Hawaii/South Pacific: Sea Day #15

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Tried to go to the Sea View deck for a cocktail but they were pressure washing the area. On to the Ocean Bar. It was very slow too. I wondered where everyone was.

Dinner was a shared table for six – two Canadian solo passengers and a couple from Washington state. I had the mango & papaya appetizer, the turnip and mango salad, and the eggplant parmigiana. Chuck had the roast beef in wine sauce.

We went to the first set of the BB King band. Played some blackjack. I am still Queen of the 16’s. Doesn’t seem to matter – casinos or cruise ships – if there is a way to draw a 16, I’m your girl. The dealer was the Queen of the 21’s so you know how that story ended. Chuck peeked in to listen to the piano player/singer on the main stage – he didn’t care for her.

Stayed for the second set of the BB King band and then called it a night. Set clocks forward one hour. Hate to lose that hour of sleep.

I set the alarm for 7:00 but I woke up at 6:30. I went to the Lido for a quick breakfast because I had a class to attend at 9:00.

The Excel class was presented by a fellow passenger who organized some of the independent tours we took. He kept a pretty elaborate spreadsheet of the roll call members, their tours, and any activities people had in common. It was very helpful for getting in touch with other passengers.

I keep a spreadsheet for our cruises, but I promised Chuck I would never volunteer to manage or organize for other passengers. Not a problem – too much responsibility for a vacation. But I did learn some tips today to make my spreadsheet more efficient.

At 10:00, there was another crew drill. Those blaring sirens make me jump every time. I know the drills are necessary but I get such a headache.

Chuck and I met up at the mainstage for the 11:00 presentation on the Galapagos Islands. Our on-board lecturer took his son there a few years ago and he put together a photo journal that he was showing today. His photos were outstanding. The islands are definitely on the bucket list before we are too old to hike and snorkel.

We ate in the Lido for lunch and it was featuring a fruit bar along side the salad bar. I tried star fruit for the very first time. Hard to describe. Neither sweet nor sour. Very juicy. It was good but papaya and pineapple were still my favorite.

The afternoon was spent by the pool. Warm with a nice breeze. Chuck spent most of the time talking with Dave, the bass guitarist from the Dance Banc. Very nice guy from Manchester England. The band members will be leaving the Zuiderdam at the end of this cruise but, after a short vacation, he and the piano player will be joining the Rotterdam in Florida for her transatlantic to Europe. they will be joined by a new singer and a new drummer.

Author: mmmtravelmemories

A retired college administrator who loves to travel. I write to remember the experiences and, I hope, to inspire others to make their own travel memories.

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