Sunday, January 10, 2016

Thursday, October 22, 2015 – Quebec City – Cloudy – 48F

Embarkation Day 2



Quebec City from the Ship

This is the first cruise in our maritime career that has had an overnight stay at the departure port and two embarkations.  Just a bit odd – I like to get going once everyone is on board on Embarkation Day.

It is too cold to get off the ship and see Quebec – besides, we have seen just about everything in the Old City.

My first breakfast in the Horizon Court did not disappoint.  Available were Waffles, cottage cheese, and real sour cream. The buffet also had biscuits, good scrambled eggs, coffee.  They also had an omelet station that delivered your dish to your table.

NOTE:  Although we have been on this class of ship several times, there just seems to be more people on this one – there are rarely seats available in the main buffet area for breakfast or lunch.  All of the public places are packed.  Perhaps, it is because the Solarium is closed and everyone is looking for a place to go.

Lunch – Horizon Court – pretty much what we are used to.  Two kinds of lettuce for salads and good Ranch and Balsamic Vinaigrette dressings. 

The afternoon was spent in The Skywalker Lounge (Deck 18).  This is a quiet area and a good place to watch the early afternoon sail away.  I also finished “Prince of Fire” by Daniel Silva.  Very satisfying ending.  Loaded the next Daniel Silva novel into my Kindle but I started “Torch” by Linn Anderson, the next in the Rhona McCleod Forensic Series. 

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Quebec City Sail Away

Dinner – tried to get into the Island Dining room with no reservations – the line had 100 people in it and no separate line for reservations.  Wound up in the Horizon Court – had pizza from Prego (Deck 15) (pretty good but cold by the time I get it back to the buffet).  Nothing much else on the buffet (where did the garbanzos go from the embarkation buffet).

Welcome aboard show – Comedian Tom Briscoe – very funny.  Brief dance number from the Caribbean Singer (just one tonight) and Dancers (reminded me of Tron).  We met the Cruise Director, Paul Chandler Burns, who was funnier than the comedian.


Caribbean Princess Singers and Dancers



Tom Briscoe

After the show, listened a bit to the Duo Angels, two girls from Eastern Europe, who play some atypical haunting stuff on very high tech violins and violas.

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Duo Angels and their High Tech Instruments

Caught a few minutes of David Williams in the Crooner’s Lounge.

Tomorrow…the only sea day in a while.

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