Dominican MayDaze cruise | Day 2 | At sea

It’s Saturday, May 27, and we have an “at sea” day today, which means no port call and extra BearCruise-organized activities!

Bob and I had breakfast in The Galley, which is essentially a food hall, with lots of different stations of different food choices.

We chose coffee, juice, omelets—mine with ham and cheddar and Bob’s with bacon, cheddar, spinach, hash browns, and multigrain toast for John.

Talk about a room with a view. This is pretty much the prettiest men’s room either of us has had the pleasure of peeing in. Fortunately it’s on deck 15 so that when we’re in a port, people right outside that window don’t get a free show.

Men’s room with a view

BearCruise group activities

Noon: Bear Lunch. If you want to join others for lunch, meet at The Galley Food Hall, Deck 15 Aft. Note that these restaurants are also open for lunch if you want to try them: Razzle Dazzle, The Wake, The Dock / Dock House, The Social Club, The Pizza Place, and The Sun Club.

Bob and I got up to The Galley at just before noon and found a table for 8 that we grabbed to have other group members join us.

I ended up getting a hamburger and fries (not pictured), and wanted a salad with it. I would’ve preferred a small side salad, but that wasn’t an option so I got a big one. (It’s all free anyway.) Bob got The Curry Ramen. Here are some pics of the food and a few of our new friends.

We availed ourselves to an after-lunch sweet treat from the ship’s ice cream shop, “Lick me till…”

You got to chose from 3 types of waffle cones: red velvet, chocolate, or vanilla, or to have it in a cup if you prefer. Bob chose a chocolate cone with 2 scoops of vanilla, and I chose the red velvet cone with a scoop of vanilla and one scoop of strawberry.

4:00 – 5:00 pm: BearCruise Birthday Party!The Dock, Deck 7. Half of the area will be roped off for our guests, and cocktails are on us for this happiest of hours!

We got wrist bands for the bar indicating that BearCruise was picking up our drinks for the birthday party happy hour from 5-6 p.m. We were celebrating the 10-year anniversary of organizing cruises especially for the bear subculture of gay men.

Group shot!

5:00 pm: Pool Hot Tub TakeoverDeck 15 (Pool Deck)

We didn’t attend this event, so I don’t have any photos of it.

7:00 pm: Cocktails and Dinner, The Dock House Bar, Deck 7; Restaurant of the Night: Extra Virgin, Deck 6

Al led the group down to tonight’s Extra Virgin restaurant, described as: Deeply rooted in Italian culinary traditions, oiur trattoria serves regionally inspired food punctuated by our fresh, handmade pasta. Start with a shared antipasti—and follow that with any of our pasta-centric favorites and worship the carb gods like a good vacation begs of you.

Here are some pics of our selections. Bob’s are highlighted in green and John’s in blue in the menu. I only got a photo of Bob’s salad. You can see the descriptions of his other two items on the menu. We were full so passed on dessert.

Ship Shows and Activities

11:00 pm: Heartbeat Dance Party, The Manor, Deck 6

Brought to you by the House of Yes from Brooklyn. Heartbeat is an epic dance party—a celebration of artistic expression through our mirrored halls and into The Manor. With mixes of house, groove, funk, pop, and disco on the dance floor—no matter what your favorite era of music is, you’ll hit the dance floor knowing you’ll get to vibe to it.

The entrance to this venue is a shimmering, mirrored hallway, which can be confusing after a few drinks. I made a turn when leaving that wasn’t really an exit and got startled by finding another person coming at me. It turned out to be me.

This nightclub/bar exits into the casino hosting these goings-on as I passed through back to our cabin.

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