We had a good first night on the ship. It was just strange not to have it rocking as it was still docked in Dubai.
After a leisurely breakfast, we had a wander around the ship to familiarize ourselves and get our bearings. This is one really huge ship. It looks like most of the restaurants are at the back and our cabin is nearer the front. Think we may be doing a lot of walking in the next 14 days.
We also stopped off for a short presentation on Muscat, Oman in preparation for our visit tomorrow.
On walking around we made mental notes of some of the things that we wanted to do or see during our voyage.
At 1.30pm we had the muster safety drill. This was done by way of a video. We both agreed it was the strangest muster drill we had ever been to. We suppose they are always looking for ways to get people to remember what they are saying, but this was just totally weird. Not even sure it was fit for purpose. It was like the video was ridiculing the importance of the safety drill.
had not had chance for lunch before the drill, we headed for the snack bar on deck 5 after the drill. Unfortunately, so did hundreds of other people and it was jam packed. The staff did a great job of moving people and getting everyone served in a timely manner. Staff on this ship are so friendly and helpful.
Whilst eating lunch, we got to see some of the practices for the aerobatics show for tonight which was very interesting. The ship left port during this time, but there were too many people around to see very much of what was happening.
Dinner was back again to the Windjammer on deck 14 . They have so many different varieties here. We think we could eat here every time and still not have to eat the same thing twice.
As the ship is now at sea, the casino is now open. On past cruises, Theresa has liked to play the tipping point machine. She does not actually win anything, but $10 can keep her amused for a few hours. We found the machine in the casino, but it did not look to be very popular. There were no
machines nearby to dispense the 25 cent look alike coins so we went to the cashier's booth. They informed us that there are two ways of playing. Either to feed US dollar notes into the machine, or we could buy them from the cashier. As we had not started in USA we did not have any dollar notes, so the only option was to pay the cashier. There was a surcharge for this of 1% and a minimum amount of $20. Not very happy about this at all. We Purchased one lot of $20 that would be enough for two nights. At the machine we fed in about $8 of the coins and did not win a single coin. This took about 5 minutes. Very disappointed with this and very very odd for it not to pay out anything.
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