The day started with wonderful promise. We were greeted with blue skies and calm seas.
We dressed quickly and made our way up to the lounge and shared a great breakfast hour with Steve and LuAnn.
Today was our last day at sea. Sea days are always abuzz with activity all over the ship. There are towel folding demonstrations, enrichment talks, fitness classes, cupcake decoration classes, all manner of trivia throughout the ship, and a cornucopia of last minute sales at the shops.
We looked over the Cruise Compass and decided to pack a little before setting off to engage in one of these activities.
We decided to go to the photo gallery and make our selection of cruise photos and shop for souvenir tee shirts. Randy always shops on the last day to get at least one, maybe two tee shirts from each cruise. The shop area was so, so crowded. But we managed to purchase a few things and move on.
At lunch time we went up to the Windjammer Lounge. It was only in the mid-40’s making soup seem like the perfect lunch. It was. By now the weather had changed and it began to rain and the seas became increasingly rough. Rough enough to close off the promenade deck to passengers.
After lunch we spent some time just walking around looking at all the venues we had stopped in during our cruise. Periodically, we would stop at the railing and look down at the Centrum to see what was happening and then continue on. Randy and I both agreed that one of our very favorite spots on the ship was the Colony Club. At the back of the room is a bank of panoramic windows that afford passengers a wonderful view off the stern of the ship. I love to just sit there staring at the waves and get lost in the moment.
We had become concerned about the weight of our luggage because we were bringing back a bit more than we brought on board. I think somewhere along our cruise we lost track of what we were buying and worried that our luggage would be too heavy for our plane ride home. Of course, the heaviest items were the jackets we purchased to ward off the cold weather in the Baltic.
Fortunately, Dan and DeAnn had a travel scale which they graciously lent us. We were very relieved when we discovered that our luggage was under the maximum weight. That accomplished, we settled into the cabin for a rest before getting ready for the evening.
Cocktail hour was great. We spent time with Steve, LuAnn, Tom and Maryann. We said our goodbyes to the Diamond Lounge concierge and our favorite servers and said we hoped to meet them again on another cruise.
Then down to the dining room for yet another great meal. The Beef Wellington was just wonderful. Just as dessert was to be served the maitre’d and servers burst into song and started to dance through the aisles and up to the curved staircase.
Everyone joined in singing along and waving their napkins in appreciation of all the wonderful service we had been given during the cruise. I must say, the servers on every ship we have ever cruised are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. Cheers and applause could be heard throughout the dining room for these wonderful people.
There was a farewell show this evening but, frankly, we just wanted to retreat to our cabin and finish our last minute preparations for morning. We knew that morning would be a rush of activity and wanted to get a good night’s sleep.
As is my habit, I download all my pictures into my computer before retiring. To my surprise, I realized that almost all of the pictures I had taken throughout the day were of the sea. I think my subconscious is trying to tell me something. What do you think?
Tomorrow is the end of our cruise docking in Harwich, England. There will be a coach to pick up our group and whisk us away to Heathrow Airport. But first, we will be treated to a panoramic tour of London. Hopefully, it will not be raining.