ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Sunday, January 12): On Sunday the seas were smoother.
Sunday started with the knock on the door as the steward brought in our rolls, juice and coffee. The sea was considerably calmer. After getting ourselves together, we headed up to the Lido Restaurant on Deck 9 for our second breakfast. The in-room breakfast gets the engine started.
At 10:00 AM the ship’s captain conducted the interdenominational church service. Lots of singing.
I met up with Jane afterwards and we both headed in for one of the lectures. This was being presented by former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie. As Americans, we weren’t familiar with her, but the standing room only crowd in the Royal Court Theater meant the British passengers knew her well. We decided to wait and catch it on our stateroom TV later.
This led to lunch. We were seated at a table for six in the Britannia Restaurant. By incredible coincidence, the first couple to join us was a young couple from Slovenia who were celebrating their honeymoon, sailing to Fort Lauderdale. They were charming. Because of the location of their young country in the Balkans, she spoke two languages well and could get by in four other languages. The next couple to join our table were Welsh. They are on for the full 75 days, are engaged and will be married by the ship’s captain later in the voyage.
We bought wine for the table to celebrate these important milestones in their life.
Afterwards, we settled into the comfy couches near the Queens Room, listening to the nearby opera singing, part of the afternoon classical concert program. We finished reading our books and returned them to the library.
The comfy couch put us in the perfect location for afternoon tea, served by white gloved waitstaff. They put out china and linen, then come around with tea, scones, pastries and finger sandwiches. It’s all included and you can do it every day!
Curiously, the ship rarely feels crowded. There may be 2,000 passengers and 1,000+ crew, but outside of the lectures or dinner, you don’t come across masses of people.
We headed back to the cabin and I changed to head up to the gym. The ship has started rocking a bit, but nothing too serious. Still, it’s a challenge exercising when the floor is moving.
Tonight is a formal night, starting with the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail party. This was crowded, although everyone is well dressed and polite. It’s traditional to enter via a receiving line and shake hands with the Captain. They also have an express line for people who want to get in quicker. They offered sparkling wine and passed hors d’oeuvres. Veteran Cunarders know you can order mixed drinks if you flag down one of the servers. That’s how Jane got her martini.
Afterwards, we headed into dinner. Filet mignon. Chocolate soufflés. It’s a gala dinner. We brought a nice wine, sharing it with the table and our wine steward. You know you are old when the wine steward, after sharing some with his peers, remarked that one of the other stewards really liked it because the vintage was the same year his mother was born!
Lots of conversation, then back to the cabin. We set the clocks back another hour tonight.
It was another very good day.
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