I mentioned yesterday that I “might try their lamb chop and maybe a small steak”. Well, that’s true to an extent. I did have their insanely amazing lamb chops, along with a rather large and excellent NY Strip Steak, while Heather had filet mignon and four lobster tails. Also, we shared garlic fries, mashed potatoes, salads, French Onion Soups, freshly-baked rolls, ice cream, and a sampling of four different desserts. It was amazing as the Crown Grill usually is. This is the first time that we’ve visited them twice on a single voyage, and I’m glad that we did. After dinner, we watched an episode of The Love Boat and went to bed at around 10:00PM.
Mid-afternoon, I saw what ended up being the Norwegian Pearl coming up strong and close on our port side, and as it got closer, both ships entered heavy fog. This was the first time this trip that we’ve seen such dense fog, and it was a lot of fun listening to the two ships blow their fog horns back and forth to each other. We were the last ship to dock in Victoria, after the Pearl and Holland America Amsterdam.
After dinner of Tom Turkey and custom-made French Onion Soup, we returned to the room to find my Captain’s Circle information, which made me very happy!
The Buchtart Gardens were phenomenal as always. I think we were a bit early in the season, as many of the flowers weren’t much more than buds at this time, but it was still an amazing trip. It was good and dark by the time we left the gardens, and once we got back on board Ruby Princess, we had enough time to put our luggage outside the door and get a 5-hour nap.
As I said in the first post, the main reason for this trip was to get Elite status in the Captain’s Circle club, and that goal was attained, along with some much-needed relaxation. I’m now very-much looking forward to our next voyage!
I didn’t make it far into Star Wars last night, but that was expected due to the temperature here in Alaska this early in the cruising season. Clouds also rolled in while I was up there, so I decided against staying up to see stars, as I don’t think I would have.
We awoke this morning at 7:00AM as we both had massages booked at 8:00AM. My massage was basically 75 minutes of getting beat up with bamboo sticks by a very strong Romanian woman. As I write this 8 hours later, my legs are still in pain. I very rarely get massages, and I sit at a computer all day, so my muscles were very tight. Afterwards, I met Heather in the Thermal Suite, and then we came back to the room.
Heather went off to get her nails done, while I started my very last load of laundry ever on a Princess ship. This wasn’t so easy though, since this is a huge ship and it’s the last sea day of this voyage. I went to decks 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14 just to see every single washing machine full. As my last hope, I wandered down to deck 8 to see two machines empty.
At 1:45PM, we watched in full, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s always fun to watch with people who have never seen it before, and this theater was packed full of them. We had a blast. Heather’s now taking a nap before dinner tonight, which we’ll have in the Crown Grill again. I’m thinking that I might try their lamb chop and maybe a small steak.
Before I start with today’s entry, I must touch upon dinner last night. After having some issues a few nights back, one head waiter told us that if we ask for him by name, he will have a table for two set up for us each night for the rest of the cruise. Dinner last night was fantastic. It was Italian night, and our head waiter sat us at a table for four, but just for the two of us. He provided us with some tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. He made us some fresh pasta that was very spicy and good. We also had spaghetti and meatballs, prosciutto and melon, and I had braised pot roast while Heather had Alaskan Cod. The service was excellent and exactly what I’ve come to know Princess Cruises for in terms of “dinner”.
Last night, two people were late getting on the ship, but we waited for them like always. I’ve never seen a Princess ship leave passengers ashore, even though it is threatened. I think it’s just that though. This time, the culprit came running towards the ship with a 12-pack of Heineken in hand, noticeably intoxicated. My guess is that they lost track of time in some Juneau bar.
We mailed our items home and continued to shop around. We picked up a small carving that was made out of an antler for our display case at home, then headed back to the ship. We headed to the Thermal Suite for about 30 minutes, then got ready for dinner.
Dinner tonight was just as excellent as last night. I had country-fried chicken while Heather had scallops, and we shared a few pieces of chicken on sticks. When we came back to the room tonight, there was a large, bright rainbow outside our room, and salmon jumping all over the water. It was really beautiful.
Well, it was bound to happen someday. Last night, we had some really bad service in the dining room. This whole trip, the dining room staff has appeared overworked, and tonight was the straw that broke the camel’s back. First of all, we are sitting in Anytime Dining, which we don’t usually do as we’re usually traveling with Mom and Dad, who require set meal times. No matter when we arrive at the dining room on this voyage, be it for lunch or dinner, there is never a table for two available, and we are made to share with others. This is fine and all, but the staff at the door has been very rude to us, which is something that I don’t normally see on a Princess Cruise. The day before, we walked into the dining room to see over 5 empty tables for two, but none available for us to use. So last night, we were told that the only table available was for six people, and there was another couple waiting with us, so they seated the four of us at that table. As soon as we were about to order, another couple joined us, so we then had to wait for them to look at the menu and order. Dinner has not taken any less than two hours this entire cruise, with wait staff running around crazy-like, and noticeably sweating. I ordered a Curtis Stone-inspired Chicken and Leek Pot Pie, which on paper sounds very good, but as soon as I cut into it, I noticed what looked like mushrooms, which prompted a head waiter to come and tell me that there aren’t any mushrooms in it. It was apparent, but I also found out that Ruby Princess is running wait staff of 1 team per roughly 20 guests. This sure explains why dinner takes so long. I really feel bad for these waiters and junior waiters. This head waiter reserved a table for two for Heather and I for the rest of the cruise. I’ll let you know how that works out in a future post, and that’s all the negativity that I’m going to spew today. We’re here to relax, and that’s what we’re going to do!
[short update post-cruise] – Best Head Waiter Ever
We awoke at 5:00AM and opened the blinds up to the absolutely stunning views of Tracy Arm Fjord.The last time we were here, we got a balcony breakfast, which was awesome. Today however, we dropped some laundry off and had some fruit for breakfast, before heading up onto the Observation Deck to check out the scenery up there. Two small boats had tied themselves to us for tours that we had thought about jumping on, but never did. These tours must only be offered on the large ships, as they can’t make it up too far into Tracy Arm. They then take you further up while the ship turns around and heads to Juneau. The tour guests will meet us in Juneau later in the afternoon. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I’d like to do that tour in the future.
In comparison to the last time we were in Tracy Arm Fjord on Royal Princess (currently Fathom Adonia [my favorite ship currently sailing]), we barely scratched the surface of Tracy Arm. As we started our way out, Heather and I went down to the Thermal Suite and sat in the tubs and steam rooms for a bit. My body got so hot that I had to cool down afterwards by walking around the open deck in my swim trunks, flip-flops, and an undershirt. All sorts of people bundled up in winter gear looked at my like I had three heads, but it was very refreshing.
We had a quick lunch of cheeseburgers and pizza before the ship arrived in Juneau. Holland America Zaandam, Grand Princess, and Coral Princess were already in port. Our only tour today wasn’t really a tour, but we bought tickets to go up a tram that has a great lookout over Juneau. I didn’t know that there were all sorts of hiking trails up there as well. We looked around the gift shop and Heather saw a magnet that she wanted to get for her sister, but we figured we could just get it down in one of the shops below later on. We sat in on some local folk music being performed, visited an Eagle that they have in captivity up there, and then took a short hike up to some observation areas to get some photos. This is probably the best “deal” for a tour in Alaska. It cost around $35 per person to ride the tram all day, and there’s more to do up there than just look down, though looking down is worth the price of admission alone!
We then took the tram back down and walked around the various gift shops. Not a single one had that magnet that we saw up top, so on the way back to the ship, we decided to take the tram back up since our tickets were good for the whole day. We bought a few magnets, then headed back down. We’re now in the room getting ready for dinner, which I hope is a whole lot better than it has been so far this trip.
Libby Riddles is onboard to give a lecture tonight, but I’m not sure if we’ll be able to catch up with her. She’s a dog musher who was the first female to win the Iditarod. We met her back in 2010 when she came onboard for the same type of thing.
We slept in until the wee hours of 5:00AM as the sun started rising around 4:30, after setting at about 10:30PM last night. When we opened the curtains, we saw lots of pine trees as we approached Ketchikan.
We had a quick breakfast and then walked off the ship to meet our tour group on the pier. I noticed that there were three ships in port: Ruby Princess, Grand Princess, and Holland America Zaandam. We walked a few blocks to our tour, which was a repeat of one we did back in 2010, the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. One of the lumberjacks came onboard yesterday, and we talked with him for a while. His name is Boone and his father is the owner of the Lumberjack show.
We walked around town for a bit, got yelled at by a local for not walking in the crosswalk even though there was no traffic, and made our way over to the famous Creek Street. This is an area with shops that in the gold rush days were brothels. They’re raised up over a creek on what seems like wooden docks. We were told yesterday from a crewmember that there were salmon jumping up the creek, but we didn’t see any. After Creek Street, we made our way back to the ship. There was now a fourth ship in pier, but I could not make out the name. It was quite a bit smaller than the rest of the ships.
Once onboard, we bee lined it to get cheeseburgers and pizza, both of which had lines 10+ long. At 2:00PM, we went to the Princess Theater to watch the movie Brooklyn, which was nice. After the movie, we headed back to the Thermal Suite and sat in the steam rooms for a bit. It’s now dinnertime, and we don’t have much planned for the evening. Tomorrow is a very early day of sightseeing, so we may not do much tonight.
It’s nice to have an at-sea day after a long travel day. I slept until about 8AM, so close to 12 hours, which I desperately needed. We woke and went up to the buffet for some breakfast, and I let Heather know that I could somewhat breathe out of my nose… at breakfast, I was able to taste both the fruit AND the bacon, so I feel as though I may be getting back in business. I did however take a 2-hour nap afterwards, so I might be jumping the gun a bit.
For lunch, I had lamb medallions and shoestring fries, and they were great. We had to skip dessert because at 2PM, I had an appointment to get the Royal Shave, which is a not-so-inexpensive shave with facial and scalp/neck massage. I also had a haircut because I was being told that I needed one for the past few weeks. This is the second time I’ve had the Royal Shave; last time was onboard Royal Princess when Dad and I got them done side-by-side. Now, if you’re thinking about how lame this might be for a man to get, I don’t really care… it’s awesome, and I won’t stop getting them on each cruise!
We decided to take a walk around the Promenade deck after dinner. The Grand class ships have Promenade decks where you can walk the entire circumference of the ship, and it’s really a great experience. The Promenade deck on the Royal class ships however are basically useless for this, as much of them are barricaded off. We also went up to the observation deck, on top of the bridge. It was SO very windy up there, and we spent just a few minutes up there before heading back inside. We’re now back in the room, getting ready for bed as we have an early morning tomorrow. Luckily, we’re setting the clocks back an hour!
Travelling to get to a cruise is never the best part about it, and this was no exception. I’ve actually been dreading this for about a week now as all we’ve seen on the news are nightmare stories about how long the TSA lines were at all major airports. We had a 7:00AM flight, but arrived at the airport at 4:00AM. We were second in line for the Alaska Airlines booth, which opened at 4:45AM. After checking our luggage, we were sent towards the TSA line, which wasn’t open until 5:00AM. We were also second in line for them. They got us through quickly and efficiently so that we could sit at the gate for two hours. This sure was better than missing our flight! The plane trip was uneventful, and we arrived in Seattle around 9:30AM local time. We took a shuttle to the pier along with some passengers who were on Holland America Amsterdam, which was also in port.
This is my 14th cruise with Princess, and I’m currently sitting at 145 days at sea. I’m calling this trip Alaska LPC 2016 because this is my Last Platinum Cruise with Princess Cruises. At 150 days at sea, I’ll be pushed into Elite status within the Captain’s Circle, which basically means that we get to have our laundry done for us. This may not sound like much, but it really is. Mom and Dad aren’t traveling with us this time, so it’s just Heather and I.
Once we boarded Ruby Princess, we ran all around the ship getting treasure hunt stamps for the raffle, only to be told that the raffle wasn’t until tomorrow, but that wasn’t correct, so long story short; we missed the raffle drawing due to incorrect information provided by multiple people at the passenger services desk. This did not make me very happy, as we generally do well with this particular raffle.
We stopped into the Lotus Spa in order to sign up for the Thermal Suite, which used to be called the Sanctuary before Princess Cruises made the Sanctuary something entirely different. The Thermal Suite is a set of steam rooms and saunas, which are just incredible. Heather loves them, and the Lotus Spa limits the number of people who can visit them to 40 per cruise, so we always beeline it to the Spa as soon as we board.
We had a little pasta and some slices of pizza, all of which I couldn’t taste one bit, but more on that a little later. For dinner, I had some prime rib and Heather had Alaskan Cod. She liked it a lot. I can’t tell you if I liked the prime rib or not because I’m just getting over some extreme congestion. We were surrounded by amazing food, none of which I can taste in the least. I knew that the pizza was good and crunchy, but unfortunately, I couldn’t taste it. After dinner, Heather gave me some medicine, which I took along with some NyQuil, then promptly went to bed at around 8:30. I slept very well.
People on the GameFAQS boards constantly tell everyone else when they’ve completed the board’s game 100% with the maximum 1000 gamerpoints per game. I thought I’d start my own little section here for this since, well, this is my site and I can do whatever I want really. So here goes!
Call of Duty 4 – 1000/1000 on 1-21-2008
Fallout 3 – 1000/1000 on 12-15-2008
[UPDATE – 1-29-2009 – 1100/1100 now after Operation Anchorage DLC]
[UPDATE – 3-27-2009 – 1200/1200 now after The Pitt DLC]
[UPDATE – 5-20-2009 – 1350/1350 now after Broken Steel DLC]
[UPDATE – 7-6-2009 – 1450/1450 now after Point Lookout DLC]
[UPDATE – 8-11-2009 – 1550/1550 now after Mothership Zeta DLC]
Since Bethesda has not announced any further DLC for this masterpiece, I am taking this as the end for me. If they do decide to release more, I will pick it up, but if they don’t, then the ride was a great one and I will look forward to the next game in this series. Fallout 3 is easily one of the best experiences in gaming that I’ve ever had, took up 1497 save files, and lasted me well over 120 hours.
Tales of Vesperia – 1000/1000 on 12-28-2008
Fable II – 1100/1100 on 1-25-2009
[UPDATE – 6-4-2009 – 1350/1350 now after See the Future DLC]
Resident Evil 5 – 1000/1000 on 4-1-2009
Lost: Via Domus – 1000/1000 on 6-28-2009
I’ve been trying to think about how to put this back when I was still playing the game and knowing that I’d be writing a little blurb about it eventually for all of probably 3 people to see, but this is easily one of the worst games I’ve ever played. For anyone who knows me well enough, you know that I adore the show Lost. It’s my favorite television show that is on television now, and may be of all time. I’m thinking about The A-Team here, but I kind of put them in two totally different categories, so we’ll just ignore that. When Lost: Via Domus was announced and released, it got pretty bad reviews, and I passed over it thinking that it probably wasn’t worth $60….and it isn’t. I found this game a few months back for $10 at Best Buy and figured that I couldn’t really go wrong. I think I got a so-so deal on it. Anyways, when you boot up the game, you first see a Ubisoft logo. If I had read the box and saw that it was a Ubisoft game, I might have just left it be, as I am terribly upset with them and what they did to the Prince of Persia a few years back. But I didn’t see that logo and bought the game anyways. You play the game as a guy who was on Oceanic 815 and crashed with everyone else, but you don’t have any memory. You look almost exactly like Jacob’s nemesis from the Season 5 finale, which I find very strange, and I look forward to seeing if others feel the same way about this. It’s just uncanny how similar you look to him. As you “play” this game which consists of you walking around the beach talking to horribly created versions of the cast, being chased around the jungle by the smoke monster, doing stupid fuse puzzles that make no sense whatsoever, and recovering your memory via looping scenarios where you need to take pictures of things, I realized that I might have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t a Lost fan. I’m kind of on the fence about this one. If I wasn’t a Lost fan, I wouldn’t be so critical about the modeling or voice acting, though John Locke repeating “I’m over in the Banyan Trees” and “Hey, Look at me in the Banyan Trees” over and over again was actually funny, but the funny part was when he said “Banyan Trees”. I don’t know. I’m weird. Hurley, believe it or not, it even fatter in this game. The controls are very loose, and your actions seem to make you float around. You can trade fruit and stuff that you pick up for lanterns and guns, etc, but you only need to really shoot 1 or 2 people, so you never ever need a clip, though they seem to have lots to trade. What sucks even more is that in the end, all your stuff is taken from you, so it’s all pretty useless. They should have just given you what you need when you need it, but then this game would have been even shorter probably. It only took me about 2-4 hours to complete in its entirety, but it seemed like a chore. Would I rather deal with this mess or play CoD4? I had to force myself to finish this game so that I could delete it from my hard drive. One thing that I can say positively about this game is that I didn’t run into any game breaking bugs. That’s a nice thing, but there are some annoyances. One level starts out with you having to run away from the smoke monster, jumping over trees and running across wooden planks, but if you trip up then the smoke monster gets you. That’s not the bad part though. The bad part is that the game is set up episodically, so when you die, which you will a few times, you have to go through the whole 30 second long “Previously on Lost” crap. Argh! Anyways, Lost: Via Domus can’t be recommended by me. If you like Lost, and can get it for cheap (or borrow it from me), then check it out, but don’t expect much.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 1000/1000 on 12-13-2009
Assassin’s Creed II – 1000/1000 on 1-18-2010
Bulletstorm – 1000/1000 on 3-6-2011
Portal 2 – 1000/1000 on 4-28-2011
Brink – 1000/1000 on 5-15-2011
L.A. Noire – 1000/1200 on 5-23-2011
Deus Ex – Human Revolution – 1000/1000 on 9-5-2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – 1000/1000 on 3-23-2012
SSX – 1000/1000 on 4-14-2012
Far Cry 3 – 1000/1000 on 1-2-2013
Borderlands 2 – 1125/1125 on 10-20-2012
I haven’t made many updates to my site in a while. The only game I’ve been playing is Borderlands 2, and though I’ve wanted to write up my impressions, I just haven’t had any time to do so. I guess I can use this space for a few of them. Borderlands 1 is one of my all-time favorite games, and I was really excited for its sequel. I’m glad that Gearbox took their time with this game, because they improved almost every aspect of it. They made an incredible game even better, which seems to be a difficult task now that publishers are trying to milk some franchises dry. Anyways, Borderlands 2 starts you off with no real good items for the first ~10 hours or so, and then starts dropping better ones in a seemingly exponential fashion. By the time you’re at max level, you’ve played through the game twice, and can then focus on farming bosses for better loot. I did this for a few days before starting up a different character. If Gearbox is going to raise the level cap like they did with Borderlands 1, then there isn’t much of a point to collect a lot of maxed out weapons now, or even use my maxxed out character. They’ve already released one DLC pack, which is why my score is 1125 instead of 1000. They’ve also released a DLC character, which I have at level 32 currently. As far as achievements go, the character-specific achievements aren’t as easy as they were in the first game. One character has to get to level 31 in order to earn his achievement, and another to level 25. In the first game, they could all be gotten in the first ~10 levels. Other than these, the rest kind of fell into place. Borderlands 2 is not a game that I play for the achievements. I play it for the amazing world that Gearbox has created, and I will play it until the next entry in the series releases.
1125/1125 on 10-20-2012- Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty – This was a surprise, releasing within 30 days of the actual game. It lasts about 5 hours, and is quite fun to play. I’ve gone through it with my level 50 Siren and level 32 Mechromancer. It adds a new type of crystal called Seraph, that only drops by the DLC’s two raid bosses. These bosses are not easy, and they only drop a few crystals each time. It appears as though the special items that you receive cost around 100 crystals, and they aren’t really that great, so I’m not putting a whole lot of time in here once finished. It is a really nice place for your character to level up, and it is quite comical and fun, so I recommend it for characters going through the story each time.
1250/1250 on 11-23-2012 – Mr. Torgue and his Campaign of Carnage – The humor in this piece of DLC is off the charts. I enjoyed this one as I did with the first, but still question why we haven’t been given a level cap increase to expand our characters some more. The achievements in this DLC were pretty straightforward, with one requiring a bit of luck. Every so often, an enemy will drop a photo of Moxxi, and you need to collect 10 of these. This was the last achievement acquired, and took a bit of farming.
1375/1375 on 5-1-2013 – Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt – So far, this is my least favorite piece of Borderlands 2 DLC. For one, if focused only on main story quests, this takes 2 hours maximum. I don’t usually play without doing the sidequests, but it isn’t as deep as the previous Torgue DLC, which is quite good. There is one treasure room that can be looted just once per playthrough. There are two raid bosses, one of which is insanely difficult (Voracidous), and another that requires you to travel around, lighting furnaces with Eridium in order to spawn (Dexiduous). This one has the chance to drop The Chopper, which is a throwback weapon to Borderlands 1. This isn’t a bad piece of DLC, but it isn’t as deep as the others. I think it would be better off if it had given a skill point upon completion, like the Mad Moxxi DLC did in the first game. By far, the hardest achievement was to complete all sidequests, but sidequest to defeat Voracidous took me a very long time.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (360) – 1000/1000 on 12-8-2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts (One) – 1000/1000 on 2-3-2014
South Park: The Stick of Truth – 1000/1000 on 3-16-2014
Titanfall (One) – 1000/1000 on 5-11-2014
Fallout 4 – 1000/1000 on 12-13-2015
Yesterday I attained 1000/1000 in Fallout 4. It’s been a very long time since I’ve updated this log with a gaming post. Earlier in this same post, I saw that Fallout 3 was completed on 12-15, and Fallout 4 on 12-13. Fallout 3 was released about two weeks earlier in the year however, so my 33 day completion is pretty good. I’m far from done with this one though. It’s really been seven years since Fallout 3, and since then, I had always hoped that they would bring the wasteland to
Well, today is the last day of the cruise. I was surprised that there was no breast cancer awareness walk today, and I planned to walk it anyways, but the weather did not cooperate. The weather has been near perfect for this entire voyage, with just a few drops in Klaipeda, and then some on the At Sea days. I’m hearing that it’ll be rainy in Dover tomorrow, but I could care less.
We woke up and went down to the dining room for our last breakfast. I noticed that the James Beard French Toast was yet again not on the menu. I specially requested it and they had no problem making it for me. I’m kind of glad that I didn’t try this out earlier in the cruise, as this dish is both tasty and fattening. At breakfast, a gentleman sitting next to me told us that he was about to go on an engine room tour. This is something that Dad has always wanted to do, but Princess stopped giving them out after 9-11. We’ve been able to request bridge tours, but nothing downstairs. On the larger ships, Princess likes to charge passengers for bridge tours, but that’s not the case on these. After finishing my great breakfast, I went down to the purser’s desk and asked if they were having any engine room tours today, that my father would really enjoy it. I was told to be back there at 10AM, which was just 45 minutes away. I called their room and told Mom to have Dad ready to go at 9:55, and didn’t give her any more information. When I picked him up, I made sure he had his camera and we walked over to the purser’s desk, where about eight other men were waiting. The tour wasn’t of the engine room, but the engine control room. In there, they had monitors of all the diesel generators, alternators, water treatment devices, and propeller shafts. It was very interesting, and we spent about an hour in there talking with the ship’s engineers. Dad loved it. They let us photograph and capture video, which was awesome. We also met the chief engineer while we were down there.
After this little diversion, I walked Dad back up to his room, and then bolted to the Cabaret Lounge where Heather and Mom were watching the culinary demonstration. They were sitting in the back as I had advised in order to get down to the galley before the mad rush. We then walked through the galley and saw where all the great food was made. I talked with the chef for a bit and gave him my youtube information for when I made up his montage. This is seriously by far the best food that we’ve ever had on any ship and the executive chef is only 34 years old.
We packed for a few hours and had our last cheeseburgers, and then went and lost the last Bingo game. There were only about 40 people in there, which is a far cry from the normal last Bingo games. Before it started, they auctioned off the navigational map; something that we’ve always wanted. I ended up winning the auction, so we’ll have it hanging up at home after getting it framed. It shows the entire cruise, and is signed by all the chief staff.
Before dinner, Heather and I weeded through a two-inch thick pile of photographs, and ended up buying a few of them. I had the Tom Turkey and NY Strip Steak for dinner. The turkey was fantastic. We then watched the parade of Baked Alaska before eating it, and finally weighed our luggage.
Heather was starting to get tired, but I dragged her to the last photo raffle. We ended up winning second prize, which is a CD with around 200 professional photos of locations we visited on the cruise. Heather then went back upstairs while I watched a few minutes of a comedian named David Copperfield. He was pretty funny, and definitely not the magician! Now I’m waiting for one photo to be reprinted as it was creased, while Heather sleeps. We have a 4:30AM wake-up call and should be arriving in Dover sometime in the night. Tomorrow will be a long day, but it’ll be worth it to get home after such a wonderful vacation.
The show last night was pretty great. A guitarist, bass player, and accordion player jammed for about 45 minutes, singing only in Danish. They explained the songs to us in English, which was nice. After the show, Heather and I went up to the buffet area to get some waters for the night and watch us leave Copenhagen. I wanted to film four large warships that I had seen earlier in the day as we were arriving, but were at lunch and missed out on the opportunity. We went to the walking track and I started to film. Off in the distance, at 10:45, fireworks starting going off, and I got some nice shots of them. It made us feel really good.
There was no James Beard French Toast on the breakfast menu this morning, so I had fruit and bacon in the buffet yet again. We rounded the northern part of Denmark and the sea became noticeably less calm, but still not very rough. We saw some white caps, but the ship stayed very steady. We really didn’t have much going on today as we’re done with ports and tomorrow will be spent getting packed and ready to fly home.
After lunch they were having a get together for pet lovers, but nobody showed, so we went to a talk about Larimar. Mom won the raffle today, but since they were out of Larimar, she won a Tanzanite pendant. Heather’s going to make a nice chain for it.
We took a nap until it was time to get ready for our last formal night. We had some photos taken and then for dinner, had specially-made French Onion Soup. Princess seems to have taken the best soup off their menu, but after a simple request to our Maître D’, we had four bowls of it. I also had pineapple, oxtail pasta, chicken, and a mini filet mignon.
We then made our way to the Cabaret Lounge where we are now for the Captain’s Circle party. He told us that there was a portable nuclear reactor in the Neva River when we were back in St. Petersburg. I’ll have to go back through my videos and pictures to see if I can see it. We’re now waiting for a show called the Magical Misstory Four. It’s four women who are going to sing us Beatles songs. It sounds like it will be great.