Monday, March 5th
Last night our ship (the Ruby Princess) zipped across the ocean and arrived at Princess Cays in the Bahamas, despite leaving a couple of hours late. During the night they went faster than normal so it was a little rougher than usual, and we noticed the bathroom door would actually swing open or shut at various times in the night. However, this morning we have caught up with the cool front that had been in Florida, and therefore the temperature is just barely 70 degrees and the wind is blowing about 25 miles per hours.
We had set the alarm for 7:30, and we went up to the Horizon Court for the buffet breakfast. The food was good with a wide variety of choices. However we have discovered that NOTHING is available for us to get for ourselves. Everything is served from the buffet instead of helping yourself. This includes the pastries, or juice, or even the silverware wrapped in a napkin. We are not allowed to touch anything that we might contaminate where someone else could touch it later. For instance, there are no salt or pepper shakers on
the table, but the waiter will sprinkle it on if you ask. There was no butter dish on the table last night, but instead our waiter (Edwin) brought each person rolls and then brought them butter individually, instead of having a bread basket on the table. We can have anything we want to drink, but each glass (like iced tea) has to be filled by a server rather than having trays of glasses prepared in advance on a tray. It is certainly a lot more work for the staff. It is actually starting to change from amusing to annoying, but this is for our eventual benefit by trying to keep anyone from transmitting a germ to someone else.
Anyway, after breakfast we came back to the cabin to collect our things for today’s excursion, but there was a note under the door saying that our tour had been cancelled. Eventually they cancelled almost all the excursions because the waves were just within the limits for tendering to shore. Eventually they were able to send tenders to shore and David went to the island for a little while, but basically the only activities were sitting on the beach, snorkeling in shallow water, or shopping at the gift shops. He did not stay very long.
For lunch we ate at the Trident Grill and had Gourmet Hot Dogs and Burgers. They were good but it was strange having someone else push the dispenser pump to squirt some ketchup on our bun. Afterwards we found the ice cream bar and had cones. Then it was back to the cabin for a little nap while Janet worked on her needlework project.
High Tea was at 3:30, which is one of Janet’s favorite events. Beforehand, David walked a couple of laps on the deck to wake up and work up an appetite for finger sandwiches and scones. David isn’t a tea drinker, but he agreed to go along today just to be a good sport. Tomorrow, Janet may be on her own.
Then back to the cabin for awhile before dinner this evening. It was “Italian night” and all the waiters were dressed like Venetian gondoliers. Most everything on the menu was Italian, but that is fine with us. Janet had one of her favorites (Veal Scaloppini) and David had Flambéed Scampi. Of course we had accompanying other dishes and dessert, making another delicious dinner.
Later we went to the theater for the evening show. Tonight it was a magician and was completely occupied (no empty seats). We were careful not to sit too close as sometimes they draft someone out of the audience to participate (3 people were selected to make appearances on stage). Anyway, this evening’s show was entertaining. This magician is one of 5 entertainers still in the running across all the Princess ships, seeking the title of Entertainer of the Year.
There was a movie-under-the-stars which sounded interesting, but it doesn’t start until 10:30 which would be a little late for us. Tomorrow night’s movie is War Horse, so maybe we will save some energy and try to see that tomorrow. However, that’s about all for today.
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