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Panama Day 7 - At sea

Weather - glorious sun and calm seas

Today was a bit of a down day, Sparky opted for a day in to nurse her ankle and sore body, so we decided to give the Suite breakfast a try. It was as good as always (they bring the food up from the dining room), but slow. It took us nearly an hour to finish. I was talking with CC friends afterwards and TBG went for a walk. He came back in about ten minutes and said, “Let’s go swimming.”

We had never been in a pool on any of the ships, so this was a first. The water was cool and salty. Princess was the last line to switch to salt water in its pools. We did about 100 laps, which might have equaled ten or so in a normal size pool. A few people came into the water, but then climbed back out and headed for their chairs. We swam for nearly an hour and then squish back to the cabin to shower and change.

As enticing as it is to have stretched out in the sun, this is the tropics and I know how quickly you can burn without sun block, which we didn’t have one. There was ample sun on our balcony, so I sat out there for a bit and read (Bone to be Wild – Carolyn Haines). TBG worked on the computer and the morning passed quickly.

I called Sparky to see if she wanted to join us for the pub lunch in Sterling’s, but again she opted out. It was a shame because the one thing Princess can do it English food (This ship is British flagged and there are a lot of Brits in the crew). TBG had Bangers and Mash and I had some of the best fish and chips ever. We followed it with some bread and butter pudding. We were joined by a lovely couple. There was an older couple that the hostess tried to seat us with, but they refused (This I’ve never had happen before – so we sat in the table beside them. The elderly woman explained that she coughed a lot when she ate and didn’t want to subject us to that. It was fine, but strangely I never heard her cough once – people are funny). Anyhow, a lovely couple from Houston TX sat with us and we got on like gangbusters, Joe and Sue. This was their first Princess cruise and they were enjoying themselves. We always like to hear that.
Back to the cabin for a nap and an afternoon of just hanging out. Again I read, wrote a bit and tried to quilt, but my heart wasn’t in it. I was worried about Sparky. At three, I finally called her and she had just ordered from Room Service and was doubtful that she would be at dinner.

To those ends, we cleaned up and I took TBG guy for a drink at the library bar. We watched the world go by until it was time for dinner. TBG was trying to decide on an entrée when Sparky showed up. It was so good to see her up and about. She had a watermelon with citrus dressing app, a green salad and salmon, which she declared to be primo. TBG had a shrimp cocktail, abondigus soup, and veal. I had gravlax, a lackluster borscht soup (a disappointment) and ricotta and spinach ravioli in a walnut cream sauce. For dessert, Sparky had a scoop of brownie ice cream and a scoop of blueberry sorbet, TBG had something chocolate (he’s asleep now, so I can’t ask him) and I had a scoop of blueberry sorbet.

Afterward we came back to the cabin and watched our newest Studio Ghibli film, Ocean Waves. What it had to do with the ocean is beyond me. It was pretty pointless and afterwards we were all asking, ”What was that all about?”

Sparky headed back to her cabin, I went to bed with a book and TBG went up to a star gazing party. Tomorrow, another action packed day at sea!
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