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Sky Princess will be the newest addition to the Princess Cruises fleet when she launches in October 2019.  As the fourth Royal-class ship she will be based on the design of her sister ships – Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess – but with some additional new features.

The 3,560-passenger Sky Princess is under construction at Fincantieri Monfalcone and we are excited to be booked on the Sky Princess 7-day Inaugural voyage from Athens to Barcelona on 20th October 2019.

Here are our top 7 things we can’t wait to see:

1) New Pools

The main pool deck will have two deep-tank pools linked by sunken, communal seating, adjacent to the fountains and top-deck bar. Sky Princess also features more hot tubs than on the other Royal-class ships.

We also see the return of the aft pool on the Lido deck (popular on Grand class Princess ships) with a fabulous new infinity-style Wakeview pool and bar.

The adults-only Retreat Pool on the Sun deck has also been re-designed with the Sanctuary and jacuzzis moved up one deck. This means the Retreat area is now less exposed to the elements.

2) New Staterooms

Sky Suite

Sky Princess will feature a new suite category called a Sky Suite. Centrally located on the  Sky deck, the starboard suite will measure 1,012 square feet and the port side suite 947 square feet. They will be surrounded by over 1,000-square feet of continuous balcony – the largest balconies ever offered by a cruise line.

Each suite has room for up to five guests and offers a 270-degree panorama including a private view of the Movies Under the Stars cinema screen.

The most premium stateroom in the Princess fleet, each Sky Suite will feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a dining area with skylight.

Passengers staying in a Sky Suite will have access to a pre-cruise, shoreside concierge and once onboard, they can enjoy Sanctuary services on their balcony, a private Suite Experience Manager, complimentary access to the Lotus Spa’s Enclave, enhanced ultimate balcony dining and a deluxe telescope for stargazing.

These suites are ideal for families, special occasions and hosted celebrations. Currently, the Sky Suite can only be booked by contacting Customer Services.

Premium Oceanview

New to Royal-class, the Premium Oceanview offers an affordable stateroom with a stunning wall of floor-to-ceiling windows which will provide more natural light and openness.

There are 6 Premium Oceanview cabins available, located on the forward Sun deck.

3) Sanctuary Re-design

The Sanctuary on Sky Princess is an adults-only area for rest and relaxation and has been given a contemporary design makeover.

Now on the Sky deck, the Sanctuary has eight private cabanas – twice as many cabanas as her sister ships. Space in the Sanctuary can be reserved on a first-come first-served basis for $20 for a half day/$40 for a full day, per person. Cabanas are available beginning at $80 for a half day.

4) New Jazz Venue – Take 5

Debuting first onboard Sky Princess, the Take Five Lounge is the spot for live jazz music. Passengers can unwind to the smooth sounds of a grand piano backed by a live jazz band in this intimate new lounge setting.

Musicians will perform jazz standards and explore new riffs, while passengers can enjoy a drink at the bar or a chat in the venue’s comfortable seating areas. Take Five takes over the space that is the Club 6 venue on Royal and Regal Princess and the VIP Gaming Room/Crooners Bar on Majestic Princess.

5) New Dining/Beverage Offerings

La Mer

Sky Princess will feature La Mer, a casual French bistro-style specialty restaurant which first debuted on Majestic Princess. Chef Emmanuel Renaut has created a new menu, showcasing authentic French dishes crafted with the Chef’s signature flair.

Located in the ship’s atrium, La Mer will draw inspiration from both the flavours of the French Alps and the ocean. It will have a $35 per person cover charge. View Sample Menu

Salty Dog Grill

The Salty Dog Grill , popular on recently refurbished ships such as Caribbean Princess, will be introduced for the first time to Royal-class. As the new grill venue on the Lido Deck, it will offer 100% handmade Gourmet Burgers, Street Tacos, Classic Hot Dogs plus loaded fries including chilli cheese and bacon & cheese.  All are complimentary except the Ernesto Burger. View Sample Menu

Slice Pizzeria

Also new to Royal-class ships, the complimentary Slice Pizzeria will offer an expanded pizza menu on the Lido deck. This will include Deep Dish Focaccia, California Artisanal Toast,  Sliced Stromboli, a classic Italian calzone or traditional Neopolitan-style classics. 

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Like birds attracted to anything shiny, we couldn’t resist the lure of the brand new Celebrity Edge. We enjoy exploring new ships and this would be our third maiden cruise in the last two years.

Booking the Cruise

We looked at the 3 day preview cruises but the prices were almost as high as a 7 day! After Celebrity cancelled some earlier preview cruises and the first 7 day maiden was moved to December 9th, we put down a deposit on this one.

We hadn’t cruised with Celebrity before so had to read up on all the different stateroom classes. We decided to book a standard E2 Infinite Veranda on deck 8 aft directly through Celebrity UK. Concierge Class would have worked out at £400 or $500 extra per person and we didn’t think it was worth the extra cost. The booking included the Classic Drinks package and $300 on-board credit. We phoned Celebrity to upgrade to their Premium Drinks package (after looking at sample drink menus) and pre-booked online a range of dining reservations, the internet package for 2 devices and an excursion.

Embarkation

We parked in the Midport parking garage just across from Terminal 25 in Port Everglades.

We then wheeled our luggage across the crossing, over another road and along the length of the terminal towards Luggage Drop Off.

Check In was about 50 yards away and was marked by a huge Christmas Tree at the entrance.

We entered security at 12:30, had our eXpress passes scanned and photos taken by a lady with an IPad. There was a slight hiccup in that the online system had only allowed me to check-in myself and not Chris. So, after a small diversion to the check-in desks, we were onboard by 12:45.

We walked onto the ship on deck 5 by the aft elevator and was offered a welcome glass of sparkling wine. The staterooms were ready for us!

Ship

Celebrity Edge is absolutely stunning both in terms of venue design and artwork. Every day provided a new delight and a feast for the eyes.

Our favourite spot was the Rooftop Garden where we watched live bands at night.

The Martini Bar was also a good place to find a pre or post-dinner drink and had a buzz each evening. Especially when the light show was timed to music (Chris loved the Imperial March one).

Eden had some nice aft views and hidden spots where you can relax during the day.

And, of course, the Magic Carpet, which drew the eye of every cruise passenger walking past us in the ports!

The artwork is described in a book provided in each cabin and there is an amazing selection.

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We had looked forward to going on the 3 day Sapphire Princess cruise out of Southampton for what seemed like an age! She was our first, second and third cruise ship but had been based in Asia in recent years and this was her first summer out of the UK. So this 3 day European Sampler Roundtrip was a perfect chance to revisit an old favourite.

Earlier this year we decided to make it even more special and paid extra to upgrade to a suite. We had always booked balconies on Princess before, and got upgraded to a mini-suite once, so this was something completely new to us. We chose Penthouse Suite C422 port side on Caribe deck midship. These are the benefits of a suite from the Princess website.

In the week leading up to the cruise, we had both experienced some minor health issues: Chris had a spiral fracture of one of his fingers and I had just been prescribed antibiotics for an infected fingernail which had to be taken 4 times a day on an empty stomach! So we decided we would probably be staying on board and taking it easy.

Embarkation

We drove down the afternoon before the cruise when it was lovely and sunny. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the next day was heavy rain. So when we looked out of hotel window the next morning, we only had a glimpse of Sapphire Princess in the mist at Ocean Terminal!

After a satisfying breakfast, we checked out and drove over to the terminal in the rain and got a bit wet waiting for CPS to check in our car for parking. We arrived at the terminal door at 11:52 and were whisked straight through the priority check in line.

We didn’t even need to sit and wait – we were directed to a separate security line with no queue and were on the ship by 12:10. The staterooms were ready so we headed straight to the mid-ship elevators and up to Caribe deck.

Our Suite

Our Penthouse Suite was a short walk down from the elevator lobby – a great location – and it had it’s own name: the Saint-Tropez Suite!

We opened the door to find a desk opposite a granite bar area. This then leads into a seating area with coffee table, sofa bed and two sets of floor-to-ceiling sliding balcony doors.

As you walk into the stateroom and turn to the right, you can see the bed right next to a balcony door. This is a Princess Luxury bed and seemed enormous!

To the left of the bed is a low wide chest of drawers, a vanity unit and the entrance to the bath/shower room.

The whirlpool bath is provided with luxury towels and the shower is very roomy with a fixed shower head and glass door –  both are supplied with Lotus Spa products (shampoo, conditioner and shower gel).

There is a slatted wooden door to the left of the shower cubicle which allows access to the separate toilet and basin area. Also included is a small bag of bathroom toiletries.

The balcony is long and deep and is half overlooked from the two balcony decks above. It has two loungers with a side table and a main table with three chairs. Perfect for Chris’ last drink of the evening when he sits in the dark listening to the waves!

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This is a guest post from travel blogger Jessalynn, also known as the Nerdy Traveler.

Recently, my husband and I took our first cruise on P&O, a week-long cruise to the Norwegian Fjords on Azura. In the lead-up to the cruise, a number of my British friends expressed a bit of surprise that a couple of Americans had decided to take a cruise on P&O. What, I wondered, had we gotten ourselves into?

So, did we survive the “ordeal”?

As it turned out – I felt that, by the end of the cruise, I’d found a hidden gem. And to be totally honest, I’m not sure I want to share it with too many other Americans! (To be fair, the summer of 2018 isn’t exactly a time in history I want to be surrounded by other Americans, but that’s a story for another blog post. Or maybe not – the reason we all go on cruises is to get away from nasty things like current events and global politics).

How different was P&O?

At one point, my husband suggested that our P&O cruise experience was about 85% similar to our other cruises, and I’d have to say that I agree with him.

Here are a few of the differences we noticed:

  • I’m just going to cut right to the chase: This biggest difference was how small my bar bill was at the end of the week! I had bought a bottle of scotch onboard with me, per P&O’s policy, and that helped significantly. But overall, I found the prices to be eminently reasonable, especially for bottled wine in the dining room. Even with the conversion from pounds to dollars, my bar bill for the week was under $200 – not an easy feat to achieve on your Royal Caribbeans and Princesses.
  • We usually find that people on a cruise are fairly nice – you’re on a holiday, after all, what could put you in a bad mood? – but I have to say that the people we met on our P&O cruise were especially friendly. This isn’t a surprise to me – as a travel blogger myself, I’ve found that the British cruise blogger set are among some of the friendliest and nicest people I’ve ever “met.”
  • Surprisingly, even though the main language spoken on board is English, we did run into some translation issues on our P&O cruise. What exactly is cock-a-leekie soup? Do I want to order a jam roly-poly pudding? The husband and I were split a little on the food – I found it to be very good, but he wasn’t completely sold. (We opted for the main dining room most nights, to be fair, and didn’t try any of Azura’s specialty restaurants.)

What about ‘getting’ the cultural references?

The British culture is strong on P&O, and admittedly, we did feel a little bit like outsiders at times. We weren’t hiding behind pillars during the Great British Sail Away, exactly, but we did tend to stay in the background, and a lot of the comedian’s jokes and impressions went over our heads because we didn’t get the cultural references. I wouldn’t call this a deal breaker by any means, though, and I was very pleased that my American husband’s somewhat off-color jokes were very well-received by our British table mates at dinner, among others!

Will we cruise P&O again?

We’ll definitely be back on P&O in the future – we loved the Fjords, and can’t wait to return, and we love coming to the UK and cruising out of Southampton.

I’d definitely recommend P&O to other Americans, especially if they’ve traveled to the UK before (or watched a lot of British TVs and movies like I have!). It’s a little tricky to book P&O Cruises from the States – as of now there’s just one travel agency licensed to do so, but as I’m a Travel Agent myself, I’m looking into how I might be able to book P&O cruises for myself and others.

P&O Azura didn’t have the bells and whistles of a mainline, big American cruise ship, but that’s just fine with me – I’m in it for the cruising itself, not the boardwalk entertainment. P&O’s next new ship, Iona, looks gorgeous and I’m excited to travel on P&O in the future!

Thank you Jessalynn! We have cruised for years as Brits on American cruise ships so it’s refreshing and quite amusing to look at it from the opposite standpoint! And good to confirm that P&O are getting it right. Hope to see you on P&O Iona!   Sandra and Chris (BritsOnAShip)

More about Jessalynn

Jessalynn Strauss is a university professor from North Carolina and has her own blog and travel agency: Nerdy Traveler.  We cruised with her on the Norwegian Bliss Inaugural Transatlantic in April 2018 and discovered a shared love of craft beer and good, loud country music (although only Jessalynn line danced!)

You will also find Jessalynn on Twitter and on Instagram _nerdytraveler

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We were invited by Princess UK to visit Royal Princess with a number of fellow cruise and travel bloggers while she was docked in Southampton.

We remember being part of the excitement of the launch of this first Princess Royal-class ship five years ago in 2013 and going on the 2 night preview cruise just after she was christened by the Duchess of Cambridge.  We have also cruised on her sister ships –  Regal Princess and Majestic Princess. So this was a chance to visit parts of the ship we wouldn’t normally get to see and provide a detailed guide on what is available on Royal-class ships.

Royal Princess can be classed as a larger ship. It weighs 142,229 tons and is 1,083 feet long, 217 feet high and 155 feet wide. It has 19 decks and carries 3,560 passengers.

Signature Design Features

The first part of Royal Princess you usually encounter after boarding is the huge gold and marble decorated Piazza which still takes your breath away.

The Piazza spans three decks and is a vision of gilt-edged balconies and stunning spiral staircases. It is twice the size of the ones on other Princess ships – the bars, restaurants and shops that surround it help make it the heart of the ship.

Zumba or dance classes are often held here in the morning and later on there might be musicians playing – it’s a great spot to sit and relax with a coffee from the nearby International Café.  In the evenings there are performances from live bands often with dancing on the central marble floor – great for people-watching with an after-dinner cocktail!.

The SeaWalk is another design highlight offering unique views over the ocean – if you are brave enough to walk on it! This 60 feet long  glass walkway, extends 128 feet above the waves and 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship. It is reassuring to know that the glass is 1.1 inches thick which is 4 times greater than the average car windshield.

Staterooms

Royal Princess has a wide choice of stateroom types depending on your preferences and budget. These range from Interior, Balcony and Deluxe Balcony staterooms to Mini-Suites and full Suites.  There are also wheelchair-accessible staterooms, connecting staterooms for families/groups and staterooms that will take up to four passengers.

Standard balcony rooms have a large queen bed that can be set up as twin beds, a bathroom with a basin, toilet and a shower (with curtain), a walk-in wardrobe, a safe, fridge, hair dryer and a desk with drawers for extra storage. The rooms are decorated in contemporary and rich finishes and accented with soft, soothing colours.

Royal Princess is the first Princess ship to offer a new stateroom category -the Deluxe Balcony. These are slightly larger to accomodate a small sofabed and include upgraded bathroom accessories – the bathroom itself is the same size as a standard stateroom.

Other stateroom types are shown below. With the exception of accessible staterooms, all  Mini-Suites and Suites have both showers and bathtubs.

The standard balconies are deep enough for two chairs and a small table. For larger balconies, check out:

  • the extended angled selection mid-ship under the SeaWalk or SeaView bar  (be aware the higher deck balconies may be overlooked).
  •  the Deluxe Balconies on Emerald Deck forward where the only obstruction is a metal balcony panel.
  • the Penthouse Suites on Riviera Deck.
  • the selection of Premium, Deluxe and Corner Balconies in the aft and forward facing areas.

All staterooms have in-room televisions which include on-demand movies, TV show episodes and a choice of live news and sports channels. We loved the addition of an option to pause a movie and start it up later just where you left off.

We have stayed in a number of standard Balcony staterooms, a Deluxe Balcony and a Mini-Suite on Royal-class ships but must admit to enjoying the extra space in a Mini-Suite,  with the separate lounge area and larger bathroom.

Daytime Activities

On port days, most passengers get off the ship to go on excursions or make their own arrangements but there is plenty to do on sea days to keep you occupied. The daily Princess Patter includes a vast array of activities such as lectures, classes, trivia, bingo, wine tasting sessions and audience-participation games.  Or you could just choose to relax on a lounger or in a hot tub.

The main pool area can get really busy especially on sunny days. It includes two fresh water pools with an island area between them and plenty of loungers.

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We have just returned from the Norwegian Bliss Inaugural Transatlantic where we posted daily – please see below a list of contents with links to our daily posts during the cruise:

Day 1 – 21st April 2018
Bliss arrival in Southampton; The Local menu – lunch; District Brewhouse menu; Q menu – dinner
Day 2 – 22nd April 2018
Starbucks menu; Bliss store merchandise; Sugarcane Mojito bar menu; La Cucina menu; Touchscreens; A-List bar menu; Savor menu- dinner; Camille Rae band; Social 70s party
Day 3 – 23rd April 2018
Observation Lounge; Haven H8 and Studio Room pictures; Food Republic menu – dinner; Coco’s menu – dessert
Day 4 – 24th April 2018
Bliss Theatre pictures; Laser Tag and Race Track pictures; Teppanyaki menu – dinner
Day 5 – 25th April 2018
Port: Ponta Delgada; Los Lobos menu – dinner; Silent Disco
Day 6 – 26th April 2018
Go-Kart experience; Pub Crawl CC event; The Local – dinner
Day 7 – 27th April 2018
Garden Cafe – lunch; Chocolates of the World CC event; Splash Academy programme; Video Games Arcade pictures; Manhattan Room menu – dinner;
Day 8 – 28th April 2018
Interactive TV pictures; Mystery Gift Exchange Reveal CC event; Oktoberfest CC event; La Cucina – dinner; Karaoke
Day 9 – 29th April 2018
Cabin thoughts; The Local menu – breakfast; Margaritaville menu – dinner; Happy Hour Prohibition; Cruise Memento
Day 10 – 30th April 2018
Port: Halifax NS; Garden Cafe – dinner
Day 11 – 1st May 2018
Salon Price List; Gym Pictures; Coco’s – crepes; Manhattan Room – dinner; Full moon picture
Day 12 – 2nd May 2018
Spice H2O menu; The Bake Shop menu and pictures; Dolce Gelato flavours; Deck 8 aft pictures; Room Service menu; Cagneys Steakhouse menu – dinner; Statue of Liberty picture. Ocean Blue menu. Le Bistro menu.

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It’s the final day of the Inaugural Transatlantic cruise on Norwegian Bliss.

Read about Day 11

We woke up just before 9am, despite the clocks going back an hour for the fifth and final time.

We managed to grab our breakfast before they closed down the first serving stations at 10. Then it was back to our stateroom to pack.

A massive pile of washing each and so many bits of paper to throw out!

We then headed off to take some pictures. It was sunny but with a chilly wind. Here is our balcony:

We headed up to a busy Spice H2O and found the drinks menu:

And the Mudslide with ice-cream!

Next, we headed down to deck 8 aft to find The Bake Shop:

I bought a couple of mini cupcakes – Peanut Butter and Red Velvet:

Chris didn’t think the Peanut Butter cupcake had much taste to it but I loved the Red Velvet cupcake.

They sell gelato in the same spot as part of Dolce Gelato but the glass was too steamed up to see the gelato!

The extreme aft on deck 8 is quite glorious:

And the Waterfront sofa area will be great in warmer climes:

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It’s the penultimate day of the Inaugural Transatlantic cruise on Norwegian Bliss.

Read about Day 10

We on the penultimate sea day before we get into New York City on Thursday morning.

There are disembarkation luggage labels on a table near Guest Services and we hear the word ‘suitcase’ mentioned a few times in passing.

After a late breakfast in the Garden Cafe, Chris settles in The Atrium while I walk around parts of the ship I haven’t seen such as the salon and the gym.

Here is the salon price list:

So just like on land, women need to spend so much more than men on their hair care!

Here are a couple of pictures of the Pulse Fitness Center:

We head to Coco’s for some crepes as we are eating dinner later than usual.

Chris orders Crepes Suzette and I go for Dulce de Leche:

They were both let down by the poor quality of the crepes – the warm chocolate sauce and whipped cream combination on mine was very pleasing though.

We were both very tired so had a siesta before getting ready for the Cruisecritic Roll Call Farewell Dinner in The Manhattan Room. There were probably about 70 people attending and large tables had been put together in the middle of the room.

We sat opposite a couple from Chile and really enjoyed ourselves.

Here is the main menu:

For appetizers, Chris chose the Italian Beef Meatballs and I selected the Coconut Shrimp.

Chris loved the spicy sauce with his meatballs. My shrimp were pleasant.

For entrees, Chris chose the Grilled New York Strip Steak and I ordered the Braised Lamb Shank.

Chris loved the peppercorn sauce but the steak was a little too fatty for his liking. My lamb shank was very tasty but very small compared to other entrees and certainly a third of the size you get served on other lines.

The dessert menu arrived:

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It’s Day 10 of the Inaugural Transatlantic cruise on Norwegian Bliss.

Read about Day 9

The weather looked promising when we looked out of our balcony at 8:30am as the Bliss manoeuvred into her berth in Halifax, Novia Scotia.

We had made it across the pond! For Halifax, we had pre-booked a Hop-On Hop-Off bus with Norwegian – mainly because it was slightly cheaper than if you paid on the day and we would get our money back if we missed the port.

So we wrapped up warm and I put on my rainmac just in case. We could disembark from forward or aft on deck 7 and there were pretty steep gangways to take us to ground level. It took us directly into cruise terminal 22 where there were lots of stalls and shopping opportunities. We resisted and walked out of the main entrance where we could see the double-decker buses lined up to the right.

You present your tickets to a man at a table and he gave you a sticker and a guide map. You can also buy them from here on the day.

Our main aim was to visit the Titantic Cemetery at stop 10 and to try and get off so we could walk to a specific brewery tasting room near stop 7.

Just as we boarded the bus, there were some ominous raindrops. We had to wait ten minutes for more people to board. The bus itself was built in 1965 and reminded us of the days we worked in Central London when we had to jump on and off the old Routemaster buses.

We had some great commentary along the route where we learned all about the famous people and buildings of Halifax, the links to the Titanic and the awful event 100 years ago called The Halifax Explosion. We were also informed that the Norwegian Bliss was the first ship in port for the season. We also noticed HAL’s Veendam coming in after us.

You could get off at any stop and would only have to wait up to 20 minutes for the next bus. All double-deckers in Halifax are part of the same company.

It started to rain heavily and soon the roads were awash with water.

There are some steep hills in Halifax and, once we reached the Citadel at stop 7, we knew our plan to get off wouldn’t work as it was pretty high up and isolated. Once the bus had got out to the Titantic Cemetary, the rain was non-stop and previous passengers were getting on drenched. We chickened out and decided to stay on the bus back to the terminal. We decided we really liked Halifax and will come back in better weather!

At the terminal we shopped for souvenirs and gifts for our family. We tried to get a hot drink at the cafe but they were out of latte and hot chocolate! We also bumped into Jessalyn, a fellow blogger, who was just setting out on her own personalised brewery and pub trip despite the rain.

So we got back on the ship, getting very wet as the rain came through the gangways gaps almost sideways.

After warming up in The Atrium with a Starbucks, we received a direct message from Jessalyn at around 2:20pm that the beers Chris wanted to drink were on tap in an Irish pub that she was sitting in! By this time there was only light rain. We checked the address, cross-checked with the HOHO bus route, went back to the stateroom to dress up again and were at the pub within 20 minutes!

The Old Triangle pub – one minute’s walk north of stop 3:

Chris and Jessalyn with beer:

Afterwards, we walked up to stop 13 outside the Art Museum and were back at the terminal very quickly.

Here we stopped at Garrison Brewery, just down from the terminal, and got a small flight:

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It’s Day 9 of the Inaugural Transatlantic cruise on Norwegian Bliss.

Read about Day 8

So we woke up rather early this morning, our last sea day before our stop in Halifax Nova Scotia. Clearly turning the clocks back a further hour is affecting our sleeping habits. It was still misty outside with little visibility.

The cabin is starting to look messy above the dressing area. Although we love the bathroom, there are two main issues with the design of the stateroom itself. No drawers and not enough space in front of the wardrobe where it aligns with the sofa. I almost cut off the circulation in my legs hanging clothes in the wardrobe and no amount of cubby holes and cupboard space can replace a drawer where you can chuck in any bits n bobs and paperwork you want to keep. Ok, winge over – let’s get the day started!

With the extra time to play, we thought we would try The Local for breakfast. Chris wanted to check the menu first and yes, it had enough flexibility.

So Chris ordered the Country Plate without Eggs and Mushroom.

I ordered the Express with selected pastries which I shared with Chris:

The food was essentially the same as the Garden Cafe but this was the first time I had seen scrambled egg. It was nice to be served at our table though.

Next, we headed up to a sofa near the front of the Observation Lounge. All the window facing seats had been taken by 9am and it proceeded to get more and more packed all morning. The weather was keeping people inside but they still insisted on running to grab any newly free seats near the windows. Yet there was nothing to look at!

We headed down to a trivia session in Q at midday but they had started early. It didn’t matter as we would have been rubbish – the questions were so hard!

Next, we treated ourselves to a Starbucks and found a spot in The Atrium – more language lessons, quizzes and a funny movie sketch trivia session put on by the cruise staff. The ship was started to rock a bit by this time.

Because we had eaten breakfast early we thought we would try a Margaritaville burger for the first time. It closed at 5pm so we rushed up at 4:15 and were the only food customers. The jogging track around it was covered in water and it was very windy out on deck. But Margaritaville was warmed by heaters and dry inside.

This is the food menu and there is a $14.95 cover charge plus service charge – no individual prices.

For drinks I chose a Tranquil Waters and Chris ordered a Havanas and Bananas:

As appetizers, we selected Hot Pretzel Sticks and Conch Fritters:

The sticks were warm and yummy – loved the Mustard dip in particular. I found the Conch Fritters a little too spicy and not fishy enough for my liking.

Chris had ordered the famous Cheeseburger in Paradise and I selected a Rancho Deluxe Burger.

Both were cooked were to our taste and were excellent.

We decided to forgo the dessert as they were shutting up although they did offer to let us take a key lime pie with us!

Instead, we headed back down to The Atrium for another cocktail and music from Siglo. What a great band! Wished we had looked them up earlier. Chris was most impressed when they covered a little known song by The Cure.

We went back to the room to change for the Happy Hour Prohibition show at 10pm. This was held in The Social – one of our favourite venues on the ship. There was a queue to get in by 9:30pm at least and they started scanning cards to let us in early. We were then given long silver beads to wear a cocktail in a tin cup and a foldable menu of drinks. We were then asked to choose pairs of seats set up in front of the stage around their own little drinks table.

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