Sunday, March 4, 2012

Friday, February 17; Saturday, February 18, 2012 – At Sea – Atlantic Ocean – Mostly Sunny 70-80 F

Two beautiful days at sea…

Friday, February 17, 2012

 At Sea 2-17 (Small) At Sea 2-17 1 (Small)

Today, the Solstice held its Giant Brunch.  We decided to give it a try and it turned out to be pretty good (omelet, bagels with lox and cream cheese, and more). 

Brunch 2-17 (Small)

Brunch at the Grand Epernay Dining Room

Today’s presentation - “Life and Death of King Tutankhamen” – scheduled for 2:15 PM drew another SRO Audience (over 220 attendees).  It was very successful and feedback continues to be very positive.

Tonight’s show was “Pulse” – a dance heavy show.  It was very energetic and the four singers are terrific. 

Pulse Dance Duo (Small) Pulse Dance Duo1 (Small)

The Acrobatic Dance Couple

Pulse Lead Singers (Small)

Singers at work

Pulse Bugle Boy B (Small)

“Bugle Boy of Company B”

Pulse Step Dance (Small)

Step Dance

Pulse Finale (Small)

“Pulse” Finale

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hopefully, a lazy day at sea.  The weather is perfect and we plan to spend a lot of time out on Deck 5.

 Sea Day 2-18  Ruby Princess (Small)

Ruby Princess heading to Ft Lauderdale

At 11:30AM in the Passport Lounge (Deck 3 Mid), Melinda and I participated in a “Meet the Beyond the Podium Speakers” Q and A session.  About 60 people attended the session and it was a lot of fun interacting with the passengers in this manner.  The event lasted about an hour and would have gone longer if allowed to. 

A quick lunch and then off to my final presentation, “Mysteries of the Sea”, scheduled for 2:15 PM.  Extra chairs were brought in and people stood in the back and sat on the stairs.  Estimated attendance: SRO – 220 plus attendees.

Final Talk 2-18 (Small)

People sitting on the stairs

Final Talk 2-18 1 (Small)

SRO for the Final Presentation

Q and A 2-18 (Small)

Post presentation meet and greet

Spent the afternoon reading in various venues.  From one of these, the outside deck most likely, I took this picture of our traveling companion – an HAL ship.

The Eurodam maybe (Small)

We attended the Farewell Show – Jason Bishop (doing the obligatory “Metamorphosis” illusion (pulled it off in amazing fashion), Karen Grainger doing some more Cher but ending with “Over the Rainbow” (below).

Karen Grainger Over the Rainbow (Small)  

Captain Gerry also did an encore with “Sweet Home Alabama” – backed up by the lead singer of Top Notch and one of the Celebrity Singers.  He sounded pretty good.

Captain Encore (Small) 

We don’t have to be out of our rooms until 10:00 AM tomorrow but I know the buffet will be a zoo. 

Pedometer: 9418 Steps; 4.5 miles; 461 Calories

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