Meeting Women on the Open Water
The Norwegian Dawn was leaving Miami today and heading to St. Thomas. After that, there were stops in Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Maarten. I was sitting in Gatsby’s Champagne Bar, trying to calculate how many kilometres of open water we would be sailing, and what the odds were that I would meet a girl on this cruise before we turned around and headed back to Miami. A couple of friends of mine just returned from a cruise to Mexico. They claimed the ship was the best place in the world to meet women. They went on to say how bars, seizure-inducing nightclubs and fitness centres were overrated. Those were the types of places you met people in the 1990s. The cruise ship, in their opinion, was the new millennium dating service. This was the age of the solo cruise.
The Power of The Great Gatsby
The dating theory could not be applied to every cruise line, but only the Norwegian fleet. The freestyle ambiance that these ships are known for lends itself perfectly to heightened social interaction and casual romance. I wonder how many people have met their future spouses on-board? If Gatsby’s Champagne Bar was any indication, this ship had class. Any reference to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby and a roaring 1920s romance certainly sets a mood. I watched the sun dapple the water in bands of gold as the ship slowly pulled away. The possibilities were endless.
A Mermaid Drinks Merlot
I met Shelby when were docked at St. Lucia. I had just returned from an excursion to the Pitons. I showered, checked my emails in the ship’s Internet Café and headed into the wine tasting cellar. This was the beauty of the Norwegian Dawn. If you wanted French food, Italian, sushi or tapas, it was there. If you wanted a high-end merlot at the Star Bar or a pint of Guinness at Pearly Kings Pub, it was all at your fingertips. I was in the mood for pairing cheese and wine, so I took advantage of the nightly wine tasting event.
The dress code is relaxed on the Norwegian Dawn. It is all part of how the Norwegian line reinvented the cruising experience. Tailored suits and ball gowns were perfect for transatlantic ocean liners, but they are not the best attire for cruise travel in 2012. Needless to say, I always put on something nice. Shelby’s long red hair made her look like a mermaid. We talked about cheese for an hour. She asked me if I wanted to have a drink at Gatsby’s Champagne Bar. She told me that was her favourite F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
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