There are about 225 of us left over from the crossing. The character of the ship is changing around us so naturally we are getting together in the Diamond Lounge in the evening. Complaining doesn’t help but venting seems to be doing a few of the people some good.
I am hanging out with 5-6 British couples. In fact, most of those I know left on the ship are Brits. It is not only the effects of the change, but the whole character of the ship has changed.
US rules are now in force. That means no alcohol for anyone under 21, even with a parental waver. It means that once again smoking is allowed inside the Casino. The desk personnel continue to be helpful and friendly even in the case of totally obnoxious guests (the ugly American can easily be found on cruise ships). The average passenger weight is also up significantly with the departure of all the French, Portuguese and Spanish.
I will most definitely not talk about all the rug rats and ankle biters. It would be much worse without the kid programs.
The dining room – what can I say? We are all too familiar with the menus. Arriving this evening for dinner I found that I had been eliminated from the table. Probably for the best considering that (given the size of the first two people there) there was simply no room for a seventh chair.
I can now have curry, sushi and soup in the Windjammer without guilt!
Lady Russell Shawl
knit from two skeins of Araucania sock weight on 4 mm needles. The pattern comes from the Fall 2012 Jane Austen Magazine. I finished it on the 4th but hadn’t gotten around to showing you.