This morning Oceana was sailing south along the coast of Spain. The temperature had risen to the late teens centigrade and there were hints of sunshine during the day. A cool wind was still meaning that few people were spending time outside on the open decks, so the inside lounges remained busy.
Our morning began with breakfast in the restaurant. Another of the changes in the last few months has been the introduction of little pieces of butter on a dish rather than the sealed mini-slabs. It is labelled as a way of getting rid of single use plastic and one of several obvious changes to help the environment. Another is yoghurt coming in little glass jars, which I found quite pleasant.
Anyway the breakfast finally became as we planned with just cereal, fruit juice, and toast. Wierdly they bring the toast in racks with three rounds. We are now asking for an extra slice as we tend to have two pieces each. Of course this upsets the routine and they bring another toast rack with three more rounds. Sadly to compound this, the butter ration is just one lump each, and we have to ask for more of that as well.
… perhaps we are just awkward customers.
Breafast over, I sat for about 30 mintes with my laptop, and Deb continued with the Francis Rossi book. Then it wastime for exercise.
Fitsteps challenged Deb and I walked around the Promenade Deck for at least a mile. It was wonderful to be out in the fresh air and coaxing my heart to get excited for a few minutes. On the Port side the sun was shining on me, and several people were reclining in the delicious winter warmth. On the Starboard side it was less pleasant, and almost deserted except for the walkers.
With my pulse rate proving I had done a bit of good to my body, I came back inside and changed out of the slightly sweaty top. Then I strolled my way through the crowded corridor to sit in the back of the Starlight Lounge watching the Fitstep class.
It is mainly women performing this series of exaggerated dance steps to the pacy music, but one or two men are having a go as well. I applaud them because this style of exercise is quite alien to a lot of men.
One man has caught my eye with his attempts. The movements are designed to be with quite small steps, but this guy is stretching every sideway or forward and back pace to giant leaps. This means he is struggling to fit in the intricate kicks and flicks, and appears slightly out of control.
I am not trying to put men off, and as I said before, I applaud his attemps, but, he is getting a lot of amused looks from those around him. Just like people who begin dance lessons, the movement and actions are awkward and clumsy to begin with, but they do become more natural and relaxed in time.
When Fitsteps ended the lounge was handed over to the choir. This morning we took on two new songs that I thouroughly enjoyed . The first was ‘Master of the House’ from Les Miserables and that was a wonderful experience. The second was ‘Rocking the boat’ and I liked this because it was more of a challenge.
Anyone listening might be making similarly negative comments about our singing, as my thoughts about the FitStepping man. It is wonderful that on a cruise we can attempt different things. Some will lead to continuing an activity when we get home, while others will be filed under ‘Perhaps Not’.
Deb and I didn’t continiue with the Battle of the Sexes, but instead tried to find somewhere to sit and eat lunch.
The buffet was packed and queueing out of the door on the side that was open. We went to look at Cafe Jardin, but that had a queue waiting for tables. Finally we returned to the Deck Grill for a burger and chips.
… we are trying to eat healthily!
After lunch we relaxed in the cabin. We logged on to the internet for the first time and caught up on news. Unfortunately I discovered my email account had been blocked because of some suspicious activity. I had to run a full scan of the laptop before setting up a new password. That took until just before 6:00.
In the menatime we attempted a ‘Name that song’ quiz in the Yacht and Compass where we did well, but completely outclassed by a team who got all 20 songs and singers correct.
We ate in the buffet for dinner. It was the Indian themed one and although I don’t go mad for this style of food, I can always find something that is enjoyable. On a very positive note, at least it had more flavour than many of the meals in the main dining rooms.
… sorry this is a personal view, and others will have different ideas
It was then off to the theatre to watch the Headliners and their ‘Stagedoor’ show. It was superb. Yes we have seen it before, but it is full of some really professional dance routines, and complex songs. There are four people in the troupe that we recognise from our Amazon cruise – two of the singers and two of the dancers – but all of them are really good, and work their socks off during these performances.
After the show we rounded off the evening in the Magnums Lounge for a drink. We shared a table with another couple and had a chat and laugh.
It had been a really good day, and the holiday truly feels as if it has started.