Odyssey before refit
Wonderful embarkation experience at Barbados Bridgetown Port. Got out of taxi, called a porter to take our suitcases to the correct spot, and was met by Antonio the restaurant manager who knew our name, how he knew that is still a mystery. He then carried our hand luggage for us to the ship, someone else then carried it to the ships eatery, the colonade. we the tucked in to our first meal of many. Our room was ready at 1:00pm so not hardly a wait. Next we met our room stewardess who offered us champagne in a cold glass, smoked salmon titbits and a variety of soaps to choose from.Suitcases were already on the bed for unpacking and a little rest in peace before lifeboat drill, very necessary and done every 7 days. It was held in the dining room so very comfortable, and no standing for long periods. The cruise was transatlantic from Barbados to Funchal, Madeira. A whole seven days at sea. It seemed to pass very quickly after getting in to a routine. Breakfast followed by a knit and natter half hour with other ladies and cruise director Ross Roberts from Nottingham, although born in Boston as a Lincolnshire Yellowbelly. This knit and natter quickly dispersed because some left to go to bridge lessons, some to a talk, and me to art classes with a very capable lady Miss Kitty. Miss Kitty must have boarded with about 20 suitcases to carry the amount of stock she required to fulfill our days at sea. Watercolors, acrylic painting on bags, tiles, napkins etc. a;; complimentary. Well done Kitty. It was then swim time, followed by a nice shower, seabourn have lovely walk in showers. Time to eat again, lunch and its many varieties, always changing by geographical themes daily. Crossword time follows, then a further hour with Miss Kitty, then time to get glad-rags on for evening pre dinner drinks. Show were often early, before dinner, which suited a lot of people, but somehow we missed then being involved at the bar. Dinner over it was often later than we realised as having to add an hour to the time so when we arrived in Funchal we would be at the correct time. Funchal to Monte Carlo with a couple of ports on the way befor the ship went into dry dock. It would come back into service by being hired by Phillip Morris company to sleep the Ferrari F! team and assistants. An excellent reasonably priced cruise for those who like a bit of peace, and can hand pick their activities.
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