Thursday, March 25, 2010

Room of the luxuries of the day

Room service delivered our egg-beater omelets and juice – what a way to start the day. We had a nice conversation with our two room attendants – I Made (i-maa-day) and Lucmon (luke-mon) who are both from Indonesia. They seem very friendly and funny and will be on the ship until October and then enjoy three months at home with their families.

I called all my group to welcome them onboard and arranged a meet and greet for tomorrow morning in the Explorer’s Lounge at 9:30. I met the nicest lady from Sydney on my 1.5 mile walk around the deck! We fell in step together and kept walking and talking. They flew over for the cruise and will stay in NY for 4 nights before going back home. Gene could see us as we cruised past our stateroom window on our laps around the ship.

It was a gorgeous spring day with white clouds and sunshine at 72 degrees. Really lovely day…so after room service lunch (starting out on the right foot with a salad!) I took an hour nap outside. The age of the guests is older and not many were outside in the sun. There are many activities during the day so they could have been at a fitness class, Tai Chi, doing the daily quiz, playing in the croquet target challenge, listening to the port lecture for St. Barts and Funchal Maderia Portugal, learning about Olive Oil!, at the casino, taking a knitting class!, golf chipping, in a dance class, doing arts and crafts, enjoying afternoon tea or ping pong…there is quite an extensive list of daily activities.

I worked with the purser’s desk and bar manager for our cocktail invitations and confirmations. Enjoyed a nice surf’n turf and poached pears for dinner and worked again…The 5:30 dinner hour is a bit early for me but the 8PM is too late. On most cruises they also offer a “ANY TIME” dining but on the longer voyages they offer the two set times and the buffet. We’ll enjoy the buffet some nights also and maybe some room service. I like being outside for the sunsets and you miss those when in the restaurant….although the windows are great! Full length and sparkling clean!

On to the show...Justin Miller.