Around the pool this afternoon
As far as the ship is concerned, today is Janet’s birthday, because her “real birthday” is going to be a busy day for us, so we told them it was today instead! In the morning there were balloons in the hall taped to our door, with a sign congratulating her. Of course she had her birthday cake in the dining room back on May 10th
with Joyce’s birthday. But our steward (Manuel) thinks it is her birthday today.
This is the final “sea day” of our itinerary and happily we have very good weather today, but let’s start back at the beginning. We moved into the Greek Time Zone during the night, so we lost another hour’s sleep. We got up and made a hasty trip to the laundromat to get our final clothes cleaning accomplished before others started using the machines. This is an important day because now we have enough clean clothes to get all the way home without washing again.
Then we went to the dining room and had another good breakfast. Janet had another opportunity for her Eggs Benedict while David had an omelet again. Then Janet was off to her knitting
Garvins and the waiters
with half a dozen of the friends and David hit the Fitness Center for 3 miles on the treadmill. We’ve been pretty busy the last several days and this was a nice change of pace today.
We did some errands at the Passenger Services and Shore Excursion Desks and then went to the “outlet sale” in the Symphony Dining Room. They had a lot of stuff like $10 watches and evening clutches, but not a whole lot that really interested us. Janet did get a new pouch for carrying her keycard and other items around the ship. About Noon we went to Alfredo’s (deck-6) for a good Italian pizza and calzone (even if we have actually left Italy). We wrapped up our errands by checking out the gift shop and then went back to the cabin.
David went up on deck to take some pictures since the sun was shining, and to get something from the “sweet shop” in the Horizon Bistro. He got a bowl of apple cobbler and then added ice cream from the Swirl Girls – it was delicious and Jerry would have enjoyed it if he were still here. The
Janet outside our cabin door
upper decks were loaded with people happy not to be carrying umbrellas. Actually the sun was shining brightly all day and the temperature got up to the middle-upper 70s. Meanwhile Janet had decided to take a nap and get some rest before our excursions begin again.
David went back to the pool and tried to swim for a while. There are supposedly 100 kids on this cruise and many of them were up in the pool. One of the pools was being painted which could have really been helpful today – guess they couldn’t paint it in the rain earlier in the cruise. There are several levels of upper decks with lots of deck chairs on this big ship, and it seemed like most of them were in use. Anyway, David did get a little pool time and some sun time, and then went back to cabin. Janet had started watching a movie about a singing group. It was called “Pitch Perfect 2” and she was able to do some needlework at the same time. This is Janet’s definition of resting, so she had a good time this afternoon.
Unfortunately our cruising is coming closer to the conclusion. We have to let the ship know what our departure plan will be. We have a hotel reserved in Athens, but we still need to decide on how and when to leave the ship. We went down to talk to the Port Lecturer (Julio Delgado) who has done a very good job informing everyone about each port of call. Anyway, Julio gave us his advice on how to get to the hotel, so now we have a plan – simply take a taxi to the hotel.
Tonight was the first Formal Night of this week’s cruise. We went down to the Club-6 lounge for before-dinner-drinks with appetizers, and then we went to the dining room. For our first course, Janet had Shrimp Cocktail and David had Caesar Salad. We each had bowls of Onion Soup. For our entrée Janet had Fettucine Alfredo and David had two Filet Mignons. We had wine with dinner. For dessert Janet had Nutella Ice Cream and David had Peach & Blueberry Cobbler. Then Jesus told us there was also Bananas Fosters available that was not on the menu, so we split one of them too. Janet had her Irish Cream with coffee and David had Tia Maria. Once again it was a really good dinner, however once again we sat by ourselves. We also got a picture taken with our waiter Jesus, our assistant waiter Hernando, and the head waiter Benito.
We had already seen the production show in the Princess Theater so we went back to the cabin to watch a movie – “Mr Holmes”. Janet had seen it in the theater sometime in the past but it was new to David, and we enjoyed it. When we checked our e-mail this evening we had received a note from Joyce and Jerry Deming. They had a good trip back to Minnesota and are now back in the real world. We will join them in another week, but they hoped that we enjoy the remainder of our vacation – we plan to do our best! Good night.
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