Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – at sea

Galley tour! Total service staff is 76. Total galley staff is 68, under the Executive Chef. They wash more than 1700 appetizer plates, 1000 dinner plates, 1000 dessert plates, 1000 side plates, 2500 glasses DAILY. Average weekly consumption: Meat 6400 lbs, poultry 4000 lbs, fish 1200 lbs, seafood 2000 lbs, butter 2500 lbs, fresh vegetables 8000 lbs, potatoes 3000 lbs, watermelon 2000 lbs, eggs 12040 pieces, dairy 5500 quarts, sugar 1500 lbs, sugar packages 24,000 pieces, rice for crew 3500 lbs, caviar 18 lbs, flour 2150 lbs and ice cream 120 gallons!! 20 varieties of bread are baked daily. The butchery handles more than 1000 lbs of meat a day.

Dinner with our ship’s librarians, entertainment was our Prinsendam Orchestra playing their own arrangements and highlighting their particular strengths – wonderful concert! We enjoyed the movie “My Week with Marilyn” which is supposed to be true about one week in her life; it was better than I expected. Beautiful full moon
reflecting on the water.

Thursday, March 8, 2012 – Castries, St. Lucia

We docked at 8:00 but it took us until 10 to get off – arranging wheelchair, steep ramp to disembark, three other ships around us and also a new area to explore! The temperature is 80 and we have blue skies – although we had the few moments of sprinkling during the day also.

St. Lucia: Its beaches are golden or black sand, some with a spectacular setting of the Piton mountains in the background and many turtles favor the area as a nesting site. Offshore, there is good diving and snorkeling. The mountainous interior is outstandingly beautiful and there are several forest reserves to protect the St. Lucian parrot and other wildlife. Sightseeing opportunities include sulfur springs, colonial fortifications and plantation tours.

Prinsendam singers and dancers performed Europa.

The moon is gorgeous! Are you noticing it from where you are also??? You don’t have to be away from home to enjoy the world around you.