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Published: October 18th 2013
So here we are on the very luxurious Adventure of the Seas. It’s almost a replica of the Voyager of the Seas we sailed on to New Zealand. This is great because we are familiar with the layout and can find our way around pretty well. While it made the first day less exciting; getting about was much easier. Pity the life boat drill was in the freezing cold, pouring rain.
It’s day 4 now and I am writing to you from our blindingly sunny balcony watching the bright blue sea as we cruise along at a good clip. Today we are going to be in Malaga in Spain which is the birthplace of Picaso. There is a dedicated Picasso Museum which houses may of his original works. Pete, you would be in heaven.
Speaking of art, there is a big thing on board about art auctions. Although I can’t tell a Ruebens from a Rembrandt, it was quite fun. It’s a pleasant way to spend an hour, sipping champagne and hearing stories about different artists. As this is an American ship, there are quite a lot of paintings by American artists. It’s all new to
me and I was happy to learn a bit more about art. As I have my own artist next door (Hi, Pete), I have not been tempted to buy anything.
We have been to a couple of new places on board ship this time including the sick bay!!! Yesterday we decided to go and have a spa as the sun had come out. It was a gorgeous afternoon with slight Mediterranean breeze so we donned out togs and I my thongs, and made our way through the masses of white Brits sleeping on deck chairs in the sun. Not a pretty sight! We at least had the decency to wear t-shirts!!
Unfortunately I didn’t see the very large puddle as I stepped off the pool carpet and on to the deck and my thongs failed me. I executed a one and half pike swan dive with half twist, ending up slowly slipping down the steel deck and landing on to my back. To add insult to injury, I landed in the puddle. I closed my eyes and had a bit of a rest while I was down there. I woke up to a gazillion worried faces peering at
Coolest place in town :-)
me. Once I was dragged upright, I was pleased to find that I had only grazed my knee and acquired a few bruises.
So off we went to the sick bay without shoes as Peter had confiscated my thongs. I was surprised how bit the sick bay/hospital was. I just needed some disinfectant and a band aid (plaster) and thankfully as it was an accident we weren’t charged a fee. So off we toddled back to the cabin and hour from when we had started minus the spa. Needless to say I had some wine to dull the pain!
The ship, Adventure of the Seas is very impressive and many of the crew are British or from the Caribbean. They don’t seem as experienced as the crew on our last cruise. I guess that depends on the timing of recruitment and their training schedule. Sorry, my inner HR Director just popped out for a moment.
The food is still very good and plentiful. I am trying new things on this cruise. Today I had grits for breakfast. It seemed to be a very think rice porridge but I could be wrong because it’s quite bland. It’s a dish from the South of the USA and was accompanied brown sugar and sultanas and I’m sure I the waiter said y’all when he served it. Just kidding!!!! Yesterday I had kippered herrings, which my late father Harry would have loved. The fish was hot and surprisingly nice with the boiled potatoes.
Peter’s off playing trivia. He has the bug again. There are several trivia quizzes every day. It’s very serious and heaps and heaps of people play. It was the same on our last cruise. Peter’s with a very competitive team so he’s very happy. I only go along when my specialist subject of 1970’s music is involved. As you can imagine, that particular skill set isn’t required often.
Gosh we have just arrived at Malaga so it’s time to stop reclining on my deckchair rand get ready for Spain. Ole!!!
Love pj and sandy xx
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