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Diamond 6/12 Review (Part 4 of 11)

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[b]Sunday, June 13: Day at Sea[/b]

When she woke up this morning, Leslie had no trace of the headache from last night. We showered, I made coffee, and then we decided to have breakfast in the dining room. It was typical fare, good, but nothing out of the ordinary or spectacular. We saw our dinner servers from the evening before working the other side of the dining room and Lucian came over and asked Leslie how she was feeling.

Afterward we decided to walk all around the ship, take some pictures, and just continue to get familiar with our surroundings. It was quite breezy, and to me, rather cool. It was the first time we'd ever been on a cruise outside of the Caribbean, and it seemed weird to be taking pictures of each other by the pools, etc., wearing long sleeves, jackets, and hats!

There was a substantial difference in the water this morning from last night. The ship had a definite rocking feel to it. According to the "report from the bridge" channel on the in-room TV the seas were "moderate, 4-7.5 ft." We've been out on 30+ foot boats in seas that big before, so it didn't seem very rough to me, although we did hear some folks commenting on it, and a few complaining about it.

There was another art demo/auction/love fest featuring Wyland and the art director, so I decided it would be a good opportunity to check out the ship's wireless internet set up, write some notes in my journal, count the clouds, ANYTHING but go! But of course my little Wyland groupie was right on the front row. Today he painted an oil painting. When he was through folks could come up and get their picture taken with the painting and painter. When Leslie turned to pose for her shot she brushed her forearm against the canvas and got a little paint on it. Wyland to the rescue - not only did he say that it didn't hurt the painting; he used his considerable talent to smudge the paint on her arm to resemble the Alaskan blotchfish, and then signed her arm! At least they didn't put it up for auction - and believe it or not she promises to wash it off some day (just kidding - she actually, to my amazement, washed it off before dinner that night!).

Tonight is the first formal night, and we had dinner reservations for Sterling at 8:00. There was quite a crowd when we got to Sterling about five minutes before our scheduled time. The poor maitre'd was sweating it out over a woman that was complaining in a loud voice that she had reservations, that the system stunk, etc. Turns out that her impromptu group had made the reservations under one of the other couples' names, but they got it straightened out. Fortunately they didn't get a seat anywhere near us! We had a team of brothers from Poland, Tomas and ???? as the wait team. They were great! Even though they were busy, they never made us feel as though we were being rushed, or that they were too busy to get to know us a little. I had the prime rib and Leslie had the sirloin, and they were both very good.

After dinner we went to see the production show "Piano Man". Frankly we were a little disappointed. The singers were only fair, the dancers were OK, but we thought the choreography and general theme was lacking. Maybe trying to honor artists as diverse as Elton John, Billy Joel, Neil Sedaka, Liberace, and Barry Manilow in a single show wasn't such a great idea. The band backing the show was very good though, in my opinion. I had fulfilled my obligation - that would be my last show of the week! Then we went to the casino. Leslie entered the blackjack tournament, but wasn't having much luck, so I retired to the room and balcony. Apparently she did a little better at a regular blackjack table after she bombed out of the tournament.

(End of Part 4)

Link to Part 5: [url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=48322[/url]

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