Wednesday 5th December – at sea
Considering we have to get used to another strange cabin and all its associated creaks and groans, we didn’t sleep too badly. I found the bed a bit hard, though.
We had breakfast in the Verandah restaurant, which is a buffet affair. Plenty of choices, hot and cold, and one of the waiters went and found me semi-skimmed milk so I could have a decent cup of tea. Nice enough.
We had the first of the advent calendar chocs – and for me it’ll be my last. We thought they were chocolate, but they’re marzipan. Yeuck.
I had a swim in the tiny indoor pool, which was better than I thought it was going to be, and George meanwhile was next door on the static bike giving his knee a workout. There’s plenty of towels, toiletries and bathrobes provided, and the showers are reasonably powerful there, and the whole gym/sauna/pool area is nice.
Talking of showers, I think whoever designed our shower door was on day-release from kindergarden. There’s two doors that open and close in the middle, like saloon doors. Only problem is that when they’re shut there’s gaps on the hinge sides, big enough for me to get my fingers in. So guess where the water goes? Bonkers.
For lunch we tried the Dining Room, as the Verandah buffet was packed. Just had soup and salad (and more free wine!), but sat there for a good hour chatting to the other couple on the table, just comparing cruise notes and putting the world to rights. Very enjoyable.
We discovered there was a quiz in Shackleton’s Bar, but were a bit tooo late to join in. Nevertheless, we helped four others win.
Later, George went to choir practice and I went to a yoga session. I enjoyed it, even though the emphasis was more on stretching than balance and core strengthening. It was a free session, too, unlike on P&O where there is a “small” cover charge – £7 a session last time I looked.
Then it was time to prepare ourselves for the first formal evening (of two), and the Captain’s Champagne Reception. And yes, it was champagne, not cava. We chatted to the Housekeeping Manager, listened to the Captain’s speech, and then headed to the Dining Room for dinner. Another random table for six, and another good meal with plenty of choices. And the free wine, of course!
There was a quiz after dinner, which was fine, and then a music performance by four young men calling themselves the Four Ds. They were excellent – and they’re doing another show in a few days, so all good.
By the end of the show we were pretty cream crackered, and as we’d be losing an hour in the night AND had to be up for a tour in the morning, we called it a day.