Sunday/Monday, November 14-15, 2009…My Equinox diary
These past two days at sea have passed swiftly. Our mornings are generally quiet. Chet gets up and goes to the gym early and then we have coffee in our cabin and go to breakfast between 8:30-9 a.m. Timing is a little off for everyone as we turn back the clocks one hour almost every night.
Then we generally go to the top of the ship, to the Lawn Club area, where we find some comfy seats to read for an hour or so (Chet has already finished three books) and watch the many activities going on. There is a putting contest each day at 10 a.m. followed by bocce, quoits and other lawn pursuits. The hot glass show is also going on and it is fun to check out what they are making each day. (They do not sell the pieces on board although they sometimes raffle a few at the end of the cruise.)
Most days we have lunch in the dining room. It takes a bit longer but it is nice to be served and it is a nice place to meet new people and talk about their cruising experiences.
In the afternoon, we generally participate in scheduled activities…like listening to lectures and such. David Perry has been an excellent speaker on the history of cruise ships. Yesterday morning we did go to Catholic mass in the morning.
What are the other people on ship doing? There are more than 350 Germans on board and they all seem to gravitate to the pool area. If the sun is out, then you can count on the pool lounges being full for most of the day. Then there are people learning languages at the Rosetta Stone classes and others are taking lessons in the computer lab. There are also scrapbooking sessions and lots of trivia contests. There are also live music performances throughout the ship.
The fitness center (as opposed to the spa) is always busy. The treadmills seem to be full from morning to night and there is a wide offering of fitness classes. There is also an acupuncturist on board as well as a medical doctor giving injections of Botox®, Restylan®e and Perlane®. How busy they are I have no idea. The costs for these treatments runs into the hundreds of dollars.
My own impression is that the AquaSpa, lovely as it is, is not as busy as it might be and I attribute this to its extremely high pricing. Generally, I would have several spa treatments but have cut back drastically because of the cost and have talked to others who have done the same.
On Sunday night, we had dinner with the Jantzes at the Silk Harvest Asian restaurant. Here the surcharge is $20 per person. The menu is limited but creative and is served family style so that you can sample the many offerings, which include sushi. I thought it quite good and the service was excellent. I recommend the Red Curry Duck entree, but watch out for the habanero pepper that will (literally) take your breath away.
On both nights, we have attended the evening shows and both entertainers were excellent. On Sunday, Greg Bonham, a singer/trumpeter/dancer from Las Vegas performed and on Monday, jazz violinist Doug Cameron took the stage. Both were backed by the excellent Equinox Orchestra, however Cameron’s show was greatly enhanced by the participation of the Inspiration Strings Quartet.
In general, I would say that the live entertainment on this 14-day transatlantic cruise is way better than usual. Both of these entertainers are going to be giving afternoon concerts on coming days and we will be sure to attend.
Only two days at sea to go…