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May 22, 2012 / rafinmd

Day 5, Monday, May 21, At sea, Formal

The day started quietly. I was up at 5, and on deck at 5:15. The scandisplay had sunrise after 6 but the conditions told me that was impossible, and my GPS indicated 5:15. At 5:30 there was still no sun under the thick clouds; I finally saw evidence of it through a small bright spot about 6. What was lacking in sun was offset by a very comfortable temperature and very little wind. I finished my 5-mile (21-lap) walk on deck 10 about 7:30.

Most of the morning was pretty quiet, resting up from the fatigue of the last few days. I did spend some time catching up on computer things and discovered that I am not a rock climber. I did get about half way up the wall but am past the stage in life where I’m suited to that kind of work.

Timothy Calvert gave a 1PM presentation in the Orpheum Theater on “The Great Cruise Liners of the Past”, talking about many of the great ships in our history including 3 legendary ships I have been on, sailing on QE2 and SS Rotterdam and staying on the Queen Mary.

After the lecture the belly flop contest was ending and I saw perhaps the last dive along with the announcement of a medical emergency. The last thing to happen before the deck was cleared for the evacuation was an ice sculpture demonstration next to the pool.

When I got back to my room after the evacuation it was time to prepare for formal night. We had my first ever Crown and Anchor “welcome back” party (on Enchantment last year I was not “back” and my January Jewel cruise was too short). This was apparently a big party with about 1200 C&A members, roughly 620 gold like me, 220 platinum, 100 emerald, 200 diamond, 55D+, and 2 pinnacle.

After dinner the featured entertainment was the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers with Stage to Screen, a presentation of music that made the transition from Broadway to Hollywood, including West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, and (appropriately for a ship based in Baltimore) Hairspray.

Being somewhat lazy I do most of my internet posting from the Champaign Bar on deck 4 (can hardly wait for the ‘pervasive wifi’ promised for the December drydock). Today’s parting shot comes from my visit there to go online last night. My usual cruise line of choice is Crystal. Since I will be sailing with them 39 days this fall this trip was what fit my wallet and my schedule at the moment. There is nowhere else I’d rather be right now but some things can make me a bit “homesick”. The band in the bar played “What a Wonderful World” which is played on every Crystal sailaway and that is one of the things that sets off my homesickness. The same thing happened to me last summer on an Arctic cruise and I found the best remedy was to change the song a bit, so here goes:

“I’ve seen stormy seas, great howls of wind, all from the comfort of Enchantment of the Seas. Houses of many colors and pink sandy beaches. Heroes working bravely for all our safety, and I think to my self, what a wonderful world. Oh yea.”



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