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Published: April 10th 2018
First of all, we got an extra hour of sleep and that was night. It's our last day on the ship and there are things to do but first things first. Breakfast. Karen keeps grabbing suitcases and throwing stuff in them. That's what she likes to do. I have to ask, "Where's my socks? What happened to my sandals? Oh. I see. They're packed already. I just took them off." At least someone is packing.
Up to breakfast. It's pretty crowded today. We just get coffee and let things die down a little. Out by the pool we see there's a towel animal exhibit. It seems a bunch of guys came up by the pool around 6 this morning and started making towel animals. There are some pretty cool ones. Karen likes one of the monkeys. Some of the towels are blue/white striped. Those oare the pool towels. With the lines gone, we have breakfast. Karen gets me a delicious berry waffle with a couple of eggs. She's not eating too much. At 10, I bring two cartons of milk down to our room and see the message light on in our phone. It's guest services letting us know they
are unable to include a bottle of wine we purchases in the Pinnacle as part of our wine package. I guess we're going to have an extra bottle of wine we won't be able to drink. Just not enough time left. Now we turn around and go to the dining room on Deck 2 for a tour of the kitchen. There's about 60 people in line but they break us into groups of 14 as we walk through the different kitchen stations. At each stop, someone explains what is prepared in that area. It's interesting and I get a few pictures.
Next we go to the theater to hear from Captain Mark about how he got his start in the maritime industry, his career and the operation of the ship. He has a PowerPoint presentation and it's very interesting. At the end, he takes questions from the audience. It's now noon and we head back to the room where I send out 4 more blogs and Karen naps. She also sends in another note to Guest Services asking for forgiveness for our steward, Gani. I watch the movie "The Accountant".
At 5:30pm I start getting ready for dinner.
We have reservations at the Pinnacle Restaurant at 6. We thought we'd get one more fancy dinner in before leaving the ship tomorrow. We arrive promptly and get a nice corner "lovebird" seat. The sommelier checks with us about our beverage needs and we tell him we have two open bottles in storage and one more we haven't chosen yet. We chose a Pinot Noir and he brings us the bottle unopened along with our two partials that we will consume at dinner tonight. Mom wants to give the bottle to some Canadian friend down the hall that she met since they will be staying on for a few more days to Vancouver. Mom also catches our cabin steward in the hallway, Gin, and hands him $20. Not because he was so great but that she felt so bad.
For dinner Karen chooses Lobster Bisque, Halibut with Shrimp Scampi and a Berry Soufflé. I had my usual fare, Shrimp Cocktail, a 6oz Filet Mignon and Berry Cheesecake all served by a Bosnian waitress, who told us she is also heading back home tomorrow. We have another nice meal and finish off the open wine. Going back to our room,
Karen drops off the bottle of Pinot Noir to the Canadians in Stateroom 1107 and they thank us, wishing us well.
There's still time to watch a bit of music at the BB King Lounge and we spend 45 minutes there. Unfortunately, these guys are not as polished as those on the Nieuw Amsterdam but it's available. Now back to the room, we set our luggage out for pickup, get last minute items ready to go and call it a night. Check out will commence tomorrow morning at 7am but we don't have to be off the ship until 10.
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