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Published: September 23rd 2018
What a lovely day! We woke up gradually, knowing that it was Sunday in ireland and nothing much would happen before 11am. We went to brekkie in La Terraza and found that there were actually thousands of bike riders in the streets outside for the annual Great Dublin Bike Ride.
We then retired to the observation lounge and read whilst our suite was being made up. Just after 12 we left the ship and boarded the shuttle for the 10 minute drive to the city centre and explored the streets around Trinity College. We found an Irish Pub (in Ireland!) and went in for lunch. We had Irish stew washed down with a pint of Temple lager, followed by an Irish coffee. We then continued shopping (well, I shopped, Tom carried) until we were ready to get the shuttle back to the ship.
So there we were, reclining on our bed, recovering from our exhausting shopping expedition, when our doorbell buzzed and it was Neeraj, our butler, bringing us some hors d’oeuvres as a surprise. Blinis with caviar, prawns, all that sort of thing. We also have two invitations for tomorrow night - the cocktail reception for the Venetian
Society members (frequent sailors), and then at the table of one of the ship’s executive!
Then it was time for trivia again! This time we came 3rd out of 5 teams! Just the two of us. We returned to our suite -Tom got ready for dinner and then went off to his enrichment lecture. When he returned from that I was alll prepared and we went downstairs to the restaurant for dinner. Wonderful cauliflower au gratin as an entree, roasted duck breast with wine & pepper gravy. Tom had fillet Mignon (we have become accustomed to it without the bacon). Dessert was coffee gelati for me, some lemon Fantasia for Tom.
After dessert we returned to our suite for a short time before heading down to the bar where we were warmly greeted by name by German (our waiter from 2016). I told him I wanted a dessert cocktail featuring Amarula (that lovely South African liqueur) so he whipped up something callled White Delight, but for tonight was to be Watt Delight!
We then took our cocktails and snuck in to the front of the show lounge for tonight’s show, only to have an American man call
out my name and demand that we come and sit over with them. It was the people I’d met in the Panorama Lounge on the first day as we left London. They wanted to know how come we did so well for a team of 2 people in trivia! We had fun chatting to them, and then the show started. Colin, the Scottish tour director who hosts trivia, played operatic tunes on the piano brilliantly, while a baritone and a soprano sang the well known arias. It was a wonderful concert.
As we returned to our cabin, our ship started out from the port, on our way to Belfast.
Rumour in the corridors is that we might not make our next few ports after Belfast, due to the really bad weather forecast. Que sera sera.
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