Monday, November 05, 2007

Deaf Freedom Cruise--A Party Around the Pool

It is no surprise that the most popular place on the ship was around the pools and hot tubs at the top. On the afternoons that we were at sea, there were several pool games. One woman from Minnesota was beating guy after guy at pool jousting, a game where one has to balance in a sitting position on a floating log and knock the other person off. Another afternoon game consisted of pool relay where a team of five girls competed against five guys. Each person had a large t-shirt provided by the ship. Once they completed their laps, they had to take off the t-shirt and place it on the next person. The last person had five t-shirts. The relay ended in a tie, but later footage by DeafNation showed that the guys actually won.

One of the most popular games was the Belly Flop contest on the last day:

A lot of people ended up badly sunburned, mostly because they couldn't tear themselves away from the pool!


Tom said...

They could've been just very very red on the front from the belly flops. Sounds like a LOT of fun!

Joey Baer said...

I thought I would see YOU do a belly flop :) Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

I was too shy to go up there in a bathing suit! :)

Bruce Gross said...

PRESS RELEASE- Revised -November 6, 2007

Website of the WRAD Cruise:


By Bruce Gross, WRAD CEO/ Founder
Videophone- 661-943-8879
Text cellphone- 6612366159
AIM- brucegross

The World Recreation Association of the Deaf, Inc. ( WRAD, Inc) is happy to present an exciting deaf and hard of hearing 8-day Halloween cruise to Mexico on the Mexican Riviera visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallerta leaving Los Angeles on Sunday October 26, 2008 and return on the following Sunday November 2, 2008. A total of 150 cabins have been reserved for up to 300 people in our group. Friends of the deaf and families are also very welcome.


Here is the itinerary-

Day Ports of call Arrive Depart

1 Los Angeles, CA 5:00pm

2 Cruising

3 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 10:30am 6:00pm

4 Mazatlan, Mexico 8:00am 5:30pm

5 Puerto Vallerta, Mexico 8:00am 8:00pm

6 Cruising ( Halloween Costume Ball onboard)

7 Cruising

8 Los Angeles, CA 7:00am

Sign Language interpreters/ CART service providers onboard and for Tours in Mexico. Entertainment with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Performers including the famous Halloween Costume Ball by GINO and Bruce Gross.

Royal Caribbean is providing portable room kits that include a visual/tactile alert system. The system provide alerts for door knocking, smoke detector and alarm clock. TV sets will be closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing. We will have entertainment with interpreters and CART service providers.

The 2,400-guest Vision of the Seas will offer the cruise to the WRAD group. Listed below are some of the details and descriptions of the ship-

TWO swimming pools ( One outdoor and one indoor)
State-of-the-art fitness center, with aerobics classes and machines or all types of workouts
An Egyptian-themed Solarium spa and pool, covered by retractable glass
Card room/ Library/ Video Arcade/ Beauty Salon/ Boutiques/ Children's program
Dramatic two-story dining room surrounded by windows and breathtaking views
Theatre/ 7 Bars and Lounges / 4 Jacuzzis

Prices start at $380 per person ( double occupancy) plus taxes and port fees and tips.


CALL NOW!!!! to make a cabin reservation.....1-800-419-0460 ( Voice only) For deaf people call through the Relay or
Call Bruce Gross for more information at VP 661-943-8879 or MSN messenger:

Our website of the cruise is

Prices are subject to availability and can change anytime. The space is limited and is selling fast. To secure your cabin deposit of $50 per person is required at the time of booking.