Posted October 29th, 2014, 10:42 PM
Report # 39 Sailing Towards San Diego October 28, 2014 Tuesday Chance of rain & 82 degreesenjoying your travels, Jeff Burghart is hilarious! you've missed a good show, if you chose not to go to his... I have seen him 3 times this year!! I'm afraid he was beginning to think I was stalking him!!
We woke up to a very overcast morning, even though it was plenty warm and sticky outside. Taking our usual walk after a light breakfast, we found it to be so muggy, it was hard walking for too long. With barely a breeze blowing, we went down to cool off in our room for a bit.
We had been invited to a special Cabaret Luncheon by the Captain, and Randall, the Hotel Manager, at 11:30am. It was held in the Showroom on deck seven, where several tables and chairs were set below the stage, as well as up the lower sets of aisles. All together, we guess there were about 60 lucky people invited.
Greeted by the Captain, Hotel Director, and Cruise Director, we were escorted to good seats in the center of the room. Even though we arrived at the invited time, most of the seats were filled by the time we got there. At least there was no re-arranging of seating, like what happened at the Captain's Dinner a couple of nights ago. Since the Captain and Randall did not join any specific group, we were free to sit at mostly tables for two. Thinking back on that evening, one of us had been seated next to the Captain, however, before he arrived, three other guests moved his name tag across the table, and took different seats. That was a bit rude, we think, because the maitre'd had pre-arranged the seating with a lot of thought behind it. Bet the lady on the other side of the Captain was not thrilled either. No one had asked her permission. Proving that people are funny sometimes......
A menu awaited us, and we soon realized that we were in for a treat. Wine was poured, the show was announced, and we relaxed for the next 90 minutes of entertainment and excellent cuisine.
The five course meal began with a spoonful of duck and fennel slaw. Only one of us could eat the seafood martini cocktail, since it contained scallops. A chilled green pea soup followed, then came the entree of filet mignon, grilled shrimp, and a potato tart. And what a better way to end the meal than with a tiramisu dessert, served in a small cocktail glass. Bonbons and friandises were supposed to be served with coffee or tea, but we left before they appeared. When the staff began upping the lights brighter and brighter, we felt it was time to move on. Hint, hint.....
The only change from last year with this year, is that only in-house entertainers were used in the cabaret. Last year, whoever the professional entertainment people happened to be onboard, were the singers. Made little difference, since all of them were top notch, especially the couple that sang a score from the Phantom of the Opera. Excellent.
Heavy rain interrupted our usual afternoon pattern of pooltime, reading, and relaxing in the sun. Checking the TV channel for the temperature, wind, and rain, we found the gauge for the humidity had risen to 101%. Is there really a number like that? This was no passing cloud, so we stayed inside watching a movie, that we had only seen half of recently. We could have gone to the front desk and gotten a movie for our DVD player, but we have seen most of those also.
Days like these bring most of the folks inside the ship. So the shops, bars, lectures, lessons, casino, etc. were full of people. Now we joke that the Captain must head for a good storm to increase the revenue. Can't say we blame him, because there are only a few days left to get the folks to part with their money.
One of our jobs for the day was to pick up our passports at the front desk after 4pm. We had been assigned a time early in the morning, during our breakfast time. It was much easier to pick it up later with no wait in line. The staff is requesting the receipts that had been handed to us when we surrendered the passports a few weeks ago. Normally, we put them somewhere, and forget about them. If we did not have them, we would have to fill out another one for their records. So remember, keep those little slips of paper.
Dinnertime was formal, one of the last of two. Did we mention that our waiter always announces the night before that the next evening will be formal in the dining room? He directs his comments to the gentlemen at the table, knowing the ladies have no problem with getting dolled up. It also helps avoid the awkward moment when someone shows up dressed for smart casual by accident, or not. To tell the truth, we have not noticed any infractions to the formal dress code. The guests choosing not to don the tuxes, suits, or prom gowns go to the Lido.
We also had double company this evening with a nice San Diego couple joining us once again, and Vincent, the first officer. We enjoyed Vincent's company the first time he came, and even more tonight. Towards the end of the dinner, he made a remark that he was only 32, which brought a blush to one of our faces, since we guesstimated he may have been in his early 40's. Our reasoning was the amount of experience he had under his belt, not by his appearance, which they all look young nowadays. Kind of surprised to know we are being monitered by someone he knows. To be certain, Vincent has a promising career ahead of him, and in our opinion, will make a great captain if he chooses to be.
This may be trivial, but we feel it worth mentioning. While chatting the next day to one of the dining room heads, we mentioned innocently that the Captains Dinner ran much later than we thought it would. We should have clarified that we were having such a nice evening, we did not notice that the time was later than expected. Well, when we thanked the Pinnacle Grill manager on the way out of showlounge today, he apologized for the delay in the service at the special dinner. Someone had told him, third-hand, that we were not happy with the delay. Far from the truth, we never meant that. See how things can travel and change along the way? Never thought in a million years that our innocent comments may be actually listened to. With that in mind, we went to see Randall, the Hotel Manager, and cleared that misunderstanding up. He had not heard of it, but said it may have come from the Culinary Manager, who we have never met. The Pinnacle Grill manager is so nice, we wanted to make sure it was known that he did nothing wrong. He is one of the best.
The entertainment this evening was a comedian from Comedy Central & Star Search by the name of Jeff Burghart. Doubt we go.
Bill & Mary Ann
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