Day 27 – At Sea
The Knights were the “Coffee Chat” guests this morning. Simon is the leader of the group which he created as a concept back when he was a cast performer on a cruise ship a few years back. There are now 6 Knights, including 3 women. The shore show uses all six while only 3 of the men perform on the ships. Simon is trying to put together a charity reunion show of the actual Knights in the future.
Judy asked if I wanted to learn a new stitch today at 10 AM knitting. I said sure, but discovered that there are only really 2 knitting stitches – a knit or a purl – and everything else is simply combining these basic stitches in different sequences. I am closing in on finishing my first ball of yarn. Yeah!
The HAL singers and dancers were in the Queen’s lounge today at 11 am to answer a few questions and then host a back-stage tour. This is an exceptionally talented group and we have seen 2 shows so far, with the third show this evening. They are all on a 10-month contract and will stay together for the rest of this cruise, putting on a total of 10 different shows. The group has a lot of positive energy which really shows in their performances and we are looking forward to seeing the rest of their shows.
The ship motion remains significant and if they had to cancel this evenings show, I wouldn’t be shocked. It is forecast to get better later, so I am optimistic that the show will go on this evening.
We had lunch by the pool once again, with Judy getting her signature turkey and provalone panni while I continue to browse the lido looking for something new to sample. I settled on the ramen bar and was served a steaming hot bowl of delicious noodles.
While we were eating, the comedian Frank King happened by and we chatted for a bit and ended up inviting him to dinner tomorrow evening which he graciously accepted.
Pub Trivia was an interesting mix of attire as many folks with early seating were all ready dressed up in their finest. While us late seaters were still wearing Hawaiian shirts and shorts.
Tonight, was a Gala Night with the theme “Bowlers and Bumper Shoots.” Bowlers are derby style hats – presented in sparkly gold and silver while the “Bumper Shoots” are umbrellas with dozens and dozens hanging, opened, from the ceiling in the dining room. Even though the Gala night dress code has changed and the only requirement is a collared shirt, the World Cruise guests on this cruise are dressing like its 1999 – at least at late seating on the upper level. Things may be different at early seating, but seeing men in tuxedos is a common occurrence this evening.
Our table was hosted this evening by Mark the Event Manager. We had a great time learning more about his background and some of the challenges he faces every day. He will be aboard during the drydock after this cruise where one of the major changes will be a change to the deck 4 seating layout of the Queens Lounge to provide for better sight lines.
The ship has run out of shrimp for the shrimp cocktails, so they are substituting a crab legs cocktail in its place, which is quite good. The headline entrée was the Surf and Turf which was spectacular is both taste and presentation. For dessert? What could be better than our all time favorite: the Cappuccino Bomb, which is coffee ice cream, inside a dark chocolate shell, served with chocolate sauce and berries.
The HAL singers and dancers lit up the stage with an amazing performance of the HAL favorite “The Midnight Hour”. This is a wonderful, high energy show, which will have you tapping your feet, clapping your hands and ready to dance in the aisles. The show opens with a sensuous performance of “Fever” and concludes with the classic “Midnight Hour” with a nice bouncy version of “Valerie” featuring the female singers and dancers in the middle of the show.
We received another pillow gift this evening. A universal travel adapter . A list of all the pillow gifts is shown on the reference section of the 2018 World Cruise on this blog
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