Sunday morning — our last day at sea. How do these cruise days go by so fast? In less than 24 hours, we’re back at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, right where we started.

First, the weather report you’ve been waiting for: The winds have picked up, but nothing so far like the trip out. Lots of sunshine streaming through our balcony window.

We start with “Brunch at Sea” in the Sunshine room. While Pam goes traditional breakfast, I zero in on the fried chicken and gravy, with a honey-cheese biscuit. And glad I did. It was one of the best meals I’ve had so far.

Since Pam didn’t have a lot of opportunity to shop on Bermuda, she hit the shops on the ship pretty hard (after all, it is the last day). Ever the bargain hunter, she scored some deals on jewelry and clothing, including a new shirt for me. Thanks, sweetie!

At lunch, we wanted to try the Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse on Lido Deck. It’s beef, pork and chicken with all the fixings, as they say, including Mac Daddy Mac N Cheese, Old Skool Potato Salad, Collard Greens and Molasses Baked Beans. The pulled pork and chicken, paired with their custom sauces, were lick-your-fingers good. No extra charge, either — a double bonus.

I did save room to try something from the newest restaurant on board, Lucky Bowl. Located in the Lido buffet, it offers three different Asian noodle/soup combinations that change daily. One bowl is a meal in itself.

In the late afternoon, we go ahead and do our packing. It’s easier than waiting until the last minute, and you don’t have to interrupt the evening to rush back and get it done.

Tonight we’re taking in the main show at the Liquid Lounge, “Vintage Pop.” We were so impressed with the caliber of the talent in “Soulbound,” we had to see what the cast had for us in this production. But first, a final stop at Alchemy Bar to toast our trip with a peach cosmo. We met a teacher from Ohio on the cruise with her husband, who talked about how much they loved the ship and had a great time on the Bermuda beaches.

Then it was showtime. “Vintage Pop” is a tribute to the Roaring 20s, mixed with some modern touches. From the band to the production, all we could say is “Wow.” They knocked it out of the park with an electric performance — one of the best we’ve seen at sea, and that’s saying a lot. In fact, we were so impressed, it’s the only show we’ve ever gone back to see twice. Bravo!

For dinner, I opted for the Caribbean jerk chicken while Pam had the pasta. We both ordered up the Baked Alaska for dessert. How would we rate the food overall? Let’s just say there’s a diet in my future.

Another day had flown by. In a few hours, we would be docked beside the skyscrapers that form the New York skyline.

Story and photo courtesy of Gerry Barker. 

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