Most mornings, we'd eat our breakfast on the back deck outside the main buffet cafeteria and soak up some sun and the beautiful view. The buffets were pretty good and had a decent selection of food--more than I could ever eat. The first few days on the ship, we were all happily serving ourselves and then the dreaded norovirus hit. For the rest of the trip, we had to wait in line to be served EVERYTHING, including packets of salt and pepper, butter, glasses of water, etc. It certainly slowed things down, but I guess it also slowed down the spread of the virus. From day one, staff stood at the door to squirt hand sanitizer on us as we entered or left the buffet, but apparently that wasn't enough. Luckily, neither Rich nor I got sick...which is all the more surprising if you know about my many tummy issues!
One of the daily on-board activities was a progressive team trivia contest. We missed the first two sessions and then joined the team above--Bonnie and Dan from Virginia (part of our Facebook "Solar Flairs" group) and Alan and Mary from Australia. We ended up having a great time and enjoyed meeting with them daily. We had good days and bad days--wow, some of the questions were so ridiculous, you would wonder how anyone could know the answers! We ended up with a decent showing but were not the big winners at the end of the cruise. Not even in the top 5, I don't think! Darn. However, Rich and I redeemed ourselves by taking part in a music trivia contest where our team (including Bonnie and another friend, Estelle) took first place. Woohoo! THEN Rich and I (Team name: Fab Two) kicked butt in a Beatles trivia contest. YES, we won that one all by ourselves. Yay, us! haha
One of the Facebook couples had a huge family verandah cabin and invited us all over for tea and snacks one day.
Estelle and Jane