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Leaving the Caribbean and Sailing back to Baltimore

Two Sea Days


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2011 Back to Back Enchantment of the Seas and Lighthousing Driving South & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Tuesday 25 January 2011 - continued

After we looked around from deck 10 for a bit,
Hillside houses

Hillside houses

Sailboat

Sailboat

Sun on the Tortola hills

Sun on the Tortola hills


we went down and had lunch. The lunch buffet is getting worse and worse. We normally go up and then one of us sits at the table while the other one gets something to drink. Then we go for food one at a time. The man at the next table came back empty handed and told his wife that he couldn't find anything to eat.

This time they had something labeled borscht which was a very salty beef, cabbage and potato soup --- but NO BEETS. And of course no sour cream.
Salty soup called borscht

Salty soup called borscht


I tried to get a small part of the beef pie, but all of it was at the far end, and it was too hot to put my hand in there and it was also quite salty. I got some shish kabobs and the meat was good and tender, but the pieces were huge. They actually had pb&j sandwiches on white bread (with the crusts cut off) today. . And those were good.
My lunch - pb and J, shish kabobs, and plain white rice

My lunch - pb and J, shish kabobs, and plain white rice


And they had plain white rice this time, but nothing to put on it. Bob usually gets a hamburger.
Bobs lunch

Bobs lunch


Desserts

Desserts


From the Windjammer

From the Windjammer

Big boats

Big boats


We noticed a lot of tenders coming in to the pier in front of us and figured that there must be a boat anchored out. We also saw Speedy's ferry come in.
Speedy's (ferry to Virgin Gorda)

Speedy's (ferry to Virgin Gorda)


Bob pointed out to me where he said Don told him the CSY yard used to be.
Where the CSY yard was located

Where the CSY yard was located


We saw a Windstar ship on the way out.

The waiters did the Macarena around the dining room.I really see no reason for this.
Mac doing the macarena

Mac doing the macarena


They sang on the 23rd. Why do it twice?
Joe and the other Bob

Joe and the other Bob

Betty and Jean

Betty and Jean


Especially since some of the people at the table eat double portions and it takes longer so we didn't get finished until almost 8. Then it is too late to get to the show because you have to go an hour early to get a seat. (Another result of the stretch)
ivory chocolate fondue

ivory chocolate fondue


This new entertainment director seems to be concentrated on different kinds of trivia which we don't want to do. British TV Theme Song Trivia. Beatles Song Trivia.
Sumo wrestler towel animal

Sumo wrestler towel animal

Wednesday 26 January 2011 - Sea Day

At breakfast they put us at a table for four and then didn't put anyone else with us. I don't know why. Bob goes to the buffet in the dining room and gets apple juice, one prune and a very small amount of muesli. I ordered oatmeal and a few pieces of bacon and got a plate of about 10 pieces. I guess I will have to go back to specifying two pieces in which case I get four.
A few pieces of bacon

A few pieces of bacon


They advertised a sale in the shops of jewelry and scarves
Scarves on sale

Scarves on sale


and I thought I might get some, plus they said there would be T-shirts 2 for $20. But they said the T-shirt sale was for tomorrow, even while they were announcing over the loudspeakers that it was today.
Flowers sold in the lobby

Flowers sold in the lobby


Then when we went to trivia, one of our partners decided to confront them.
Heinz - Progressive Trivia

Heinz - Progressive Trivia


I don't know what the outcome of that was. The first 11 questions in trivia were from a previous cruise, and there were some of those questions that I knew anyway (when was the Montreal Olympics, and who played Rich Cunningham on Happy Days and the currency in Germany). They also asked some new ones that I knew (who wrote "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe"). We missed 5 (among them the location of the first winter Olympics, the number of James Bond films with one word titles, and what can you not do after 10 pm if you live in apartment in Switzerland). (The answers were France, 5 and flush the toilet). Bob figured out the number that when written out had the letters in alphabetical order. Anyway we got 15 right which puts us in the lead.
Carmen - the dance instructor that we sat with last cruise

Carmen - the dance instructor that we sat with last cruise


Yesterday the computer took a long time to boot up, so I deleted the programs that I downloaded in hope of being able to see the videos that I took of the whales, and then defragged the hard drive and did a complete virus scan of the computer. That took most of the day.

It is formal night tonight.
Jane the assistant waiter

Jane the assistant waiter

Bob and Jean

Bob and Jean


Lettuce wedge

Lettuce wedge

Breaded shrimp

Breaded shrimp


The menu was really bad - nothing that I wanted to eat for a main course. They had pan fried salmon and I tried that, but what I got was the regular salmon.

I think the waiter asked me if I wanted the fried salmon or the salmon that was on the menu each night and either I didn't understand the question or he didn't understand my answer which was "Yes .." that I wanted the salmon on the menu meaning the fried salmon that was on menu that night. I didn't even take a photo of it.
Lime basil parfait

Lime basil parfait

Chocolate marquise

Chocolate marquise


Our towel animal was a ninja again

I don't care for this cruise director and his wife AT ALL. There is nothing for us to do on sea days. There is nothing to watch on the TV.

Thursday 27 January 2011 - Second Sea Day

We had breakfast with some nice people, and then went to the progressive trivia. This was very hard as we knew almost none of the questions. We got 10 out of about 28 correct. I think the most anyone got was 13. I think some of them we should have gotten credit for arachnidutyrophobia we said was fear of peanut butter but Ricky the person running the trivia said it was fear of having peanut butter stick to the roof of your mouth. I said the middle finger was the medial phalanx and he said the medius was the correct answer.. He said that they drive on the left in Korea and not Japan, and I thought they drove on the left in Okinawa and that was part of Japan. Anyway we now have 56 points. We had 46 points before today and the most anyone else had was 34 points, so even if one of the two teams that had 34 got 13 points, they would have 47 points now and we would still be ahead.

I used all but 2 minutes of the computer time I bought on Bob's card last night, so I am now using the ones that their computer thinks I have left on my account. I know I don't have any more minutes because their computer did not count correctly, but I can't get them to remove them from my account either by pleading or insisting. They say they can't be removed except by my using them so that's what I will do.

I posted some pictures of our trivia partners and our assistant waiter on Picasa and also Leslie wanted to see pictures that I've been taking of the food, so I posted them too after lunch.

Then we went to hear the captains talk.
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Auditorium

Captain Rob on right and hotel director answering questions

Captain Rob on right and hotel director answering questions


After that I went to register for the drawing for those people that shopped at the 'approved' shops. Sunny Caribbee was one of the approved shops. It was supposed to be yesterday (according to the program) but yesterday's program was completely screwed up and had almost everything wrong on it - the wrong dates and the wrong sale times and the drawing registration times were wrong too.

Tonight was lobster night.
Lobster and shrimp

Lobster and shrimp

Chocolate peanut butter 'tart'

Chocolate peanut butter 'tart'

My dessert

My dessert


We had a strange floppy eared animal for a towel animal last night - maybe a dog.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 11:14 Archived in British Virgin Islands Tagged cruise tortola trivia

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