Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Saturday, December 23, 2017 – Sea Day – cloudy – cool – 50s

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The cabin is a very quiet one – no neighbor noise and no ship noise.

The first breakfast on board – a moment of discovery.

Although the breakfast buffet opens at 7:30 AM, the waffle and pancake station don’t open until 8:30 AM (don’t quiet understand that – only late sleepers eat pancakes and waffles?).  I met with the waffle maker as he was setting up his station and he said he would make me a waffle. He did but he handled everything with bare hands so I explained the need for gloves. He remade me some glove safe waffles. The buffet has both cottage and sour cream as well as fancy assorted jams and jellies so I might be set for this voyage.

My first talk is today at 11:00 AM – in Illuminations – “Mystery of the Romanovs”.  I think that this is the best time slot – no getting up early – time for lunch – and the whole afternoon free.  The AV guy is very good (including bringing the signature water glass) and the tech worked perfectly (the headset mic is bit tight but it was taped securely).  The attendance exceeded expectations – a total full house with people standing in the back.

After lunch in the Kings Court (so crowded and noisy) – salad and some pizza, we went to hear Gary McKechnie in the Illuminations Theater talk about “USA 101”. The crowd was very small and the talk was a series of historical vignettes (Wright Brothers, Unknown Soldier Tomb, George Washington, etc). He’s a very good speaker and I’m going to go to some of his other presentations.

It’s not very warm on deck and we make our way to the Caribbean so we spent the afternoon in the warm public areas – reading and relaxing.

We once again had dinner in the Dining Room – The food is good and the service pretty fast and we again were seated at a table for two.

We went to see the Headliner, Katerina Rossa – the violinist from Ukraine who interviewed with Paul after me the other day. She was very good but we didn’t stay for the whole concert.

Our room is comfortable and quiet and our Steward, Rhael, is great – he folds my clothes for me every day.

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