First Full Day on Board Ship out at Sea
Trip Start Apr 08, 2011
16Trip End Apr 23, 2011
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In search of the fitness center, we actually found ourselves at Reflections, a lovely enclosed observation deck by day, and a dance club by night. On this beautiful day we decided to choose a seat in front of the windows offering a 180-degree view of the ocean at the front of the ship. As we sought the perfect spot for viewing, we met a very nice couple, George and Miriam, from Baltimore, who invited us to sit with them
After lunch at the Seaside Restaurant, we strolled along the deck and came upon a ping-pong table that we couldn’t resist. I must say that Michael is pretty good at table tennis, and I’m not too bad myself. So we hit the ball a few times, and before we knew it, one of the ship’s activities staff invited us to participate in the table tennis tournament. Why not! I was paired with a friendly German fellow, who looked pretty mellow at first, but once we got started, I found out what he was made of. I gave it my all, but eventually lost to the guy. It was a fair game and I didn’t embarrass myself, thank goodness. Next up was Michael and his opponent. Globetrotter Michael put his famous spin on the ball a time or two, but couldn’t top the guy. Two Globetrotters bit the dust in less than 20 minutes, but there was no shame in our game. It was lots of fun.
We spent the rest of the day exploring the ship -- the library, cafe, gelateria, Martini Bar, Bistro on Five, Cellar Masters, Ocean Liners Restaurant, Tuscan Grill Restaurant, and of course the pool deck
The Globetrotters love the formal dinners onboard, and this was the first of three. When we cruised Norwegian Cruise Lines to Central America a few years ago, we experienced “freestyle cruising” which we didn’t care for. We like the elegance of the formal nights and being able to converse with our table mates each evening over dinner. In addition, we just like to dress up every now and then. So we donned our evening wear and headed up to dinner.
Globetrotter Tip: Capturing the memories of your cruise is essential. The shipboard photographers do a great job and are more than willing to photograph you. The photos are displayed in the photo gallery and they always look great. However, you can spend a fortune purchasing the photos, which can cost about $20 each for an 8” x 10”. On your first cruise, we recommend buying a photo package because you’ll definitely want to remember the moments. However, after several cruises under our belts, the Globetrotters now just ask another friendly traveler to snap a photo of us using our own camera and we have the moment to savor at no cost to us.
Later that night, the entire ship was invited to a welcome aboard/bon voyage champagne toast with the captain of the ship and the management crew in the Theatre. Following that, we enjoyed a Broadway-style production called “iHollywood.” Very good. I’m always amazed at the dancing and singing talent of the performers on board.