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Published: September 24th 2013
I got up at 9am to do TaiChi on the basketball court on deck 13, Martin is not a well boy and slept on after his big gambling night.
We are sailing to Sapporo today and will get there at 4pm. Its overcast and I can actually feel some motion underneath me.
Today I shared a breakfast table with a German couple. There are so many nationalities on board, the largest group being Australians and also large groups from Korea, Singapore, and HongKong. But we have met people from Lithuania, Armenia, Holland, Brazil, England, China, Japan, Spain, USA, Thailand, France.
This is the fifth day on the ship and only today did I discover Cafe Promenade on the fifth floor, part of what I call the main street.
I knew that you could buy coffee and ice creams there but did not realize it was a 24 hour free pizza and sandwich place, complete with desserts and cookies. Like a coffee shop. Throughout all food venues there is a fantastic range of sugar free deserts and cookies; since this type of cruise caters to the older type of clientele
they are conscious of this dietary aspect. And it's only 1 floor down, and within the same area of the ship as our stateroom. How did I manage to miss this great little place.
Gluten free is also catered for with a whole side of Windjammer(free casual dining) for anyone who wants to choose the food there.
You can also order room service for a small fee 24 hour.
The pool deck has a BBQ lunch each day freshly cooked by the chefs on the spot.
In addition to these places to eat there are 2 pay options, Johnny rockets which is a hamburger American themed diner $4-95 per dining experience and Portafino which is Italian and is $20 per dining experience.
And some people still whinge about the food, amazing when there are free casual, silver service and coffee shop options each day and almost all day.
Wine is an expensive drink on board, $9 a glass, but you can buy bottles which range in price from $29- upwards. We've had a USA Reisling from Washington State and a Sav Blanc from Chile so far.
Today I joined the single people in the schooner bar for trivia. Most of the entertainment staff are Chinese so pronunciation of words can be touch and go. My English companion and another from Hong Kong were good company with the English lady and her friend out on the prowl looking for fun and a fellow or two to liven up their cruise experience.
We docked in the Sapporo prefecture, at the Sakimori fishing wharf today and will remain here until 9pm tomorrow night. We are too big to go under the Hakucho Bridge so we are about 15 minutes taxi ride ($25- ) from Muroran.
The ship was very empty tonight as many people have taken one of the halfday tours.
We will explore Muroran, which is on the southwestern part of Hokkaido island located between Volcano Bay and the Pacific Ocean, tomorrow.
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