La Mer! Our last full day at SEA!

Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
Trip End Jul 25, 2008

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Another day at sea, and I slept in.  Michael and I had hit the casino last night, and I think there had been a drink or two involved as well.  It was nice to sleep in with no early rise for a tour or anything.  After showering and dressing, I headed up to the Explorations Café for my java and to write a while.  I have a favorite spot up there.  I move one of the lounge chairs to face the window, plug my computer in and write as I watch the sea slide by.  Add in a double cappuccino and a doughnut or cinnamon roll, and I'm in heaven.  I wrote and edited photo's for a good two hours while Michael spent time in the Explorers lounge (formerly the Queens Lounge on the Noordam and Oosterdam) organizing his stuff for the scrap book he will create once he gets home.
We hooked back up in the cabin around 12:15, dressed for lunch (I'm treating us 4 to the Pinnacle Grill for lunch) and we headed down to the cruise consultant to talk about our next vacation.  It seems if you book onboard, you get on board credits when you sail and good deals, and they only require a $100 per person deposit!  If you do not even end up sailing on the cruise you book, you can apply the $100 credit to another cruise as long as you cancel before final payment (70 or 90 days depending) and can use it for up to 4 years.  We asked more questions, like whether we could still use Darleen, our agent at Dargal, and if the price went down would it adjust for us.  All were answered yes.  But after a ong wait to see the Cruise consultant, we barely made it to the Pinnacle Grill in time for our lunch date with Carol and Bob!
Lunch was lovely!  I love the Pinnacle Grill's food, ambiance and service.  It is worth the small fee (10$ per person for lunch) to treat our selves.  I had a Paté appetizer, , and a filet with a blue cheese crust for lunch, followed by a chocolate bread pudding that was awesome.  Lunch ended, then it was off to trivia again.  Again, we came in second, and we have some smart people.  Carol was a teacher, Bob is a history buff, you all know Michael is smart, Wanda and Ken are/were biologists or chemists, and me, well, I know movies and such.  But we think some of these others groups are googling the answers or something.  They can't be that smart!  They gat 13, 14 or 15 right everyday!  And the questions are so diverse!
After another loss, I headed to the deck and the hot tub by the sea view pool on the aft lido deck, where I ran into the woman from Ohio, and her friend who is from Boardman (she is from near there).  We sat in the swirling warm waters for a half hour or more talking and laughing, before I headed back to the cabin to shower and dress for dinner.  It was to be the last formal night, the "farewell" dinner, and our last opportunities for portraits.
Have I mentioned how much I enjoy dressing up in a tux, and I don't look half bad either.  And Michael is darn right handsome in black tie.  We had several photo's done, some of me by myself, some of the two of us, a couple of the four of us.  Then off to dinner.  The menu was so lovely this evening, and we had missed this menu because we had gone to the Tammarind restaurant last cruise. 
A lovely appetizer of pate n croute, followed by a lovely wild rice soup, well, on second thought, not so lovely.  I didn't care for it actually.  The entrée I had was Lobster (two tails) and then I ordered a Chicken scallopini as well (Carol laughed that she had never seen me eat so much!  Ok ok, I've put on a few pounds I am sure!) and desert was the traditional baked Alaska.  On previous cruises, I have always hated this night.  They come out with sparklers in the Baked Alaska and there is a parade of waiters with these ice cream bombs sparkling with music and all.  It was/is corny.  Tonight, they did away with the parade, and the sparklers (apparently the ceiling is too low), but still served individual baked Alaska's.  Not my favorite desert by a long shot. I took one, and moved it around on the plate to make our waiter happy, then headed out to play cards with the Family.
We have been playing a new game.  A version of Canasta called "Hand and Foot" that you play with 5 decks of cards.  It is my new favorite game, and Bob and I have been wiping the decks with Michael and Carol!  So much so they have become obsessed with beating us!  After cards, Michael and I game a bit, then It is off to bed.  Not a bad life, eh?
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