Our first sea day on our way back to New York City and the seas are rough. We both felt it off and and on through the night. Opening my curtains, I was surprised to see a rainbow. Maybe it is a sign the weather will change or at least it will be fun day! My mom has been doing great with medicine and I have been fine without it. After our breakfast in the buffet, I went to the gym. I opted for the bicycle since it was pretty rocky.
I did some walking around the ship afterwards and met up with my mom in the casino. We decided to go to trivia but did not officially play. I had won on a previous cruise so I know the prizes aren’t to spectacular but we wrote down our guesses for fun. After that we went to the buffet for lunch. It was Mediterranean themed and that matched our dinner tonight in Prego. The Mediterranean theme is a great day to make a big salad lunch.
After lunch it was a very low key afternoon. There was a cabin open house from 9-5 today so we were able to visit various types of cabins. It was interesting to see as I have only been in the "cheap seats" so far. While the rooms were lovely, I enjoy spending time outside of the cabin and also cruising more frequently so we will stick to the lower category cabins. We could not sit by the pool as all the chairs were away because of the wind. We spent some time in the cabin relaxing, reading, and writing until our magic show at 3pm. I have greatly enjoyed speaking to Joe Turner about magic so I was excited to see his act. It was a very fun show. He did a nice mix of card magic and slight of hand. He has a great personality and is very good with the patter. If you happen to be on cruise with him, don’t miss his show.
Later we both enjoyed our pre dinner drink in Avenue Saloon. My mom decided on some red wine this evening while I picked a Negroni since it is Italian night at Prego. The canapés were chicken wings and smoked salmon wraps. We did not have far to walk to go to our dinner once again this evening.
Prego is the Italian speciality restaurant. I have only dined here once before and was not the biggest fan but decided to give it another try since I felt my mom would enjoy some of their dishes. The service was a bit slow at first so I was a little worried but then it kicked in and was very lovely. I started with Lobster and Octopus, Carpaccio, and Shrimp Borsette and Grilled Prawn. My mother chose the Borsette, Caesar salad, and Cream of Mushroom soup minus the bread bowl. The lobster and octopus was delicious. I spoke to our server about the carpaccio. I found it to be overdressed on my previous visit. I feel it does not let the meat be the star. He said he would take care of that. The mustard sauce was much lighter when it was brought to the table and he added the rest of the ingredients to my specifications at the table. Perfection and goal achieved! I enjoyed it immensely this time. The Borsette was a new item for me. It is a light pasta stuffed with seafood. Very delicate and tasty. For my main course, I decided to try the roasted rack of lamb since it is a Prego Classic. I usually do not ever order lamb but I figured it was a good night to try something new. I really enjoyed how it is served with a black olive marmalade. My mother tried another classic, the lasagna and a side of the filet. She thought the filet was nice but raved about the lasagna. I am so glad she enjoyed it as she has sampled many different lasagnas. She said this was the best she has ever had. We were both full from dinner so we did a light fresh strawberry sorbet with Prosecco for dessert. It was a very light ending to a great meal. Prego redeemed itself in my eyes this trip.
After dinner, we went to Starlite for a few songs of “The Best of British: A True British Invasion.” We walked to the Galaxy a little early as we wanted to our usual seats for Steve Stevens. He is a very funny comedian who mixes comedy with music perfectly. He is another performer I would highly recommend.
My mom was feeling the motion so she decided to head to the cabin. I had some onboard credit to burn so I headed to the Avenue to treat myself to some Louis XIII. The bartender brought the bottle and special glass on a silver tray to the bar. He measured my half ounce pour with the accuracy of a pharmacist. I sat and gingerly took a sip savoring the amazing taste. Not soon after my first sip, a waiter with pizza asked if I would like a slice. I said no and turned to the bartender and I laughed. I said could you imagine if I ate a slice of pizza with this, holding my glass in one hand and pizza in the other? We both cracked up at the thought and enjoyed a laugh together. I wasn’t sure what to drink after that treat. He suggested Hennessy to compare. Well I learned there is no comparison. I enjoyed listening to the pianist but it was another low key evening with not much singing. I nursed that drink for a while and decided to get a ginger ale and take it back to the cabin. As I was heading back, I ran into some new friends in the Starlight who invited me back to Avenue. We set the clocks back tonight so I figured why not and sipped my ginger ale chatting with them. I finished up the last fifteen minutes of the movie from the previous night and then was rocked to sleep by some pretty active ocean.