NCL Sun – Day 3 – Spinnaker Lounge

Map of the evening.

On this ship, the top deck forward lounge is called the Spinnaker Lounge. Not only is it a lovely place to sit and stitch in the morning as there are  not many people, no broadcast of lousy music, and a great view of the ocean,  but also the place where NCL seems to schedule groups of various sizes.  In the case of this morning – the Veterans & Military group at 0900, Knitters & Stitchers at 1000 and the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet at 1100.

The military group seemed to be about 1/3 those of us who had retired from active duty and 2/3rds of the Viet Nam area draftees. The numbers also seemed to be split between Army and Air Force. Didn’t find any Navy or non-US military although I am sure that there are some on board.

The knitters and stitchers group was up to about 10 when I wandered off to see if the Cruise Critic group was worth whatever. Initial tally in the fiber craft folk was three with crochet hooks, a woman from Cologne who was stitching, knitters from Canada (Alberta & Halifax), a woman from Stockholm whose husband was proudly wearing a Sweden Polo Jersey (who knew there was a Sweden National Polo Team), and a second German woman who lived about 20 km from the first.  I think the plan is to get together on sea days.

The Cruise Critic Group was over 100 all told between the website and FB chatters. Other than some snacks, coffee and intros to most of the Hotel Director’s Staff, there wasn’t much and I headed out to find peace and quiet.

and Chocolate – a bite from a dark chocolate Mint Bar. I don’t know J.D. Gross chocolatiers. But it is pretty good.

I spent the afternoon stitching and have made some progress :


The top border is complete and starting down the sides. That clock tower goes down a ways, and then there is a rather large house to follow. 

Tomorrow we are suppose to dock in Lanzarote fairly early. 


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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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