First, let’s talk about our room. We had a balcony room, which served us well. Big J, Little J and I sleep with fans all year round. Maybe because it’s muggy and humid where we live, but if air isn’t moving, the room feels so stuffy and I get hot very quickly. It also serves as white noise to help with sleep. When we started planning for this trip, we tried to figure out how to get a fan on board. Continental charges for luggage over 50 pounds, so lugging a fan wasn’t practical. So, a balcony room was perfect for us. It was nice to have a large glass area to look out to the water, and at night we propped the door open and had fresh air moving all night. The waves served as white noise. It might get a little chilly in the room and then we snuggled deeper under our fluffy cover. We also sleep with lots of pillows and they kept bringing the pillows till we got it just the way we wanted it.
We had a lovely stewardess from the Phillipines named Abigail. She was calling us by name by the end of the first day and had the sweetest smile. She kept our beds straight and the bathroom clean during the day, and turned down the bed and left chocolates and a towel animal on our bed each evening. Every evening we would find a different animal on the bed. Little J always looked forward to seeing what the animal would be when we opened the door. One night it was a monkey hanging from the light fixture! You could go to a class that taught you to make the towel animals, or you could bring home a book with step by step directions.
Sometimes a cookie would be waiting for Little J, all wrapped up and ready to greet him with a smile.
Big J and I had a king bed, thank goodness. That’s what we have at home and anything smaller causes great consternation when it’s time for bed. It could be all those pillows. The room also had a built in seating area that could be used as a bed. It was made up with the same bedding we had, and Little J was most comfortable on it.
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