VOV: Sea Day #11

Sunday, August 7, 2022

When I got back to the room there was a message from Guest Services. Because I had purchased more than $60.00 worth of stuff since leaving Canada, I had to meet with a Canadian Customs official tomorrow morning at 7:45 in one of the conference rooms.

I was told to bring my receipts. I wasn’t even sure I had all of my receipts. I bet there were going to be a lot of people who are meeting with them. It’s not that hard to spend $60. They should consider upping the allowable limit.

Played some Blackjack – only my second time this trip. I actually doubled my buy-in which is highly unusual for me. I typically lose it or win a few dollars.

It was soon time for our Canaletto dinner. This reservation was the one that I had made but thought never got recorded. But when it showed up on the calendar, I was glad.

Our food was just as delicious as the last time. I had the grilled shrimp and Chuck had the steak. We were so full we were ready to call it a night.

When we got back to the room, there was a card on the bed letting us know that the clocks would be turned back one-half hour. So weird.

My alarm went off at 6:00. Then I noticed that the Navigator app still said 6:30. My Fitbit hasn’t been correct since Iceland. So, I really didn’t know what time it was. However, I knew I had the Customs appointment, so I had to start getting ready. Guest Services called me at 7:30 and said Customs was ready to start seeing people.

Went to the Hudson room with all the receipts I could find. I also brought my passport even though I was not told to do so. I was right. They wanted to see it. They asked where Chuck was. I said he was in the room because I was told I only needed to come because I was the one that bought all the stuff.

They then asked me if we would be disembarking in Canada or Boston. I said Boston. They told me to have a nice day. They didn’t ask for my receipts. Not sure what that visit really accomplished but I was glad to finally be able to get some coffee.

Chuck and I had discussed that we didn’t know if we had seen the Captain around the ship. We had seen officers but were just not sure if any of them had been the Captain. We had not gone to the Captain’s toast at the beginning of the cruise. We decided that we would go to the “Ask the Captain” session.

Cruise Director (left) – Captain (right)

I admire that the Captains will hold this session on the ships. They sometimes show a video or some slides of the ship’s bridge and then take questions from the audience. Sometimes, like today, they talk a little about the voyage and then take questions. He was very personable and answered each question politely, even the ones that made me roll my eyes.

After lunch in the Lido, Chuck went to the pool, and I went to the port talk with the Cruise Director. He discussed the three upcoming Canadian ports – St. Anthony, St. John’s, and Halifax.

After the port talk, I went to find Chuck so we could get ready for the evening.

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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