent Mark a text to say "Where are you?" His response. "Outside waiting for my Uber ride." …. Really?
So if you have ever called an Uber just to escape a family gathering… you should consider cruising over Thanksgiving.
I worked half a day on Wednesday. Plan was to leave at Noon. We pulled out at 11:55 which I thought was a major win! However, Mom listed 10 things she forgot before we were even an hour down the road.... including wet clothes in the washer! Traffic was steady, which we anticipated as it was the day before Thanksgiving. We were nearing Houston. It was 6pm and traffic was ceasing to move so we checked out our Yelp app to have dinner to see if it would disperse a little. We decided on a place called 5.Ate Café in Spring, Texas. It had 5 stars and let me tell you… they deserve every one of them! Fantastic place for gourmet burgers, fresh pizzas cooked in a stone oven… they even have gluten free options. The fun part is they are located in a rock climbing gym! No joke! I have to say though… if you are driving down to Galveston, this little detour is WELL worth it!
This was our first cruise since the Port of Galveston started having the enforced, staggered check in times. When we got out of the car the porter met us there and asked to see our boarding passes. They were checking the times out on the street. (I suppose to stop someone from parking early and then having to wait all that time.) It was 10:15 and our check in time we selected was 10:30. We noticed there was a long line forming down the sidewalk and they were not letting anyone in the terminal yet. We had PRIORITY boarding so we walked to the front of the line and showed our paperwork. We were told to continue on inside. There was only a handful of people in the terminal. We walked right up to the check in, through the scanners and then headed upstairs. The Diamond and Platinum check in is no longer in the little room. You go up to the counter, but it is your own line and separate from FTTF. There was only 1 family in front of us so we literally had our cards and were kicked back in the lounge waiting by 10:30. We were on board and in our rooms by 11:15. (I realize our experience is a little different from the majority of cruisers, but I saw several people posting online in our cruise group that check in was a Breeze, and I did not hear anyone complain while on the ship).
My "turkeys" and I were very Thankful for our family and beach time!
Thanksgiving dinner was our first night on the cruise. I had researched in vain prior to this cruise to see if anything was done for the holiday. Everything I read said it was not, however you could get sliced turkey on the lido and that was as close as we would come to a traditional holiday dinner. The Triumph had the American Table dining and that was totally not true.
I think the table presentation was beautiful each night and not having a table cloth didn't spoil my dinner at all!
Here was our special Thanksgiving menu.
Dinner was Amazing! We ordered the Smoked Duck, Thanksgiving Salad, Tomato Crab and Tuna, Oysters Rockefeller, Slow Roasted Tom Turkey with dressing, sweet potatoes and cranberry relish.... Then had the Double Roasted Pineapple and Pumpkin Pie for dessert!
We then rolled ourselves out of the dining room and felt like the stuffed little turkeys we were used to being on Thanksgiving!
Stay tuned for Part II of the Thanksgiving cruise.