Oh my, what a beautiful morning. The bright blue sky was dotted with puffy cumulus clouds as the sun light shimmered over the dark blue waters of the Atlantic.
The sun was already high in the sky when we got up this morning. It had been a terrible night for sleep. Randy tossed and turned all night and I was enveloped in sadness. I have hinted and mentioned several times that our daughter came to stay with us for a while. She has lived through several traumatic years and needed to, as she said, “Rest and heal”. From the moment she came to stay with us we tried to encourage her to come along on this cruise hoping it would make her smile and put her in the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, she declined.
We did both wake up at 6:30am looked at each other and fell once again into yet another restless sleep finally waking up at 8:00am.
After admiring the beautiful sight outside, we made our way up to the Diamond lounge for coffee and a continental breakfast of fruit and pastries.
While Randy prepared the coffee, I took a seat close to the window and just sat gazing at the water below. With the sun coming through the window and me with my sunglasses on, I was amused to see a rainbow of shimmering colors on the water. There were hues of gold, fuchsia, blue and green. What a lovely sight, I thought. I decided to keep my glasses on and enjoy the rainbow while slowly sipping my morning coffee.
We made our way up to the Windjammer to see if we could find our friends. They were not. We eventually found Bob and Dennis at the Solarium pool. Eventually, Connie and Sandy came along. Randy’s doctor did not want him in the sun so we found a couple of lounge chairs in the shade and got comfortable. I opened my Kindle to a book written by author Xavier Amador called, “I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help!. My hope was that the words contained within would help me, help my daughter.
I ran out of time to get my hair done before boarding the ship so made an appointment with the Spa. I was reluctant to leave my very comfortable lounge chair poolside, but trust me, it needed to be done. I arrived at the Spa a little early and was shown to the waiting room.
The waiting room was so inviting with its soft sage green walls, comfortable chairs, and the soothing sounds of guitar music in the background and glass containers filled with cool, delicious flavored waters.
It did not take long before a lovely technician named Shamika escorted me to her station. I explained to her that my very favorite part of a haircut is the shampoo that comes first. I love the gentle, rhythmic massaging of my scalp. I said to Shamika, “I could sit here for hours and hours”. Before I knew it my hair was done to perfection and I was on my way poolside.
The hours passed by quickly and it was time to get Randy back to the cabin for a little nap before dressing for cocktails and dinner. When we entered the room, we found a wonderful gift from the Crown and Anchor Society awaiting us. It was a plate filled with beautiful fruit and cheese.
On our way down to the dining room I stopped in the stairwell to admire several pieces of beautiful artwork. The sculptures created by Argentinean sculptor, Silvina Spravkini caught my eye because they depicted ordinary things in such a smooth and simple way.
Between these two white statuary marble sculptures were still life paintings also depicting everyday things in beautiful soft colors offering quite a contrast between all the pieces of art work. I loved them all.
The first night of the cruise we were seated at a table for eight but the fourth couple did not come to dining room. Tonight Jeff and Allison joined us and we had a great time getting to know one another and telling funny stories.
It was the first formal night on the ship so I knew that one of my favorite meals would be on the menu. I just love the Carved Filet of Beef Tenderloin with Morel-crimini mushroom sauce, creamymashed potatoes and asparagus.
After dinner we hurried to the Promenade for the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Reception. Crew members were passing out champagne while Captain Aris Medina posed for photographs with the passengers.
From there we made our way back to the cabin to change clothes make our way to the Two Poets Pub for an after dinner drink and to listen to the Captain welcome everyone. Captain Media said a few words of welcome, introduced several members of his senior staff and then he threw the switch to light the Christmas tree. The tree was so beautiful now that it was all lit up!
We bypassed attending the production show and went back to the cabin. Randy was not feeling well and wanted to relax for the rest of the evening on the balcony.
Before turning in I checked my Fitbit daily numbers. I managed to take 7,168 steps, walked 2.85 miles and climbed 27 flights of stairs.
Tomorrow is our first stop in Labadee, Haiti.