Another day a sea on our way to Ensenada. I started my morning at the Bistro for some coffee and writing. It is very quiet this morning.
After writing, Veronica and I went outside to see the weather at the pool. The pool was sloshing about and it was chilly. I really thought it would be warmer. We went over to Silk to read inside and peruse the evening’s menus. There we finally met Tom and Ed. We enjoyed a delightful discussion about cruising. They are very charming gentlemen who I enjoyed talking with this morning. We chatted until it was time for trivia.
We lost our teammates to a private dance lesson so we were just the two of us again. We did ok scoring 9/15. Had our first trivia drama though when the woman on the team we switched papers with accused us of marking their answers incorrectly wrong. She really got a nasty tone with my daughter. Uncool. The answers were just wrong. I knew she would be mad when I saw her clap excitedly when she thought her team had Midsummer’s Night Dream right but they put Eve, not dream. Trivia has been competitive with no partial credit so it wasn’t correct. They still would have needed three more right to even win. Close sweetheart, maybe next time. Some people need to just enjoy the vacation. Maybe the motto “Enjoy your day and if you can’t don’t mess up anyone else’s” would be one to learn.
After trivia, we went to the Marketplace for lunch. It was taco day so Veronica enjoyed her lunch. I made a large salad and was excited to use guacamole as my dressing. The wait for guacamole became pure comedy. I patiently waited while others behind me gave up. Passengers came from the other side of the buffet with tacos on the hunt for avocado deliciousness. I was in too deep to give up the wait. I had to see how it turned out. Veronica texted she was almost done her lunch. When I brought my meal out to the Silk lounge area, a woman at a table recognized me from the line. She cracked up at how long the wait for guacamole took. It was a great salad so it was worth it. After lunch, I tried a Ginger Rasp Fizz. A very light cocktail.
I decided to grab a blanket and my book to read in the sheltered part of the pool. It was so quiet but chilly. I took a quick nap to prepare for the strenuous activity of Bingo. I watched the end of the East Coast Swing class waiting for Bingo to start. We were not successful today but had fun trying.
We returned to our cabin to dress for our final Black Tie optional night. Veronica was ready first this evening and waited for me in the Avenue Saloon. I decided to be festive this evening and try a Lush champagne. Very lovely champagne cocktail with elderflower.
We walked to dinner at Waterside but stopped to take some portraits since we were both dressed in our formal attire.
The dinner in Waterside was fantastic. Viktor made some great recommendations as usual and changed our minds from our initial thoughts. We both started with a double order of caviar. It is served with the traditional blini, creme fraiche, egg and onion. The caviar did not disappoint. I chose a glass of champagne to enjoy with my caviar. We were going to skip a soup course but Viktor insisted we have soup this evening. Veronica chose the cream of asparagus while I selected the Consommé double “Dubarry” which had a cauliflower panna cotta. Both soups were excellent. Viktor wins again! For dessert, Veronica stuck with Viktor’s recommendation of La Pergola which is a chocolate coffee mousse cake with homemade vanilla ice cream, whiskey espuma and raspberries. She liked it. I decided to be adventurous and try the lemon and blueberry trifle. It wasn’t the most flavorful dessert so I think Viktor was spot on tonight. We posed with our wonderful dining team for some photos after our dinner.
Tonight’s show was a production show, Speakeasy. To gain entry, one needed the password to get inside. I joked the password was “Carnival” but then gave the correct one. I ordered a Sidecar as it was the first Prohibition cocktail that popped into my head. Very fun show. Brett danced in the aisle near us so we gave him a cheer. He gave us a smile in return. Another great show, Brett!
After the show, we decided to go dancing. We met up with Martha and Daniel. We enjoyed a few dances but we wanted to go to karaoke in the Avenue with Priscilla and DJ Danya. I think Martha resembles Gloria Estefan so I convinced her to sing “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” tonight. She is a very nice singer. The amazing Aaron Lazar sang with his father and also did some Bon Jovi. I’m glad he left before I sang. How can anyone follow him? He’s so talented. Priscilla wanted me to sing so I convinced her to join me for “Copacabana”. I’d like to offer my apologies if I tortured you with my rendition. We closed out the evening with “Don’t Stop Believing” as a group. Fun times! We talked to DJ Danya for a bit and it was 2:00am when we crawled into our beds. Wait...it was really 3am!! Good thing it’s a sea day tomorrow!
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