Michael Poole is a long-time Royal Caribbean International cruiser. He follows us on Twitter at @RoyalCaribbean, where we love seeing him and his brother chime in in response to our updates. Last month, when we tweeted a sneak-peak photo of our float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Michael asked if we needed any loyal cruisers on our float. We responded by inviting him and three guests to join us at the parade and celebrate Thanksgiving weekend in New York City.
Hi, I’m Michael Poole from Knoxville, Tennessee, and I’m loyal to Royal. I often say, “I work so that I’m able to cruise!” I’m excited to share my experience traveling to “The Big Apple” to see Royal Caribbean’s float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, led by Kristin Chenoweth, godmother of Quantum of the Seas.
First, let me start with how excited I was to call my brother, Jason Poole, and tell him we were traveling to New York City for Thanksgiving with Royal Caribbean! Actually, I don’t even think he believed me at first, but I just kept telling him to pack his bags, because we’re flying out in five days. (Yes, it happened that quickly.)
Gobble, gobble! It’s Thanksgiving Day and we are headed to Macy’s for the parade. That is where our seats were: front-row in the grandstand seats. Can you imagine the excitement that was running through us? We were about to see the parade live, in person, and front row, too! The first few hours we were really enjoying ourselves, but kept talking about how we were ready for the Royal Caribbean float. Then there she was making the turn on 53rd Street. I literally jumped out of my seat and screamed. Okay, I got a few weird looks, but I couldn’t hold my excitement any longer! I was about to see Kristin Chenoweth on Royal Caribbean’s float up close and in person. The float was so impressive, complete with palm trees and even some Royal Caribbean signatures like a rock climbing wall and FlowRider replica. It really showed the country that a Royal Caribbean cruise can wow anyone. And if the float wasn’t exciting enough, things got even better when Royal Caribbean announced they will be featuring Mamma Mia! the musical on their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, debuting in Fall of 2014.” How exhilarating to feature such a successful Broadway musical on the high seas.
Now, there was only one thing left to do on Thanksgiving: EAT! Royal Caribbean provided a wonderful dining experience at Balthazar in SoHo. My family and I enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving fare while sharing what we were thankful for this year. Needless to say, I could not stop talking about how thankful I was for Royal Caribbean giving this experience to a loyal cruiser like myself.
Our final day in New York was Black Friday, and while most were out shopping we headed to Broadway to see Mamma Mia! This musical surpassed my expectations with a dramatic story, great singing, and lively dancing. I cannot wait to see it again on Quantum of the Seas, and I know everyone will be as impressed as I was with the show. After the musical, Royal Caribbean arranged a backstage tour of the theater. Getting to stand on a Broadway stage, sharing the energy of so many incredibly talented performers, was an unforgettable experience.
From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Thanksgiving dinner to the Broadway musical, I will be forever grateful for Royal Caribbean. I thank Royal for giving me memories I’ll cherish for a lifetime. I look forward to seeing you all on the high seas.