Today was spent at sea. We awoke to a beautiful blue sky and unbelievably blue water. For breakfast we opted to head up to the Lido deck. If you’ve never cruised, it’s hard to imagine the amount of choices that are presented at every meal – and between meals as well. I bypassed the omelet station, heading instead to the Bistro where I chose fried eggs, bacon, and cream of wheat and whole wheat toast. Ralph went with the omelet. Our one complaint is the small coffee cups and small iced tea glasses so we get two instead of one!
There was a plethora of activities from which to choose. Ralph elected to continue his digital workshops (we may have created a monster here, folks!)while I went to the Caribbean Highlights presentation. We did meet for lunch – salad and half a pastrami sandwich – but separated for the afternoon. I learned about the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao). I don’t understand how Curacao is pronounced Cor-ah-sel l– can somebody explain that for me? Then I went for a manicure. The Greenhouse Spa has floor to ceiling windows so not only do you relax while someone rubs oil into your skin and massages your arms but you also watch the undulating blue water! My nail tech was from Jamaica; we had an interesting conversation while she did my nails.
After supper we have options again: Showtime, featuring the cast of the Zuiderdam; music of the 50’s and 60’s; karaoke; acoustical guitar; string quartet.
Supper in the Lido… I had Italian. Then we went to the Showtime. The singers and dancers really put on a show! Costume changes were incredible and the music was outstanding. Then we headed to the gym. Unfortunately it was closed. Well, that’s a lesson learned. So we went up to the Observation Deck (level 10) and did two laps. The winds are 35-50 miles an hour; it didn’t really matter which direction you were walking… the wind took over! Add to that the rolling of the ship and you have a terrific core workout! Now we’re “home” drinking water and reading.
Our excursion tomorrow is the Atlantic submarine in Aruba, the first of the ABC islands. “Sit in air-conditioned comfort while you dive to depths of up to 130 feet, witnessing the amazing underwater world, such as shipwrecks, tropical fish and coral fields.” We arrive in Aruba about 1pm and our excursion is at 2pm.