At Sea Day #6

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
Trip End Nov 03, 2012

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Got up at 12:24 p.m. aboard Norwegian Epic. Today is our third sea day en route from Ponta Delgada, Azores, to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Unfortunately the weather did not improve at all today; it was so lousy that the pools and waterslides were closed. An entire week on the ship and I still haven't gone swimming or tried out the waterslides. :-(

I first headed to Deck 18 forward to start reading my Lonely Planet Argentina guidebook. I’ll be visiting Argentina on a Star Princess cruise in December and January with my friend Mike. I was disappointed to see thick gray clouds when I got outside and then to experience the high winds. Even though the thermometer on my clock read 80º, I was wearing my sweatshirt because the wind made it feel much cooler than that.

I ate lunch at the buffet, then sat poolside to continue reading. When music started up, I moved to Deck 16 rear to a quieter space, then was forced inside at 5:50 p.m. when it started raining. I ate a snack in the Garden Café, went to my cabin to retrieve my laptop, then returned to the Garden Café to sit by the window and write two entries on my Balkans & Berlin travel blog as the gray clouds turned to a dark night sky. The weather was such a bummer today. We are south of 30º now; I thought today would be the day we finally broke into warm, sunny weather so I could lounge by the pool and go swimming and down the waterslides. One can only hope that day will arrive tomorrow?

Returned to my cabin at 8:07 to shower, then met up with folks in Shakers bar. Jon, Craig, Ian, and I headed to dinner at the Taste dining room. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table, which meant a complimentary glass of champagne at the bar while standing by. For dinner tonight I started with a large spring roll appetizer followed by a pear and arugula salad. For the main course, I ate lobster tails with baked potato. Dessert was lime sherbet.

Sorted some photos on my laptop before meeting back with the group at 10:50 for the Second City comedy show in the Headliners club. The show was kind of disappointing – good for a few laughs but nothing spectacular. That pretty much describes most of this cruise aboard Norwegian Epic – everything has been decent but not much to write home about.

I followed Craig and Ian to the Studio Lounge (aka The Living Room) to chat for awhile, then came back to my stateroom at 12:45 a.m. to finish sorting a group of photos from Germany and then get ready for bed.

It’s presently 1:26 a.m. Our position is 27º 08.92’ N, 50º 52.19’W. We have two more sea days before arriving into St. Thomas on Tuesday morning. I received a flyer in my cabin today informing guests about a U.S. Customs & Border Protection inspection upon arrival in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a U.S. citizen residing on Deck 13, I am supposed to be somewhere downstairs at 7:15 a.m. to have my passport inspected. Ha ha ha!! I haven’t woken up before 11:45 a.m. on this entire cruise! So let’s just say the odds of me being awake for a passport inspection at 7:15 a.m. are less than zero! You have to wonder who comes up with this insanity? I wonder what will happen when I sleep through the inspection. I guess we’ll find out Tuesday! Stay tuned.
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