First Day of National Conference

The first day of our national conference was a sea day enroute to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos.  What do sea days mean?  A lot of work, and only a little bit of fun.  The morning started out with one of our VP’s kicking off the conference, a lot of presentations from various suppliers, and some break-out sessions and one-on-one time with some of our top suppliers.  It was a pretty productive day – and one of the highlights was a Q&A session with all the senior VP’s of the various cruise lines, hosted by one of our senior VP’s and the CEO of our parent company.  Lots and lots of good information today.  But I’m sure that’s not why you’re here!

We wandered the ship for lunch (we had an hour and a half, as opposed to last year when we only had one hour) and decided on Bonsai Sushi.  It is one of the premium restaurants that is a la carte, but it wasn’t too expensive.  Originally, we were going to order sushi – then I noticed that offered Omakase for two, and that’s what we decided on.  Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you”.  Basically, you’re allowing the sushi chef to prepare whatever he likes for you.  None of the items we received were on the menu, but it was definitely a treat.  We had spicy tempura shrimp, seaweed salad with a spicy peanut sauce, and a fish that was perfectly cooked, and had just a hint of sweetness.  We left full and happy, and for only around $22.  Not a bad deal if you ask me.

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The pizza’s pretty good here.

After our afternoon breakout sessions and vendor office hours, we had dinner.  What did we decide to try for dinner?  Pizza, at the aft pool deck.  It smelled so good, and looked so good – I forgot to take a picture!  Let me tell you though, it is the second best pizza I’ve had at sea, and in the top 5 all time.  I’m beginning to like the Carnival Vista!  I ended up having a white pizza with prosciutto, and then decided that two slices of pepperoni would be well worth it.  I’m glad I did – I do want to go back to get pizza again before I get off.  EDIT:  While typing this up, I got hungry.  After I published the post, I decided to go up and get some pizza.  So now, I have a pizza picture!

After dinner, we skipped the cocktail reception and went to the Amore Cubano show put on by the Carnival dancers and music performers.  It was incredible, featuring Cuban/Latin American music, costume, dance, live music, and a laser light show.  They even had a live action backdrop that added to the show.  It was definitely worth a visit.  Finally, Shellee headed to the gym and I headed to a stand-up comedy show.  My wife doesn’t like stand-up comedy, so that’s why I went on my own.  The comedian’s name was Cee Jay Jones.  He was very funny, and I ended up going to all of his evening shows before he left the ship.  I couldn’t stop laughing – even when I made it up to the stateroom.  Tomorrow – Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos.

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