, West Virginia
October 7, 2002
Our excellent room steward made up for in service what we lacked in decor. Not once did I have to dry my hair with a towel that had been used for any other purpose. Every single time I washed my face to remove suntan oil, it was with a clean washcloth. Our room was cleaned twice every day, whether it needed it or not, and Richard even neatly folded our clothes when we had to run off in a hurry to be on time for dinner.
I think our sheets got changed with each turn-down each evening--and Richard knew how to make a sheet so tight the military would approve. (The quarter would surely bounce.) We saw these crispy sheets every night when we returned from dinner, along with mints on the pillows and delightful "stuffed" (towel) animals. This was most amusing: the men (yes, the men) loved these creatures and took pictures of them, as you can see here.
We had opted for an interior room because we thought we'd be outside most of the time and because it was such an outstanding value, but we discovered an unexpected bonus in our room without a view. We actually slept until 10:00 am. the first morning. No light, you see, so we didn't know it was time to get up. At home, I wake with the sun and never set an alarm, even when I have to be at work at 8:00 am. On this vacation, I would have been up at the crack of dawn if there had been a window, and that would have been unfortunate, because I had arrived already exhausted. We had visited relatives in Florida, had flown there on a difficult itinerary, and had then taken the train on to Miami. So we magically crossed ourselves and got what was good for us in spite of ourselves. I will choose an interior room again and enjoy the extra rejuvenation.
The last day of the cruise, everybody must get up for departure, so we pushed a code listed on the phone to get our wake-up call. The service is there, I expect, for people with interior rooms.
From journal Cruising Key West on the Ship Fascination