We started our day with a gray sky filled with low lying clouds that would periodically spit down little droplets of rain and so, we retreated back into the cabin. We were enjoying a continental breakfast and noticed that not only one but two rainbows had formed just off our balcony. I thought to myself, it is going to be a wonderful day.
We were not disheartened because each day it was getting a little warmer. And, besides, today is my birthday. Randy and I decided to take a leisurely walk around the ship stopping her and there to admire a piece of artwork, stopping in many of the shops at the Atrium. There had been a fruit and vegetable carving demonstration earlier that morning and we stopped to look over these wonderfully whimsical carvings. Eventually we found a seat in the Crooners Bar and spent some time people watching.
Eventually, Rosina Burke and her husband Frank, walked by and we talked a bit about what they were up to. Rosina told us she had just come from a Scholarship@Sea: Progressive Ukulele class. I was excited to learn that the participants in the class would be featured in an end-of-the cruise production in the theatre. I thought that was very exciting.
Randy wanted to go back to the cabin before heading up to cabin before lunch. As we approached the cabin I saw that the door had decorated with a “Happy Birthday” wish and balloons. When we entered the cabin I had yet another surprise, 6 long stem red roses with a note saying, “Happy Birthday Sweetheart”. What a nice way to start my birthday. Hugs and kisses followed as I was overwhelmed with emotion.
A quick lunch at the International Café and we were off to our second Scholarship@Sea talk called “The Underlying Spirit of Hawaii: Customs & Traditions” with Naturalist Dr. Sharron Faff. The talk covered where the inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands came from to how they developed their customs and traditions.
We learned about all the state symbols, facts about the islands, several Hawaiian sayings, and the colors and flowers for each island. The talk was very informative and I made a mental note to be sure and use the Hawaiian word, Mahalo, whenever I needed to thank someone on the islands.
Our next stop was the second more advanced Photography@Sea class. Mark went a little more in depth about the workings of various cameras and then opened the floor for a question and answer period. Again, it was a good class.
Then it was time for tea. Every day at 3:30pm there was a Musical Afternoon Tea tea in the Portofino dining room. Randy and I were seated at a table for six and enjoyed a selection of small sandwiches, scones and desserts along with our tea. I love the teas because it gives you a chance to meet new people and have very interesting conversations. The mellow sounds of the resident keyboardist filled the room as we enjoyed our tea and conversation. I must say I was really impressed that there were so many men at the tea.
We headed back to our cabin to prepare for dinner. Tonight we were meeting other members of our group to celebrate mine and Diamond’s birthdays at the Crown Grill. What a great choice.
Each of us ordered our appetizers, salads and main dish. As each person voiced their choices for sides we were told that the sides would be brought to the table family style so that everyone could enjoy more than one. They even brought out extra lobster tails in case anyone wanted to enjoy a surf and turf meal. According to everyone at the table, every dish was perfect.
When it came time for dessert, no one could make up their minds so, the waiter said he would bring out a sampler plate. What a great idea. Then we realized we were not done yet. They brought out two birthday cakes and proceeded to call over the rest of the wait staff and sang a wonderful version of “Happy Birthday”. The food was delicious, the service impeccable and I loved the singing voices of the wait staff as they sang happy birthday to us.
After dinner we did a little boot scootin’ at the Explorers Lounge and then turned in for a good night’s sleep and pleasant dreams.
The pot of gold at the end of the morning rainbow was my wonderful birthday.
Tomorrow is another day at sea.