01.04.2011 27 °C
Sea days on board the ship are always relaxing as your planning and activities are limited to the ship. This cruise is a themed cruise – and the theme is cooking. They have a celebrity named Sara Moulton who has been on the Food Network for years and was the editor for many years of one of the well known gourmet magazines. She is very down to earth and entertaining as well as extremely knowledgeable. She has made several general presentations and also hosted several for fee cooking classes (@ $90 a person) in which people can cook along with her and then have a meal. We passed on that opportunity but have enjoyed her public presentations.
On sea days there are non stop activities all around the ship so we spent some time wandering around the various venues listening to music or presentations or just sitting on the deck for a few minutes. Hazel even broke down and made a small donation at the casino. For lunch we went down to deck 3 to attend a beautiful big formal brunch in the main dining area. There were lots of ice sculptures and fancy food. After lunch we sat out on the deck listening to another chapter of Harry Potter. In the mid afternoon we attended a reception for “Captain’s Class Members” – Celebrity Cruise Lines recognition and rewards program for repeat customers. We got to go because technically this is our second cruise. It again was lovely – good entertainment by the excellent ship’s band and the a capella group, more lovely food and complementary champagne. Hazel is really getting to like this cruise line as they give you free champagne on a number of occasions. They hand you a glass when you first board, they provide it at the captain’s welcome evening for a welcome toast – and then again today.
This evening we again sat with previous acquaintances plus two other couples and had a lot of fun at dinner. The main stage show this evening was a repeat of the great Cirque style show that we saw a week ago. It was as good as or even better than it was a week ago. After the main stage show we wandered around the mid ship area checking out the shops (there are 18 shops on board) the art auction display area and the ships photo gallery where all the pictures that are constantly being taken are on display. Later on we went off to hear the excellent ship’s band play. With a four piece horn section they can really fill the place with sound. Tonight they teamed up with the four men from the A capella group and did a great selection of Chicago tunes.
Soon after 11:00 pm we decided to call it a night and headed back to our cabin.