Restful first sea day

Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
Trip End Mar 02, 2013

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Our ship left Singapore around 9pm last night and has been sailing in the South China Sea, near the Thailand shoreline (I think). It's a relatively small boat (capacity around 800 people), and the sea has been a little bumpy, so we could feel the rocking a bit. Some people seemed to be a little affected. Thankfully Bob and I doing fine so far.

It’s been a do-nothing restful sea day. We did not get up too late, as I was not able to sleep that well. I did the laundry around 8am – had to go to the 10th floor’s laundrinette and did my 2 loadfuls. We went to an intro ballroom dancing session before noon time. Had lunch with Lucy and Chris. Then I took a 2-hour nap (not feeling well in the stomach), while Bob went to the blackjack tournament (and he ended up winning it!). At 4:30pm, I went to the fitness boot camp – oh boy! It was depressing to realize how badly out of shape I am!! I could hardly do of what people were doing, and I was sweating like crazy ….. Got to really slowly and steadily get myself into shape, otherwise I won’t have too many years left J

We had dinner with Lucy and Chris at the specialty restaurant "Prime 7". Very enjoyable food – forgot to bring my camera to take some photos. Originally the 6 of us were going, now there were only 4 of us. Hopefully Ira and Fran will join us the day after tomorrow!

After dinner, we went to the variety show, starring international entertainer Ray Solaire and magician J Neal. They were both amazingly good, best of all the shows I’ve seen on all the cruises!

It was quite obvious that the passengers of this ship are all “seniors”. Some of them had trouble walking, even though they were not in wheelchairs. You’ve got to admire the spirit of some of the people who were probably in their late 80s – they are enjoying life! The Chinese saying “Sunset is infinitely beautiful, unfortunately what follows is darkness” ….. Most of us worked hard all our lives; and only when we got old, we had the luxury of enjoying life with comfort. I am thankful that we are able to do this before we are too old to move freely ….

One of the beauties of the Regent cruise is that everything is included – tips, drinks, etc. etc. Food/drinks are plenty on the ship, but very few people touch them. A comfortable and relaxed feeling. I was told after you sail more than 20 (or 25) days with Regent, you get internet free. We will definitely do more cruises with Regent!

Bob is at the Blackjack table again. I’m back in the room and relaxing. Tomorrow the ship will dock at Ko Samui, Thailand. Originally we were going with Ira and Fran for a privately arranged snorkeling trip, but had to cancel it. We signed up with one of the ship’s excursions to do a cursory tour of the island.

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