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Published: December 31st 2017
It appears the paragraphing problem reoccurred in yesterday’s blog when there were some pictures inserted. I think it got fixed this morning, but you may have seen the old version. Sorry.
This morning we got up with less sleep, but nobody is likely to feel sympathetic to us. Someday we will get that hour back before the cruise is over. Anyway, we went to the Dining Room for breakfast and had a leisurely meal (bacon & eggs and pancakes & ham). Then it was off to the Knitters & Knatters meeting, where Janet was able to finish the scarf she has been making in preparation for New Year’s Eve evening. Meanwhile David went to the Fitness Center again and walked 40 minutes on the treadmill and then 20 minutes on the track. We met again in the cabin and did some e-mail and other computer stuff before lunch. FYI, Ivan swapped some of our drinks for things we preferred more, and that is all done now.
At 12:30 we met the Demings for the “Pub Lunch” in the Crown Grill. This is a limited British-style menu - we had the Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash meals. David
was able to get a pint of Newcastle draft beer, which he really enjoyed during last year’s cruise. We brought our photo book with us from the cruise we had taken with the Demings in 2016. They were able to look though the book and reminisce about that cruise. Since then they have taken a cruise around the UK and are considering one to St Petersburg this summer. We did the South America cruise last year and are planning another European cruise for next fall. Not only is it fun to go on a cruise, it is also fun to swap stories talking about them.
After lunch Janet & Joyce went down to the Piazza to have some dessert and listen to a trio playing a selection of classical pieces. David went up to the Swirls ice cream stand and got a bowl of vanilla with a chocolate brownie. David went on to take a few photos around the ship. Then Janet settled down in the cabin to do some needlework and watch a movie called “Gifted”. Meanwhile David went up to the pools to push a bunch of kids out of the way and get into the water
Many people on the pool deck
the weather was excellent so it was quite crowded
– actually the adult pool in the bow was not crowded at all. However there really was a premium on deck chairs as lots of people were sunning themselves. We would have thought they had gotten enough yesterday at the beach (or maybe gotten sunburned) and would have been avoiding it, but that was not the case. We don’t know what the temperature was today, but it was pretty warm and the pool felt refreshing.
Our cabin is just a little forward of something called the Sea Walk. This is a walkway which extends out from the side of the ship, so you are walking above the sea instead of part of the ship. Janet does not want to walk on it but it is fairly interesting to David. Also of interest is that the ship is still pretty much decorated in Christmas motifs. There are a lot of wreaths, trees, and ribbons placed around the ship.
We went to Club-6 for appetizers and cocktails again today. The specialty today was Stilton Cheese which David likes a lot. Janet got a Cherry Blossom Garden cocktail and David had a glass of Port Wine. We haven’t met anyone in
as seen looking up from our balcony on Regal Princess
particular at these mini receptions but it is nice anyway. During the South America cruise we met a Canadian couple (Debbie & Craig Mulkins) and had cocktails with them almost every night, which made the cruise even better for us. So far there is nobody new on this cruise.
We went on to dinner and again had a very enjoyable meal. David & Jerry each had the Beef Medallions, Janet had Veal with Bow Tie Pasta, and Joyce had Red Snapper. This had followed Caesar Salads, Onion Soup, and also Joyce had Oysters. We have been eating so much that Janet skipped dessert but David still had cobbler with ice cream, Joyce had Crème Brule, and Jerry had ice cream.
After dinner we went to the Princess Theater. Along the way they were having the Captain’s Champagne Waterfall (with free glasses for everyone) but we skipped that opportunity. We got to the show early because they have started being sellouts and we wanted good seats and some more light conversation. The show was a musical trio called Uptown. They sang a whole series of songs which had been made famous by people who started their careers in the
Apollo Theater in Harlem. There was also one segment where they got a lady from the audience up on the stage and that turned out to be really funny. Usually these acts do not do any encores, but tonight they came back on stage and sang one more song.
Then it was back to our cabin to get ready for another day in port tomorrow. Sadly Janet got a message from one of her friends saying that her mother had passed away. We are sorry to keep hearing these pieces of bad news, but we hope the blog is able to lift your spirits for a while. But that is all for tonight – hopefully the formatting will be done correctly this time. Good night from somewhere in the Caribbean Sea.
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