|April 8 - While at sea
Ivan's cold has finally started to go away. He's been staying in the cabin (sometimes on the veranda) more and taking a few naps but still editing photos!
We signed up for an Internet package this cruise for 1,115 min. (for $250). We hope it will 'last' us until we get off in Venice. The speed is still slow and when the ship encounters 9-12 ft. swells (they started on April. 3) we are unable to get on. Guess the satellite can't stay connected with us tossing about. It hasn't been bad for us but some folks were ill. Walking about is a challenge; a few activities have been canceled because of the action.
We've been enjoying some good and informative topics each day: history of cruise ships, how to take better digital photographs, travel talks on the Mediterranean ports to come, etc. A group of 9 gals and one guy met the 2nd day because of an event called “Crafters Interest Group”. Some of us came with projects and some without. I took my tatting and met 2 knitters, a crocheter, a beader, and a X-stitcher. The one guy, David, is a fantastic knitter working on a lacey woman's sweater in an open diamond pattern (on circular needles with pink #10 knit cro-sheen). He's from Mich. and been knitting since age 7! Our group now meets each afternoon and though we have dwindled to 6 we still enjoy visiting as we do our thing. One gal is from La Conner, WA, but doesn't know our dear friend, Emilie who also lives there in Shelter Bay.
I've watched a few movies on the TV in our room while I tat or play Solitaire. So far this cruise the ship's movies and evening entertainment have been mostly repeats. Have seen a different male singer and a comedian we enjoyed (with ear plugs!)
We finally were able to join an assigned 8:00 PM dining room table with 2 other couples who had been at table 43 for 5 nights. Still a mystery as to why it is so difficult to change from open seating to an assigned table on HAL ships, but we did it! Our companions are from Memphis and from Ft. Lauderdale and all of us do or have RV'd so conversation flows easily.
Tomorrow we shall step on land again – at Horta on one of the 9 Azore islands. Ivan has completed editing all the photos we've taken to date so now I am hurrying to get blog photos and messages ready to enter once we get ashore where we hope to locate a free WiFi spot.
Hope everyone had a lovely Easter! There were hundreds of colored eggs at the buffet today!
Hugs all round, Carol and Ivan