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WC 2017 – Day 3 – At Sea

by on Dec.12, 2017, under Vacation, Western Caribbean 2017

During the night at around 02:00 Regal Princess transited the Crooked Island passage and followed a Southerly heading with the Crooked Island on our Port side. Before noon we left the Bahamas base line with Great Inagua Island on our Port side navigating through the North Eastern coast of Cuba and heading to the “Windward Passage” that is in between Cuba and Haiti. 

Through the day, after Regal Princess transited ‘Paso dos vientos’ Punta Maisi at 13:35 leaving Hispaniola Island on our Port side and Cuba on our Starboard side. Then we maintained the same West South Westerly heading, following the Southern Coast of Cuba Island, towards our next port of call, Falmouth.

When we awoke today, the ship was moving around a bit, which is rare for a ship this size. I opened the blinds up and it was raining pretty hard and numerous whitecaps were seen.

Heather and I had sit-down breakfast which was nice, then met Mom at the Excursion desk to change some things up for a port in a few days. We then shopped a bit, dropped Mom off in her room, and took a 2+ mile walk around the hallways. Walking the halls on a ship this large is a great way to exercise, but it’s best to wait until the room stewards are done with their morning activities. We were on deck 14 Forward and ran into a gentleman who we met on Pacific Princess last year. He may be the current most-travelled-passenger, and was telling us of all the upcoming cruises that he was doing. After about 5 minutes, Captain Stringer appeared and spoke with us a bit. He then told us that he had to steal our friend away, and they headed towards the bridge. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad jealous.

After having lunch at Alfredo’s, Heather and I went to the Art Auction. If we rewind a day, the Art folks had a contest to guess how much a specific piece by Peter Max was worth. We received a note saying we were in the top 10, so we felt obligated to go to the art auction, even though we weren’t planning on buying any art. They sure have changed the way auctions work on these ships. It used to be simple, but now they’ve complicated it so much that it isn’t really all that fun anymore. I was tripped up a few times because of the way they make you put your number up just to be able to bid on something. The art people are also very pushy, and it really turned me off. I miss Daniel from years back (Caribbean Princess 2007, Royal Princess 2013). He was an amazing auctioneer and I always felt like he had our best interests in mind. The art was also much more reasonably priced before. They now start the auctions at about 5% less than retail compared to ~30% less. It took about three hours and we didn’t win the contest. It was a learning experience though.

Tonight was formal night, and 1. We didn’t bring any formal wear because we planned on eating at the Crown Grill, but 2. The Crown Grill is totally sold out, so we had a conundrum. Our headwaiter told us that it was okay to come to formal dinner without formal wear, so we dressed up as well as possible and had a nice dinner, which included French Onion Soup. It was great. I got a few stares as I walked around the dining room sans tie or jacket.

After dinner, we watched Spider-Man Homecoming on the big screen up top. Mom and Dad had never seen it, and they both enjoyed it. We then all went to bed.

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