4-5 pm was happy hour aboard ship each day and 50% discount on a small measured amount of wine in your glass_ $5. What a deal. We decided to purchase a bottle of wine for the next several days: Murphy Goode, a California Merlot $15 bottle of wine on sale on board for only $40 plus tax = $50. Methinks the 4-5 was the better deal.
It’s been two days, and now at 5 am and calm sailing, we could see the distant shoreline.
Sunsets have been spectacular! and I love the color of the ocean.
Monday, Oct 9,
Port Canaveral, Florida (10-8pm)
Finally! warmer temperatures, a beautiful sunny day, the gorgeous ocean water and the coast of Florida.
Ocean water is so crystal clear (a light cerulean blue in places), and the water aboard the ship comes from the ocean and is desalinated onboard. BUT having said that, we had to buy our water for our cabin room, six large bottles for $30, purchased twice. Dining room water is free and since we are water drinkers, we drank our fill there. I don't know why, but the water coming from the faucet in our room had a chlorinated smell whereas the dining area water did not.
The only disappointment of the cruise was the lack of fall color, and a few other things like having to buy our own drinking water for the room. Overall, it was a great! Beautiful sunsets and sunrises, oceanscapes, crystal clear air, the sound of silence, yet the music and rhythm of the ocean water…
The taxi from the ship to the airport was 2 miles ($25). The driver barely spoke English, was polite and appeared to be Haitian. We were dropped at the shuttle, then rode to the parking garage. Parking fee: $165. As we exited the shuttle, an illegal asleep on the bench. Face, neck, arms were all covered in tattoos. MS 13?
Changes have been made aboard these ships: when we first sailed, the Pinnacle Grill with some fine dining that had been offered as an option, was now a premium restaurant, so if you sailed a number of times then it was available to you. Canaletto Italian restaurant is a separate charge. And the lower level dining room is now basically casual dining_ people dressed in shorts, tank tops, clearly no need for the dress I brought in this beautiful space, and the food is no different than on the Lido Market. The myriad of Lido food options range from main dishes such as beef, pork, fish and served with vegetables, casseroles...; sushi, salads, Asian cuisine, Middle Eastern type stews with spices I enjoy (i.e. Cumin); breads, fruits... and the list goes on. My choice was to eat similarly as being home, good protein
The ship was headed to Africa from Ft. Lauderdale. That voyage I cannot imagine.
If you missed Part I