TRAVEL HERE: A DAY AT SEA
For me, travel is usually about going somewhere. I’m interested in seeing wonderful things and doing things I’ve never done before. But this cruise was a little different. It was supposed to be about relaxing and indulgence. Maybe that’s why I resented the poor food quality. Our last day really was a day devoted to relaxation and we had a good time. Join us as we enjoy the ship.
AM Less Than Routine
I started the day in the gym and then returned to the room, so Bill could join me for our sit-down breakfast in the dining room. That was an event!
The focus of the day was on chocolate, so I ordered the chocolate pancakes, but was delivered plain old buttermilk pancakes. I’m usually the last person in the world to send something back, but I didn’t want to waste calories on just any pancake. If I’m being bad, then I wanted to be exactly the bad I have chosen, not the bad someone else chooses for me. However, that was merely a blip on the screen of the morning event.
As part of the chocolate extravaganza they were calling breakfast, a waitress came by with a tray of chocolate shakes. That’s not usually a part of my breakfast, but I thought I’d try one. Before I could take my first sip, there was a huge clatter. The tray and most of the glasses were on the floor and many of the glasses shattered. Infinitely worse was that most of the shakes ended up all over the man at the head of the table.
I would like to give big kudos to this guy. I would have jumped up and screamed. This man didn’t make a peep. He merely stood up, wiped away as much as he could and then walked away to change. WOW! When he came back, he took his seat and finished his breakfast – also without a peep. More WOW!
His wife was a little more chatty. While he was away we learned this was the first “real” vacation they had ever taken. Always before they’d used their vacation to do good works. She didn’t indicate whether their trips had been humanitarian and/or faith-based, but it doesn’t matter. How amazing for them to give of themselves in that way! What’s sad was that this cruise had not allowed them to enjoy themselves the way it should have. She didn’t complain about the food or the mediocre quality of the entertainment. She only said they’d had a lot of trouble and only that morning they’d finally been moved to another cabin. (She didn’t say why and when asked she didn’t want to discuss it, but I’m thinking bedbugs or mold. What do you think?)
The Balance of the Day
So, after our exciting breakfast, Bill wanted to give the rock-climbing wall a shot. He’d loved rappelling when we were on Norwegian, but this boat only had the climbing wall. Still, Bill suited up and gave it a try. He made it pretty high up the wall, higher than anyone else did while we were there, but didn’t get to the top. I pointed out that he’d chosen the toughest part of the wall to climb – it actually leaned outwards, but he couldn’t be convinced to give it another try.
Next up was some pool time, but we didn’t want to fight the constant noise and party next to the main pool. Instead, we found our way to the Solarium pool and did a little relaxing. I’m not a big swimmer, but I did enjoy some time in the hot tub. Then I did a little poolside lounging.
At lunch we had the pleasant opportunity to reconnect with the nice lady we’d enjoyed at the first breakfast and this time she was with her husband. We enjoyed their company so much that we were the very last people left in the dining room.
Then it was time to get our bags repacked. We’d have to put the big bag out before bedtime. When that was done, I washed my hair and spent some time relaxing, while Bill battled the stock market.
The final show may have been the worst entertainment of all. This was a tribute to Broadway, but I’m not sure how much honor it showed to that wonderful institution. They did the opening prologue to Cabaret, but opened the curtain on songs from Chicago. I found that disconcerting, but not as bad as using the lyrics from famous Broadway songs with mediocre melodies. They weren’t even bad arrangements of Broadway tunes, just a totally different song with the famous and familiar words. It was also the production with the worst prop-dropping and zigzaggedy, uneven lines. What a disappointment.
I don’t have to tell you that dinner was mediocre or breakfast downright bad. The disembarkation went pretty smoothly, but we did seem to be in the line with all the troubled documentation. (Why hadn’t that been caught embarking, rather than at the end of the cruise?) Soon we were on our way home and were we ever glad to be heading back. Usually there’s a little regret, but not this time. We just wanted off that boat and back into our home!
As I write this final blog about this cruise it’s early March. The previous week I had finished up with the posts about Egypt and they will take you into August, but right this minute I can’t guess what I’ll be writing about for my Monday blogs. We’ll just have to see what kind of adventures I will get into.