I think I have cruising on the brain. This morning, I had sort of a bad dream. It wasn't quite a nightmare, but it wasn't very pleasant, either.
I was on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship called Liberty of the Seas. Oddly enough, I have only been on one Royal Caribbean ship-- Vision of the Seas. But anyway, this time I was on Liberty of the Seas and there was a McDonald's on board. I was feeling a bit grumpy for some reason. The ship was very crowded and a bit trashy looking; it kind of reminded me of an airport or a shopping mall. I ordered lunch and sat down at a table. One of the McDonald's employees came up to me. She was heavyset and had short, curly, grayish brown hair, but she didn't look to be very old. She was wearing a uniform, and asked me if it would be okay if she sat with me. I said no and she got very pissy. I got up to walk away, and the manager came up and yelled at me for being mean to the McDonald's employee. I shrugged and left the area.
Later, I was in a smoky, crowded bar, surrounded by trashy looking people. I was sitting on a bar stool, trying to drink a beer, when ship employees started handing out karaoke books. I happen to love a good karaoke session, so I was excited. But then I realized that there was no way I'd ever get a chance to sing, because the crowd was so large and aggressive. And some of them were pissed at me because I hadn't let the McDonalds employee sit with me when I was having lunch. They were yelling at me. I also recognized a guy I used to do karaoke with on a regular basis. He was there to sing his usual Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffet hits.
So I left the bar area feeling very peeved and upset to be on this crowded, dirty ship full of hostile people. I don't know why I was feeling this way. The one cruise I had on Royal Caribbean was perfectly nice. I would sail with them again if the price and the itinerary were right. Of course, now I prefer to sail on SeaDream, where we spend big bucks, but get totally spoiled.
I think I've got cruising on the brain because I'm thinking about booking one for June 2012, when I turn 40.
ETA: I just went back and read my post from New Year's Eve... I sense a dream theme.