Friday the 13th of October
A full day at sea is always welcome. It gives one a chance to relax, catch up on sleep, roam/explore the ship, overeat (again), do a bit of shopping, attend a show or watch a movie, play bingo, check out the many pictures the onboard photographers have captured of you, get in a workout, schedule a massage or hair appointment, or attend any number of a variety of onboard entertainments.
On this cruise, our only “At Sea” day occurred on our final day when we were headed from Halifax back to Brooklyn. I prefer and enjoy it more when the breaks are interspersed throughout the cruise, but sometimes that just does not fit the itinerary.
For this trip, it allowed us plenty of time to get all of our clothes repacked into our carry on bags.
We also attended a cooking demonstration that was presented by our Executive Chef, Florin Dragan and the Maitre D’Hotel, Ignazio D’Agostino. They put on one heck of a show, were hilarious, and it turned out to be my favorite presentation of the cruise.
The demonstration was followed up with a galley tour where we paraded through the spotless stainless food prep areas. The number of food service crew members needed to prepare, serve and clean-up after the passengers on the Regal Princess was staggering. Between the galley and dining room staff, there are 615 dedicated employees.
The captain made an announcement regarding the HUGE amount of food that was consumed on this voyage, but I was not in a position to make notes, and it was not given to us in writing. I sent a message to Princess, asking if they would provide me the statistics, and am waiting a reply.
In the meantime, I found some numbers from a similar sized ship that included amounts for a one week cruise in the neighborhood of:
- 24,236 pounds (10,993 kg) of beef
- 5,040 pounds (2,290 kg) of lamb
- 7,216 pounds (3,273 kg)of pork
- 10,211 pounds (4,632 kg) of chicken
- 3,156 pounds (1,432 kg) of turkey
- 13,851 pounds (6,283 kg) of fish
- 350 pounds (160 kg) of crab
- 2,100 pounds (950 kg) of lobster
- 25,736 pounds (11,674 kg) of fresh vegetables
- 15,150 pounds (6,870 kg) of potatoes
- 20,003 pounds (9,073 kg) of fresh fruit
- 600 US gallons (2,300 l; 500 imp gal) of ice cream
- 9,235 dozen eggs
- 5,750 pounds (2,610 kg) of sugar
- 3,800 pounds (1,700 kg) of rice
- 3,400 bottles of assorted wines
- 200 bottles of champagne
- 200 bottles of gin
- 290 bottles of vodka
- 350 bottles of whiskey
- 150 bottles of rum
- 45 bottles of sherry
- 600 bottles of assorted liqueurs
- 10,100 bottles/cans of beer
- Plus a lot of other things…
One of the great perks on board a cruise ship are the professional photos that are taken throughout the course of the trip. There are often package deals offered, and if purchased in advance of sailing, will save you a bit of money. For example, if you want to purchase ALL of your photos, the onboard package deal was $249, but if purchased online ahead of time, it was offered at $199. They also offered a different onboard deal if you wanted to get any five photos that came to $90.
Embark/Disembark photos: Almost every time you disembark, there is a photo opportunity where you can take a cheesy picture with a costumed crew member, perhaps dressed up as a sailer, or lobster, or pirate. These are not my favorite moments, but on occasion a fun memory gets snapped.
Dining Room photos: While seated at your table, the photographers wander around and capture you, hopefully with an empty mouth. One night may be couples, another night individual shots, or another evening a group picture of the entire table.
Our dinner table mates: (my shots, not professional ones). We once again were so fortunate to have wonderful company each evening.
On board or special events: This may include sail away parties, captain’s cocktail party, champagne pyramid or other activities/tours
Formal night portraits: Stationed around the main decks with an appropriate backdrop, couples are encouraged to have a portrait photo taken.
Informal and private appointments also available: These can be booked in advance and the theme may vary by cruise or your specific wishes.
What I love about the pictures is that there is never any sitting fees. If you don’t like your photos, don’t buy them. There is no pressure. The pricing is reasonable for a professional shot. We ended up purchasing two 8×10 portraits for $25 each.
We also chose to get the photos loaded onto a small flash drive for $10. We now own the rights to these photos and can use them online or have copies made if we want to. We no longer need to get a release signed by Princess as was the process in the past.
Since we celebrated our 25th anniversary earlier this year, I was happy to have a portrait done of the two of us to commemorate the special milestone.
About two weeks before we left on the cruise, Tim started growing a beard. I wanted to capture the look, as I know that this facial hair is short-lived.
Our total distance traveled from New York, back to New York was 1,767 Nautical Miles (2,033 Statute Miles, 3,272 Kilometers)
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to have once again thoroughly enjoyed our get-a-way. This was a relatively short trip for us, being just under two weeks in duration. It seems like no matter where we go, or what we do, we manage to have a good time and appreciate the amazing opportunities we have been given.
One of my beloved authors, Eckhart Tolle, put it this way, “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.
Feeling incredibly blessed…