Not seen swimwear in the MDR for lunch. Smart shorts all over, as the weather is so nice, but no wet shorts. What has been nice to see is I haven’t seen any evidence of food waste that you usually see. No one is piling mounds of food onto their plates, picking at it and then walking off. That drives me crackers on normal cruises so lovely to see none of that one here.
Elegant nights were a real mixture from the super casual, to hideous non-age appropriate neon, sequins and sparkly masks up to really classily dressed up. I had a suit on and most made an effort from those I saw. Those in the Speciality Restaurants are usually dressed smart casual every night.
The second Liverpool day was simply more repeated walking tours. Don’t think many took them up on the offer.
We did the Roman city of Chester excursion yesterday. Was OK, if a bit artificial because of the restrictions. A good guide and a decent four hours+ off the ship including a chunk wandering around on foot in a group for £50 so can’t really complain.
The comedian is now an impressionist - haven’t seen so can’t comment but does all the obvious characters like Ozzy Osbourne and Amy Winehouse going by the poster. There is an amazing jazz improv trio on the ship though who are worth catching. Everyone who has seen them raves about the Soul Brothers.
Spent last night in the new speciality restaurant Indochine. Very nice food and staff as attentive as you’d expect. But the prices if you go off the package deal are just daft. £49 for lobster? I mean… speaking of - interesting to find out the restaurants are actually mostly private franchises and not owned by MSC. Is that a thing? I never knew that.
Been chatting to crew (all lovely)! Contrary to rumours - they aren’t remotely all vaccinated. Some have had one and some haven’t even had either yet! They all have individual rooms on the lower decks though which must be refreshing for them. We had our mid voyage Covid test today. I’ve never been handled so roughly by a healthcare person - he rammed it so far up my nose I thought it was gonna pop out my eyeball. Be warned folks. So many others emerged spluttering aghast!
Was surprised our stateroom steward only comes in once a day - in the morning. So if you use your bathroom or beach towels throughout the day you won’t get them changed for fresh ones should you need until after you’ve got ready the next morning. Never not had an evening visit from the steward on a cruise before! They are of course happy to swap if you ask but handy to know about.
Nice touch having USB charging ports built into the bedside light fittings. So many fellow cruisers hadn’t noticed this so we keep making people happy with that bit of news. Haha. Another thing I like is being able to see the whole week’s MDR breakfast, lunch and dinner menus on the electronic screens from the moment you board. Means if you have a dining package you can plan which days you use them to avoid bad menus. Today was ‘French’ night in the MDR and I would have struggled significantly with what was in offer so we went to the Mexican which was ace.
Unbelievable weather we’ve had though. Never thought I’d be sunbathing or using water slides in the shadow of the Liver birds!
On to Belfast…