So in the wee hours of this morning I was awakened by a BIG thump. When I became sufficiently awake I realized that the boat was really rolling – not only side-to-side, but up and down. Figuring something had fallen off a table or the desk I turned on the light – but I couldn’t find anything out of place. I wonder if one of my neighbors fell out of their bed?
So it was to be a quiet day. I decided to attend “afternoon tea”. According to the book in my room…
“Traditional Afternoon Tea with scones, tea sandwiches and white-gloved service is served daily in the Da Vinci Dining Room from 3:30 – 4:30pm.”
I called to make reservations, but no – not required. I was reminded that the dress code was “smart casuual” which was to mean, for women, a pant suit or business attire and for men, trousers and a shirt. No shorts or sports attire whatsoever.
So off I went for Afternoon Tea. I think I was the only one there not in shorts or sports clothes. They wanted to sit me with a bunch of strange people – I decided that Tea was not worth crowding into an already full table (one spare chair) so I’d just leave. When the manager asked why I was leaving I replied I didn’t want to sit with others, so he arranged for me to be able to sit by myself. I no sooner had my sat my seater down when tea was poured and waiters began to arrive with trays of food to offer me. I settled for a small scone, a bit of jam and some cream. While accordion music filled the air, with voices of those trying to have conversations rose ever louder, the wait staff discreetly twirled to the “beat” of the music. And there was not a white glove to be seen. However, while in no way even close to what I thought I would experience, it was entertainment.
Then tonight we went to see a comedian. I was not expecting much and was so delighted to find myself laughing time and time again.
Today the seas have been very rough. The swimming pools had to be closed, and the bar at the end of one of them was the recipient of a “rough swimming pool” wave – soaking everything. Even the wait staff were looking a bit green this evening!
Tomorrow we have our first stop – Aruba. I am looking forward to being on land for a few hours, although I have been warned that I’ll probably continue to stagger like a drunken fool. Oh well. No tour – we are just going to disembark and enjoy the day!