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Published: September 24th 2013
Monday- Day Three Sailing from The Korean Strait into The Sea of Japan
Without a light source it is so easy to keep sleeping, so we woke around 8-45am.
Quick shower and walk the length of the ship to get to the aft lift to get to Deck 13 and TaiChi.
Our cabin is 6527, quite near the front and low, with big seas we would feel quite a bit of movement but up to today it has been like a mill pond. This is a busy piece of ocean, lots of fishing fleets, cargo boats, floating garbage and yesterday huge amounts of jelly fish. They were huge, golf umbrella size and bigger.
Think the world is conspiring with me. Our cabin is forward and this is the end of the ship where the entertainment happens. The aft end is where all the restaurants are, so to eat we are forced to walk the length of the ship each time.
Have you ever ice-skated on a rink on a ship on an ocean....been there done that! A 20m x 15m rink is on level 3, no cost, just get yourself fitted
with free hire skates, bike helmet and pads, wear your socks and long pants and it's all yours. This rink also is used for ice shows on days 2 & 9 but is there for 30minute sessions at other times. Martin had never skated before but within 1 lap he had stopped holding onto the side and was able to skate.....sort of!!!! I was tentative to start with but after 1 lap managed to get my ankles, tendons and body to resemble a passable attempt at skating. Great fun. We managed a whole session without falling once!
There are numerous bars on board, and real shopping street with pubs, shops and bars, so today we chose the schooner bar and the sports bar for a card game or two and a drink or two.
Wine is very expensive but the best alcohol buy is a 600ml bottle ofTsing Tao beer forUS $6-61. Same prices in all bars except for the dining room where it was marginally dearer. I've had a Friar tuck cocktail, a Bailey's on ice, and a Gin cocktail so far; most prices are between $7 & $10.
The nicest bar on
board is on Deck 14 with a view towards the front of the ship overlooking the deck chairs, pools and running track. Comfy chairs, quiet, and today there was a view of the island off the coast of Japan as we sailed by on the way to Toyama. Had a great afternoon having drinks with a couple from Newcastle.
A 9hole mini golf course, 2 table tennis tables, full size basketball court, rock climbing wall and an inline skating track are all up on the back section of deck 13.
Today's sell out info session was napkin folding, 80 people mostly older ladies crammed into one of the bars making butterflies and birds.
Tonight's show was Metro, a male a capella quartet from Hong Kong who all originally came from USA. Totally professional group who work for Disney Tokyo and Hong Kong.
So varied sports, sumptuous dining, professional shows, your own butler, what's not to like on Sea days.
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