We woke around 8. We were too cold during the night. Somehow the fact that there was a thermostat in our room had escaped me. It was too cold with just the sheet and too warm with the thick comforter. We asked Eyner for blankets for the beds and an extra pillow. He took our comforters off and replaced them with a blanket sandwiched between two sheets. With the blanket and the thermostat turned down a bit more the second night we slept much better. Donít be afraid to ask your stateroom attendant for what you need. We also asked him to take the drinks off our desk. He missed doing that but we were glad for the blankets and pillow. We just put the drinks on a high shelf since we had plenty of storage room.
Our camera was not functioning well. It kept saying the batteries were discharged, sometimes just after they were totally recharged. The irritating thing was that we had just gotten the camera replaced with a brand new one recently because the previous one did the same thing. Luckily we bought the warranty and will get another module of camera. I only missed a few shots because of this but had to remember to keep changing and charging the batteries. By the way, I took over 1400 shots. With that many you just have to have some good ones.
We had breakfast at the Windjammer. I was going to go to the Weight Detox seminar but it was cancelled for lack of interest. I think they offered it later in the week and had better success, when people were thinking about how much weight they had gained during the cruise.
DH went to Bingo with my mom and some friends. They were playing for the Ownerís Suite which had not been booked. Some lucky person got a very nice upgrade. My sister and I went to the cake decorating seminar. A sous chef, Warren the cruise director and an audience volunteer created black forest cakes. Of course, the chefís looked the best, but we sampled the volunteerís and it was delicious.
We walked though a watercolor class that was nearly finished in the Schooner Bar. We were surprised with the results since several people said they never painted before. Wow, if the teacher could help students produce these results I thought I had a chance. I was going to try it later in the week but something else was going on at the same time. That reminds me that the schedule of events didnít seem to flow on this cruise like the last one. I talked to some others who had been on more cruise than me and they agreed. This was especially true in the evening. With such a small ship people could have gotten from one venue to another quickly but there were gaps of time between events or there were events happening at the same time that would likely have attracted the same people.
I went shopping and bought a ring. The shops and the casino had not been open at all the first day. They were not allowed to be open until we got off the Delaware River and onto the Atlantic Ocean. That should have happened at 9:00 p.m. the night before but because of returning to Wilmington for the medical emergency they never opened that day. Imagine how much revenue that cost RCCL. I was irritated the night before by a comment from another passenger. When we were waiting for the ill passenger to be offloaded this lady said, ďI think we should be compensated for this delay, donít you?Ē Instead of smacking her I politely mentioned how much it was already costing the cruise line and that they were possibly saving a life.
Something I noticed on the cruise was several rude passengers. I only noticed one rude person on our first cruise. One lady on this cruise was very rude in the fine jewelry shop but was responded to patiently by the sole staff person there. I made sure I told her supervisor about that incident and wrote it up on a comment card to commend her.
We had lunch in the Carmen Dining Room. It was more relaxed and quiet than the Windjammer. The food quality was a little better. We went to the Scrapbook Workshop after lunch. It started at 1:15 so we were late but we got the packet. Donít expect this to be a class. You receive 3-4 cut out shapes/words and some paper. There are minimal tools and paper supplied. If you scrapbook Iíd suggest going to the workshop to get the packet but keep your expectations low.
The afternoon was filled with a Learn to Salsa Dance class and the Wine Tasting Seminary. Both were good. It was nice to have the wine tasting coupon in our Gold booklet. We probably wouldnít have done it for $9.95 each otherwise. I wasnít fond of most of the wines offered.
Dinner was good but we left before dessert as we wanted to go to the Captainís Welcome Aboard Reception. We wanted to meet the captain but didnít want a picture, but they took photos of everyone who met the captain. Capt. Jim Olsen, from Norway, is a quiet person. He looked uncomfortable in the photos. I think he was very glad when the whole reception was over. PR
is not his forte. This isnít a criticism but an observation. He was the opposite of the captain, from Greece, we had on the Legend of the Seas in January who was very outgoing, even walking around the ship to talk with passengers.
I skipped the evening show, a singer, to take a nap but others said he was good. I got up at 11 p.m. to go to the 70ís Disco Inferno. I ended up at the Viking Crown Lounge at 10:40. How did that happen? It turns out our clock radio kept gaining time all week. On Friday at the captainís Q&A the reason was explained that the ship operates on a slightly different megahertz level than the typical U.S. home.
So I waited for the Village People to arrive. And dancedÖ and waited. The Viking Crown Lounge dance floor is small. It wasnít bad until the second evening show let out. Then it became so crowded you couldnít even get to the dance floor. The Village People finally came at 12:20 a.m. And when they came the dance floor wasnít cleared so people were standing 4-5 deep around the edge. All we saw was some feathers from the Indian headdress. Oh well, somehow we later got to the dance floor and at least saw them. We were ďconsoledĒ by a snack at the Windjammer Cafť. I dropped by the library on the way to the cabin for the daily trivia and Sudoku. I got to bed around 2 after making some notes of the daysí activities. Day 3 tomorrow.