A walk down any accommodations passageway on Carnival Inspiration demonstrates that those of us who remember malt shops and 45s haven’t lost our creativity. About a third of the Malt Shop Memories cruisers are participating in a “door decorating” contest and some of them are quite elaborate. My vote would go for the one right across the hall from my cabin (pictured here). One incentive to take part is the first prize is a $100 onboard credit, 2nd place gets $50, and third place $25. However, there’s also the incentive to share memories—many door decorations include high school photos and we’ve even seen a diploma or two.
We had a sunny and warm sea day filled with dance lessons, a hula hoop contest, and a sock hop. For me, the highlight was sitting outside the Candlelight Lounge while Lesley Gore was rehearsing. Naturally I couldn’t go inside the lounge, but sound carries and she sounds great.
Our reserved show tickets last night were for Bobby Rydell. While changed a lot since he was a teen heart throb (haven’t we all?), he’s still quite a performer.