Day 12 Tuesday 11th October 2016
I wake up at
8.00am and Tam is already on the balcony. Today is an at
sea day and we have no plans other than to relax before our
meal at Murano tonight.
We go to Blu for breakfast. Tam orders the parfait, but the server brings her muesli instead. I didnt order that, I ordered parfait says Tam. That is parfait madam says the server. No it isnt says Tam Its muesli. And so it goes back and forth for a while. Eventually it gets sorted out to an irate Tam's satisfaction. I need to get the girl some anger management classes (although she was right, it was muesli).
I have an omelette and toast and we are ready to face the rigours of a day doing absolutely nothing.
Our first stop
is the Persian Gardens. With our Aqua class stateroom we get
cruise long access to this area. It has heated ceramic beds that
look hard and uncomfortable, but are actually really nice to
relax on as is shown by the light snoring coming from the chap a
couple of beds along from me. There are two sauna rooms and
showers as well, although we dont make use of them on this
After 90 minutes we leave and go to another indoor part of the ship that nobody seems to know about, as its always empty. Its on deck 11 at the very front of the ship, the pointy end for those of a nautical nature.
It has big wide beds. Literally beds, not the sunbed type thingies and a large panoramic window facing out to sea. Its so quiet and peaceful, even the raging brute that is Tam is stilled for a brief while.
sure we can do sitting still for too long as 30 minutes later we
move to the Solarium (the adults only indoor pool area), where we
stay for a couple of hours.
Its now lunchtime and we both fancy a Caesar Salad, so we go to the main dining room. Unfortunately they dont do Caesar Salad at lunchtime, so Tam has a small bowl of mushroom soup and I have a Brik. This is a Tunisian dish that we last had on our honeymoon 30 years ago. I dont remember being like this in Tunisia. There it was a crispy pancake with a whole soft-boiled egg in the middle. The thing I have on the ship has bits of seafood in it including some very chewy squid. Ah well, never mind. Youre never far from the next meal when cruising.
Up to the Solstice deck, which is again beautifully quiet. I must say I have seen very little evidence of sun bed hogging. When most people leave they pack up their things and leave the sun beds and chairs for others to use.
Tam makes sure she uses plenty of sun cream this time as we bought a factor 50 in Brisbane for her red bits. I call in a team of 5 maintenance staff and shes oiled up and ready to go after only 10 minutes.
of time passes where we do nothing except read, listen to music,
doze and stare out to sea. Come to think of it, thats quite
a few things.
It becomes apparent at this point in time that there is a drawback to the Solstice Deck the basketball court is right in front of it. When the ball hits the backboard, as it does frequently, there is a loud thwack. What sort of genius ship designer thought to them selves Hmmm, theres this large spare area just in front of one of the quietest, most relaxing areas of the ship what shall we do with it? I know, well stick in a basketball court. The man (or woman) is a complete fool.
We go back to the Solarium for a dip in the pool and sit to dry off in a two person wicker round chair next to the window and stare out at the vast nothingness of the ocean. Its quite a spiritual experience until the woman in the hot tub next to us starts telling her hot tub companion rather loudly about her constipated dog. Spoils the moment somewhat.
Back to the stateroom for showers and were out again at 6.00pm to go to the Sunset Bar where theres a man playing a guitar and singing. We have a Bahama Mama each while listening. Its quite breezy, but the evenings are starting to get warmer as we move further north.
We head to
Cellar Masters next, where we I have a glass of Australian
Chardonnay and Tam has a sparkling Rose.
I decide to get an Old Fashioned from the World Class Bar to take with me to Murano, but this is a little different as it has a slice of lemon in it. Whether this is deliberate or not, I dont know, but it tastes good anyway.
We go to Murano
just a little before our 8.00pm reservation, but are seated
straight away. Murano is the most expensive and best (in my
opinion) restaurant on the Celebrity ships.
After an amuse bouche, Tam has the Lobster Bisque and I start with the Crab Parfait with Salmon both are very nice. We have the Chateaubriand for two as our main. The meat is tender and succulent, just as it should be. Tam has the Dark Chocolate Sorbet for dessert, while I have the cheese course.
Its a more leisurely dining experience than the other restaurants and we leave at 9.45pm.
Murano is the Ensemble Lounge and this is the place for our last
drink of the night. I have a Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Tam has
a Tia Maria and Coke. The same guy from the Sunset Bar earlier is
playing, so we enjoy our drinks in the darkened atmosphere of the
Ensemble Lounge listening to acoustic guitar music.
We have a lot of at sea days on this cruise, so there will inevitably a lot of did nothing, did some more nothing, ended up doing nothing type reports for these days. My apologies for that, but I guess thats the nature of a relaxing cruise. The good news is that the next two days are port stops. Its the Great Barrier Reef next, so expect Jacques Cousteau style rampaging adventures battling Tiger Sharks and Moray Eels. In truth its more likely to be me struggling to snorkel and coughing and spluttering on a mouthful of saltwater. Thats about the full extent of my marine adventuring.
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