08.29.2010 - 08.29.2010
This was a day of travel as the ship sailed up the center of the center of the Baltic Sea and into the Gulf of Finland toward Tallinn, Estonia.
No need to wake up really early, but we had set the alarms for 8 a.m. so we could get a decent start on the day. Breakfast was served in the formal dining area astern, but we opted for the Windjammer Café near the front of the ship. There was a fine selection of breakfast items (and the meat/cheese/breads described yesterday). And like yesterday, once we sat down with food from the buffet line, we learned that here was a pastry bar, a freshly squeezed orange juice stand, and a separate hot table with French toast and blueberry pancakes. We have GOT to learn to make a lap or two around the dining room before we begin to gather our meal. Anyway, what we had was very good.
Elaine and Susie went to a jewelry making class together for the rest of the morning; John toured the ship and then rested in a lounge high above the main decks to watch the other ships go by...and to finish our little story from yesterday on the laptop.
Lunch was at 12:30 (there we go ...eating again). We ate in the main dining room, but at a different table than our dinner seats. Sitting with us were some folks from a Scandinavian country and a couple from Seattle. Well, actually as the wife explained, they really aren't from Seattle anymore because seven years ago they sold their house and all of their possessions and started a full time vacation. They've been spending the past 7 years rotating through 11 different time shares and various cruise ships. An interesting life style— if you don't need too much "stuff". All they own is in their suitcases.
Considering there was very little to do (except play bingo), the three of us watched "Shrek 3" in the big theater. Then it was nap time followed by... you guessed it... dinner.
The after dinner show was "Beatles Celebration". This was a quartet of young men who dressed and sounded very much like the original Beatles. They were good enough that we applauded them back for an encore.
By the time that was over it was past 10 p.m. Still adjusting to the time changes (we'll lose another hour tomorrow night!) and to the sea sickness patches behind our ears, we were ready to hit the hay.
Tomorrow we make our first landing; and it's John and Susie's 7th wedding anniversary. It should be fun!