What an interesting day!
I was up at 6:30am to get ready for my walk around the ship. At least one day each trip I like to get up early and walk around the ship to take pictures before the various venues become crowded with people.
Before leaving the cabin, I stepped out onto the balcony to a cold, windy day. But, low and behold there was a big yellow ball of fire high in the sky promising a wonderful day.
By the time I walked the three flights up to deck 11 a storm cloud had decided to stop right above the ship like a big umbrella blocking out the sun and my hopes of getting some good shots of the pool and sports decks.
That was not the only impediment to my getting a nice picture of the main pool, the entire pool had been covered with a giant blue net and had been emptied. I realized that it was being cleaned. Not to be dissuaded from my goal, I wandered into the Solarium pool area. Just one small step from the main pool, through a sliding door was like walking from a cold wind tunnel into a sauna.
The Solarium pool is is unique because it has a moving glass ceiling. During bad weather the ceiling closes to keep the pool area nice and warm. It is quite a lovely area with padded lounge chairs, heated pool, and hot tub.
There is also a bar, and, if you get hungry, there is the Park Café that features soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and, is complimentary.
My next stop was to be the sport deck and the miniature golf course. But, frankly the wind was blowing so hard I had to seek refuge under an overhang and slowly made my way back to the shelter of the stairway.
I stopped next at the 11th deck landing looking down at the Centrum. The Centrum atrium is located on deck 4. The Centrum is a seven-story atrium surrounded by a variety of bars, lounges and shops. At any time of the day you can see people looking down at all the fun activities taking place on the Centrum floor.
At any given time there is some kind of activity or entertainment to enjoy at the Centrum. There is karaoke, exercise classes, food demonstrations, spa demonstrations, etc. And, while all that is going on, people are reading, knitting, playing cards, talking with friends or just relaxing. Today there was a class to learn the Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ dance class. Now, that was fun to watch!
Deck 6 features the Vintages Bar. The Vintages Bar offers a wide range of wines from around the world as well as wine tastings and classes.
Our group was enjoying our nightly dinners at the Minstrel dining room on deck 4. My favorite two things to look at as we made our way to the table each evening was the wonderful staircase, waterfall and grand piano from the My Time dining area on deck 5 and the beautiful tapestry lining the back wall of the room. Many, many passengers could be seen nightly having their pictures taken in front of the waterfall.
Also on deck 4 is the card room. This has been a very busy room indeed during our crossing. I come down each day and pick up the daily trivia, Sudoku and word search puzzles.
“Food, spirits and music all combine to enhance a memorable sensorial experience of find dining”.
I spent about an hour taking pictures then made my way back to the cabin to pick up Randy and head to the lounge for breakfast. Before too long Steve and LuAnn joined us and we a wonderful talk.
At noon we made our way to the shops. Today was the opening of the Russian Bazaar. It was a one day only event and the shops were filled to the rafters with eager window shoppers and buyers of the beautiful nesting dolls, black lacquer boxes, Faberge eggs, Christmas ornaments and other souvenirs made in Russia. The passageway and stores were so full we decided to wait until later in the day.
On our way to an enrichment class by Chris West we stopped at the Centrum and enjoyed listening to Anna singing a tune during karaoke time.
Today’s enrichment lecture was Polar Explorers Nansen & Amundsen – The Ice Caps of the Atlantic. The exploits of these exceptional people was just amazing. I must say, I have really enjoyed this series of talks.
We had just enough time to get back to the cabin and prepare for the evening activities. We started off with cocktails at the lounge, dinner at the Minstrel and ended our evening at a Top Tier event at the Colony Club.
Randy was particularly happy this evening because lobster was on the menu. I decided to try something different and chose the Tandoori Chicken. It was spicey, hot and delicious.
We sat with Sal and Anna as we listened to Captain Stig talk about his career on the sea and gave us updates on our ports of call in the coming days. On our way out I stopped and had a photo taken with our wonderful cruise director, Clo.
Up early and now it was time to retire to the cabin early but not before I stepped out onto the Promenade deck and watched the sun set over the horizon.
Tomorrow we continued our voyalge to our second port-of-call, Cork Ireland. I am so excited.