Day 25 Sea Day

Trip Start Mar 12, 2013
Trip End Jun 02, 2013

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Flag of India  , Andaman and Nicobar Islands,
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Slow start in dining room for breakfast, but that was okay seeing it was a sea day.  We grabbed our books and headed to the pool area and decided to sun ourselves for a bit.  It was not overly hot and we  lasted only 30 minutes.

We had a mandatory life boat drill at 10a.  This time we actually had to go out on deck whereas the previous times we only were given a lecture of safety, life jackets, etc.  The requirements are for the drills to take place every 14 days for everyone onboard.  This is a new law and we think a very valid one.

We heard a lecture about the Taj Mahl, actually it was the story about it.  Very interesting to hear how the Mogul had built the Taj in memory of his wife who died in childbirth. It took two decades to build.   He was later imprisoned by  one of his sons and died there.  He is buried next to his wife in the Taj.  As years have gone by the toll of pollution has hit the Taj and it is no longer white marble.  We are anxious to see this Wonder of the World.

Trivia again was a bust.  The questions are not good.  But, we still have a good time with the team.

All the people who are doing the voyage to London were invited for a special Indian Dinner.  There are 82 of us doing this cruise.  This event was held up in the La Veranda and it was totally Indian themed.  There were small carvings of elephants on the table with an elephant silk runner.  Two candles were lit making it a very festive table. We sat a table with the Social Hostess and Rosie and John, Judy and Peter.

Our meal started with an appetizer:  Dumpling soaked in sweet yogurt and spicy shrimps with coriander.

Soup was clear tomato and was so good.  Next was the hot appetizer of fried fish finger with a sauce on it.  The salad was served with a mint chutney.

The main course was basmati rice, spicy chicken with a sauce, naan bread, mango chutney.  Dessert was carrots cooked in Mawa and bread with Khir, which is like white bread soaked in sweetened condensed milk.  I know it sounds off, but it was good and rich.

This was one of the best Indian meals we have had.  Rich and I thoroughly enjoyed the food.

Tomorrow we will be in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

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