Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – Piraeus, Greece – Partly Cloudy – 70s

Embarkation Day

After breakfast, Bogdan took us and another couple to the pier within walking distance of the Azamara Quest.  The agents filled out our luggage tags and pointed us to the check in desks.  Within moments, we were checked in and in the lunch buffet at the Windows Cafe.

It was a good thing I looked at the Welcome Aboard Pursuits because, to my surprise, I was scheduled to give my first talk at 5:30 PM in the Cabaret Lounge.

I do not have a formal meeting with my contact, Activities Director, Alexander Yepremian, but I did run into him in the Looking Glass Lounge.  I will be giving all five of the schedules lectures on this cruise.

 E and the Azamara Quest (Small)

Ellen and the Azamara Quest

View from the Quest (Small)

A Costa Cruiser as seen from the Quest

Relaxing in Reflections Deck 10 (Small)

Relaxing in the Looking Glass Lounge

I showed up a few minutes early for my talk.  As it turned out, only 8, yes 8, eager attendees showed up for this talk.  The lowest turnout since my adventure on the first sea day at 9 AM on the NCL Pearl.  Not very interactive – small but mighty.

Anti SRO Lecture 1 (Small)

Good seats still available

We had dinner in the Discoveries Dining Room and we were able to get that table for two in the corner behind the wall where the harpist plays.  Déjà vu all over again.  The dinner was OK, the wine good, and the service great.  It did take a while to get through dinner but we did make the Welcome Aboard Show on time.

Tony Markey is the Cruise Director on this cruise (we sailed with him on the Journey) and he introduced the singers and performers that we would see in the upcoming days.

At the end of the performances, the ship began to rock and roll.  This would be only the start of bad seas to come.


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