I was laying bed in that state of not quite awake when I heard Randy open the balcony door. He stepped out for a few moments and when he came back in he said, “The Sea is angry today”.
I rose and grabbed my camera, stepped out onto the balcony and was greeted by warm air, a sky heavy with dark clouds and a rolling sea with 3 to 5’ swells.
We sat on the balcony for a while watching the sun trying to break free of the cloud cover. As we watched rays of sunshine shone down on the water making it glisten. Watching the sun rise and set always fills me an incredible sense of joy and happiness.
We turned our attention to going up to the concierge lounge for cups of hot coffee and a lovely continental breakfast of fresh fruit, cheeses and pastries. Randy was hungry for some bacon so we made our way up to the Windjammer Café to get some.
While I waited for Randy, I took a bit of time to look over a beautiful model ship in a glass case outside the café. The model was amazing. There was so much detail. “Incredible,” I thought to myself.
On our way back to the elevator we noticed that beautiful, fresh poinsettias had been placed at all the landings. “How beautiful,” I thought.
Today we are at sea. There were many wonderful activities listed in the Cruise Compass to help us pass the time but we decided to just wander about the ship and spend time on our balcony enjoying the view.
We returned to Centrum and noticed that it too had been decorated with beautiful poinsettias. We spent a few moments speaking to Diane, the Crown and Anchor Loyalty Ambassador, walked around the Centrum shops and stopped by the shore excursion desk to purchase tickets to Tabyana Beach in Roatan.
The shops were very nicely situated along a curved hallway on deck 6. We stopped in each shopped looking at all the merchandise. We did not purchase anything; today was not a buying day.
We then made our way up to the theatre. I had spotted two pieces of artwork outside the doors to the Melodies Theater that I admired and wanted to know more about it. I read that the pieces were created by French artist Marc Berlet. Both pieces of artwork are painted metal and wood. I found both pieces to be quite beautiful!
The accompanying plaque read: “Berlet is at ease and fluently conversant with the artistic language of the 20th Century. He has grasped what it has to say and see his art as an eloquent account. The outstanding characteristics of Berlet’s work are wit and style, verve, virility and the good cheer of fine craftsmanship. He is a diligent seeker of visual diversion and both by form and by colour shows how handily it can be made tangible”.
On our way back to the cabin I stopped by another piece of artwork that caught my eye on the first day on board. I loved the way the light shone through the sea grasses.
“Wild Grasses” was created by American artists David and Robin Bellantone. The accompanying plaque read: “David and Robin Bellantone are artists/designers who often incorporate glass, metal, light and colour in their site specific artworks. They live close to the sea and so their art is influenced by the patterns of nature, the intersection of art and technology, global cultures and the spirit world. Their art and creativity draws inspiration from many sources, and ranges from large scale sculptural installations to lighting design, limited editions and beadwork. Their multimedia interactive exhibit on the Golden Age of Islam was a recent gift to the people of New Hampshire from Prince Sultan Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, in memory of astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe”.
By the time we returned to the cabin it was already past noon and the skies had cleared to a beautiful pastel blue. The air had a decided chill and there was a slight breeze blowing but we made ourselves comfortable on the balcony me with my new Christmas book, “Christmas in Paris” and Randy with one of his favorite magazines.
The afternoon just flew by and it was time to prepare for cocktails and dinner. Tonight was formal so I needed a little extra time to prepare.
We managed to arrive at our dinner table on time this evening. A funny thing about our table is that all the women were named or called Mary. We all found this to be very amusing. Our tablemates were Mary and Wayne, Mary Gail and Michael and Janet Mary and Jim. We enjoyed everyone at our table. The conversation was interesting, the smiles generous and the laughter loud. Great fun!
We ate quickly as tonight was the Captain’s Welcome-Aboard Reception and picture opportunity. We always have our pictures taken with the captain on a ship we are cruising the first time. We found Captain Johan Malmberg to be very personable and funny.
The show was not until 10pm and Randy was tired so we retired to our cabin to relax and get a good night’s sleep.
Tomorrow we arrive at our first port-of-call, Roatan, Honduras.