We were arriving to Cobh (pronounced "Cove") 45 minutes late and since we had an afternoon arrival, we slept in later. Veronica had plans to meet up with new friends for breakfast so Chris and I did some walking around the promenade. We had a light lunch at the buffet and leisurely went ashore. We did not have any organized tour plans for this port.
Cobh is a picturesque town and we docked just steps away. 2 maritime disasters have historical importance here. The Lusitania was sunk nearby and Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic. We walked up the hill to see the Church as well as the view of the harbor. We decided to go the Titanic Experience. This exhibit focuses on the passengers who boarded there. Everyone is assigned a passenger’s name and you learn their fate at the end of the exhibit. We were all third class passengers and most from Cobh were so we knew our chances were not too good. The exhibit is very well done. You get to stand where these passengers waited to get the tenders to the ship. They also have recreations third and first class accommodations. At the end, only one of our passengers was saved.
We wanted to visit an Irish pub so we stopped in the Rob Roy for a drink. Chris wanted a Guinness and I wanted an Irish Coffee. The Irish Coffee was not as sweet as ones I have had in America. The cream on top was almost butter-like. We enjoyed our drinks and chatted about the Titanic.
We walked back to the ship just in time for trivia. Not our best performance with the questions this time. We went to Windows for dinner around six. It was empty. We had spring rolls and Mediterranean grilled vegetables for starters. Chris and Veronica both chose the Shrimp Pasta Alla Vodka while I chose the broiled Pacific Hake. The hake was delicious. For those who miss having lobster in the main dining room, I suggest giving this dish a try. The taste and texture was very similar. We skipped dessert. Veronica was going to meet her friends so Chris and I went to pub trivia. This time we tied for first! We also met a lovely couple and chatted with them over drinks.
The show tonight was Graffiti a comedy string quartet. We decided to go with our new friends. This was a very different show compared to others I’ve seen on NCL. They were very talented and added cute comedy to classical music. I found it comparable to shows on Crystal. Bravo NCL on this choice of entertainment.. We finished up the evening in Galaxy of the Stars watching a Queen tribute. Another fun evening on the Spirit.
We love to travel and experience new places and cultures.