WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER
We have been at sea now for five days, and its been ok! We wake up around eight am every morning to go for a run out on upper deck followed by a half hour inside the gym. It’s a good start of the day! The gym is located at the front of the boat and it’s pretty much like a rollercoaster over there. It means exercising is just that extra bit heavier, especially running or cycling.
Breakfast goes on as usual and we have two options, the buffet or a la carte. Breakfast finishes at 10:30am when morning snacks starts. When morning snacks closes we have to survive a full hour before lunch is served, and again we have two options, buffet or a la carte. As lunch opens so does the pizza and grill bar by the pool, so we can stay there and eat too. Or, we could eat lunch and after that move straight on to pizza and grill as that goes on for longer, and basically eat constantly until 6pm. Between 5-6pm the afternoon snacks buffet opens too, and here we can enjoy fruit, cakes and coffee.
At 6pm we have to wait a full two hours before dinner is served. TWO HOURS! It’s actually manageable, if it wasn’t for these two hours I guess we would not have a reason to go for an evening shower and change to evening outfits.
Yeah you got it, this cruise is pretty much all about eating. It’s everywhere. I have not been hungry since I boarded!
Apart from eating, the cruise has several events, games and funny people to look at. We don’t participate in any events, but we make great audience. There has been games such as Dance around the chair, Sexy legs (don’t ask), Miss Mistral, Bingo,and other kids games that adults find funny when stuck on a boat. There is also several exercises in group that one can participate in, such as stretching, abdominal training, aerobic and dance classes. There are several things to do, it feels like being stuck on one of those resort with “all inclusive” except we pay for drinks outside our meals. That’s ok, surprisingly a small draft beer is only €1.90! And where there’s a Junior, there’s eventually a friend amongst the staff. So, sometimes there’s a bill, sometimes not!
I have learnt that this tactic is called “Somebody Love” in Brazil…
On Sunday 4th we passed by Cabo Verde, we didn’t anchor but navigated around the islands which was nice! It felt good to have a change in view.
Many people thought we would be bored on a cruise ship, or maybe even go slightly nuts. It’s been a positive surprise although we won’t do it again! But it’s good to see we can stand each other perfectly well and are enjoying our company, we don’t usually have this much time together so its a bit of a test. Yesterday we played ping pong, I won of course… after the first game a kid was going to try to beat me but of course he didn’t. He (the kid) asked me politely not to tell anyone! Jr came back for another few games, he got better just not good enough.
We spend time with the two couples we have been placed with for dinner (set places), and it’s been great. The Mineiro continues to prove he’s a great story teller and we constantly laugh at his crazy world. He is a 35 year old man full of muscle but with a goofy look; became a father at age 13 and grandfather at 33. He is definitely the highlight of the evening!
On Friday we arrive to Recife, it will be a quickie there as we cruise on to Salvador at 1pm.