Let’s sail away …. - part 2
So we headed down to the D-Lounge, picked up a drink and found a table.
The presentations are about the same every time, they are trying to sell more points, but sometimes the reps are pretty fun and you hear a new fact or two. This time we were stunned by the reps voice. It sounded so familiar, but we just could not place it.
We thought and guessed and then it came up in the presentation ……. the rep itself mentioned it. He was the one you hear on the Monorail ……. “Stand clear of the doors.”
There was quite a lot of chatter about it and it was the stand out news of that presentation.
After the presentation we headed back to our room, took in the rest of our luggage and started to unpack part of it.
But there again was not much time until we had to head out again for the lifeboat drill. It was outside and this time we had not forgotten to bring sunglasses, as you stand there for quite a few minutes and looking into the sun is not the fun it sounds like. After the lifeboat drill we took our sweet time to get to the back elevator, but it was still very crowded and we decided to climb the stairs. Six floors was quite a hike up. But we finally had made it back and enjoyed our view from the balcony. We unpacked a little more, the stateroom host peeked in and asked for a signature for the Castaway Club gift and when we got back out onto the balcony we noticed that we were already moving.
So we grabbed our Keycards and headed up to deck 12 to watch the ship sail out.
Only when we up there did I notice that I had not brought my camera with me and we only had the phone to take photos with.
Oh, well, we have been sailing out from here several times, it did not hurt us too much. We stood on deck and watched the port area slide by and waved to the people in Jetty Park. It did not take too long and we were out at sea and Tom and I decided that it was time to walk the ship a bit.
The shops were already open and we had seen Castaway Club merchandise online and were now looking for it, but there was nothing on sale and there were not many things that we really either needed or wanted, so checking out the stores was easy. We looked through the art shop and then finally ended up at 687, the sports bar.
They had just opened up and it was nice and quiet, so we ordered some drinks, Tom had a
687 and I had a glass of
Pinot Grigio, and just sat there and chatted about our vacation so far and what was still to come. Little did we know that there were a lot of unexpected things to come. After some time more people came in and it became more lively, but it was still nice to sit there and enjoy. When we got back to our room we had some time left until we had to go dinner. So we unpacked the rest of our stuff,
took a beverage out of the fridge and sat outside on the balcony. Around 8am we got ready to head out to dinner. They had just started letting people in when we arrived and so we joined the line, were given our wipes and finally were asked for our table number and a server took us there. We had a nice table for two and after we had sat down it didn’t take long at all until the assistant server was welcoming us, handing us the menu and asked about what we wanted to drink. We ordered some Diet Coke, which arrived pretty quickly, together with the bread service,
Multi Grain and Country Currant Rolls with some
Chickpea-Garlic Purée. Knowing the menu it did not take us all too long to decide on what we wanted to order, so we soon were snacking on the bread and spread. By then our server had arrived, introduced himself and took our order and a little time later we were served our starters. Tom had ordered the
Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tower with Crispy Noodles and Wasabi Dressing, which is kind of one of his favourites, while I had an old favourite, the
North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli with Roasted Garlic and Sweet Basil in a Tomato Broth. We both enjoyed our starters very much, even though the noise level in the restaurant was pretty high. And as soon as we had finished our starters, the plates were taken away and our soup course was put in front of us. We both had ordered the
Heirloom Tomato Soup with Sour Cream, Croutons, and Basil, which was really yummy. When we had ordered we had mentioned that we both are kind of slow eaters and would they pace our meal a bit and it did not seem to be a problem, so we were really positively surprised when there was a little break in between the soup and the next course. We were about the last ones that were served by our servers and it was really very much appreciated. Tom was then served the
Slow Roasted Prime Rib, carved and served with Thyme-roasted Vegetables, Double-Baked Potato, Natural Jus, and Horseradish, which was a good serving, about as big as the serving I had had for lunch. I had ordered the
Seared Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Rosti Potatoes, Collard Greens and a Morel Cognac Sour Cream Sauce, which was really nice and hit the spot. We sat there enjoying our dinner and by then we discovered that the first tables started to get up and leave the restaurant. We still had our dessert to come and once our main course plates had been cleared, it only took a minute or two for the dessert to be placed in front of us. I had ordered the
Chocolate Garden Torte with coffee creme and caramel soil and Tom had gotten the
Southern Style Pecan Tart with Bourbon Caramel Sauce. We both were pretty stuffed when we finally left the restaurant after saying goodbye to our servers. We strolled through the ship
and then took the elevator up to our room. When we arrived we had the Fish Extender full of gifts, which we took all inside. We had originally planned of handing out our gifts at this time, but we were way too tired, so we just took photos of the towel/blanket animal
and then after a few minutes out on the balcony, staring at the ocean we just went to bed.