I haven’t had time to put together a little review yet, and I’m waiting for the pictures to get “developed” (ie. Rob to take them off the camera) before I really do, but in the meantime there is an interesting story to share. To start it off, our waiter ended up being a bit talkative near the end of the week and started filling us in on what the secret codes meant that we would hear over the ship. We had heard “Alpha!” repeated three times, and we found out that meant there was a medical emergency. There was no indication of what kind of emergency had taken place, although I can tell you that I’ve heard more than once that an average of two deaths take place per ship, per week. Before you get bent out of shape they’re usually natural causes and older travelers, although two years ago I was on a cruise with an obese man who drowned on snorkeling excursion.
Anyways, the fun warning you want to hear is “Oscar!” three times, which means “man overboard”. While we didn’t hear it ourselves we were treated to a few stories of times it had happened. What we didn’t know is that it was happening on another Royal Caribbean ship elsewhere on the seas: