VOV: Reykjavik, Iceland – Day 2

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

I just thought there had to be a mistake on tonight’s menu. It was a Gala menu, but the dress code was casual. Chuck went to the dining room to check, and they told him it was correct. We sat at a table for 4 with a couple from Ohio. They also moved us to the 5th floor dining room. There were so few people I think they were just trying to combine all the diners into one dining room.

I had the shrimp cocktail, tomato soup, and we both had the filet mignon with crab meat sauce.

Because the ship was in port overnight, all the shops and the casino were closed. The main stage was showing the movie Death on the Nile. I had already seen it and Chuck did not care to see it. Luckily, the Ocean Bar band was playing all 3 sets tonight. We danced and laughed until 11:00 pm.

Woke up with room service knocking on our door with our coffee. Problem was that we did not order room service this morning. They had the wrong room – Oh, so very sorry. Well, it was 9:30 and past time to get up anyway. I went to the Cafe’ and got us some coffee.

We had no plans for today and debated on whether to go look around the city or not. The weather was drizzly, and we would have to take a cab or shuttle to the downtown area. We decided to stay on the ship.

Another crew drill began at 10:00 with the shrill alarms. We had missed breakfast, so I went to the Café to get us another cup of coffee. They had just brought out their pastries, and I saw slices of carrot cake. Yay! It is my favorite cake, and the ship doesn’t offer it very much. I brought back a slice to share. So good!

I gave myself a manicure and watched the Future Cruise presentation and the Shore Excursion presentation on the television.

Chuck went to the Sea View area and talked with Glen-Michael, the Cruise and Travel Director. Turns out he is actually the Cruise Line’s Head of Travel Experience and is only subbing on this trip as the Cruise Director to give the previous Cruise Director a vacation. Apparently, he does that for other cruise directors on other HAL ships too.

All aboard was 2:30 today. At 2:30, there was an announcement asking for two guests to call Guest Services. That usually means that the ship has a record of them leaving the ship but no record of them coming back to the ship.

Sometimes, the scanner fails and doesn’t read your ship card when you return – thus the call to Guest Services to verify that you are back. Or it may mean that you are late coming back to the ship – that is bad.

At 2:45, the ship blew the horn. If you are in the vicinity of the ship and are not back on it, this horn blast is the Captain giving you one last chance to run for the ship. I’ve seen a number of pier runners in Cozumel. At 3:00, the Captain set sail. I hope the guests were on the ship.

It was nice scenery of the Reykjavik skyline and the pilot boat heading back as we sailed away.

All of a sudden, it was to time to get ready for our dinner at the Pinnacle Grill.

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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