Day 9 - At Sea
Saturday, January 26, 2013: The problem with a Diet Coke addiction is that you have to feed it even on a cruise ship, so we took care of it, $2/can at a time.
|On at-sea days, we made it a habit to leave our cabin for breakfast, then linger a while over a Diet Coke somewhere. Today, we chose the Pool Bar.
|We were way off-shore of Nicaragua, but having been there before (just barely), it was fine that we couldn't actually see the shore. It was a little more disappointing to not be able to see El Salvador when we passed it in the night.
|Time to take you on a tour of the ship. Here is the Martini Bar, home of the awesome martini sampler.
|Here's the big atrium, where they keep all of the duty free shops.
|Oh, how Debbie wanted this necklace, but at $3,000 "on sale," it was a little too pricy for her taste.
|But back to the tour. Here's the grand staircase in the atrium.
|Yeah, this is a picture of a pole. But it is the very pole we posed next to for a formal portrait in 2002.
|These beautiful glass sculptures are in the center of each staircase.
|The ship is covered in art, including a series of 3D line drawings on one of the stairwell landings.
|This set of artwork caught our eye, ...
|... and as usual, we both had the same favorite: the figure expressed as a series of digits.
|This colorful mosaic is in the Islands Cafe.
|Chicks dig seahorses, and these three glass displays in the Rendezvous Lounge (or was it the Crystal Room?) were filled with them.
|This sculpture is titled Life on Galápagos, and it is easy to tell why. We would eventually see for ourselves four years later.
|We spent the afternoon as usual, with Tom reading and Debbie processing the pictures taken so far.
|Zenobio stopped by to dispense sandwiches, pastries, and tea as always.
|We always tried to catch the sunset, and here is it setting over the Pacific Ocean.
|We like sunsets!
|At dusk, things got very quiet on the pool deck.
|At dinner, we ordered the drink of the day: mojitos! Yeah, we were drinking mojitos like Sam Axe.
Our appetizer was a spring roll filled with rice noodles and shrimp. It was so incredibly delicious that we asked our waiter for seconds and he was good enough to oblige.
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