Our European Trip - 2005 travel blog

Our Suite

Christine with Flowers

Christine with Flowers at Clock

Looking up at Clock

The Clock

Other Side of Clock

The Explorers Lounge

Some of the Art on Board

Outdoor Swiming Pool


It was a lazy day, in sharp contrast to most if the time we have spent since we left Scotland almost six weeks ago. During the night we lost an hour due to travelling east and were awakened by our breakfast being delivered. Christine celebrated by having breakfast in bed, a normal Saturday ritual at home, for the first time in over two months.

We set off for the top of the ship and explored most of the decks on the way down, taking time to sit and watch the sea go by, with the occasional glimpse of land. After finding both the Astronomical clock in Prague and the Clock in St. Mark's Square Venice being renovated and not available for viewing, it was something of a relief to find an unusual clock that actually worked! It certainly is unusual, not to say immense. It extends through three decks of the ship and is a calendar as well as a timepiece. We came back to the room with some shirts we had bought and had lunch at the Neptune Lounge just across from our suite.

We read and relaxed till we went to a lecture on Athens and Kakatalon which again proved very interesting. These have been geared towards the "independent" traveller - those who are not taking a tour - and are both interesting and informative. Afterwards we explored some of the lower decks which we had not reached in the morning.

We returned to the room and I caught up with the news from the daily newspaper and Christine wrote the last of our post cards. We then got ready for a Captain's champagne party followed by dinner. The Captain introduced the principle officers of the ship in the show room. We then proceeded to the dining room for dinner. All of our fellow table diners were there tonight. We went back to the show room for the evening show which was "Monte Carlo" put on by some of the crew. It was a medley of songs loosely connected to Monte Carlo; from James Bond themes to the can-can to tunes associated with Grace Kelly.

We had a stroll out on deck before calling it a night to get some rest before heading off to Santorini tomorrow.

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