All clear this morning to go ashore in Bermuda! I didn’t hear of any problems so I think everyone was negative. After breakfast, we decided to go for a stroll around the dockyard. We have both been to Bermuda a few times so we didn’t have plans to take bus, ferry or taxi to Hamilton or St George as it can be quite time consuming or expensive. It was very quiet around the shops. After perusing the shops, my mom decided to head back to the ship while I wanted to explore a little more and get some exercise. The National Museum looked interesting and I thought that could be a possibility tomorrow. I peeled into Snorkel Park and the new (to me) miniature golf. It looks to be a very interesting course designed after famous courses in Bermuda, Scotland and USA. No windmills or animal obstacles. My father would so approve. I checked the hours and discovered that wouldn’t be an option since they do not open on Monday or Tuesday. Other then the addition of mini golf and an escape room, I did not see many changes from previous visits to Bermuda.
I met back up with my mother for some lunch in the Marketplace. It was warm and sunny so that means some pool time for me. I found a nice round lounger in the shade and was one of the few people outside. I worked on the blog, had a snack of some French fries, relaxed and even napped for a bit. It was so enjoyable doing nothing.
We had our pre dinner cocktail in the Avenue, gin martini for mom and a Negroni for myself. I wanted to prep my stomach of the culinary delights of Umi Uma. The canapés tonight were a goat cheese and a falafel with beet root hummus. We both passed on the cheese but tried the falafel. Before we knew it, it was Umi time!!
Umi Uma is one of my favorite restaurants ever. I hoped my mom would enjoy it too. I had one glass of Nobu Chardonnay. I’ll say one glass because it never emptied. My mom had a Pinot Noir. I started with the Nobu special which I’ve been dreaming about. I am not sashimi fan typically but this is next level. It was as delicious as I remembered. My other starters were lobster tacos, lobster tempura, and mushroom salad. All were perfection. My mom tried the soft shelled crab roll, soft shelled crab spring roll, lobster tempura, and green salad. For our mains, we both chose the Wagyu beef and decided to share a Nobu style Black Cod since I’ve read so much about this dish. While the cod was good, we both preferred the beef. I love all the sauces that accompany the steak. For dessert, my mom ordered the tapioca soup and loved it. I felt I would be good with just a sesame cookie but decided to have a fruit plate as well. The sorbet was very refreshing although the selection of fruit at Silk is probably the best on the ship in my opinion.
After dinner, we headed up to Palm Court to listen to The Two of Us Duo play their tribute to the Beatles. I had read some mixed reviews on this where some did not care for their arrangements. They did the songs we heard at a much slower tempo, for example, Baby You Can Drive My Car was a very slow, sexy style. My mom didn’t care for it. My dad is a huge Beatles fan and he thinks it is more about the lyrics. I lean with my dad and enjoyed their takes on the songs. I met up with Petar who is a server who remembered my husband and I from our 2019 Thanksgiving cruise where he made us every Manhattan on the menu. He makes excellent drink recommendations and is very knowledgeable. I told him we just had a big dinner and I would like something to digest and settle the stomach. He recommended Amara on the rocks. He described it as similar to Fernet but smoother. It was perfect to sip on listening to the music. My mom felt cold so he made her a hot toddy to sip on which she enjoyed.
The show tonight was Icons in Concert. It was supposed to be later in the cruise but they moved it because we are possibly hitting rough seas on the way home. We both enjoyed the show as it is high energy with recognizable hits from different decades. My mom cracked me up when she said Karma Chameleon was “so old.” Way to make me feel old!
We headed over to Avenue to hear a few songs before bed. It was pretty quiet in there again tonight. I am not sure I am a big fan of Charlie James. He is not super engaging with the audience and his songs are not real upbeat. He did a little Paul Simon set by request and did get some interaction when he played Call Me Al. Some ladies I had met came in and I went to sit with them after my mother left. I told them I had to be on very good behavior as I was almost kicked out the night before for talking. The one lady (who was not with me the night before) said she was kicked out of Palm Court tonight for talking! Maybe it was the same fun police? We had a chuckle and she said she wasn’t a fan of this pianist. We left fairly soon as some of the group had early tours today. The forecast does not look good for tomorrow but a bad weather day on a ship beats a sunny day at home to me anyway!
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