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Two Days at Sea

December 23 and 24

For some reason I was unable to send a message using the Mindspring program through Agent which is the program I usually use to send emails to friends and family. So I sent a couple of the messages through AOL

Bob thinks this ship really rides funny. It makes funny noises. (Funny as in strange, not funny as in ha-ha)

December 23rd

We went up to breakfast about 8 in the dining room (we have not seen the buffet yet). We sat at a table with two other couples. We didn't get their names but one was a black couple from Las Vegas and they have been on the ship since it left Barcelona and are going to stay on the ship to go through the canal and get off in LA. She said she had 59 cruises on Princess. Both of us had half grapefuit and I had Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict


without the Canadian bacon and also a chocolate chip muffin. Bob just had scrambled eggs and bacon. They did give me cranberry juice although it was not on the menu.

At 10 we went up for the presentation on the first three islands.
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The lecturer (Dr. Dean Papavassiliou) was, as you might expect from his name, Greek. His presentation was disjointed and his accent was hard to understand, plus he mixed up the excursions. He gave the Iles de Saintes excursions in St. Barts, and he gave the Martinique excursions in Iles de Saintes. He did OK with Antigua.

At 11 we went up for Trivia and paired with a couple from Michigan (Steve and Carrie) and one from NH (Ann and Don). We did pretty well - got 19 out of 25. They had the last 5 questions as photos of movies and we missed the last one which was "The Matrix". We also missed a trick question about how many eyes does a vampire bat have (2), and the name of the movie that Steven Spielberg made from Peter Pan (Hook). The first question was what do they call the art of arranging dance movement and everybody said "choreography" but I thought it was terpsichorogrophy. But I thought everyone would say Choreography so we put that, and it was correct.

At lunch we sat with someone who was pretty much blind and her husband had COPD, and another couple who was going to be on the Royal Princess after this cruise and she had 8 pairs of shoes with her in her luggage. I had a
Selection of fresh fruit from the Brunch menu

Selection of fresh fruit from the Brunch menu

and the Brunswick Stew

and the Brunswick Stew


forgetting completely how lame Princess does Brunswick stew. It was even more lame than the Star Princess as the chicken was grey. Bob had a
Hamburger.

Hamburger.


I had
Chocolate bread pudding

Chocolate bread pudding


for dessert (it was better on the Star Princess) and Bob had the
Fruit sundae cup

Fruit sundae cup


which was to have almonds and did not. Although one of the other ladies complained about the lack of nuts and they brought her a whole cup full of nuts.

Bob said he went up to the laundry room and it is more trouble than it is worth. It need tokens and the token machine will take your money and not give you the tokens so you have to come down to the desk to get the tokens.

We met the lady in the handicapped room next to ours in the hall. She had dropped the little tag that you put on your door to say do not disturb and couldn't get it from her chair. Bob picked it up for her.

We took a nap, and then we met the same people for Trivia again at 4. We missed 3 questions - the name of the Wii game where you stand like musical statues (Just Dance), the name of the most downloaded Beetles song in 2010 (Here Comes the Sun) and the trick question about how a male cricket chirps which we all thought was legs, but turns out to be wings. There were four groups with the same score so he asked us to guess his age, and he was 28 and we put 29, so we were out of it. Then he asked them the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in feet, and the one closest (165 - it was 200+ feet) won. The prizes were coasters so it wasn't a great loss and we had a good time.

Then we had to rush back to the room to get dressed for formal night. Our table companions
George and Ann

George and Ann

John and Joann

John and Joann


I had the
Crab and monterey jack cheese quiche

Crab and monterey jack cheese quiche


and I really could not taste any crab, although it was good. Bob had the shrimp cocktail (as usual) and then he asked for the chilled sweet pea soup. The others said they like hot pea soup but did not know how they would like it cold. But Bob said that when it came it was hot and not cold. Then Bob had the everyday salmon, and I had the
Lamb

Lamb


I should have had the tiger shrimp which I liked on the Star Princess, but the lamb was very good and had nice potatoes and green beans and a tomato with it. The MDR is called the Club Restaurant, and the Club part is before you get to the regular restaurant and is a kind of My TIme Dining area for Club class. When we leave and go through that area I see pans which show that they have had cherries jubilee or spaghetti cooked in them.

For dessert Bob had the make your own sundae, and I had
Chocolate Journeys - chocolate cake with raspberry creme brulee and bittersweet chocolate mousse.

Chocolate Journeys - chocolate cake with raspberry creme brulee and bittersweet chocolate mousse.


Actually it was mostly mousse with an inner core of raspberry. I had this on the Star Princess but there wasn't any raspberry in it but there was more cake to it.

I was disappointed that Bob did not go to the show. We both came back to the room.

December 24th

I am again able to use the Mindspring email program, although at present the internet says it is down. Today was a wash. We went up to breakfast and the menu had
Eggs Florentine

Eggs Florentine


which I usually like, but the eggs were kind of soupy - like soft boiled. I had to borrow Bob's spoon to eat them - a fork would not cut it. I also had some fruit bread and a half grapefruit. Bob had hot chocolate, and oatmeal with brown sugar and then scrambled eggs and bacon - his usual.

Then I took the laptop up to the computer guy and he figured out how to get this program to get email. He also put AOL back on my phone so I can access those emails on the phone now as I have not been able to do since June when my granddaughter fixed the phone so that I could send emails on mindspring.

But we missed the morning trivia. We went to lunch (we didn't do the pub lunch which we probably should have done) and there were three other couples at the table with us. One of them must be the youngest people on board except for a baby and a boy who looks to be about 4 (no children's club on this ship). They were married in 2014 and live in Seattle. There was a lady who was legally blind and her husband, and two other couples. We both had the
James Beard French toast

James Beard French toast


and Bob had the
Cold gazpacho

Cold gazpacho


I had a
Chef salad

Chef salad


and mostly ate the lettuce and tomatoes which I found I was craving. Bob had
Cherry trifle

Cherry trifle


and I had
Blueberry roulade

Blueberry roulade


This was a kind of blueberry jelly roll with a dollop of blueberry syrup with whole blueberries in it on the side. We talked so long that we completely missed the Cruise Critics meeting which was up in the steakhouse where the pub lunch had been.

Then Bob forgot that trivia was at 3:45 instead of 4:00 and so we got there late. I was able to tell them what the name was of a male crab (Jimmy), and I sort of knew that the other name for the Bank of England had Threadneedle Street in it (The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street). I couldn't remember what fugu was although as soon as I heard it I remembered.

At dinner I had
Alaskan seafood soup

Alaskan seafood soup


which was a clear broth with some tiny shrimp and slivers of carrot and some other squares of some meat. Then I had Short ribs

Short ribs


which were good. Bob had shrimp cocktail as usual, coconut soup, and his usual salmon. He had his usual Sundae for dessert

Sundae for dessert


and I had what was billed as
Frozen chocolate praline torte with almond florentine crisp

Frozen chocolate praline torte with almond florentine crisp


The crisp was like peanut brittle, only almond. The 'torte' was a piece of cake with two chocolate cake layers and in the middle was a chocolate nut ice cream and there was chocolate frosting on the top.

Tomorrow we are in St Barts

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