Day 1 - Embarkation.
Both Lili and I were running late. She got to my place at 1130, and had no problems getting to the pier. It was strange for me to sit in back, but there was no way Lili was not going to sit next to her boyfriend on the way to the cruise.
I was pleasantly surprised that I had no problems checking in at the pier. Given that this is the age of Trump, no Transgender person can afford the luxury of feeling 100% safe. But, so far, I’ve had few issues while “cruising pretty.” However, there was a minor screw up at the pier that would cause me a little problem later.
After boarding the ship, I found that my key card wouldn’t open the door, so I had to get a new card issued to me. And this is where the above problem caused me a minor concern - I got a new card issued with my full male name. The fellow at the pier issued a card with the familiar form of my name, whose androgynous nature helps me blend in as female. So I now had to deal with ship personnel occasionally using the dreaded “S” word.
Lili's Gift - It looks better than in the photo
Once safely back in the room, Lili gave me the tunic she bought for me. It looked good on me, and I’ll wear it often in the future. Then, I returned the small handbag she gave me, as the strap didn’t lend itself for use as a crossbody bag, and I don’t do well with over the shoulder bags.
Then it was time for dinner.... Both of us were starving, and didn’t mind being seated with other couples. There was one young couple from New Jersey, and one older couple from Boston. We clicked with both couples, but Lili made friends with the older couple. (Let’s call them D&M for now. I’ll refer to them in later entries.). It was nice to have a tasty dinner at the end of the day, and I was glad to have someone other than Lili to talk with on the cruise.