I quilted and TBG read, paced, watched TV, read some more, stared out of the window… in short, he was having a hard time shutting down. At 11:30, we headed up to the 10th deck and to the Steak House for the pub lunch. It is usually sparsely attended, and with the rough seas, I didn’t think anyone would be there. Wrong – it was packed.
We sat with an older couple from Canada and while he was fine, she hated everything about the ship – it was too small, it was boring, there was nothing to do, the food was awful, the staff was horrible and don’t even get her started on her experiences in Venice. Sigh, I began to wonder if we were on the same ship. Found out that it’s pretty much her outlook on everything. How sad.
Lunch was good. I had a ‘fisherman’s basket’ which was a piece of deep-fried fish, some deep fried prawns and plank fries. TBG had bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) and half of my entrée. Dessert was bread and butter pudding (very tasty). Then they went into the library to talk about Hawaii and I came down to the cabin for a bit of a lay down before our wine tasting.
They traditionally do two of these a cruise, on the sea days, but usually hold them in the dining room. This time, though, it was a very small group and we were up in Sabatini’s. The wines were okay. We started with a sparkling wine, then two whites, followed by three reds. The last one is always an expensive bottle that they are trying to push. It was funny to see three reds from California – two from Lodi – on the list. The last bottle was a Robert Mondavi cab. If a friend had served it with dinner, I would have had no problem drinking some, but I would never have bought it for myself.
As we were walking, well, bouncing around the ship, I started noticing sea sickness bags everywhere. The seas were pretty rocky and I wondered how formal night would go over. There were some empty chairs in the dining room, although the Captain slowed down and that made it a bit better. By the time dinner was over, it had calmed greatly and by bedtime, the ship was smooth as silk again.
Back in the cabin, we started watching one of our favorite movies which we had brought along (the cabin has a DVD/Blu Ray player) and that helped pass time and take our minds off the ship’s rocking and rolling. We stopped about half way through to start to get ready. I was going to take a shower, but didn’t trust my balance with the ship’s movements, so I settled for a fast wash up while TBG got out his tux. Happily we had him trying on before leaving, so we knew it still fit.
Dinners on formal nights are usually something else and this one was no exception. We started with an escargot amuse (pronounced am-you- say, with the accent on the say). It’s supposed to ‘amuse your palate’ with its tastes. I, like Queen Victoria, was not amused. It was okay, but I’m not a big fan of escargot. I ordered a Caesar salad and the pasta with chicken and a broccoli pesto, which I could only finish half off. Between a large lunch and the canapes at the wine tasting, I was stuffed.. TBG had a tapa of wild mushroom and leek, which was okay. He followed it with cold pea soup and the Shrimp Diablo The dining room’s captains prepares something fresh every night – pasta, apps, entrees, and dessert. Last night, Lorenzo was doing the shrimp. TBG liked it so much, he ordered a second plate of the shrimp. He said it reminded him of an Indian dish from back home. Dessert was Bananas Foster and it was very tasty. Of course I had room for that. :P
Back in the room, we finished our movie and then watched the last half hour of Coco. I read until I couldn’t keep my head up, leaving TBG watching another movie. Tomorrow – Rhodes! Sleep well!