The Beast Won!

Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
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Trip End Feb 10, 2010


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REgent Seven Seas Voyager

Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, January 16, 2010

You may have surmised since you did not hear from me last night that I was too ill to write, and you would be correct.  After trying to fight seasickness all day, I spent the hours between 4 pm and midnight running between my bed and the bathroom, tossing my cookies.  I spent most of today trying to recuperate on deck, falling asleep in the sun.  The good news is that I got my first bit of a suntan on my face!  Luckily I woke up at some point and remembered sunscreen or I would be facing a different medical issue tonight.  It has been quite chilly on deck so you don't really think about getting sunburned, but the sun definitely gets you.

I feel about 80% better and hope to be back to 100% tomorrow.  I missed some great entertainment last night and I am bummed about that. 
There is a great singing group tonight, a tribute band to Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons. I think they must have the cabin next to ours because I heard them practicing last night.  They sound great.  We have dinner reservations in one of the top restaurants on the ship tonight and the food is supposed to be wonderful.  There are buffet restaurants and a main dining area for most days, but I have been told that you have to eat at one of the restaurants that require reservations since the food is so good.  Our travel agent, apparently stayed up past midnight on the 1day reservations could be made just to make sure we got reservations.  Above and beyond the call of duty.  I have not eaten that much since I have been sick, but I did make a dangerous discovery today...there is an ice cream bar next to the pool and you can just walk up and have as much ice cream as you want.  I had 3 (!!) scoops of mint chocolate chip today as soon as I thought I could stomach it!  It was delicious.

The weather has been gradually warming up as we have headed south.  Right now, about 6 pm where we are, the temperature is 68 degrees.  we are travelling at about 34 KM per hour and the seas have calmed quite a bit.  There is nothing but ocean as far as the eye can see.  I hope the engines are in good shape as I would hate to be stuck out here.  I did check out the lifeboats..photo attached....but trust we will not need them.

There are guests from many different places on board. I have heard british, german and american accents the most.  Although there are a few people under the age of 65, I definitely pull down the average age. I guess you have to be retired to simply sail around for 4 months...which a lot of passengers are doing.  Having spent 2 days "prostrate to a higher power"  (as the Indigo Girls would say), I am no longer sure this a retirement to which I might aspire.  I think 4 months on the same ship would get old.  But many people here do that every year.  The cruise lines picks up and ships all the luggage of the world crusiers so they do not even have to schlepp suitcases.  There is laundry and drycleaning on board and as much food and drink as you could want.  The exercise classes appear to be quite full each day and there are lots of people walking around the track on the top deck.  Life could be worse for sure.

It seems hard to believe how vast this ocean is.  We just sail and sail, never seeing another boat or land.  The water is a beautiful navy blue.  While recuperating, I watched a video of the cruise director water skiing behind the cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic.  I cannot imagine how much strength it takes to power through the swells behind the ship.  What a great job he has!

Well,  not much else to report today.  Sorry to have run on so long.  Until next time...

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Paul K. on

Mary,

Living vicariously thru you and your travels. Hope you feel "tip-top" very soon.

Paul K.

Charlotte S. on

Hey! Hope you're feeling 100% soon. Sounds like beautiful surroundings, though. So I guess there are worse places to be sick. Hope tonight is better for you......

ebie on

What an adventure, happy you are feeling better.
Thanks for sharing your trip with us, next best to being there.

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