Trip Start Feb 21, 2010
Trip End Feb 28, 2010

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Monday, February 22, 2010

We woke early to take advantage of the gym on the ship. Keith lifted weights and I walked on the treadmill. After breakfast in the main dining room, we read a bit. I went to the Shore excursion talk more for something to do than of any real interest. I didn't learn anything I didn’t already know. We went to the Lido deck for lunch at the Mermaid grille. It is a confusing layout with four stations in a central court, then two more behind it, then a hamburger grill station behind that next to one of the poosl. Keith got a chili dog and by the time I had decided on a salad and waited in line, he was done with his chili dog. At 2:00, we went to the wine pairing class in the steak restaurant, David’s. The sommelier had us try each wine, then try a particular piece of food with the wine to show how the food enhanced the wine. He then had us try a food that didn’t go well with the wine.It was surprisingly educational and unlike any of the wine tastings we had been to before. After that, we went to the hot tub in the spa to relax before we had to dress for our first "elegant night,’ which was definitely subject to interpretation as it meant anything from “slacks and dress shirts to tuxes" for the men and “pantsuits, cocktail dresses and gowns” for the ladies. Keith wore his tux and I wore a sparkly green top with black pants. I saw 4 men in tuxes. They had a “Captain’s Celebration” hour where you could get your picture taken ad naseum if you wished (we passed) and a $1 off a drink. They had a nice dance band and Keith and I danced one dance and then the dance floor was crowded with people lining up for dinner in the dining room 15 minutes before dinner was supposed to start. The line went on and on, like they hadn’t eaten all day. We know that wasn’t true, as the buffet at lunch was like some Orcan feeding frenzy from some Sci-fi movie.

Now I will get to the food. The food hasn’t been bad in the main dining room, if taste were the only consideration. Now, I don’t expect the food to be very hot, seeing as it is coming from the kitchen of a cruise ship that is serving roughly 800 people at the same time. I had the pumpkin soup, stuffed mushrooms and lobster tail/tiger shrimp entrée. The soup was slightly warm, the mushrooms weren’t even room temperature and the lobster/ shrimp were just warm. Nothing was even close to being hot, except the mashed potatoes, and I think they were only hot because a lobster tail was insulating them. I don’t see why they can’t get the food to us at least somewhat warm. I am tempted to send something back and see what stink it will cause to ask for the food to be warmed up.  I had no dessert (nothing appealed to me) and burned my tongue on the coffee, as I was so used to eating stuff only warm, I didn’t think that the coffee might actually be hot! After dinner we went to the “show” which ended up being switched around due to the rough seas we were experiencing. It was a ventriloquist and he was quite good. I could have done without all the bathroom humor, but I guess with the younger clientele the cruise attracts, they find that kind of humor amusing. 
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Elizabeth on

"We know that wasn't true, as the buffet at lunch was like some Orcan feeding frenzy from some Sci-fi movie. "

That made me laugh for about two minutes. :D

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