Boarding the ship in Invergordon
Trip Start Aug 31, 2008
20Trip End Sep 16, 2008
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Words cannot express how nice it was to get to our cabin. We unpacked our suitcases and stored them under the bed, where wouldn't have to see them again for another 12 days
The lunch buffet was already closed when we'd made our way up to the Lido Deck. However, the grill across the way was open, and we ordered some food. Nice, hot, fresh food. The waiters asked our names and if we were part of the entertainment. They were happy to carry our trays and bring us our drinks. I've never been so well attended to. We then checked out the rest of the ship--the pools, the paddle tennis court, the gym, the computer lab, the specialty restaurants. We saw it all before going out to deck 7 for our muster.
Each time the ship leaves a port, they play "What a Wonderful World" for everyone outside. We went up to the top deck to bid adieu to Scotland. There were some cliffs to our left (the port side) that supposedly housed a colony of puffins. We weren't able to see any, though. On our way back down the stairs we discovered a ping pong table. And although I've always thought I was a pretty bad ping pong player, I agreed to play. But Dave was ping pong pro, and before long I was playing better than I've ever played in my life
For dinner that night it was casual attire. We changed into our dinner clothes and went down to the dining room. H (a lecturer on the ship and personal friend) had arranged a table for two for Dave and I, and in the end I'm quite glad he had. We sat at table 82 every night, and our waiters were the wonderful Adem and Catalin from Turkey and Romania respectively. At dinner you're expected to order 4 courses every night (an appetizer, a soup or salad, a main course, and dessert). You can order even more if you'd like, but it's unusual to order less. At restaurants I rarely order more than a main dish in an attempt to save money, so it was strange to order so much (well, at first at least).
Everything was amazing. I kept having to pinch myself that I was actually there and enjoying so many luxuries. After dinner we were exhausted and retired almost immediately. I slept 9 hours straight--I don't even think I moved. It was by far the best night's sleep I'd had in a week!