Tour Day

Since this is a cruise that effectively had only one sea day (today) it seemed like all the on-ship tours such as Bridge, Galley and Backstage that one normally scatters across as many days on a transatlantic crossing all needed to be jammed into the last remaining day on this voyage.

Yes, I can read and recognize that Day 2 was a sea day. However, since it is the day after boarding there is absolutely no way either a concierge or loyalty ambassador could get replies from everyone, much less schedule anything on that first day.

I had actually signed up for all three adventures around the ship but wound up attending only Bridge and Galley since the backstage tour was at the same time as a Sushi class in Izumi’s.

Bridge –

where we were escorted around, met the first officer, wandered out to the open bridge wing before coming back in.

Sushi interval in Izumi’s where a small group of us were instructed on two different rolls-

Galley –

this ship has pretty close to the original galley which means that they are lacking in all the modern and fancy electronic cooking devices. The areas are smaller than corresponding areas on many of the same class ships. Makes for a good first ship for young cooks. The areas on Deck 4 & 5 support not just the Main Dining Room but the Windjammer, Chef’s Table and a portion of Chops in addition to room service.

There was also the slight matter of changing cabins from the luxurious upgrade that Royal had inflicted on me (oh, waaah I can hear all of your saying). I head to the back of the ship tomorrow and will have my corner balcony in which to enjoy both sailing in and out of Venice on the next leg + the view going through the Suez.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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