Lounge chairs and blue seas
Trip Start Apr 10, 2009
10Trip End Apr 26, 2009
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The weather has been partly sunny but cool, in the low 60s
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
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