Today is the third leg of a cruise on the Vision of the seas that has seen us cross the Atlantic and cruising the eastern shoreline of the US and Canada stopping in ports in Denmark, Norway, Scotland, Iceland and Canada, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, Canada.
This, the final leg of our 40-day cruise, we will be traveling back down the Canadian and New England coastline ending in Cape Liberty, New Jersey and then fly home.
Unlike our first day in Quebec, today is starting out with a distinct chill in the air. Turnaround day is always relaxed and quiet. We were up early making our way down to the dining room for a relaxed breakfast then returned to our cabin until it was time meet the other consecutive cruisers to turn in our old keys and receive new ones.
We spent the rest of our morning in our cabin relaxing. Before we knew it, it was time to make our way down to the dining room for a special lunch prepared for the consecutive cruisers.
The menu included choices for the appetizer and entrees and Apple Pie a la Mode for dessert for everyone. I chose the Insalata Caprese and Beef Stroganoff. The salad was delicious as always, but I found the meet in the beef Stroganoff a little fatty. The apple pie was very good.
Our Crown & Anchor ambassador had sent a lovely bottle of wine to our cabin during the last cruise and we decided to pop the cork and enjoy a glass or two while we watched truck after truck of supplies being unloaded and then loaded onto the ship. I know it sounds funny but we both found this activity to be very interesting.
While we sat enjoying our wine a knock came on the cabin door and a very nice crew member delivered a delicious looking plate of cookies. We sat on the balcony eating our ‘welcome aboard’ cookies talking about all the wonderful experiences we had had on the first two legs of our trip and what we would like to do on this leg and laughing a great deal at all the funny happenings on the pier.
At one point we watched as someone tried to unload a pallet from a truck and punctured one of the boxes. We learned later that the box contained the ingredients for the vanilla soft ice cream. Randy was very sad indeed!
We looked at our watches and thought, “Oh my, we need to get ready to make our way up to the lounge for cocktails”. What we totally forgot was the safety drill. We quickly turned our attention to making our way down to our safety station.
By the time the drill was over it was time to go to dinner. We met our new dinner companions. Two couples were from Florida, one couple from Ohio and one couple from Southern California. Everyone was very friendly and looking forward to the cruise.
After enjoying wine, cookies and a large lunch, we decided to order only an appetizer and salad for dinner.
This trip we decided to attend the Welcome Aboard show. The production cast performed several song and dance routines and then turned the show over to comedian Brad Mastrangelo.