A Romantic Day At Sea, An Evening At The Ball !
Trip Start Sep 22, 2009
17Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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Today, with the Ruby Princess enjoying a relaxing day at sea, it was also an opportunity to celebrate a "Day of Romance"!
Tonight's formal night highlights a New Year's Eve Ruby Ball! To add to the romance, the Ruby offered five romantic tips for the day! These included: 1) One of the greatest gifts you can give your partner is your own happiness; 2) Great relationships don't just happen, they're created; 3) Don't wait till Saturday night to go dancing - move the furniture and dance by yourselves at home in your living room; 4) Flirt with each other at a party just as if you were single; and 5) Don't forget to laugh together every day.
This morning started by Rick and Elsie heading to the fitness center
For lunch, we chose to eat in the dining room! It wasn't often that we ate lunch in the dining room as we were usually in port somewhere. However, today, we took advantage of the day at sea and chose a more distinguished eating experience to the more "roller derby" like elbow to elbow, shoulder to shoulder, fight for every inch experience of a lunch hour buffet!
The final Art Auction was held this afternoon and we weren't going to miss it. Occasionally, over the duration of the cruise, we viewed the artwork in the art gallery. We had a few pieces of artwork in mind however, the cost was an impediment to making a serious bid. But the art, many of them original pieces were fantastic. They would've looked great in our living room or dining room!
The art auction was scheduled to begin at 2:30pm with preview at 1:30pm in the Explorer's Lounge
Before dinner, we met a number of fellow Princess Gold Members for a "Meet the Captain" Cocktail Party. This was an opportunity to formally meet the Ruby's captain, enjoy a few complimentary drinks and ask him if we could water ski behind the ship tomorrow! Just Kidding!! From the cocktail party, we made it to our dining room for dinner and more.......wine.
Since the evening was formal, Elsie had reserved a window in the dining room. Although our cruise only had two formal evenings, we were able to acquire a window table during both evenings. Elsie said it was my tux! I'm not sure but it was nice as a window table offered a much quieter and intimate experience
A New Years Eve Ruby Ball was planned this evening which meant a large crowd gathered at the Atrium in the midship. The Ruby Princess band, Junction 21, played some great music from the past and current hits and got everyone dancin'! Our cruise director James led the entertainment team. Elsie and I had a fantastic time dancin' up a storm! Much like we do when the opportunity arises! As midnight approached, everyone was given noise makers and streamers. A countdown brought the time to midnight and then, it seemed that everyone who had streamers released them, from the seventh, sixth and fifth decks! OK! It wasn't New Years Eve but it sure felt like it!
A few more dances to those favourite Abba, Beatles, Rolling Stones songs, and Elsie and I made it back to our Stateroom to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine on our balcony with the darkness of the Mediterranean seemingly passing by!
Tomorrow, we arrive in Venice, Italy! Just wondering how we're goin' to fit the Ruby down the Grand Canal!
Good Night! Rick & Elsie!