Saturday, March 21, 2020

November 2, 2019 – Bridgetown, Barbados – hot – 87F

Distance from Willemstad, Curacao to Bridgetown, Barbados 558 Nautical Miles

We are docked today.  The town is a long walk from the pier so we plan to spend another “sea day” on board.  We expect a good number of passengers will be on excursions so we will be enjoying a relaxing day reading and just chilling out.

I was up early enough that I could see the approach to Barbados.  We also had an armed escort into port and help from a tug to dock.

The Marketplace opens early on full port days so today breakfast was at 7:00 AM (30 minutes earlier than usual).  The breakfast was the usual and I was hoping for a better view but this is also a commercial port so there were a lot of containers making up most of the view.  Even though passengers were up eating so they could get going, the buffet was not really crowded.  I have been sitting in the very first table on the port side (I like to see the water coming toward me) and so far, no one had sat down at the adjoining table for two.  The food, though unchanging, was good and the coffee kept coming.  Another nice breakfast.

We are joined here today by the Serenade of the Seas.

Today, Ellen wanted to go the Late Riser’s Breakfast up in Trident Grill – theoretically, this would replace most of the lunch.  We both had omelets – I didn’t really like mine so I just nibbled at it. 

I was able to get a picture of a half rainbow over Bridgetown.

We had an actual lunch – another wonderful Impossible Burger for me and some greens from the buffet.  The burgers continue to be winners – so much like meat and tasty.  I also really like the salsa and flour tortilla ships (better than fries and somewhat healthier). 

The entire afternoon was spent in the Silk area – I am about 40 percent through “The Fallen Angel” and the usual (and topical) adversaries are being defined.  The seating area is simply perfect – comfortable seats, a great view, and a constant stream of bar staff keeping the drinks coming.

Tonight, we have 6:30 PM reservations for Umi Uma, the Nobu inspired Japanese Specialty restaurant.  We went here a couple of years ago and were disappointed.  The menu has since changed and there are more items for us to eat.  The restaurant is small and a little noisy – the sushi bar, which costs extra, is located along the far wall. The restaurant décor is very posh with huge sconces on the walls. I had the Sake (chose cold, which comes in an iced spouted container), which was very smooth.  Edamame is served as a kind of appetizer instead of any type of bread.  We both ordered the broiled eggplant appetizer, which was very good.  We also both had the green salad with Matsuhisa dressing – the taste was hard to describe but interesting (I had to Google the dressing to make sure it was OK).  Ellen had the salmon teriyaki (the sauce was on the side) and I had the hot Udon Noodle Soup with veggie tempura.  Both main dishes were very good.  We opted to get dessert at the Bistro but the experience at Umi Uma was very positive.

We opted not to go either show tonight – “Gary Arbuthnot” and “Crystal Dance Stars” and instead listened to Gordon Porth and Lana Gasparyan in the Crystal Cove. 

A very casual and relaxing day.

The ship is rolling a bit and the room had developed an annoying creak – we couldn’t locate the source so we popped those earplugs in a little tighter, which blocked most of it.

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