Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Atlantic Ocean: Miami Bound

Yesterday at 2:00 p.m. we sailed from Santa Cruz de La Palma, in the Canary Islands, our last port before docking in Miami November 29. The old town near the port was a pleasant place to wander around for a couple of hours before getting back aboard.

How will we pass the time crossing the Atlantic?

Yesterday we played table tennis in the morning before going ashore, and shuffleboard and croquet after reboarding. We also played Team Scattergories, and watched two shows last night, the production company’s medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs and the cruise director’s comedy show. In between, we attended a guest lecturer’s presentation, “The Wisdom in Jewish Humor.” The ship also runs cooking lessons and a spa, so there’s never a shortage of activities.

The clocks were set back another hour last night, as they will be four more times before we reach Miami and Eastern Standard Time. That was what motivated us to stay up for the late show.

Today we’ve been invited to a Thanksgiving Day Luncheon in Toscana hosted by the Hotel Manager, and tonight we have a reservation for one of the specialty restaurants, Jacques, named after Monsieur Pepin, Oceania’s celebrity chef-adviser.

The ship is both rolling and pitching mildly but our medication helps us to cope it with it nicely and we’re enjoying the ride.

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