Lounge chairs and blue seas

Trip Start Apr 10, 2009
Trip End Apr 26, 2009

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Grand Princess Caribe Deck

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

I was concerned that our transatlantic voyage might have been a bit boring, but it has been anything but! So far we've learned the waltz in a ballroom dance class, had a brisk morning walk after breakfast every morning, shared afternoon tea with lots of really fun and nice people, played trivia every afternoon, soaked in a hot tub, attended a lecture on Scotland, watched fruits and vegetables being carved into beautiful works of art and decorations, watched The Strange Case of Benjamin Button under the stars (complete with popcorn), danced to some great music, relaxed on lounge chairs in the conservatory and read a book, watched some great entertainment, and caught up on our sleep. There are computer classes, photography lectures, Bingo, shipbuilding competitions, art auctions, shopping, spa treatments, yoga and Pilates classes, and comedy shows, and much, much more. There is absolutely no reason to be bored, unless you want to be.

The weather has been partly sunny but cool, in the low 60s. Seas are 4 to 7-1/2 feet, not very rough at all. It didn't take long to get our sea legs. The ship is on a 60 degree course, and we've traveled 2023 nautical miles from Ft. Lauderdale, 1098 nautical miles since leaving Hamilton, Bermuda, and 1860 nautical miles before reaching our next destination, Greenock, Scotland on April 20th.

We did have to get up early this morning to bring our passports to be stamped by a British customers officer in the Snookers Lounge. It was quick and painless. All passengers had to show up and be accounted for, or we're not docking in Great Britain!

Life aboard the Grand Princess has taken on an enjoyable pace. There are morning announcements by our activities director Tim (with his lovely British accent), perusing the Princess Patter to help plan our day out, activities, afternoon quiet time, dinner and then shows, dancing, karaoke, movies at night or whatever your heart desires. There are so many places to sit and read a book or just enjoy the beautiful ocean view. If you want lots of company, the conservatory seems to be the place to hang out. If you want to be alone, the top of the ship is very quiet, a nice place to get some peace and quiet. The library is very popular, people looking for something to read so they can relax in a lounge chair, read and doze off.

The outside and inside pool areas are just teeming with people sunning themselves or playing cards of every sort. We've met a couple of gals from Texas who play endless games of Mexican dominos. They'll be teaching us how to play in a day or two. There is the casino for those who enjoy that sort of entertainment. It's strange though, as some of the tables have no real cards, it's all video. There are lots of one-armed bandits (slot machines) lining the casino.

We've had dinner in the main dining room a few times. One night was formal night, the rest have been smart casual dress nights. Tonight we dined on pizza in our cabin. This ship has the BEST thin-crust pizza. They make their own dough, and flip it in the air just like at your local Italian pizzeria. I've not gotten a bad slice yet. Yummmm!!!

Tonight we attended a production show called Shake, Rattle and Roll in the Vista Lounge, a smaller theater than the main Princess theater. It's more intimate, and you get a better view of the show. The show was good, highlighting hits from the 50s to 80s. After that we went to the Explorers Lounge and listened to songs and music to dance by Maurizio, our Italian international entertainer from Verona, Italy. He played the piano, sang some Italian songs, and entertained us. The dance floor was full of dancers all evening. We even got to practice our newly-learned waltz steps on the dance floor. It was fun, but definitely needs a little practice 

After a night of carousing, deck 14, the Lido deck, has late-night snacks at Horizon Court. It is popular after the shows. There are usually people in lounge chairs in the outside pool area watching a movie under the stars, all wrapped up in their wool blankets and enjoying a movie at either 7 or 10 PM.

Tonight we have to move our clocks forward one hour ...so we're 3 hours ahead of Eastern standard time at this point, and I expect it will be done two more times before we reach the British Isles. Thankfully we don't have to get up early.

Tomorrow...it's Country and Western Barn Dance Party ...wooohoooo!!!


Patti and Bryan
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