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Published: July 15th 2018
Yesterday was another travel day - I forgot how crazy Berlin's bus station can be lol. Throw in a bunch of construction and it meant a lot of shuffling and running around trying to get to the correct stand for the bus. Thankfully Flixbus is super comfortable (WAY better than Greyhound - like double the legroom and comfier seats). There was quite a bit on construction, so the 3hrs turned more into 4hrs. But that's ok.
We had a good laugh in Rostock - these 2 Germans girls got on, but left their luggage on the side thinking the driver was going to put it in the bus. Lol NOPE. So off we went and the girls run to the front to be like UHM OUR BAGS. The driver was so visibly irritated to have to turn around lol. He didn't actually go into the station - instead he stopped across the street and a good 40ft away. The girls had to run and get them, basically leaving all of us on the bus to laugh at their expense lol. Whoops.
It's about a 10-min walk from the Warnemunde train/bus to the Pier... which became longer with all our
luggage, but check-in was quick and smooth. Most passengers start in Copenhagen, so it is quicker.
The plan had been to venture back to Rostock... but... we had to do a mandatory safety meeting at 5pm which pretty much eliminated that possibility.
Super bonus when we got to the room - free bottle of Cava Brut! (Sparkling wine) Since I always cruise with NCL, I'm somehow already a silver member - all the freebie goodies.
Today was a day at sea - so time to relax! I needed it... my throat is acting up a bit (ugh WHY), so if I wasn't sitting listening to something or reading, I was in the room laying down to read. There are no words for how aggravating that is.
Anyway, we had breakfast which is always outstanding on NCL - I could live off their omelettes. We then went to a Q&A session with the Exec Chef, Hotel Director and Food & Beverage Director - learning such interesting facts as a 9-day cruise uses 54,000 eggs and 50,000 beers. I was a little surprised that corporate office dictates all the recipes, but I guess it makes sense. And it
was interesting to hear how they make all their own drinking water for the ship through evaporation and through reverse-osmosis (with the catch being the boat has to be in movement to do those two things).
Next was a talk on the history of the Fabergé eggs... in theory that was a good idea, in practice not so much. It hurts my teacher soul when someone doesn't use a powerpoint effectively lol. Despite the droning, we enjoyed seeing a bunch of photos of the collection (and their surprises inside!) and learning a bit about how they all started and came to be.
Mom went and read outside on the deck while I went to lay down for a bit - we went to a quick info thing about Tallinn (tomorrow's port) and then the night show was "Burn the Floor" which was excellent! It was basically all the different dance styles along with a live band and singers. Considering how much I love SYTYCD and DWTS, this was epic. They did everything from the Charleston to the Paso to jazz, contemporary and all the Latin dances. Loved it!
Tomorrow we're in Tallinn, so I'll try to get
something up. If there aren't any pictures, I'll come back and add my favs at the end of the cruise.
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