Day MOS4, Thursday, December 13, At Sea. Monarch o

Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Flag of Bahamas  , West Grand Bahama,
Friday, December 14, 2012

I am finally beginning to feel like myself as the end of the cruise
nears. I was up at 5 and went out on the promenade deck for my normal
sea day walk. I usually walk 5 miles but had planned for 4 today
(allowing for more in the Walk for Wishes) but the Monarch's promenade
deck and the lovely weather were so inviting I continued for 5 miles (17
laps). For those in the Orlando area who like to walk on Monarch, the
Enchantment will be a step down, but only a small one. My first time on
Enchantment walking was problematic on the windswept "jogging track" but
they recently opened up the bow of the ship and Enchantment's deck 7 is
quite nice.
It was a very busy sea day but most of the activities that interested me
were in the morning, and some of the activities were quite poorly
attended. The Coffee Chat in Latitudes included only 2 other people and
one staff member. The other people present were on their first cruise
and we talked a lot about the differences between the ships, available
itineraries, and the like.
I was disappointed in the Walk for Wishes. I was told it only raised
about $500, I would have liked to see it get 10 times as much. About 20
of us walked 3 laps around deck 12 with most of us stopping at the end
for a group photo.

Things moved quickly to a cake decorating contest in Centrum.  The ones I have seen were a staff competition among the Captain, Hotel Director, and pastry chef.  The one today was among guests with 1 staff member helping out.  I prefer the other one but this was still fun.  Centrum remained busy as the Captain's corner came at 11:15, with perhaps 30 guests asking questions.  After a quick snack I returned to the Centrum for a classical concert by the Rosario Strings. 

As the concert ended and I headed up to the Windjammer for lunch a flood of people was streaming down the stairs.  I'm not sure if the men's belly flop went to conclusion or was cut short but it ended with a flood of rain.  Some people coming down the stairs were showing obvious red areas from the competition.

Fortunately, the afternoon activities didn't interest me much so there was time to get with packing.  I went up to the WJ at tea time for a final scone and made engaged in a frustrating dual with the internet but it was mostly packing.

My final dinner was the Chicken Marsala and it was quite popular at out table.  8 of us were present for dinner and a 8th came by to say goodbye.  If a 10th person was ever assigned to the table he/she never showed up.  The evening closed out with the production show "You Can't Stop the Beat".  Performances were 7 and 9.  I opted for the early show which was just getting started as I left Claude's dining room.  After going through my final packing I retired about 10.

My parting shot comes from Marc's list of dumb questions he's heard on cruise ships.  I liked "Is the water in the toilets salt or fresh".  I understand inquiring minds, but that's just a little too inquiring for me.

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